El Mirage, Arizona

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El Mirage Favorites

What’s your favorite thing about living in El Mirage?

  • Nothing. (Joe, 2 years)
  • Community togetherness. (Michelle, 3 years)
  • It’s small, not a lot of traffic. (Danielle, 4 years)
  • Its less busy than the city. (Anonymous, 5 years)
  • Small town feel. (Crystal, 8 years)
  • Small town atmosphere. (Anonymous, 12 years)
  • Smaller city. (Roxanne, 13 years)

El Mirage Least Favorites

What’s your least favorite thing about living in El Mirage?

  • Loud ghetto neighbors, speed cameras, and crime. (Joe, 2 years)
  • Photo enforcement cameras/lack of police patrols. (Michelle, 3 years)
  • Litter, and crime. (Danielle, 4 years)
  • Crime. (Anonymous, 5 years)
  • Crime. (Crystal, 8 years)
  • Several of the council members Shapera, Selby, Delgado, Norton & Jones. (Anonymous, 12 years)
  • The city government. (Roxanne, 13 years)

El Mirage Things To Do

What are fun things to do in El Mirage?

  • White tanks baseball, festivals. (Michelle, 3 years)
  • Go to parks. (Danielle, 4 years)
  • Nothing really. (Anonymous, 5 years)
  • Nothing. (Crystal, 8 years)
  • The events the City puts on for free. (Anonymous, 12 years)
  • Parks, YMCA. (Roxanne, 13 years)

El Mirage’s Reputation

What’s El Mirage known for?

  • The Bridge. (Michelle, 3 years)
  • Being small? (Danielle, 4 years)
  • Crime. (Anonymous, 5 years)
  • Crime. (Crystal, 8 years)
  • Supporting Luke AFB. Supporting the cities own origins and the people who have lived here for decades. (Anonymous, 12 years)
  • Nothing. (Roxanne, 13 years)

El Mirage Crime

What’s the crime like in El Mirage? (hot spot areas, etc.)

  • Everything north of thunderbird and south of waddel wear a ballistic vest. (Joe, 2 years)
  • Wide spread. (Michelle, 3 years)
  • It’s definitely up and more active than previous years. (Danielle, 4 years)
  • Terrible. (Anonymous, 5 years)
  • Downtown in the crappy looking houses that don’t have an HOA. All of the Sundial communities. Lots of small theft and vandalism. Also, 1 house in particular getting shot up almost monthly. (Crystal, 8 years)
  • Very very low. (Anonymous, 12 years)
  • Mall petty theft. (Roxanne, 13 years)

El Mirage Advice

Any advice for people moving to El Mirage?

  • Don’t. (Joe, 2 years)
  • Meet your neighbors. (Michelle, 3 years)
  • Pick the places without an HOA. (Danielle, 4 years)
  • Always lock your cars and park in the garage if possible. (Anonymous, 5 years)
  • Don’t expect a lot of police presence. Don’t expect friendly neighbors. Don’t expect options for stores. Traffic sucks and expect lots of graffiti. (Crystal, 8 years)
  • Watch your taxes go up and up, the council members i mentioned above are doing nothing but spending money with out having a source to pay for it. Ask them how much of the contingency fund is left? you wont get an answer. there is no transparency that existed before. (Anonymous, 12 years)
  • Watch out for the traffic cameras, the water bill is higher than other cities and the stop lights are weird. (Roxanne, 13 years)

El Mirage Stories

Share an experience you’ve had in El Mirage (fun, crazy, dangerous, etc.).

  • Watched a meth addict get tasered. (Joe, 2 years)
  • Vehicles get rummaged through even when they are locked, strangers walking up and down the streets, people on bikes riding into and out of random drive ways casing houses, trash thrown in our yards, stolen bikes. (Michelle, 3 years)
  • I made an attempt to go to a carnival but then had to go home because walking to it I was almost hit 4 times from cars not looking for pedestrians. (Crystal, 8 years)
  • The time thieves crashed into the Walgreen’s to rob the ATM. (Roxanne, 13 years)

El Mirage’s Future

How do you think El Mirage will change over the next 10 years?

  • It will be the next Maryvale. (Joe, 2 years)
  • Hopefully get some more businesses in and more police officers. (Michelle, 3 years)
  • More development. (Danielle, 4 years)
  • Less crime if we get more police presence. Need downtown housing to be enforced so it looks cleaner. (Crystal, 8 years)
  • Hopefully a new mayor is elected that can relate to the younger residents. (Roxanne, 13 years)

El Mirage Facts

Any other interesting facts about El Mirage?

  • 9 square miles is how big the city is. (Danielle, 4 years)
  • It’s still a new city and it shows. (Crystal, 8 years)
  • The like moving speed cameras each week. (Roxanne, 13 years)