Buckley and its surrounding communities have so much to offer. From the great outdoors to live performances on grand stages, residents here are treated to the best of both worlds. For the outdoorsman, Buckley features top notch skiing, camping, hiking, and biking. For those who prefer more of a city life, Buckley has its fair share of fine dining, quaint shops, night club entertainment, weekend farmer’s markets, museums, antique stores and enough coffee shops to fill an entire street with the savory aroma of a warm cup of java.
Education in Buckley
Buckley is part of the White River School District, which currently has an enrollment of approximately 4,400 students in five elementary schools, two middle schools, one high school and one alternative high school. White River High and Collins Alternative High are fed by White River Middle and Glacier Middle. The city’s five elementary schools are Elk Ridge, Foothills, Mountain Meadow, Wilkeson and Wickersham School of Discovery. For students wishing to pursue an education beyond high school, Buckley is near many fine institutions of higher learning. The most notable is the University of Washington in Seattle. UW also has a Tacoma campus. Closer to home, Pierce College is only about 10 miles from Buckley. Other schools in the immediate area include Tacoma Community College, Green River Community College and Western Washington University.
Buckley's Economy & Job Market
Buckley stands on the south side of the White River and is nestled in the Cascade Foothills which provides its residents some breathtaking views of the land to the west. The city is named after J.M Buckley, a Division Superintendent for the Northern Pacific Railroad that constructed tracks through Buckley and into Stampede Pass back in 1888. A plat was filed for the town on May 23 of that same year and in 1890 Buckley was incorporated. Due to its proximity to an excellent amount of quality timber to the east the town prospered with its many sawmills and shingle mills. Farmers soon also discovered the rich soil surrounding the plateau and agriculture soon became another key industry. Since those early days, Buckley has evolved into a prospering city that has everything from an intimate shopping district to professional businesses offering a variety of specialized services.
Attractions & Points of Interest in Buckley
The City of Buckley is ideally located and within easy driving distance to several attractive Washington cities. Wilkeson and Enumclaw are both only four miles away while the town of Carbonado can be reached within 10 minutes. Tacoma is the largest city in the area and is about 20 miles from Buckley while the fun and excitement that awaits visitors in the city of Sumner is just a 20 minute drive. While Buckley is made famous by its yearly Rodeo these other cities serve to compliment Buckley’s own attractions by providing diversity in opportunities for recreation, employment and education.
Buckley indeed is a great place to live. The city has a strong Chamber of Commerce, is a short 30 minute drive from the Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, has an outstanding education system and features many fine residential neighborhoods that are home to many attractive and affordably priced properties for sale.
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