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Mills River, North Carolina - Basic Facts

The Town of Mills River is an incorporated place (Class Code P1) located in Henderson County at latitude 35.3814 and longitude -82.5886. Henderson County is in the Eastern time zone (GMT -5). The elevation is 2,096 feet.

The formal official name is the Town of Mills River, but most people and references simply refer to it as Mills River, North Carolina.

The P1 Census Class Code for Mills River indicates a populated place that is also an incorporated place with the same name and the same census code. The Incorporated Place has a Functional Status Code "A" which identifies an active government providing primary general-purpose functions.

The formal boundaries for the Town of Mills River (see map below) encompass a land area of 22.39 sq. miles and a water area of 0.17 sq. miles.

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Mills River, NC Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2014)


Total Population 6,822
Population in Households 6,809
Population in Familes 5,788
Population in Group Qrtrs 13
Population Density1 305
Diversity Index2 19


Total Households 2,829
Average Household Size 2.41
Family Households 2,066
Average Family Size 3


Total Housing Units 3,149 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 2,369 (75.2%)
Renter Occupied HU 460 (14.6%)
Vacant Housing Units 320 (10.2%)
Median Home Value $210,515
Average Home Value $240,907


Median Household Income $56,013
Average Household Income $67,029
Per Capita Income $27,644
  (Compound Annual Growth Rates)


2010-2014 2014-2019
Population 0.07% 0.36%
Households 0.18% 0.39%
Families 0.17% 0.29%
Median Household Income   2.11%
Per Capita Income   1.54%
1) Population Density = Total Population per square mile.
2) The Diversity Index is a scale of 0 to 100 that represents the likelyhood that two persons, chosen at random from the same area, belong to different race or ethnic groups. If an area's entire population belongs to one race AND one ethnic group, then the area has zero diversity. An area's diversity index increases to 100 when the population is evenly divided into two or more race/ethnic groups.
Based on Census 2010 counts, the Diversity Index for the United States was 60.6 and it is expected to increase to 64.8 by July 1, 2018.

Mills River, NC - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Mills River to the other 739 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs in North Carolina by rank and percentile using July 1, 2014 data. The location Ranked # 1 has the highest value. A location that ranks higher than 75% of its peers would be in the 75th percentile of the peer group.

Variable Description Rank Percentile
Total Population # 119 84th
Population Density1 # 568 23rd
Diversity Index2 # 641 14th
Median Household Income # 92 88th
Per Capita Income # 131 82nd

Additional comparisons and rankings can be made with a VERY EASY TO USE North Carolina Census Data Comparison Tool.