Maple Valley Love

Maple Valley Love

Awards and Recognition:
Nestled in the foothills of the gorgeous Mt. Rainier, Maple Valley WA was recognized by FamilyCircle magazine as one of the Top 10 Places to Raise a Family in the nation in 2011. In 2013, Businessweek declared Maple Valley WA one of America's Best Place to Raise Kids, CBS News name it Top 10 Hottest Suburb; and recently, Maple Valley, made Washington's Safest Places to Live. The city is also part of the Tahoma School District, which consistently educates students to within the top 10% nationally.

What I love about Maple Valley:
When I grew up in Maple Valley you could ride from end to end on a bike and never see a house. While the community still has much wooded natural areas, and some of these original trails still exist it has grown into a charming city not a town.  

The Sense of Community. You can feel the sense of community the families and citizens of Maple Valley have in their community, they care for their city and the people who live in it. They care about the environment and it shows in their homes and neighborhoods,  schools and community events. 

The Neighborhood Feel. Maple Valley is very diverse in its array of neighborhoods.  You will find rural communities like Hobart and Ravensdale where you will see gentleman farms, horse ranches, mountain homes, and expansive gated estate communities with some elite homes; new planned luxury and middle class developments, lakeside neighborhoods, and the charm of the original communities. Each Maple Valley neighborhood has its own character. No matter where you fit in Maple Valley, you’re guaranteed to find a great community. It is a genuine, welcoming place to meet new friends.

The Community Events. From fishing derbys, small town parades, Music in The Park, Movies in The Park, Maple Valley Days, Fourth of July, art and culture, to the fresh Farmer's Market; Maple Valley has encompassed bringing the community together. 
As cities go, it’s the whole package. It has something for everyone. A fantastic place to plant your roots. 

Maple Valley was originally settled in 1879, as a mining community by three families. Two names were suggested, Vine Maple Valley and Maple Ridge. Vine Maple Valley won by popular vote, but the post office later dropped off the “Vine” because it was too long. 

I've always been told “Tahoma” (the name of the local school district) originated from the names of three towns: Taylor, Hobart, and Maple Valley. But Tahoma was actually the original Native American name for Mount Rainier. The name “Tahoma” is from the Puyallup Tribe and means “That Frozen Water.” You can see Tahoma on the side of Mt. Rainier here.

Who's Who:
Several famous people grew up in Maple Valley WA, including singer-songwriter Brandi Carlile, NFL athlete Omare Lowe, and UFC Champion Jens Pulver. 
Maple Valley is now home to Seahawks legend, Richard Sherman, and you can sometimes run into him at the local grocery!

Population in 2012: 24,171 (100% urban, 0% rural). Population change since 2000: +70.1%
Males: 11,702  (48.4%)
Females: 12,469  (51.6%)

Median resident age:  34.2 years
Washington median age:  32.2 years
Zip codes: 98038
Estimated median household income in 2012: $95,656 (it was $67,159 in 2000)
Maple Valley:
Estimated per capita income in 2012: $35,095

Estimated median house or condo value in 2012: $291,177 (it was $196,700 in 2000)
Maple Valley:
Mean prices in 2011: All housing units: $363,795; Detached houses: $370,651; Townhouses or other attached units: $309,108; In 3-to-4-unit structures: $280,103; In 5-or-more-unit structures: $280,103; Mobile homes: $252,755

Median gross rent in 2012: $1,331.