The City of Maple Valley incorporated August 31, 1997. The City is 5.8 square miles, located east of Kent and Covington, and north of Black Diamond. Maple Valley is located about 30 minutes east of Seattle and Tacoma, equidistant from the water of Puget Sound and the landscapes of the Cascade Mountains. Maple Valley offers an extraordinary location to enjoy all that our region has to offer.
The average temperature range is from winter lows of 32 degrees/43 degrees highs, to summer lows of 51 degrees/75 degrees highs.
Population & Demographics
The City is one of the fastest growing market areas in Washington State. From 2000 – 2010 the City grew nearly 63% - the 17th fastest growing city in the State during that period. The population (as of April 1, 2014) is 24,230, with a estimated trade area population of 65,000-94,000. The City currently ranks #43 out of 281 municipalities in the State for population. The build-out population for the City is projected to be 29,500 in 2020.
According to the 2000 US Census, 62% of the City’s population is between the ages of 18-64, 34% is 17 or younger, and 5% is over 65.
A high percentage of residents are college educated, approximately 75% of adults have post-secondary education. In addition, Maple Valley has one of the highest median incomes in King County, $92,900 per household. High household earnings and comparatively low cost of housing provide Maple Valley residents, on average, with more disposable income.
The City is served by the , recognized for its excellence in educating children, excellent bus transportation, and aggressive pursuit of new opportunities for children. Academically, the Tahoma School District consistently scores much higher than most other Washington school districts. Tahoma High School is rated in the top 5% nationwide.
The District has one high school, one junior high school, two middle schools, four elementary schools, and a parent-partnered school.
Private schools and home schooling are also popular alternatives to public education. Local schools providing such options are Rainier Christian School, Renton Christian School, and the Russell Ridge Center.
There are a multitude of early learning programs within Maple Valley as well, including the Early Childhood Education and Assistance Program and co-op programs which partner parents in their child’s early learning.
Within easy driving distance from Maple Valley, higher education opportunities are found at Green River Community College, Renton Technical College, and the University of Washington, to name a few.
Maple Valley is a thriving and growing community that embraces education and community and the opportunities that they bring.
There is every option available when it comes to housing in Maple Valley including apartments, senior housing, townhomes, and single family residences. Many of the developments in Maple Valley take advantage of the beautiful natural environment that the City has to offer. In the greater Maple Valley area it is not unusual for homes to be on multiple acre sites and some have pastoral environments with horses, cows, sheep, alpacas, llamas and emu.
In the center of the City there are multiple neighborhoods with tree lined streets, community parks and access to much of the nature that makes Maple Valley special. Many neighborhoods have access to extensive trail systems that lead to the Black Diamond Mountain Biking trail system, Lake Wilderness Park and Arboretum, the Maple Valley Library, and that link up to the Green to Cedar Rivers Trail which leads all the way into Renton. The trail system has the potential of leading someone all the way into Downtown Seattle and it also has multiple connections to the business community. The City of Maple Valley sits along the eastern edge of King County’s urban growth boundary, which discourages growth outside those boundaries leaving Maple Valley on the edge of nature’s beauty. It is truly a wonderful and unique natural setting. The median price for a home sold in Maple Valley is around $359,955.
Parks and Recreation Opportunities
The City of Maple Valley has two developed parks, Lake Wilderness Park and Take-A-Break Park. The City acquired Lake Wilderness Park from King County in January 2003. At 108 acres, Lake Wilderness Park is a large regional park with lots of prime shoreline, preserved forestland, and meandering pathways. Located within the park is Lake Wilderness Lodge and executive conference center. Adjacent to the park is the 40-acre Lake Wilderness Arboretum.
Maple Valley has three lakes, two golf courses, and several miles of trails, including the Green to Cedar Rivers Trail that connects to the Cedar River Trail.
Maple Valley Parks and Recreation Department offers many recreational activities throughout the year including: tennis lessons, day camp, adult softball, adult volleyball, and adult basketball. Click to view a list of current activities.
Maple Valley is the location of a number of major events each year, including:
- Annual Fishing Derby at Lake Wilderness, fourth weekend in April
- Music in the Park, June through July
- Maple Valley Days, second weekend in June
- Fourth of July Celebration, Fourth of July
- Make A Difference Day, fourth weekend in October (neighbors helping neighbors)
- Holiday Tree Lighting, first week in December
Our biggest community festival is Maple Valley Days, organized and supported by local volunteers. It features a community parade, amusement park rides, stage presentations, fun run, classic car display, and craft, food, vendor and informational booths. In past years Maple Valley Days has also featured an Arts Festival, the Wenatchee Youth Circus, and special presentations by the South King County Arboretum Foundation at the Lake Wilderness Arboretum. Maple Valley Days is held in our beautiful Lake Wilderness Park.
To view a list of current special events click here.
The following utility companies serve Maple Valley:
- Cable: Comcast
- Electricity: Puget Sound Energy
- Garbage: Recology CleanScapes and Republic Services
- Sewer: Soos Creek Water & Sewer District
- Water: Covington Water District and Cedar River Water and Sewer District
Taxes and Budget
To view Maple Valley's current budget click here.
The following are the key tax rates for 2014. The property tax rate changes annually. Other changes will require State authorization:
- Levy Rate: $1.47
- Retail Sales Tax: 8.6%
- Utility Tax: 6.0% for electricity, natural gas and telephone and 3.0% for cable TV
- Real Estate Excise Tax: 0.5%