Mills River, NC
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Mills River is a somewhat small town located in the state of North Carolina. With a population of 7,162 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, Mills River isn’t mainly white- or blue-collar. Instead, the most prevalent occupations for people in Mills River are a mix of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Mills River is a town of sales and office workers, service providers, and professionals. There are especially a lot of people living in Mills River who work in management occupations (14.10%), office and administrative support (13.87%), and sales jobs (10.07%).

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.

One interesting thing about the economy is that relatively large numbers of people worked from their home: 7.36% 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 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.

The town is relatively quiet, having a combination of lower population density and few of those groups of people who have a tendency to be noisy. For example, Mills River has relatively fewer families with younger children, and/or college students. Combined, this makes Mills River a pretty quiet place to live overall. If you like quiet, you will probably enjoy it here.

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 29.08% of adults in Mills River have at least a bachelor's degree.

The per capita income in Mills River in 2010 was $28,494, 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 $113,976 for a family of four.

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 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.