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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 14,231 people and six constituent neighborhoods, Mill Valley is the 362nd 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 96.60% 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 (24.68%), business and financial occupations (12.51%), and sales jobs (11.74%).

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.

Telecommuters are a relatively large percentage of the workforce: 21.44% of people work from home. While this number may seem small overall, as a fraction of the total workforce it is high relative to the nation. 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 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 32.22 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. 74.65% 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 2018 was $113,006, which is wealthy relative to California and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $452,024 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 Polish.

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