Mills River is a somewhat small town located in the state of North Carolina. With a population of 7,359 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 managers. There are especially a lot of people living in Mills River who work in sales jobs (12.55%), office and administrative support (12.46%), and management occupations (11.81%).
Of important note, Mills River is also a town of artists. Mills River has more artists, designers and people working in media than 90% of the communities in America. This concentration of artists helps shape Mills River’s character.
A relatively large number of people in Mills River telecommute to their jobs. Overall, about 8.98% 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.
Because of many things, Mills River is a great place for families with children to consider. First of all, many other families with children live here, making Mills River 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 town’s good public school district and large population of college-educated adults provide an environment conducive to academic values. With regard to real estate, Mills River has a high rate of owner-occupied single family homes, which tends to reflect stability in the local community. Finally, Mills River’s overall crime rate is lower than average for the country.
As is often the case in a small town, Mills River doesn't have a public transportation system that people use for their commute.
The overall education level of Mills River citizens is substantially higher than the typical US community, as 31.90% of adults in Mills River have at least a bachelor's degree, and the average American community has 21.84%.
The per capita income in Mills River in 2010 was $30,973, 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 $123,892 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, German, Irish, Scots-Irish, and Scottish.
The most common language spoken in Mills River is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Tagalog.