Mill Valley, CA
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Cost of Living

The cost of living in Mill Valley is higher than the state and national averages. The high cost of living can be attributed to the expensive price of housing, as the median home price in Mill Valley is more than $1.5 million. Mill Valley residents can also expect to pay higher-than-average taxes, but much of these taxes go toward funding the city’s highly ranked public school district.


Mill Valley is located along Highway 101, making it easy for commuters to drive south into San Francisco or north towards San Rafael. Those opting for public transportation can take a combination of Golden Gate Transit and Marin Transit to travel between Mill Valley and San Francisco; bus routes connect Mill Valley with downtown San Francisco, and the nearby Larkspur Ferry takes commuters across the San Francisco Bay to the San Francisco Ferry Terminal. Mill Valley residents can also utilize the Richmond-San Rafael Bridge to reach Richmond, Berkeley, Oakland, and other employment hubs in the East Bay.


People from all over the country visit the Muir Woods National Monument to admire California’s famous towering redwoods. Mill Valley also has several popular hiking trails and nature paths, including Blithedale Summit Open Space Preserve, Camino Alto Open Space Preserve, and the Dipsea Trail stairs. For uninterrupted views of the Pacific Ocean and the vast Bay Area, check out the lush Tennessee Valley, which offers beautiful trails for oceanside strolls. Downtown Mill Valley is full of upscale boutiques and local eateries, and the city proudly hosts the Mill Valley Film Festival every October, screening Oscar-winning films. Residents here also flock to the highly respected Marin Theater Company to see plays by contemporary playwrights.


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