Mills River is a somewhat small town located in the state of North Carolina. With a population of 7,168 people and three constituent neighborhoods, Mills River is the 114th largest community in North Carolina.
Mills River real estate is some of the most expensive in North Carolina, although Mills River house values don't compare to the most expensive real estate in the U.S.
Unlike some towns where white-collar or blue-collar occupations dominate the local economy, Mills River is neither predominantly one nor the other. Instead, it has a mixed workforce of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Mills River is a town of sales and office workers, professionals, and service providers. There are especially a lot of people living in Mills River who work in sales jobs (14.52%), office and administrative support (12.63%), and management occupations (10.62%).
One interesting thing about the economy is that relatively large numbers of people worked from their home: 7.56% 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.
Because of many things, Mills River 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, Mills River really has some of the features that families look for when choosing a good community to raise children. Is Mills River 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.
Mills River is very much a car-oriented town. This is because the population of Mills River isn't large enough or dense enough to support an extensive public transit system. It has a lot of rural roads, and the distance between houses can be quite large, which together tends to discourage walking and bicycling to work. 83.74% of residents commute to work in their own car (and the drive is typically to a job out of town). People also tend to drive out of town for other services as well, such as shopping, doctors appointments, and more.
Mills River is a small town, and as such doesn't have a public transit system that people use to get to and from their jobs every day.
The education level of Mills River citizens is substantially higher than the typical US community, as 30.47% of adults in Mills River have at least a bachelor's degree.
The per capita income in Mills River in 2010 was $29,019, which is wealthy relative to North Carolina, and upper middle income relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $116,076 for a family of four. However, Mills River contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.
The people who call Mills River home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Mills River residents report their race to be White, followed by Black or African-American. Important ancestries of people in Mills River include English, Irish, Scots-Irish, and Scottish.
The most common language spoken in Mills River is English. Other important languages spoken here include Polish and Spanish.