Maple Valley, WA
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Maple Valley is a medium-sized city located in the state of Washington. With a population of 25,758 people and six constituent neighborhoods, Maple Valley is the 45th largest community in Washington.

Maple Valley home prices are not only among the most expensive in Washington, but Maple Valley real estate also consistently ranks among the most expensive in America.

Unlike some cities where white-collar or blue-collar occupations dominate the local economy, Maple Valley is neither predominantly one nor the other. Instead, it has a mixed workforce of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Maple Valley is a city of sales and office workers, professionals, and managers. There are especially a lot of people living in Maple Valley who work in management occupations (17.16%), office and administrative support (13.96%), and sales jobs (11.86%).

Also of interest is that Maple Valley has more people living here who work in computers and math than 95% of the places in the US.

A relatively large number of people in Maple Valley telecommute to their jobs. Overall, about 7.61% of the workforce works from home. While this may seem like a small number, as a fraction of the total workforce it ranks among the highest in the country. These workers are often telecommuters who work in knowledge-based, white-collar professions. For example, Silicon Valley has large numbers of people who telecommute. Other at-home workers may be self-employed people who operate small businesses out of their homes.

Because of many things, Maple Valley is a great place for families with children to consider. First of all, many other families with children live here, making Maple Valley a place where both parents and children are more likely to develop social ties with other families, as well as find family-oriented services and community. The city’s good public school district and large population of college-educated adults provide an environment conducive to academic values. With regard to real estate, Maple Valley has a high rate of owner-occupied single family homes, which tends to reflect stability in the local community. Finally, Maple Valley’s overall crime rate is lower than average for the country.

One downside of living in Maple Valley, however, is that residents on average have to contend with a long commute, spending on average 37.51 minutes every day commuting to work.

The citizens of Maple Valley are among the most well-educated in the nation: 40.73% of adults in Maple Valley have a bachelor's degree or even advanced degree, whereas the average US city has 21.84% holding at least a bachelor's degree.

The per capita income in Maple Valley in 2010 was $39,053, which is wealthy relative to Washington and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $156,212 for a family of four.

Maple Valley is a very ethnically-diverse city. The people who call Maple Valley home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Maple Valley residents report their race to be White, followed by Asian. Important ancestries of people in Maple Valley include German, English, Irish, Norwegian, and Swedish.

The most common language spoken in Maple Valley is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Tagalog.