El Mirage, Arizona

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El Mirage, Arizona

Introduction to El Mirage, Arizona

El Mirage, Arizona, in Maricopa county, is 5 miles W of Peoria, Arizona and 17 miles NW of Phoenix, Arizona. The city is part of the Phoenix-Mesa metropolitan statistical area. About 7,609 people live in El Mirage.

El Mirage History

The city of El Mirage was founded in 1937 by a number of migrant farm workers. These workers settled on the west bank of Agua Fria River. Farming and agriculture have been crucial to El Mirage's economy since the time of its inception, but it has witnessed a robust industry growth over the past few decades.

El Mirage and nearby Attractions

  • Arizona Military Museum
  • Pueblo Grande Ruin
  • Arizona State Capitol Museum
  • Lost Dutchman State Park
  • Usery Mountain Recreation Area

Things To Do In El Mirage

The Arizona Military Museum, which is maintained by the Arizona National Guard Historical Society, features several exhibits starting from the arrival of the Spanish Conquistadors to the present-day. The 3,648-acre Usery Mountain Recreation Area offers opportunities for camping. It is also an ideal picnic spot.

El Mirage Transportation

Air transportation facilities are available from Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport.

El Mirage Higher Education

Phoenix College, Paradise Valley Community College and Gateway Community College are all nearby.

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High Points

El Mirage strengths, compared to Peers (similar size places nationally) or State (other places in Arizona):

Category Trophy
Affordability of Property Taxes
(vs. Peers)
Top 7% El Mirage Affordability of Property Taxes
Racial Diversity
(vs. Peers)
Top 7% El Mirage Racial Diversity

Comparative Profile of El Mirage, Arizona

Comparing El Mirage to similar size places nationwide (Peers) and to other places in Arizona (State):

Ratings range from 1 (lowest) to 10 (highest).

The People

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Children Under 5 Years Old 10 10
Male Share of the Population 10 10
Racial Diversity 10 10
Senior Citizens 1 2
Female Share of the Population 1 1
Well-Paid Single Men 1 2
Age of the Population 1 1


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Average Household Size 10 10
Portion of People Married 7 6


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
People Above Poverty 3 4
Median Family Income 2 3
College Educated Adults 1 2
People in Middle Class or Better 1 2

Commute & Sprawl

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Walking and Biking to Work 8 6
Public Transportation Use 4 6
Short Commute Times 2 2
Working at Home 1 1


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Housing Recently Built 10 10
Seasonal and Vacation Housing 10 9
Affordability of Property Taxes 10 9
Affordability of Rents 8 8
Studio & One-Bedroom Rentals 7 7
People Living Alone 1 1


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Low Violent Crime 1 1
Low Property Crime 1 1

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El Mirage Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 5 miles W of Peoria, Arizona (center to center)
Nearest Large City 17 miles NW of Phoenix, Arizona
County Maricopa
Metro Area Phoenix - Mesa
Standard Zip Codes 85335
Phone Area Codes 623
Time Zone Mountain (-7 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city does not observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 33.6
Longitude -112.32

El Mirage Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)
Distance 1.2 miles
Jan Temp 41 to 68 F
Apr Temp 54 to 86 F
Jul Temp 79 to 108 F
Oct Temp 59 to 90 F
Annual Precip 9 inches
Distance 7.4 miles
Jan Temp 37 to 67 F
Apr Temp 51 to 86 F
Jul Temp 75 to 108 F
Oct Temp 55 to 90 F
Annual Precip 8.6 inches
Distance 13.7 miles
Jan Temp 39 to 66 F
Apr Temp 51 to 83 F
Jul Temp 77 to 104 F
Oct Temp 57 to 87 F
Annual Precip 7.7 inches
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El Mirage Population (2000)

Category Count Percent
Total Population 7,609 100%
Male 3,906 51.3%
Female 3,703 48.7%
Under 18 2,801 36.8%
18+ 4,808 63.2%
65+ 504 6.6%
Median Age 24.6
Average Family Size 3.87
White 5,042 66.3%
African-American 250 3.3%
Asian 29 0.4%
American Indian & Alaskan 65 0.9%
Other 1,992 26.2%
Mixed Race 227 3%
Hispanic (included in categories above) 5,084 66.8%

Estimated El Mirage Population Growth 2000-2005

Category Value
Est. 2005 Population 22,171
Growth 14,562
Growth % 191.4%

El Mirage Ancestry

(From 2000 Census, as reported by individuals)

Note: This is national, not racial, ancestry, so, e.g., the Census doesn't have categories for Hispanic and African-American people. CityTownInfo is currently gathering additional ancestry data for this site.
Ancestry Percent
Other (often includes Hispanic and African American) 78.2%
German 7.5%
Irish 3%
English 1.7%
Italian 1.4%
Greek 1.1%
Norwegian 1.1%
French (except Basque) 0.9%
Scottish 0.9%
Scotch-Irish 0.8%
Polish 0.6%
Dutch 0.6%
Swedish 0.5%
US/American 0.4%
European 0.4%
South African 0.3%
Slovak 0.2%
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Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Pop. Median Family
Income (2000)
El Mirage 7,609 $33,468
Glendale 218,812 $51,162
Litchfield Park 3,810 $84,691
Peoria 108,364 $58,388
Surprise 30,848 $47,899
Tolleson 4,974 $43,894
Youngtown 3,010 $29,329
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El Mirage High Schools (2004)

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A Title I School.
Serves 1,270 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 18.4

11425 N. DYSART RD.
A Vocational School
Serves 472 students.

Serves 117 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 29.3

El Mirage Colleges

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1. Eloy, Arizona 90.2   15.9% 6.4% 4.4% 25 $28,494 8.9% 47.3% 10,375 31.9% 87.8 0.8% 12.2
2. Buckeye, Arizona 89.2   21% 8.2% 10.3% 29 $39,194 9.3% 27.5% 6,537 18.8% 111.5 1.1% 4.4
3. Perris, California 86.9   12% 6.2% 6.6% 37 $36,063 10.8% 58.8% 36,189 20.4% 48.9 1% 8.3
4. Alton, Texas 83.1   3.7% 6.6% 2.4% 26 $23,563 10.5% 20.7% 4,384 42.7% 83.7 1.4% 5.5
5. Homestead, Florida 82.2   19.7% 7.8% 9.8% 33 $26,409 10.6% 39% 31,909 31.8% 96.3 1.3% 23.7
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