Haven’t paid attention to Maple Valley lately? Well, you are the only one that hasn’t! For the past few years, Maple Valley has garnered rave reviews on a variety of “Best Cities” lists. Most recently, Safewise ranked it the 16th safest city in Washington and Niche ranked it 3rd for best suburb in which to buy a house and 6th to raise a family in Washington. People have definitely noticed, and young, professional families in particular have moved to this appealing community.
What are the draws? Families appreciate the quality education provided by the Tahoma School District, where test scores are consistently among the top 10% overall in the state. Maple Valley is a safe place. In addition to Business Watch program, neighbors participate in Block Watch programs. These efforts result in vibrant neighborhoods and a low crime rate. The city boasts unprecedented community volunteerism supported by a number of active service organizations such as the Maple Valley Rotary Club. Maple Valley’s location within easy commuting distance to employment in nearby cities is also a plus. Access to State Routes 18, 169, and 516 provide portals to all the Puget Sound region has to offer.
Maple Valley also rates high for recreation. The city has access to three lakes, a golf course, and miles of trails for hiking, biking, and walking. Lake Wilderness Park, with lots of prime shoreline on Lake Wilderness, offers a variety of activities for all ages. It is also home to the annual Hooked on Fishing Opening Day Trout Derby, Independence Day Celebration & Fireworks Show, Maple Valley Days, and the outdoor summer movie & concerts in the park. The Historic Lake Wilderness Lodge and the Maple Valley Library, both AIA National Honor Award Recipients, are architectural gems. Adjacent to Lake Wilderness Park, Lake Wilderness Arboretum features one of the world’s largest collections of Western Azalea and Fuchsia. The nearby Greater Maple Valley Community Center offers services and programs for all ages.
This unique quality of life assures residential and business growth as more and more people discover that Maple Valley is a great place to call home!