Carefree cost of living index

In the event that the cost of living data was unavailable for this city, estimates based upon nearby cities were used. Each cost of living index is based on a national average of 100. If the amount is below 100, it is lower than the national average. If the amount is above 100, it is higher than the national average.
IndexCarefreeArizonaNational
Cost of living index16097100
IndexCarefreeArizonaNational
Goods & Services index9797100
Groceries index95100100
Health care index96100100
Housing index30994100
Transportation index101102100
Utilities index9598100

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  • The cost of living in Carefree is 65% higher than the Arizona average.
  • The cost of living in Carefree is 60% higher than the national average.
  • The cost of housing in Carefree is 209% higher than the national average.
  • Arizona general sales tax is 10% higher than the national average.
  • Arizona state income tax is 16% higher than the national average.

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Median Income & Debt-To-Income Ratio

Median IncomePer YearPer MonthMax Budget (28% DTI)Max Budget (36% DTI)
Owners$101,861$8,488$2,377$3,056
Renters$31,708$2,642$740$951

Arizona Sales Tax

StateGeneral Sales TaxWith Max Surtax
Arizona5.6%10.725%

Arizona Income Tax

StateIncome Tax (Low)Income Tax (High)
Arizona2.59%4.54%

Goods & Services

ItemCarefreeNational avg.Difference
Haircut $13.50$15.5613.3%
Beauty Salon $29.50$36.1118.3%
Toothpaste $1.60$2.4735.4%
Shampoo $0.93$0.963.3%
Movie $9.19$10.139.2%
Bowling $8.16$4.7472.3%

Groceries

ItemCarefreeNational avg.Difference
Ground Beef $4.02$3.981.0%
Fried Chicken $1.57$1.4111.6%
Milk $1.60$2.0622.5%
Potatoes $2.94$2.981.5%
Pizza $8.73$9.477.8%
Beer $8.26$8.796.1%

Health Care

ItemCarefreeNational avg.Difference
Optometrist $80.88$101.0420.0%
Doctor $99.67$107.447.2%
Dentist $91.00$90.420.6%
Ibuprofen $7.99$9.2813.9%
Lipitor $437.96$426.502.7%

Housing

ItemCarefreeNational avg.Difference
Home Price $704,200.00$175,700.00300.8%
Avg. Mortgage Payment $1,122.75$1,133.230.9%
Apartment Rent $881.00$920.004.2%

Transportation

ItemCarefreeNational avg.Difference
Gasoline $2.17$1.999.1%
Tire Balancing $38.00$45.7617.0%

Utilities

ItemCarefreeNational avg.Difference
All Electricity$185.91$163.8113.5%
Phone $19.99$28.3929.6%
Although the cost of living data is updated regularly, this cost of living information is to be used as estimates only as prices can change on an ongoing basis.

Nearby cities with low cost of living

City, StatePopulationCost of Living IndexNational Avg.
Deer Creek, AZ2451011%
Anthem, AZ23,99511111%
New River, AZ15,43211515%
Fountain Hills, AZ23,05111818%
Rio Verde, AZ2,10213737%
Carefree, AZ3,44516060%

Cities with similar population

City, StatePopulationCost of Living IndexNational Avg.
Red Springs, NC3,44583-17%
Sauk City, WI3,4451011%
Lake Clarke Shores, FL3,44511212%
Etna, PA3,44683-17%
Wewoka, OK3,44472-28%
Carefree, AZ3,44516060%
Source: The Carefree, AZ cost of living data displayed above is derived from the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) for the fourth quarter of 2016.