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 14,355 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 94.83% 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 (22.31%), sales jobs (15.89%), and business and financial occupations (10.91%).

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.

One interesting thing about the economy is that relatively large numbers of people worked from their home: 14.61% of the workforce. While this number may seem small overall, as a fraction of the total workforce this is high compared to the rest of the county. 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 people who are both educated and wealthy, and thus tend to be older, richer, and more established than young professionals. "Urban sophisticates" is not just about being educated and well-off financially: it is a point of view and state of mind, one that you might call 'urbaneness'. But such people can and do regularly live in small towns, suburbs and rural areas, as well as in big cities. They read, support the arts and high-end shops, and love travel.

Mill Valley is a good choice for families with children because of several factors. Many other families with children live here, making it a place where both parents and children are more likely to develop social ties with other families. The city’s good public school district and large population of college-educated adults provide an environment conducive to academic success. Many people own their own single-family homes, providing areas for children to play and stability in the 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 31.28 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.

Do you have a 4-year college degree or graduate degree? If so, you may feel right at home in Mill Valley. 75.69% 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 $107,018, which is wealthy relative to California and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $428,072 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, German, Irish, Italian, and Scottish.

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