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The population of Surprise is approximately 45,000 (2002), 117517 (2010).
The approximate number of families is 5,256 (1990), 43272 (2010).

The amount of land area in Surprise is 161.335 sq. kilometers.
The amount of surface water is 0.035 sq kilometers.
The distance from Surprise to Washington DC is 2099 miles. The distance to the Arizona state capital is 25 miles. (as the crow flies)
Surprise is positioned 33.66 degrees north of the equator and 112.46 degrees west of the prime meridian.

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Surprise location: in the Phoenix/Mesa general area about 25 minutes west of downtown Phoenix along Hwy 60.

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Climate & Weather

Surprise average annual rainfall is 7.06 inches per year
The average low temperature is 55.4 degrees F.
The average high temperature is 85 degrees F.
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Surprise history:

The founder of Surprise was Homer C. Ludden who, in 1937, subdivided a square mile parcel of land into low-cost home sites for the local agricultural workers. He named it after his home town in Nebraska. Before this time, there was little in the area but a few small homes and a gas station.

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The founding of Surprise: 1937
The incorporation date of Surprise: 1960

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Surprise attractions:

Surprise is one of Arizona's fastest growing cities. In 2002, they say a new home is completed every three hours! The population projections are that the numbers will exceed 300,000 by 2020!

West Valley Art Museum
This museum has five exhibit halls with many pieces of art.

Luke Air Force Base is located near the city of Surprise.

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