Located in Maricopa County, Surprise has experienced a rapid expansion, which boosted the population from 30,000 in 2000 to 117,000 in 2010, a 281% increase. The city began as one square mile of farmland back in 1938, when it was owned by Flora Mae Statler. Local folklore says the city got its name from a comment made by Statler, where she told her daughter “she would be surprised if the town ever amounted to much”. Boy, would she have been surprised! The original one square mile town site still exists today, and is called “The Original Townsite”.
In this sprawling suburban city located northwest of the Phoenix Metropolitan area and just 45 minutes from Downtown Phoenix, visitors enjoy a small-town feel with big-city amenities. Art galleries, community events and cultural activities are just some of what Surprise has to offer.
Surprise is also home to the Southwest’s largest tennis and racquet facility, offers professionally designed golf courses as well as fishing and aquatic centers.
Each spring the Kansas City Royals and Texas Rangers can be found in Surprise, AZ for the annual Cactus League Spring Training, and in 2018 the Spring Training Stadium in Surprise was voted Number 1 in Arizona by USA Today.
Bound by the White Tank Mountain Range, the Sonoran Desert and Lake Pleasant, Surprise offers gorgeous outdoor recreation as well as indoor entertainment, and is a great destination, whether you’re relocating or just looking for a new place to explore!