Mill Valley is one of the most prominent towns in Marin County. It is set in the ancient redwood forests of northern California and is a charming retreat a short distance from the urban centers around it. Mill Valley’s downtown is a lively and lovely area reminiscent of a European town. You’ll find residents in the local eateries relaxing at the popular Depot Bookstore and Café nursing a cup of coffee or people watching. For art, theatre and film lovers, Mill Valley has a lot to offer.
Mill Valley’s demographics show a thriving town and a healthy real estate market. These statistics indicate that Mill Valley’s standard of living is high and a desirable place for families. The town is carefully regulated to keep the size at its current levels and the facilities at a high standard.
In 2010 the United States Census reported that Mill Valley had a population of 13,903 people. The population has grown 2.2% since 2000. The population density was 2947 people per square mile or 1,107.4/km².
Males accounted for 46.0% of the population with women at more than half the population at 54.0%.
The median resident age is 46.6 years, which is very close to the median age of Californians which is 45.6 years.
Mill Valley’s zip codes 94941, 94942 are among the most expensive in the country. The estimated median house or condo value in 2009 was $932,046 up from $719,500 in 2000. The median value of a home in California in 2009 was $384,200. The median gross rent in 2009 was $1,646.
The estimated median household income in 2009 was $107,577 up from $90,794 in 2000. The median income in the state of California in 2009 was $58,931.
The ethnic breakdown of the town population’s ancestries is as follows:
White/Caucasian background- 11,934 (85.8%)
Asian background - 740 (5.3%)
Hispanic background - 622 (4.5%)
Black background - 109 (0.8%)
American Indian only- 15 (0.1%)
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander only - 14 (0.1%)
Other race only - 41 (0.3%)
Two or more races - 428 (3.1%)
In March 2012 the cost of living index in Mill Valley was 155.9, significantly higher than the United States average of 100.
For the section of the population 25 years and over in Mill Valley, 98.0% were high school educated or had received higher education; 71.0% had received a Bachelor's degree or higher; 32.9% had earned a graduate or professional degree. The unemployed population was 2.0%. Mill Valley residents had to travel an average commute time of 31.9 minutes.
For population 15 years and over in Mill Valley 25.2% had never married; 53.8% were married; 1.9% are separated; 5.9% were widowed; and 13.2% divorced. A total of 1,342 residents are foreign born with 4.6% from Europe, 1.7% from Asia, 1.5% from Latin America and 1.4% from other areas in North America.