Carefree, Arizona

Carefree, Arizona, in Maricopa county, is 21 miles N of Scottsdale, Arizona (center to center) and 27 miles N of Phoenix, Arizona. The town is included in the Phoenix-mesa metropolitan area. As of the year 2000 census, 2,927 people lived in Carefree.

The People and Families of Carefree

In Carefree, about 72% of adults are married. Carefree is one of those places you go to when you’re already married, not to find someone. It seems that everyone in town is married (though of course they’re not).

If you spend a lot of time in the town, you’ll notice that retired and elderly people are a common sight.

Wealth and Education

In 2000, Carefree had a median family income of $105,699. Many people in Carefree make a good living. The bulk of the population of the town is doing well, with money to spend. Carefree doesn’t have a large share of its people below the poverty line. Significantly, more adults in the town have earned college degrees than have people in most other towns in Arizona. In Carefree, a noticeable number of people work from home rather than commuting every day. (Whether or not they’re interested in marriage, it’s worth noting that there are a lot of high-income single people in the town.)

Political Inclinations

Carefree residents donated more money ($38450) to John Kerry than to the other candidates in the 2004 Presidential race. Across all electoral races, the Republican party attracted the most donations from the town.

Carefree Housing

An estimated 88% of living spaces in Carefree are occupied by their owners, not by renters. Vacation or seasonal housing units are not uncommon in the town. The housing stock in Carefree is younger than in most places. Optimists try to see the higher property taxes in the town as a sign of wealth and desirability.


In Carefree, 77% of commuters drive to work.

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