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  1. Public Schools
    A-
  2. Crime & Safety
    NG
  3. Housing
    C
  4. Nightlife
    C+
  5. Good for Families
    B
  6. Diversity
    C-
  7. Jobs
    A
  8. Weather
    A+
  9. Cost of Living
    C
  10. Health & Fitness
    B+
  11. Outdoor Activities
    B+
  12. Commute
    C
Carefree is a suburb of Phoenix with a population of 3,749. Carefree is in Maricopa County. Living in Carefree offers residents a sparse suburban feel and most residents own their homes. Many retirees live in Carefree and residents tend to lean conservative. The public schools in Carefree are highly rated.
About Carefree...
Population
3,749

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$721,500
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$1,264
National
$949
Area Feel
Sparse Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    22%
  • Own
    78%
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Carefree Rankings

Niche ranks thousands of places to live based on key statistics from the U.S. Census and and expert insights.

Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
NG
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    282.7
  • Murder
    6.1
  • Rape
    40.7
  • Robbery
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    500.1
  • Theft
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    284

Residents

Diversity
C-
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Age
  • <10 years
    1%
  • 10-17 years
    3%
  • 18-24 years
    0%
  • 25-34 years
    2%
  • 35-44 years
    2%
  • 45-54 years
    14%
  • 55-64 years
    21%
  • 65+ years
    57%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    17%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    39%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    25%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    19%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    0%
    13%

Working in Carefree

Jobs
A
Based on employment rates, job and business growth, and cost of living.
Median Household Income
$97,773
National
$55,322
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Carefree Reviews

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A quiet, cute town with lots of older people and small shops. The neighborhoods feature staggered housing because of the natural desert terrain. I think most of the town consists of snow-birds because I frequently do not see my neighbors and have not met most of them. This is a good thing if you are antisocial or need a quiet lifestyle. My neighborhood at least does not have an HOA which is good if you want your house to stand out. The sundial is a great place with restaurants such as the English Rose Tea Room. This spot constantly hosts local events that are good for families.
The local post office does not deliver directly to your house and you must acquire a PO box which is why I had to take off a star.
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Carefree is a wonderful small town suburb. This community is in search of a new vision for the future. There needs to be a more innovative approach to developing tourist attractions. The community needs to work on its diversity issues and embrace the cultural difference in the State of Arizona. There need to be diversity fairs and community outreach. One bright spot is Paradise Valley Community College at Black Mountain. This is a start for developing a new technopolis vision of the future. The World is changing.
Carefree AZ is a nice small clean suburban town. If renting an apartment or condo, you can still have privacy as you don't have much interaction with neighbors. The food bank is excellent and provides a great service for middle to lower income folks. There is a large population of senior citizens. Carefree is still a work in progress economically, so if you are used to a certain standard of dining, you are better off driving to Phoenix or Scottsdale. There a only a handful of notable restaurants, and that is a stretch. People are friendly for the most part, but a little reserved for my taste. If you have children and a more liberal world view, Carefree can seem conservative or restrictive. The views at night are breathtaking and rival many other states, even some parts of CA pale in comparison to the natural desert beauty of Carefree.