Maple Valley, Washington

Maple Valley, Washington

According to allpubliclibraries, Maple Valley, Washington is a small city situated in the foothills of the Cascade Mountains. With an elevation of 285 feet above sea level, it enjoys a mild climate and plenty of sunshine. The city was founded in 1891 and has grown steadily since then. It is now home to more than 20,000 people, making it the fifth-largest city in King County.

The geography of Maple Valley varies from flat plains to rolling hills and valleys. The area is known for its abundant wildlife, including deer, coyotes, bobcats, and bald eagles. In addition to its natural beauty, the area also offers plenty of recreational activities such as hiking and biking trails through its many parks and forests.

The economy of Maple Valley is based largely on retail businesses as well as technology companies like Microsoft and Amazon who have offices in the area. There are several schools located in Maple Valley including Tahoma High School, Maple View Middle School, Rock Creek Elementary School, and Cedar Heights Junior High School.

The history of Maple Valley is rich with stories about Native Americans who once lived there long before settlers arrived. There are many landmarks throughout the city including Lake Wilderness Park which features a scenic lake surrounded by lush forestland; Cedar River Park which offers fishing opportunities; Cedar Grove Park which includes a playground for children; and Lake Lucerne which is great for swimming or fishing.

Population: 14,209. Estimated population in July 2020: 15,153 (+6.6% change)
Males: 7,077 (49.8%), Females: 7,132 (50.2%)

King County

Zip code: 98038

Median resident age: 32.3 years
Median household income: $67,159
Median house value: $198,800

Races in Maple Valley:

  • White Non-Hispanic (88.9%)
  • Two or more races (3.6%)
  • Hispanic (3.6%)
  • American Indian (1.8%)
  • Other race (1.4%)
  • Black (1.1%)
  • Filipino (0.8%)

Ancestries: German (21.3%), English (13.2%), Irish (12.6%), Norwegian (9.4%), United States (5.9%), Italian (5.6%).

Elevation: 343 feet

Land area: 5.4 square miles


Maple Valley, Washington is a small town with a population of about 19,000 people. It is located in King County, about 30 miles east of Seattle. The median age is 36.3 years and the median household income is $78,849. The majority of the population is white (84%), followed by Hispanic/Latino (7%), Asian (4%), and African American (3%). The town has a mix of rural and suburban neighborhoods, but the majority of homes are single-family dwellings. There are also some apartment buildings scattered throughout the town.

The town has a strong sense of community and many events that bring people together such as farmer’s markets, outdoor concerts in summertime, and an annual Maple Valley Days street fair in July. There are also several parks that serve as gathering places for families to enjoy sports or just have fun outdoors. Additionally, there are several schools in Maple Valley including elementary schools, middle schools, high schools, and two universities: Cascadia College and University of Washington Tacoma Campus Extension Center. The town also boasts several healthcare centers providing medical care to residents as well as several churches for those seeking spiritual guidance. With its close proximity to Seattle and Tacoma residents can easily enjoy all that those cities have to offer while still living in a smaller community setting with plenty of outdoor activities nearby as well such as hiking trails at Cedar River Watershed Park and kayaking on Lake Wilderness Park’s lake.

For population 25 years and over in Maple Valley

  • High school or higher: 93.6%
  • Bachelor’s degree or higher: 31.7%
  • Graduate or professional degree: 7.9%
  • Unemployed: 2.6%
  • Mean travel time to work: 36.8 minutes

For population 15 years and over in Maple Valley city

  • Never married: 17.0%
  • Now married: 70.9%
  • Separated: 1.3%
  • Widowed: 2.3%
  • Divorced: 8.5%

4.6% Foreign born (1.9% Europe, 1.3% Asia, 0.7% Latin America, 0.5% North America).

Population change in the 1990s: +7,764 (+120.5%).


Hospitals/medical centers near Maple Valley:

  • VALLEY MEDICAL CENTER (about 14 miles; RENTON, WA)


Airports certified for carrier operations nearest to Maple Valley:

  • SEATTLE-TACOMA INTL (about 19 miles; SEATTLE, WA; Abbreviation: SEA)
  • BOEING FIELD/KING COUNTY INTL (about 21 miles; SEATTLE, WA; Abbreviation: BFI)
  • MCCHORD AFB (about 34 miles; TACOMA, WA; Abbreviation: TCM)

Other public-use airports nearest to Maple Valley:

  • CREST AIRPARK (about 5 miles; KENT, WA; Abbreviation: S36)
  • AUBURN MUNI (about 13 miles; AUBURN, WA; Abbreviation: S50)
  • RENTON MUNI (about 14 miles; RENTON, WA; Abbreviation: RNT)

Colleges and Universities

Colleges/universities with over 2000 students nearest to Maple Valley:

  • GREEN RIVER COMMUNITY COLLEGE (about 10 miles; AUBURN, WA; Full-time enrollment: 4,568)
  • RENTON TECHNICAL COLLEGE (about 14 miles; RENTON, WA; Full-time enrollment: 2,623)
  • UNIVERSITY OF WASHINGTON-SEATTLE CAMPUS (about 18 miles; SEATTLE, WA; Full-time enrollment: 32,742)
  • BELLEVUE COMMUNITY COLLEGE (about 19 miles; BELLEVUE, WA; Full-time enrollment: 7,013)
  • HIGHLINE COMMUNITY COLLEGE (about 19 miles; DES MOINES, WA; Full-time enrollment: 4,288)
  • CITY UNIVERSITY (about 21 miles; BELLEVUE, WA; Full-time enrollment: 4,007)
  • PACIFIC LUTHERAN UNIVERSITY (about 22 miles; TACOMA, WA; Full-time enrollment: 3,265)


Public high school in Maple Valley:

  • MAPLE VALLEY HIGH SCHOOL (Students: 82; Location: 23015 SE 216TH WAY; Grades: 09 – 12)

Public primary/middle schools in Maple Valley:

  • LAKE WILDERNESS ELEMENTARY (Students: 926; Location: 24216 WITTE ROAD SE; Grades: PK – 06)
  • ROCK CREEK ELEMENTARY (Students: 840; Location: 25700 MAPLE VALLEY HWY SE; Grades: PK – 06)
  • GLACIER PARK ELEMENTARY (Students: 803; Location: 23700 SE 280TH STREET; Grades: PK – 06)
  • CEDAR RIVER MIDDLE SCHOOL (Students: 725; Location: 22615 SWEENEY ROAD SE; Grades: 06 – 09)
  • SHADOW LAKE ELEMENTARY (Students: 553; Location: 22620 SWEENEY ROAD SE; Grades: KG – 06)
  • RUSSELL RIDGE CENTER (Students: 53; Location: 22615 SWEENEY ROAD SE; Grades: KG – 12)

Private primary/middle school in Maple Valley:

  • SONSHIP SCH – PRESCH/DAY CARE (Students: 44; Location: 24905 WITTE ROAD PO BOX 466; Grades: PK – KG)

Maple Valley, Washington