Introduction to Mill Valley, California

Mill Valley, California, in Marin County, is 4 miles S of San Rafael, California (center to center) and 11 miles NW of San Francisco, California. The city benefits from easy access to the nearby cities and towns with which it shares the San Francisco metropolitan area. 

Mill Valley History

The area that has developed into Mill Valley was originally received by John Thomas Reed as a Mexican land grant. Reed, who was Irish, became a citizen of Mexico in 1834. He constructed the first saw mill called the 'Old Mill' in California. This mill provided the fire for initial growth of the area which began to develop rapidly during the Gold Rush and is now an affluent residential community.

Mill Valley and Nearby Attractions

  • Tea Garden Springs.
  • Fisherman's Wharf.
  • Muir Woods National Monument.
  • Kabuki Springs & Spa.
  • Nob Hill Spa-Huntington Hotel.

Things To Do In Mill Valley

Mill Valley has number of parks which offer facilities for recreation, as well as fitness activities and sports. There is a golf course, as well as tennis courts for the lovers enthusiasts of these games. Additionally, the Mill Valley Parks and Recreation department regularly organizes various events and activities.

Mill Valley Transportation

Air transportation is available at the San Francisco International Airport.

Mill Valley Higher Education

The College of Marin serves the area.


Total Population 14,243
Male Share of the Population 46.9%
Female Share of the Population 53.1%
Senior Citizens 20.5%
Employed Population 16+ 6,649
Age of the Population 46


% of people married 58.6%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 76.8%
Median Earnings25+ $0
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $0
Median Earnings With High School Degree $0


Median Family Income $174,176
% Above Poverty Level 96.7%
% Below Poverty Level 3.3%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 31 minutes
% Working from Home 14.2%
% Walking and Biking to Work 5.9%
% Using Public Transportation 11.5%


People Living Alone 30.7%
Median Gross Rent $1,861
Median House Value $1,157,500


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 23.3%
US/American 0.2%
English 14.3%
Irish 11.8%

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Mill Valley Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 4 miles S of San Rafael, California (center to center)
Nearest Large City 11 miles NW of San Francisco, California
County Marin
Standard Zip Codes 94941
P.O. Box Zip Codes 94942
Phone Area Codes 415
Time Zone Pacific (-8 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 37.906
Longitude -122.543

Mill Valley Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)

Distance 3.3 miles
Jan Temp 41 to 56 F
Apr Temp 46 to 71 F
Jul Temp 53 to 85 F
Oct Temp 50 to 75 F
Annual Precip 47.4 inches
Distance 6.5 miles
Jan Temp 41 to 56 F
Apr Temp 47 to 69 F
Jul Temp 55 to 81 F
Oct Temp 51 to 74 F
Annual Precip 34.2 inches
Distance 11.4 miles
Jan Temp 46 to 58 F
Apr Temp 50 to 65 F
Jul Temp 54 to 68 F
Oct Temp 55 to 70 F
Annual Precip 22.2 inches

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

According to the US Postal Service, Mill Valley, its neighborhoods, and/or surrounding areas are also referred to as:

Muir Woods (94941)

Strawberry Point (94941)

Tamalpais Valley (94941)

Note that not all alternate names are acceptable for use in US Post Office addresses.

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Corte Madera 9,595 $147,778
Larkspur 12,219 $121,486
Ross 2,306 $220,341
San Anselmo 12,566 $128,469
San Rafael 58,819 $100,503
Sausalito 7,094 $181,667

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Mill Valley Public Libraries

Mill Valley Public Library
Mill Valley, California
(415) 389-4292
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Mill Valley High Schools

Title I eligible, not participating.
Serves 1,142 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 18.4

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