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Peoria is a city in Maricopa and Yavapai counties in the State of Arizona. Most of the city is located in Maricopa County, while a tiny portion in the north is in Yavapai County. It is a major suburb of Phoenix. According to 2010 Census Bureau releases, the population of the city is 154,065. Peoria is currently the sixth largest city in Arizona for land area, and the ninth largest for population. It is the spring training home of the San Diego Padres and Seattle Mariners who share the Peoria Sports Complex. In July 2008, Money magazine listed Peoria in its Top 100 Places to Live. North Peoria is also home to the Lake Pleasant Regional Park, the nearest lake to Phoenix. The Peoria Unified School District is the 3rd largest school district in the state.
Sun City is a census-designated place and unincorporated community in Maricopa County, Arizona, that is within the Phoenix metropolitan area. The population was 37,499 according to the 2010 census. Its adjoining sister city is Sun City West. Both cities are Del Webb built retirement communities popular with snowbirds. They each contain a recreation center and multiple golf courses for residence only.
Surprise is a city in Maricopa County, in the state of Arizona. The population was 30,848 at the 2000 census; however, rapid expansion has boosted the city's population to 117,517 at the 2010 census, an increase of 281%. As such, it is the second-fastest-expanding municipality in the greater Phoenix metropolitan area (after Gilbert) and, between 1990 and 2000, it was the sixth-fastest-expanding place among all cities and towns in Arizona. The city has a 10,562-square-foot Aquatics Center and Maricopa County's northwest regional library, a $5.5 million, 20,000-square-foot library. The city is the spring training home of the Kansas City Royals and the Texas Rangers baseball teams. These Major League Baseball teams use Surprise Stadium for their activities. As part of the city's Recreation Campus, Surprise is also home to the Surprise Tennis and Racquet Complex (STRC) which hosts several professional events throughout the year. The Dysart School District is one of the largest and best performing in the state. Sun City Grand is a Del Webb built retirement community within the Surprise city limits.