Cave Creek, Arizona

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Cave Creek, Arizona
Town
Official seal of Cave Creek, Arizona
Seal
Location in Maricopa County and the state of Arizona
Location in Maricopa County and the state of Arizona
Coordinates: 33°49′43″N 111°57′17″W / 33.82861°N 111.95472°W / 33.82861; -111.95472Coordinates: 33°49′43″N 111°57′17″W / 33.82861°N 111.95472°W / 33.82861; -111.95472
Country United States
State Arizona
County Maricopa
Government
 • Mayor Vincent Francia
Area
 • Total 28.2 sq mi (73.1 km2)
 • Land 28.2 sq mi (73.1 km2)
 • Water 0 sq mi (0 km2)
Elevation 2,126 ft (648 m)
Population (2007)[1][2]
 • Total 5,120
 • Density 173.2/sq mi (66.8/km2)
Time zone MST (no DST) (UTC-7)
ZIP codes 85327, 85331
Area code(s) 480
FIPS code 04-11300
Website http://www.cavecreek.org/

Cave Creek is a town in Maricopa County, Arizona in the United States. According to 2006 Census Bureau estimates, the population of the town was 4,951.[1]

Geography[edit]

Cave Creek is a town located at 33°49′43″N 111°57′17″W / 33.82861°N 111.95472°W / 33.82861; -111.95472 (33.828657, -111.954855).[3] in the Sonoran Desert of Arizona, and the elevation is 2129 feet above sea level.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 28.2 square miles (73 km2), all land. It is adjacent to the town of Carefree, and shares local landmark Black Mountain with Carefree.

There are two notable streams known as Cave Creek in Arizona. One flows through the Town of Cave Creek and into Phoenix. This may be the origin of the Town's name. The other Cave Creek (Cave Creek Canyon) is in the Chiricahua Mountains, 200 miles to the southeast.

In 2000, the state of Arizona, Maricopa County, and the town of Cave Creek bought Spur Cross Ranch, owned by Tyler Covell, a 2,154-acre (8.72 km2) tract of Sonoran desert just north of Phoenix, for $21 million. It had unusual cacti, stone formations, and hundreds of Hopi Indian tribal artifacts, and is now a Maricopa County park.[4]

Cave Creek Recreational Park

Demographics[edit]

As of the census[5] of 2000, there were 3,728 people, 1,571 households, and 1,101 families residing in the town. The population density was 132.0 people per square mile (51.0/km²). There were 1,753 housing units at an average density of 62.1 per square mile (24.0/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 94.98% White, 0.30% Black or African American, 0.19% Native American, 0.43% Asian, 0.05% Pacific Islander, 2.60% from other races, and 1.45% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 7.05% of the population.

Out of the 1,571 households some 27.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 59.0% were married couples living together, 7.4% had a female householder with no husband present, and 29.9% were non-families. 24.3% of all households were made up of individuals and 6.2% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.37 and the average family size was 2.80.

In the town the population was spread out with 20.9% under the age of 18, 5.5% from 18 to 24, 24.2% from 25 to 44, 36.1% from 45 to 64, and 13.3% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 45 years. For every 100 females there were 100.1 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 97.5 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $59,938, and the median income for a family was $76,549. Males had a median income of $50,399 versus $31,607 for females. The per capita income for the town was $38,070. About 6.0% of families and 7.7% of the population were below the poverty line, including 12.9% of those under age 18 and 7.3% of those age 65 or over.

Trail markers at Spur Cross Park, north of Cave Creek

Politics[edit]

In June 2009, Cave Creek attracted media attention when a game of chance was used to break a tie in a vote for Town Council. The drawing of playing cards led to the victory of 25-year-old law student Adam Trenk over incumbent Town Council member Thomas McGuire. The Arizona State Constitution allows a game of chance to be used to break ties.[6]

"Where the Wild West Lives" was adopted as the town motto by the Cave Creek Town Council during a November 2013 meeting.[7]

Notable people[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Annual Estimates of the Population for All Incorporated Places in Arizona" (CSV). 2005 Population Estimates. U.S. Census Bureau, Population Division. June 21, 2006. Retrieved November 15, 2006. 
  2. ^ "Annual Estimates of the Population for Incorporated Places in Arizona". United States Census Bureau. 2008-07-10. Retrieved 2008-07-14. 
  3. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23. 
  4. ^ Greg Gordon (October 27, 2008). "McCain pushed regulators for land swap, despite pledge". McClatchy Newspapers. 
  5. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  6. ^ Archibold, Randal C. Election at a Draw, Arizona Town Cuts a Deck, The New York Times, 2009-06-16. Accessed 2009-08-25.
  7. ^ Carcamo, Cindy. (2013, November 7). A showdown between Arizona towns over motto. The Los Angeles Times.
  8. ^ [1]
  9. ^ Arizona Republic

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