Mill Valley, CA
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Living in Mill Valley


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 14,295 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 95.12% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, Mill Valley is a city of managers, professionals, and sales and office workers. There are especially a lot of people living in Mill Valley who work in management occupations (23.47%), sales jobs (14.78%), and business and financial occupations (13.09%).

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.

A relatively large number of people in Mill Valley telecommute to their jobs. Overall, about 16.58% 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 great place for families with children to consider. First of all, many other families with children live here, making Mill Valley a place where both parents and children are more likely to develop social ties with other families, as well as find family-oriented services and community. The city’s good public school district and large population of college-educated adults provide an environment conducive to academic values. With regard to real estate, Mill Valley has a high rate of owner-occupied single family homes, which tends to reflect stability in the local community. Finally, Mill Valley’s overall crime rate is lower than average for the country.

Mill Valley is also nautical, which means that parts of it are somewhat historic and touch the ocean or tidal bodies of water, such as inlets and bays. Such areas are often places that visitors and locals go for waterfront activities or taking in the scenery.

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 33.32 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.

Despite being a small city, Mill Valley has a lot of people using the bus to get to and from work every day. Most of these people on the bus are using it to get to good jobs in other cities.

If knowledge is power, Mill Valley is a pretty powerful place. 77.03% of the adults in Mill Valley have earned a 4-year college degree, masters degree, MD, law degree, or even PhD. Compare that to the national average of 21.84% for all cities and towns.

The per capita income in Mill Valley in 2010 was $110,808, which is wealthy relative to California and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $443,232 for a family of four.

Mill Valley is a somewhat ethnically-diverse city. 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, German, European, and Scottish.

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