About Us

Welcome to El Mirage!  Welcome to El Mirage street marker

Considered the gateway to the Northwest Valley of the Greater Phoenix Metro Area, El Mirage has grown from a small town, dependent on agriculture, to a diverse urban economy with population of more than 35,000.

The City’s mission is to enhance the quality of life through leadership, partnerships and the efficient delivery of outstanding service to our diverse community.

Location
El Mirage is located approximately 10 miles northwest of downtown Phoenix and minutes away from Luke Air Force Base, the largest fighter pilot training facility in the world.

On the City’s southern border, the Northern Parkway transportation corridor provides access to the Loop 303, connecting to Interstate 10 and Interstate 17. On the City’s northern edge, U.S. Highway 60 provides easy access to the Loop 101 and Loop 303, two of the areas busiest regional highways.  

Quality of LifeDysart Park entrance
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here are approximately 20 neighborhoods within the city representing a culturally diverse community. Affordable housing, small-town feel, and proximity to Phoenix have attracted young working families, retirees looking for community cohesion and a less hurried pace, and entrepreneurs seeking expansion into new markets. 

El Mirage schools are a part of the nationally and internationally recognized Dysart Unified School District. The City has a 20210303_181729351_iOScooperative agreement with DUSD to allow residents to utilize recreational fields.
Public safety and recreation have been the focus of voter-approved bonds in recent years resulting in a new fire station, new police station, Northwest Valley Family YMCA facility, and a new City Hall.

City leaders are committed to keeping pace with such growth through fiscal stewardship and sound financial management.

Economy
El Mirage is part of a multi-jurisdictional effort in the West Valley known as the Greater Maricopa Foreign Trade Zone (FTZ).  The zone is a government designated, 400-acre site at the City’s southern end where foreign and domestic goods may be stored, assembled, or exhibited for sale exempted from U.S. Customs duties and excise taxes.  

Retail expansion in El Mirage is also a significant economic driver due to its potential for generating tax revenues, creating jobs, and drawing new visitors and residents.  

History
El Mirage is celebrating its 70th Anniversary in 2021! Since the City’s incorporation in 1951, El Mirage has transcended its rural, agricultural beginnings to emerge as a diverse urban community.  

The Hohokam, an ancient Native American culture, were the earliest inhabitants of what is known today as El Mirage. The ingenious Hohokam developed an elaborate irrigation network using only stone instruments and organized labor. They were commonly known as the “Canal Builders.” 

During the early 1930’s, migrant farm workers settled in El Mirage on the west bank of the Agua Fria River.  Mexican migrants came to El Mirage to help build the canals and harvest the first crops.  They founded El Mirage in 1937 to provide stability and education for future generations.  El Mirage was incorporated in 1951.  At the time of incorporation, the City was primarily a compact residential community, and it has grown from 5,001 residents in 1990 to more than 35,000 today.