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El Mirage is in Maricopa County, Arizona, United States. According to Census 2010, the population of the city is 31,767.
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 was 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 that 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.
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.