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City of Surprise

The City of Surprise is located about 45 minutes northwest of downtown Phoenix, Arizona. Surprise (population 100,000+) is a collection of distinctive neighborhoods with a small town feel and big city amenities.

Surprise defines vibrant Southwest living; a place of educational excellence where community, family, and traditions are built.  Surprise is home to 100,000 people and was just one square mile of farmland back in 1938 when Homer Ludden, a state legislator, founded it.

So why did he call us Surprise? Ludden named the city after his hometown- Surprise, Nebraska.

The Civic Center Complex houses the Surprise City Hall, police department, fire department administration, courthouses, Channel 11, tennis and racquet complex, regional library, the Communiversity at Surprise and is the heart of the city's recreation.

To learn more about Surprise, visit their website.