Introduction to Burlington, Iowa

Burlington, Iowa, in Des Moines county, is located 56 miles SW of Davenport, Iowa (center to center) and 157 miles N of St. Louis, Missouri. The city has a population of 26,839.

Burlington History

Burlington was founded in 1833 and is the county seat of Des Moines County. The city was originally inhabited by the Sac and Fox Indians. At that time, the area was called "Shoquoquon" meaning Flint Hills. In 1805, Lt. Zebulon Pike first arrived the area and hoisted the flag of United States for the first time in Iowa. In 1829, the American fur Company set up a post in the area. It was permanently settled in 1833. It was called Flint Hills in 1834. John . B. Gray first purchased land in this area and named the place as Burlington after his former home. In 1837, it was incorporated as a town. Burlington was reincorporated as a city in 1838.

Burlington and nearby Attractions

  • Apple Trees Museum
  • Geode State Park
  • Hawkeye Log Cabin
  • Joseph Smith Historic Center
  • Oquawka State Wildlife Refuge

Things To Do In Burlington

Tourists can visit the Des Moines County Historical Society during your free hours. You can also visit the Big River State Forest, Delabar State Park, and the Nauvoo State Park. There are amusement and theme parks in the city where one can spend their leisure. The city also includes a number of churches like the Seventh Day Adventist Church, Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church, and the Faith Presbyterian Church. The city also organizes the Des Moines County Fair, Heritage Days, and Memorial Jazz Fest every year.

Burlington Transportation

The Southeast Iowa Regional Airport provides facilities for air transportation.

Burlington Higher Education

The institutes that offer facilities of higher education include Western Illinois University, Augustana College, and Eastern Iowa Community College District.


Total Population 25,537
Male Share of the Population 47.7%
Female Share of the Population 52.3%
Senior Citizens 18.3%
Employed Population 16+ 11,397
Age of the Population 40


% of people married 46.5%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 20.5%
Median Earnings25+ $27,167
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $15,078
Median Earnings With High School Degree $23,948


Median Family Income $49,559
% Above Poverty Level 80.4%
% Below Poverty Level 19.6%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 15 minutes
% Working from Home 2%
% Walking and Biking to Work 3.3%
% Using Public Transportation 0.4%


People Living Alone 32.6%
Median Gross Rent $651
Median House Value $87,700


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 17.5%
US/American 0%
English 8.9%
Irish 11.6%

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Burlington Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 56 miles SW of Davenport, Iowa (center to center)
Nearest Large City 157 miles N of St. Louis, Missouri
County Des Moines
Standard Zip Codes 52601
Phone Area Codes 319
Time Zone Central (-6 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 40.807
Longitude -91.112

Burlington Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)

Distance 2.9 miles
Jan Temp 15 to 30 F
Apr Temp 43 to 62 F
Jul Temp 67 to 85 F
Oct Temp 46 to 65 F
Annual Precip 37.9 inches
Distance 25.7 miles
Jan Temp 14 to 31 F
Apr Temp 40 to 62 F
Jul Temp 64 to 85 F
Oct Temp 43 to 66 F
Annual Precip 37.3 inches
Distance 39.4 miles
Jan Temp 14 to 29 F
Apr Temp 40 to 61 F
Jul Temp 65 to 85 F
Oct Temp 43 to 63 F
Annual Precip 37.2 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Danville 1,062 $65,000
Fort Madison 10,832 $52,897

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Burlington Public Libraries

Burlington Public Library
Burlington, Iowa
(319) 753-1647
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Serves 1,268 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 15.6

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Serves 98 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 49

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