Sonoran Desert at Its Finest
- Temperatures in Carefree are typically 5 to 7 degrees cooler than towns to the south. The Town sits at an elevation of approximately 2,400 ft., considerably higher than the City of Scottsdale at 1,250 ft. and the City of Phoenix at 1,100 ft.
- Average per capita income (2020) is $151,545.
- Median resident age (2020) is 67 years.
- Median home/condo value (2016) is $645,800. 81% of the housing in Carefree is owner-occupied.
- Median area gross rent (2020) is $1,446.
- Carefree does not assess a local real estate tax. Overall, annual real estate taxes are approximately half of what area towns with local real estate taxes charge (county real estate taxes are assessed by Maricopa County.)
- Carefree does not apply any development fees to new construction.
- Carefree property owners are not subject to a Rural Metro Fire protection fee of $1,000 per home. The Town funds full fire and police coverage for its residents through tax dividends received from Maricopa County.
School-aged children residing in Carefree attend public, charter or private schools within the Cave Creek Unified School District (CCUSD). Their main campus is just south of Carefree Highway, on 56th Street.
- Cactus Shadows High School
- Sonoran Trails Middle School
- Lone Mountain Elementary School
- Black Mountain Elementary School
- Horseshoe Trails Elementary School
- Desert Willow Elementary School
- Desert Sun Academy
Additional Education Resources
There are many churches in the Desert Foothills area, located in or around Carefree
- Christ the Lord Lutheran Church
- Desert Hills Presbyterian Church
- Good Shepherd of the Hills Episcopal Church
- Our Lady of Joy Catholic Church
The Desert Foothills area boasts a number of long-established and locally-supported non-profit organizations. Most are continually seeking additional volunteer and financial help from area residents.
- Kiwanis Club of Carefree/Cave Creek
- Desert Foothills Land Trust
- Desert Foothills Library
- Desert Foothills Theater
- Desert Foothills YMCA
- Foothills Animal Rescue
- Foothills Caring Corps
- Foothills Food Bank
- The Holland Center
For Medical Emergencies, dial 911 for assistance
- Maricopa County Sherriff’s Office District 4
- Town of Carefree Fire Station No. 1 / Rural Metro Fire
- HonorHealth Sonoran Health and Emergency Center
- HonorHealth Scottsdale Thompson Peak Medical Center
- Mayo Clinic Scottsdale
THINGS TO DO
- Carefree Desert Gardens in downtown Carefree, open year-round
- Kiwanis Splash Pad
- Sanderson Lincoln Pavilion
- Area Events
- Farmer’s Market on Friday morning under the Sundial, year-round
- Spanish Village
- Shops, galleries and restaurants