According to Family Circle Magazine, Maple Valley is one of the top ten towns in the country for families. The press announcement can be found here on the city's web page. A link to the article can also be found on the site. Here is a paragraph from the press release.
Maple Valley, a suburban city of about 23,000 located in southeast King County, fit the survey criteria that analyzed 2,500 cities and towns with populations between 15,000 and 150,000. The survey looked at cities that were considered to be “family friendly” by offering affordable homes, quality schools, access to health care, green space, low crime rate and financial stability. The cities were ranked according to those criteria and a list of finalists was selected. The magazine then did further research, including interviews with people in each city, to determine the 10 most desirable cities.
Schools also played a part in the selection and our school district was a big reason why Maple Valley was selected as the tenth best town for families in the country. We can give Brett and Brenda Habenicht a big thanks for the kind words that they shared about us when interviewed by the magazine as well as the countless times they have supported fund raisers and other district needs. City and Chamber staff also shared the important role the school system plays in making Maple Valley a destination city for many people. We know that this is a great place to live and to raise children and now many more will know this because of the recognition that this article will bring. We don't need more students, but the recognition, the acknowledged importance of the schools to the community, and our success once again validates our vision and our work.