Historically homes in South King County have proven more affordable for Employees relocating to the Puget Sound because of their being further distanced from the Metropolitan areas of Seattle and Bellevue. Maple Valley has long been an attractive alternative to the Bellevue/Eastside area for relocating families due to the strength of the Tahoma School District and lower prices. As a convenience for those researching South King County markets, I’ve compiled a side by side comparison of various information from school districts which include: Auburn, Kent, Renton, Federal Way, Enumclaw and Tahoma (Maple Valley). At every grade and subject level but one, Tahoma WASL Scores were higher than all South King County districts.
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When my Husband and I first began telling friends and Family about our move to the Seattle area, one of their first responses often was, “but it rains all the time there!” or “how are you going to stand all that rain?”. If my parents hadn’t already lived in Bellevue at the time, I may have been more concerned, but we were assured that it didn’t rain much more in Seattle than in other cities…it just rained more often. Seattle averages approximately 36″ of rainfall a year. Compare that to other cities such as New York which gets 46.6” or Kansas City Missouri which averages 42″ of rainfall per year or Dallas which also has a 36″ average. NOT more Rain….just more rainy days. In fact, after living here for a while, you’ll begin to notice the various degrees of rain: Downpour, RAIN, Sprinkles, Drizzle & Mist (or as I like to call it, “Spit”) The norm is definitely Sprinkles or Drizzle and therefore you’ll rarely see a Seattleite using an umbrella unless there’s a heavy downpour or reason to be outdoors over a prolonged period of time…think youth Soccer sidelines. If you’re considering making a move here to the gorgeous Northwest,
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