Mills River is a somewhat small town located in the state of North Carolina. With a population of 7,294 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.
Telecommuters are a relatively large percentage of the workforce: 8.98% 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.
Mills River 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 town’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, 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.