For people looking to social distance during the time of COVID-19, there could be worst cities to do it than Surprise, according to a new survey.
Rent.com recently compiled a list of the top 50 U.S. cities with the most room based on the lowest population density per square land mile and found Surprise was 15th on the list.
“Across the country, there are big cities that offer wide-open spaces, ample roomy parks and secluded neighborhoods,” editors of Rent.com wrote.
The survey found that Surprise has 1,111 people per square mile for the 106 square miles of the city.
Peoria cracked the top 10 on the list at No. 7. Its roughly 174 square miles of land has roughly 883 people for each one.
The only cities ahead of Peoria were Anchorage, Alaska (171 people per square mile); Norman, Oklahoma (621); Augusta, Georgia (648); Chesapeake, Virginia (652); Huntsville, Alabama (862) and Columbus, Georgia (878).
Rounding out the top 10 after Peoria are Oklahoma City; Columbia, South Carolina and Athens, Georgia.
The cities just ahead of Surprise are Lexington, Kentucky; Abilene, Texas; Jacksonville, Florida; and Charleston, South Carolina.
Scottsdale came in at 17th on the list.
Cities with the highest density in the U.S. are New York (27,102 per square mile); Paterson, New Jersey (17,346); San Francisco (17,179), Jersey City, New Jersey (16,737); and Cambridge, Massachusetts (16,469).