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Surprise Livability #19 ranked city in Arizona#4,235 ranked city in the USARanks better than 85% of areas

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      Living in Surprise, AZ

      Located in the state of Arizona, Surprise is a moderately-sized city with a population of 127,492 people. According to the most recent Census, 85% of Surprise residents are White, 6% Black and 2% Asian. 81% of the people in Surprise (over the age of 15) are married and 63% have kids under the age of eighteen. Knowing that, it’s safe to say that this area could be a great place for other families to lay down roots.

      Without the right tools, relocating to any new town can be very stressful and challenging. Living in Surprise, Arizona could be a positive experience for anyone who puts in the time to do the research required. When searching for a new neighborhood, several key items should be considered. Safety is paramount, ensuring a secure environment for you and your family. Proximity to workplaces or schools reduces commuting time and enhances convenience. Access to amenities like parks, grocery stores and healthcare facilities contributes to a comfortable lifestyle. Reliable public transportation options promote easy mobility. A strong sense of community fosters social connections and a welcoming atmosphere. To help you find the best places to live in and around Surprise, AreaVibes has created a livability score using key metrics like amenities, crime, commute, education and more.

      Surprise, AZ receives 73/100 for its livability score; this results in a ranking of #19 in Arizona and #4,235 in the USA. For each of the livability categories, we see that Surprise ranks very well for crime (A), cost of living (B-), employment (B) and housing (A+). There are some categories that Surprise scores poorly for, including: amenities (D-). It might be worth taking a closer look to determine why.

      Feeling a sense of safety in the area that you live in is a must for most people. Low crime rates can have a positive impact on things like home prices, home appreciation rates and can help foster positive community dynamics and social cohesion. Surprise has a violent crime rate of 132 crimes per 100,000 residents which is far lower than the national average.

      Finding affordable real estate and apartments for rent in Surprise can be tricky. Having said that, this area might be the place to get the best of both worlds. Based on factors like home/rental affordability and appreciation rates, this area has received an above average score in the housing category. A healthy real estate market can lead to wealth appreciation for property owners, as rising property values can contribute to homeowners' equity, financial stability and the ability to build long-term wealth.

      Assuming that Surprise meets all of your requirements like low crime rates, good schools and great local amenities, the next most important item to examine is the affordability of real estate in Surprise. Everything else becomes a lot less important if it turns out that home prices in Surprise are simply unattainable. The median home price for Surprise homes is $197,600, which is 11.7% higher than the Arizona average. If we take a closer look at the affordability of homes in Surprise, we’ll see that the home price to income ratio is 3.2, which is 8.6% lower than the Arizona average.

      Surprise transportation information

      Statistic Surprise Arizona National
      Average one way commute31min25min26min
      Workers who drive to work80.7%76.7%76.4%
      Workers who carpool9.8%10.9%9.3%
      Workers who take public transit0.2%2.0%5.1%
      Workers who bicycle0.5%1.0%0.6%
      Workers who walk0.7%2.0%2.8%
      Working from home6.3%5.7%4.6%

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      Source: The Surprise, AZ data and statistics displayed above are derived from the 2016 United States Census Bureau American Community Survey (ACS).