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 7,359 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 service providers. There are especially a lot of people living in Mills River who work in sales jobs (13.30%), office and administrative support (10.28%), and management occupations (9.76%).

Telecommuters are a relatively large percentage of the workforce: 7.46% 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.

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.

It is a fairly quiet town because there are relatively few of those groups of people who have a tendency to be noisy. (Children, for example, often can't help themselves from being noisy, and being parents ourselves, we know!) Mills River has relatively few families with children living at home, and is quieter because of it. Renters and college students, for their own reasons, can also be noisy. Mills River has few renters and college students. But the biggest reason it is quieter in Mills River than in most places in America, is that there are just simply fewer people living here. If you think trees make good neighbors, Mills River may be for you.

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 education level of Mills River citizens is very high relative to the national average among all cities (21.84%): 36.41% of adults in Mills River have a bachelor's degree or even advanced degree.

The per capita income in Mills River in 2010 was $32,357, 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 $129,428 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 Native American languages.