According to a national relocation website, Surprise, AZ has been named one of the top 100 cities in America to move to. Some of the determining factors included: neighborhoods, beauty of the area, schools, economic development, crime rates, employment, and home construction. This year's nominations included more than 2000 cities & towns, and although Surprise has been nominated every year since 1998, this is the first year it was chosen. Surprise is one of only 4 other Arizona cities to make the list: Kingman, Lake Havasu City, and Sierra Vista. Surprise was one of the top 10 choices, and those in the top 10 were ranked in alphabetical order.
So, who nominates these communities? You... or anyone who takes the questionnaire on the website. Questionnaires from individuals nominating Surprise included comments such as: good property values, good place to raise young children, and an up-and-coming area outside metro Phoenix.
As a Surprise resident, I too recommend Surprise as a great place to live! Even though our city lacks some of the things that you would expect in a flourishing community - movie theaters, warehouse stores, a mall - all of these things are at least in the planning stage at this point. Watch for my posts for more information on these and other construction projects in and around Surprise! Even though most valley residents have lost some equity in our homes recently, the infrastructure going on in Surprise right now will be a huge asset when the real estate market takes a turn for the better!
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