The medium-sized city of Surprise, Arizona is home to approximately 129,000 residents. Retirees are a common sight, as they account for 23% of the population compared to 14% nationally, while young adults are less well-represented. Most residents own their homes in Surprise, and 26% of residents rent. With an average rent of $1,276 a month, exceeding the state average by $233 per month, relatively high rent costs could play a role in the higher levels of ownership.
Averaging about 33 minutes, the commute time for Surprise residents is slower than the state average of about 27 minutes. Driving is the prevailing mode of getting to work, chosen by 36% of residents, while public transit is not extensively used. Relatively few residents walk to work.
There are two primary industries in Surprise: retail and healthcare. Together, these industries account for 13% of the labor force in the city. Meanwhile, looking at job function, many residents work in sales, which ranks as the top field in the city. Surprise workers bring in an average annual income of just over $73,000, around $4,000 more than the average Arizona resident. Surprise's average income, however, is fairly average compared to the national level ($73,345). Compared to the national average (5%), Surprise has a relatively large number of residents over the age of 25 who have earned an Associate's degree (7%). Furthermore, 13% have earned a Bachelor's degree and 6% possess a Master's degree or Doctorate.