Mills River, NC

Mills River, situated in Henderson County, is a town made up of 22 square miles.

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The area was first settled sometime in the 18th century.  

Mills River was officially established in the 1780s, making it one of the oldest town's in Henderson County.  


The median resident age in Mills River is 46 years. The median estimated household income is about $47,000 making it about $1,000 less than the North Carolina average. The estimated per capita is about $28,000. The average price for a home in Mills River is about $192,000 (2015) which is $32,000 more than the North Carolina Average. Expect to pay about $600 a month for rent.

The racial makeup of Mills River is 93% White, 2% Hispanic, 4% Two or more races, and 1% other. 93% of the population are high school graduates, with 32% holding a Bachelor's Degree or higher. 62% are married, 8% are divorced, 1% are separated, 4% are widowed, leaving 25% that have never been married.

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Henderson County

Mills River belongs to Henderson County in the western part of North Carolina. The county, named after Chief Justice Leonard Henderson, is a part of the Asheville, NC Metropolitan Statistical Area, has a population of 106,700. The county seat and largest city, Hendersonville, has a population of 13,300.

Henderson County borders Buncombe, Polk, Haywood, Rutherford, Transylvania, and Greenville (SC) counties.

Henderson County is made up of 375 square miles. 373 of which is land with the remaining 2 as water.


The population of Mills River, NC is about 6,800. The population has been steadily increasing since its founding.


The elevation of Mills River, NC is 2,195 feet above sea level.

Zip Code

The zip code for Mills River, NC is 28759.

Area Code

The area code for Mills River, NC is 828.

Politics and Religion

Historically speaking Mills River and Henderson County have voted mostly Republican, with 63% going to Mitt Romney during the 2012 Presidential Election. This represents the trend for the previous four or five elections.

As of 2010, 49% of the population are religiously unafiliated (Nones). About 44% are Protestants with Catholics making up around 7%.


The unemployment rate for Mills River is about 4% (2015), making it lower than the state average of around 5%.

Manufacturing, retail, and forestry make nearly 50% of the most common industries in the town.

Newspaper & Obituaries

Hendersonville Times-News and Hendersonville Lightning is the primary newspaper that covers the Henderson County area.


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