Mill Valley lies at the foot of Mount Tamalpais, the highest peak in Marin County and a dominant landmark. The town has a unique character. It has a charming downtown and is home to a theater, nightclub, art gallery, coffee shops, and the Depot Bookstore Café, a popular gathering place. Mill Valley is one of the larger populations in the County and education levels are among the highest in the nation.
The Mill Valley School District is an elementary school district serving Mill Valley and the unincorporated areas of Alto, Strawberry, Tamalpais Valley, Muir Beach, Panoramic Ridge and Homestead Valley. The district includes five kindergarten through fifth grade schools: Edna Maguire, Old Mill, Park, Strawberry Point and Tamalpais Valley. Sixth through eighth graders attend Mill Valley Middle School. All of these schools have been recognized as California Distinguished Schools. Mill Valley School District students reside in the Tamalpais Union High School District, with most attending Tamalpais High School.
Parks & Recreation
A wealth of recreational opportunities exist in the area including a nine-hole public golf course, three parks, two recreation centers, one with a pool, gym and ball fields. Numerous youth programs are available through the Parks & Recreation Dept. There are hiking and biking trails, a dog run, and a wide range of annual events such as the Dipsea foot race, Mill Valley Film Festival, Outdoor Arts Fair, Festival of Wine, and a Memorial Day crafts festival in Bayfront Park.
Population (as of 2010 Census): 13,811
Median age: 48
Annual turnover: 13%
Long-term residents (5+ years): 46%
Sources: Population Division, U.S. Census Bureau
When Mt. Tamalpais blocks fog from rolling into central Marin, it sometimes ends up in Mill Valley. It is near the bay, so it is a little cooler than inland locations. Average temperatures range from 40 to 74 degrees.
Approximate distance from the Golden Gate Bridge is 8 miles.