Surprise, Arizona

Life in Surprise, Arizona, explained by people who’ve lived in Surprise:

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Surprise Favorites

What’s your favorite thing about living in Surprise?

  • Separate community. (Hollie, 7 months)
  • Neighborhoods, schools, city services. (Jonna, 1 year)
  • Family friendly, the people, city sports, the farmland. (Stephanie, 2.5 years)
  • Quiet neighborhood. (Joe, 4 years)
  • Community, the lake. (Diann, 7 years)
  • Home. (Paul, 10 years)
  • Family oriented community. (June, 18 years)
  • The people. (John, 20 years)

Surprise Least Favorites

What’s your least favorite thing about living in Surprise?

  • Bad drivers. (Hollie, 7 months)
  • Not enough retail. I still have to go out to arrowhead for most shopping. (Jonna, 1 year)
  • I feel like it needs some more character, a cute main street and some non-chain restaurants. (Stephanie, 2.5 years)
  • Traffic on bell. (Joe, 4 years)
  • Bell road traffic. (Diann, 7 years)
  • Traffic on bell road. (Paul, 10 years)
  • Traffic. (June, 18 years)
  • Hoa’s. (John, 20 years)

Surprise Things To Do

What are fun things to do in Surprise?

  • Fish. (Hollie, 7 months)
  • Hiking, swimming, sports, city activities. (Jonna, 1 year)
  • Parks, sports, swim. (Stephanie, 2.5 years)
  • Dog park so close. (Joe, 4 years)
  • Spring training. (Diann, 7 years)
  • Car shows, golf, baseball. (Paul, 10 years)
  • Parks, luv2play, pool, bowling, movies. (June, 18 years)
  • The ballpark. (John, 20 years)

Surprise’s Reputation

What’s Surprise known for?

  • Being separate and further out. (Hollie, 7 months)
  • Family town. (Jonna, 1 year)
  • Maybe nice parks? That’s the problem though. I feel like it needs a more defined identity. (Stephanie, 2.5 years)
  • Fast growth. (Joe, 4 years)
  • Spring training. (Diann, 7 years)
  • Being a spring training town. (Paul, 10 years)
  • Family oriented. (June, 18 years)
  • Lack of restaurants. (John, 20 years)

Surprise Crime

What’s the crime like in Surprise? (hot spot areas, etc.)

  • Tons of shoplifting. (Hollie, 7 months)
  • Pretty average. (Jonna, 1 year)
  • Some drugs and car theft. (Stephanie, 2.5 years)
  • Average, I guess. (Joe, 4 years)
  • Lots of car burglaries, package theft. (Paul, 10 years)
  • Moved to kingswood park about 2 years ago. used to be a nice area, now it’s filled with cars being broken into and car thefts. (June, 18 years)
  • A little. (John, 20 years)

Surprise Advice

Any advice for people moving to Surprise?

  • Don’t drive on Sundays. (Hollie, 7 months)
  • We love it here!! sign up for city sports (along with the rest of the city) and enjoy the many awesome parks! very family friendly. (Stephanie, 2.5 years)
  • Shop around for area right for your family. (Joe, 4 years)
  • Enjoy. (Diann, 7 years)
  • Be ready to pay way too much for water. (Paul, 10 years)
  • Move to the outer areas. it’s getting too busy in the city. (June, 18 years)
  • Choose your neighborhood carefully and complain about the jets. (John, 20 years)

Surprise Stories

Share an experience you’ve had in Surprise (fun, crazy, dangerous, etc.)

  • Nothing yet. (Hollie, 7 months)
  • We loved going to the city pool as a family. such a fun spot with the water slides. we love meeting friends often at the different parks. (Stephanie, 2.5 years)
  • Friends at dog parks. (Joe, 4 years)
  • Bad car crash in 2007. (Paul, 10 years)
  • Love to go to fireworks. have always sat in the same spot! (June, 18 years)

Surprise’s Future

How do you think Surprise will change over the next 10 years?

  • Bigger, more traffic. (Hollie, 7 months)
  • A lot of growth. (Jonna, 1 year)
  • I’d love for it to grow but also keep a small-town farmland feel. I’d love for it to develop more charm and bring it more small businesses/restaurants as well as more activities for young kids. (Stephanie, 2.5 years)
  • Get real big. (Joe, 4 years)
  • Maybe they will finally build prasada. (Paul, 10 years)
  • Busier and busier. different culture moving in. (June, 18 years)
  • Not by much. (John, 20 years)

Surprise Facts

Any other interesting facts about Surprise?

  • It’s quiet. (Hollie, 7 months)
  • It was named surprise because the original founder said she’d be surprised if it amounted to anything. I love telling people I’m from surprise. (Stephanie, 2.5 years)
  • The buildings are backwards to the streets. (Paul, 10 years)
  • Nice area. (June, 18 years)