Mill Valley, CA
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Mill Valley is a somewhat small coastal city (i.e. on the ocean, a bay, or inlet) located in the state of California. With a population of 14,394 people and six constituent neighborhoods, Mill Valley is the 363rd largest community in California.

Mill Valley home prices are not only among the most expensive in California, but Mill Valley real estate also consistently ranks among the most expensive in America.

Mill Valley is a decidedly white-collar city, with fully 95.80% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, Mill Valley is a city of professionals, managers, and sales and office workers. There are especially a lot of people living in Mill Valley who work in management occupations (18.82%), sales jobs (15.54%), and healthcare (9.88%).

Of important note, Mill Valley is also a city of artists. Mill Valley has more artists, designers and people working in media than 90% of the communities in America. This concentration of artists helps shape Mill Valley’s character.

Also of interest is that Mill Valley has more people living here who work in computers and math than 95% of the places in the US.

A relatively large number of people in Mill Valley telecommute to their jobs. Overall, about 13.54% of the workforce works from home. While this may seem like a small number, as a fraction of the total workforce it ranks among the highest in the country. These workers are often telecommuters who work in knowledge-based, white-collar professions. For example, Silicon Valley has large numbers of people who telecommute. Other at-home workers may be self-employed people who operate small businesses out of their homes.

In addition, Mill Valley is home to many people who could be described as "urban sophisticates". Urban sophisticates are educated, wealthy, executives and professionals, who have urbane tastes in books, food, and travel, whether they actually live in a big city, or choose to reside in a small town. In big or medium-sized cities, urban sophisticates tend to frequent art institutions such as opera, symphonies, ballet, live theatre, and museums.

Because of many things, Mill Valley is a very good place for families to consider. With an enviable combination of good schools, low crime, college-educated neighbors who tend to support education because of their own experiences, and a high rate of home ownership in predominantly single-family properties, Mill Valley really has some of the features that families look for when choosing a good community to raise children. Is Mill Valley perfect? Of course not, and if you like frenetic nightlife, it will be far from your cup of tea. But overall this is a solid community, with many things to recommend it as a family-friendly place to live.

One of the nice things about Mill Valley is that it is nautical, which means that parts of it are somewhat historic and touch the ocean or tidal bodies of water, such as inlets and bays. Because of this, visitors and locals will often go to these areas to take in the scenery or to enjoy waterfront activities.

One downside of living in Mill Valley is that it can take a long time to commute to work. In Mill Valley, the average commute to work is 31.05 minutes, which is quite a bit higher than the national average. On the other hand, local public transit is widely used in the city, so leaving the car at home and taking transit is often a viable alternative.

Even though Mill Valley is a smaller city, it has many people who hop on public transportation – mostly the bus for their daily commute to work. Typically, these people are commuting to good jobs in the surrounding cities.

Do you have a 4-year college degree or graduate degree? If so, you may feel right at home in Mill Valley. 76.83% of adults here have a 4-year degree or graduate degree, whereas the national average for all cities and towns is just 21.84%.

The per capita income in Mill Valley in 2010 was $87,627, which is wealthy relative to California and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $350,508 for a family of four.

The people who call Mill Valley home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Mill Valley residents report their race to be White, followed by Asian. Important ancestries of people in Mill Valley include English, Irish, Italian, and European.

The most common language spoken in Mill Valley is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and French.