Surprise, a growing suburb that has added 50 people per day!
Homer Ludden subdivided the rural square mile parcel in 1937, founding the town of Surprise. Homer named the town after his Nebraska hometown. The town was originally named “El Mirage 2”. Surprise is the Spring Training home of Kansas City Royals and Texas Rangers. Surprise population increased 333% between 1990 and 2000. That growth had resulted in a new home being completed here every three hours in 2008, and the projected population by 2030 was estimated to be 360,000, of course pending the results of the 2008-2011 recession which had slowed that growth to almost zero. The good news is that Surprise started growing again in 2011!
Surprise during the 2004-2007 time periods averaged 50 new residents each day! Some of the new Master Planned Communities that are on the development horizon are:
- Austin Ranch, 2,240 homes on 850 acres.
- Fox Trail, 3,000 homes on 865 acres.
- Rio Rancho, 863 homes on 183 acres.
- Pinnacle Peak Canyon Estates, 561 homes on 370 acres.
- Sycamore Farms, 1,177 homes on 637 acres.
- Astante, 6,703 homes on 1508 acres.
- Sierra Verde, 778 homes
Downtown Surprise, now called Surprise Center, features town services, library, recreation, aquatic center, offices, shops, restaurants, entertainment, and the multi-purpose Major League Baseball training facility (Spring training home of the Kansas City Royals and the Texas Rangers). There are eight public golf courses in Surprise. Prasada will be the largest Mall in the west valley, and it will be located in Surprise. The car-dealer portion of the mall is open with the main mall building delayed. Burlington Northern Santa Fe purchased 633 acres near the Chrysler Proving Grounds for a future Logistics Center, and Surprise is now home to the West Valley Art Museum, the city’s first hospital facility, Cobalt Rehabilitation Hospital, and in early 2016 IRIS, will open its 420,000-square foot Western regional headquarters at the Southwest Railplex near Cactus Road west of Dysart Road.
By the Numbers
106 – square miles
121,287 – 2012 population
27 – percent under 18
1,111 – people/sq mile
36 – median age
Public Facilites for Surprise citizens!
Tennis Courts – Lake – Library
Baseball Fields – Soccer Field – Pools
Community College – City Hall
Performing Arts Center