About Carefree

The Town of Carefree is a rural, residential township of 4,045 residents (2020) living in approximately 1,900 homes. Located in Maricopa County, the Town is slightly more than eight square miles, and located in the northeast corner of the greater Phoenix metropolitan area. It surrounds Black Mountain to the south and west, and its land mass also continues to the northeast of this prominent landmark. Residents cite the natural beauty of the Sonoran Desert, clean air, less traffic, peace and tranquility as the top reasons to live in Carefree.

Area residents are active and involved in a broad cross-section of activities, and enjoy the outdoor lifestyle available in this region. Most residents participate in a variety of activities, including involvement with the Cave Creek Unified School District (CCUSD); events offered by one of the local churches or by one of the numerous non-profits located in the Desert Foothills area; and dining at one of the many award-winning restaurants located in the Town.


  • 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. 83% 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.


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.

CCUSD Schools

  • 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


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.


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