Once a tiny farm community, Surprise has grown to more than 100,000 people in the far Northwest Valley.
For a city of its size, Surprise sports more mom-and-pop shops than any other Phoenix area market. The Surprise Independent hits 22,000 driveways each week and hosts the most interactive online forum in the community.
Surprise is also home to a fairly large contingent of retirees and winter visitors and the Independent is their primary source for local information. Among the active-adult communities served by the Independent: Sun City Grand, Sun Village, Arizona Traditions and Happy Trails Resort, just to name a few.
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