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Cave Creek is a small town in Maricopa County, Arizona that spans into two zip codes, 85331 and 85327. The town has two neighborhoods and is the 74th largest community in the state of Arizona. They are blessed with low crime rates, quiet streets and good public schools. Many residents of Cave Creek own their own homes, which creates a stability throughout the community. It is a decidedly white-collar community and over 86% of the local workforce hold white-collar positions. Also, 11.75% of the workforce works from home via telecommuting and home-based businesses. The town motto is “Where the Wild West Lives.” The town is located in the Sonoran Desert and is named for Cave Creek which runs through it. Cave Creek and the neighboring community of Carefree are often mistaken for a single town and they share a local landmark as well, Black Mountain. The community is somewhat racially and ethnically diverse, the main language is English and Spanish is the second most commonly spoken.


Long before miners or settlers arrived in the area it was inhabited by the native Hohokam people beginning in approximately 700 A.D. The tribes established trade routes and irrigation systems. In 1873, miners arrived, the first recorded goldmine in the area was called Continental Mine. In the 1880s cattle ranchers arrived and settled in. In the 1920s, the lands south of Black Mountain were opened for settlement. Tuberculosis Cabins were built in the 1920s as part of the Desmount Sanitarium and the Spur Cross Ranch was established in 1928. The area continued to grow and develop and in 1946 the Rancho Manana Dude Ranch was opened and electricity and telephones were established through the town. In 1952, Cave Creek road was finally paved from Cave Creek all the way to Phoenix. But it was not until 1986 that the town was finally officially incorporated. In 2000, the town bought Spur Cross Ranch to preserve its land features, rare cacti and historic tribal artifacts of the Hopi tribes.


The town spans 28.2 square miles of land area and in 2000 had a population of 3,728 and a population density of 132 inhabitants per square mile. In the same year, the median household income was $59,938, the median family income was $76,549 and the per capita income was $38,070. By 2010, the population had reached 5,015 and had a population density of 173.2 inhabitants per square mile. In 2013, the population was 5,074, the estimated median household income was $75,600 and the per capita income was $47,194. In the same year, the estimated median house or condo value was $560,136, the mean housing price on all units was $242,284 and the median gross rent was $1,362.


Public education in Cave Creek is provided by two school districts, Deer Valley Unified School District and the Cave Creek Unified School District. The average commute time for residents of Cave Creek is approximately thirty minutes. The community has a number of historic sites and structures including, but not limited to the Tubercular Cabin, the Cave Creek Inn, Golden Reef Stamp Mill, and Frontier Town. Homes for sale, rent or lease come in a variety of style and sizes to suit the needs of prospective buyers. Call local real estate agent Calamia & Company at 623.810.9090 to find your home today.

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