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Mills River is a town in North Carolina with a population of 7,079. Mills River is in Henderson County and is one of the best places to live in North Carolina. Living in Mills River offers residents a suburban feel and most residents own their homes. Many young professionals and retirees live in Mills River and residents tend to be conservative. The public schools in Mills River are highly rated.

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$226,800
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$842
National
$949
Area Feel
Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    17%
  • Own
    83%
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Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
NG
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    282.7
  • Murder
    6.1
  • Rape
    40.7
  • Robbery
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    500.1
  • Theft
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    284
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Residents

Diversity
B
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Age
  • <10 years
    9%
  • 10-17 years
    11%
  • 18-24 years
    9%
  • 25-34 years
    9%
  • 35-44 years
    12%
  • 45-54 years
    15%
  • 55-64 years
    14%
  • 65+ years
    20%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    11%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    21%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    35%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    26%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    7%
    13%

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Median Household Income
$63,387
National
$55,322
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Mills River Reviews

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It is way too expensive to live here anymore thanks to 98% of landlords asking for CALIFORNIA rent prices here, where the min. wage is over $4 LESS! nchousing dot org's website shows Henderson County to be one of the most rent burdened areas in NC. A person has to work at LEAST 85 hours p/week to afford a modest 2br. apt (NOT counting food, medications, neccessities, et al) ! All because of most local landlords still-increasing GREED. The snobbish gentrification (sky-high rents to force out so-called bad elements - aka young families/disabled/lower income) of this area is causing widespread homelessness. For the numerous disabled/elderly it is LIFE THREATENING. Avoid it until rents go back down to where they should be per the incomes in this area. $650-700 for a 2bedroom is normal and in concert with local wages. The current $1100+ is NOT a LIVEABLE rent amt.! Quiet+beautiful it may be - but a family friendly area, or where landlords care about their fellow human beings, it is not.
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Mills River is a beautiful city with wonderful landscapes, people, and locations. Whether you're 16, 21, 40, or 88, Mills River has something to offer you. It feels like home.
My neighborhood is only loud on certain iccasions, so the peaceful quiet is nice most of the time. However, it is my nexrdoor neighbors that always create noise, and they do so at odd hours. They're not very considerate when they make noise, as it's always pipe bombs or guns that they are playing with.