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Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Public Schools
    A
  2. Crime & Safety
    B
  3. Housing
    B
  4. Nightlife
    C+
  5. Good for Families
    A
  6. Diversity
    B+
  7. Jobs
    B
  8. Weather
    C+
  9. Cost of Living
    C
  10. Health & Fitness
    A-
  11. Outdoor Activities
    A
  12. Commute
    B

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$312,600
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$1,684
National
$949
Area Feel
Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    17%
  • Own
    83%

Maple Valley Rankings

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Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
B
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    23
    283
  • Murder
    0
    6
  • Rape
    39
    41
  • Robbery
    38
    136
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    331
    500
  • Theft
    821
    2,043
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    220
    284

Residents

Diversity
B+
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Median Household Income
$98,925
National
$55,322
Children
28%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    13%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    28%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    38%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    19%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    2%
    13%
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Honestly, I didn't mind the lack of diversity but as long as everyone minded their our own business then it is all good. After a few days of moving here, neighbors, stores, and restaurants were staring down my family as we weren't the same race as them. For the first few days, we were really uncomfortable and tried our best to ignore the stares but stares became glares. Not only that, whenever my kids came out to play, I would notice parents would be cautious of my kids and I. What also annoyed me was the Tahoma School District. When we tried to sign up, the district lost my kid's application and never spoke back to us when they promised they would. Maybe it was a slight minor mistake but what would've happen overwise if I WAS caucasian? If you hadn't noticed already, my family is not Caucasian but Asian sadly. I would rate it as average for its overall livability but being treated like this isn't considered as average. In all honesty, it would've been better to NOT move at all.
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There is not much to do in this little bedroom community. The entire city is based on tearing down forests and building unnecessary residential complexes. This town's community Facebook page has proven to ridicule residents, spread fake news and act as a network for adult bullying. It says something about the adult residents when the students at the local high school are ashamed of what their neighbors say about each other online. If one were to count going to Fred Myers as 'nightlife' then they are in luck. Maple Valley does not really have anything great other than their school district, which is undeniably one of the best districts in the area. However, other than that people really only live here so they are close to everything else outside of the city.
Maple Valley is overall a very nice town. There are many restaurants and it's not too far from bigger cities like Renton and Issaquah. Also the school district, Tahoma, is very good and attracts many more students. However the majority of the people in the city are caucasian (I am Korean). The problem with that is the level of diversity is very low and some cases of racism does occur. Overall Maple Valley is a great city with good education and almost no crime, but the very obvious caucasian population where racism and low diversity is apparent causes me to rate the city only as average.