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El Mirage, Arizona
Entrance to the town of El Mirage.
Entrance to the town of El Mirage.
Official seal of El Mirage, Arizona
Location in Maricopa County and the state of Arizona
Location in Maricopa County and the state of Arizona
Country United States
State Arizona
County Maricopa
 • Total 9.7 sq mi (25.0 km2)
 • Land 9.7 sq mi (25.0 km2)
 • Water 0 sq mi (0 km2)
Elevation 1,145 ft (349 m)
Population (2010)
 • Total 31,797
 • Estimate (2015) 33,935
 • Density 2,285.7/sq mi (886.8/km2)
Time zone MST (no DST) (UTC-7)
ZIP code 85335
Area code(s) 623
FIPS code 04-22220

El Mirage is a city in Maricopa County, Arizona, United States. According to the 2010 census, the population of the city is 31,797.


El Mirage is located at 33°36′32″N 112°19′29″W / 33.60889°N 112.32472°W / 33.60889; -112.32472 (33.608988, -112.324654).

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 9.7 square miles (25 km2), all of it land.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1960 1,723
1970 3,258 89.1%
1980 4,307 32.2%
1990 5,001 16.1%
2000 7,609 52.1%
2010 31,797 317.9%
Est. 2015 33,935 6.7%
U.S. Decennial Census
2014 Estimate

As of the census of 2000, there were 7,609 people, 2,121 households, and 1,737 families residing in the city. The population density was 786.8 people per square mile (303.8/km²). There were 3,162 housing units at an average density of 326.9 per square mile (126.3/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 66.26% White, 3.29% Black or African American, 0.85% Native American, 0.38% Asian, 0.05% Pacific Islander, 26.18% from other races, and 2.98% from two or more races. 66.82% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 2,121 households out of which 48.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 55.3% were married couples living together, 17.7% had a female householder with no husband present, and 18.1% were non-families. 13.0% of all households were made up of individuals and 3.7% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 3.59 and the average family size was 3.87.

In the city, the population was spread out with 36.8% under the age of 18, 14.1% from 18 to 24, 28.6% from 25 to 44, 13.8% from 45 to 64, and 6.6% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 25 years. For every 100 females there were 105.5 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 105.0 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $33,813, and the median income for a family was $33,468. Males had a median income of $25,176 versus $19,192 for females. The per capita income for the city was $10,342. About 12.6% of families and 15.9% of the population were below the poverty line, including 14.2% of those under age 18 and 22.0% of those age 65 or over.

El Mirage is near Luke U.S. Air Force Base, the largest Fighter Pilot Training Base in the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), and can boast that it has the highest paid city manager per capita in the Phoenix, Arizona metropolitan area

Historic structures of El Mirage

Historic structures
El Mirage-1
Front of the city hall building.
Historic El Mirage Agua Fria River Bridge built in 1895. 
Different view of the historic "Agua Fria River Bridge”
El Mirage Motel was built out of fieldstone in 1937 and is located at 12229 NW Grand Ave. This is the office of the motel which was used by motorist who traveled through Grand Ave. The property is in state of abandonment. 
Different view of the office of El Mirage Motel
El Mirage Motel. These are the individual rooms of the motel which were used by motorist who traveled through Grand Ave. 
The rooms of El Mirage Motel, such as this one, are in a state of total abandonment. 
Different view of the individual rooms of El Mirage Motel
El Mirage City Hall located at 12145 NW Grand Ave. 

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