El Mirage, “Gateway to the West Valley,” lies approximately 16 miles northwest of downtown Phoenix and borders Luke Air Force Base. Incorporated in 1951, El Mirage has transcended its modest agricultural beginnings to become a growing economy supporting several different industry sectors.

El Mirage continues to develop its economic potential. It has adopted an aggressive strategy to attract new commercial and industrial businesses to the city. The 1600-acre Usage Driven Foreign Trade Zone (FTZ) located in the city’s commerce/industry park, Northern Parkway transportation corridor and on-going road expansions/improvements make El Mirage a great place to live, work and play.

Principal Economic Activities

Construction, manufacturing, mining, fabrication and agriculture are the primary employment sectors in El Mirage. Local companies include a Burlington Northern Santa Fe (BNSF) vehicle distribution center for automobiles, a mining operation (Cemex), a concrete pipe manufacturer (Forterra Pipe & Precast) and a new mineral extraction equipment fabricator (Goodfellow Crushers). Other area employers include Luke Air Force Base, Wal-Mart and Dysart Unified School District. The FTZ Commerce/Industry Park has direct access to Loop 303 and U.S. Highway 60, connecting two major interstates (I-10 and I-17) and access to the greater Phoenix area via Grand Ave (U.S. 60).

Scenic Attractions

El Mirage celebrates Founders Day in March and hosts several other special events throughout the year. The city maintains two parks, Gateway and Bill Gentry. The city built a new recreational facility operated by the YMCA with a swimming pool adjacent to Bill Gentry Park. The city is also near the 7,000-seat Sundome Center for the Performing Arts in nearby Sun City West which features top-rated entertainers. The 10,000-acre Lake Pleasant Regional Park to the north offers boating, fishing, swimming, water skiing, camping and picnicking.

Community Facilities

A new city hall was built and completed in January 2017. The city of El Mirage has a wide range of community facilities including a senior center, library, three city parks, skateboard facility, splash pad, dog park, ball fields and a community garden. The city has new fire and police stations plus a new 28,000 square-foot recreational facility managed by the YMCA.

Basic Information

Founded 1937 Incorporated 1951
Elevation 1,126 ft. Location Maricopa County
Distance to major cities:
Phoenix 20 miles San Diego 356 miles
Tucson 142 miles Los Angeles 374 miles
Las Vegas 268 miles  


2000 2010 2023 (est.)
El Mirage 7,609 31,911 36,101
Maricopa County 3,072,149 3,824,058 4,507,419
State of Arizona 5,130,632 6,401,569 7,285,370

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Arizona Dept. of Revenue & Arizona Tax Research Foundation


El Mirage 3.00%
Maricopa County 0.70%
State 5.60%

Arizona Dept. of Revenue & Arizona Tax Research Foundation

Labor Force

2000 2010 2022
Civilian Labor Force 3,880 14,624 17,104
Unemployed 197 1,349 931
Unemployment Rate 5.1% 9.2% 5.4%

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Workforce Education Attainment

Count Share
Less than high school 4,666 21.5%
High school or equivalent, no college 6,692 30.8%
Some college or Associate degree 7,122 32.8%
Bachelor’s degree or advanced degree 3,234 14.9%

American Community Survey

Industry (ranked by employment)

  Count Share
Education, health care & social assistance 3,775 22.5%
Retail trade 2,293 13.6%
Professional, scientific, & administrative services 2,097 12.5%
Arts, entertainment, food & recreation services 1,769 10.5%
Finance, insurance & real estate 1,341 8.0%
Manufacturing 1,339 8.0%
Construction 1,109 6.6%
Transportation, warehousing, & utilities 952 5.7%
Public administration 890 5.3%
Other services, except public administration 674 4.0%
Information 273 1.6%
Wholesale trade 213 1.3%
Agriculture, forestry, fishing, hunting, & mining 74 0.4%

American Community Survey

This profile was prepared by the Arizona Commerce Authority in cooperation with local sources. For further information, please contact:

City of El Mirage
Thomas Doyle
12145 NW Grand Ave
El Mirage, AZ 85335
Phone: 623-972-8116
Email: [email protected]
Website: www.cityofelmirage.org
WESTMARC (Western Maricopa

14100 N. 83rd Avenue, Suite 150
Peoria, AZ 85381
Phone: 623-435-0431
Email: [email protected]
Website: www.westmarc.org
Greater Phoenix Economic Council
2 N. Central Avenue, Suite 2500
Phoenix, AZ 85004
Phone: 602-256-7700
Email: [email protected]
Website: http://www.gpec.org
Arizona Commerce Authority
Statewide Economic Development Group
100 N. 7th Ave., Suite 400
Phoenix, AZ 85007
Phone: 602-845-1200
Email: [email protected]
Website: www.azcommerce.com

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