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Burlington, Massachusetts

Introduction to Burlington, Massachusetts

Burlington, Massachusetts, in Middlesex county, is 7 miles NW of Medford, Massachusetts and 12 miles NW of Boston, Massachusetts. The town is considered part of the Boston metropolitan area. Burlington has a population of 22,876.

Burlington History

Burlington was named after the English town of Bridlington and was first settled in 1641. The town of Burlington was incorporated on February 28, 1799. Though it is now a suburban industrial town, it was originally an agricultural area. After Route 128 was built, Burlington became the fastest growing town of Massachusetts between 1955 and 1965.

Burlington and nearby Attractions

  • Burlington Historical Museum
  • Museum of Fine Arts
  • The Burlington Mall
  • Burlington Landlocked Forest
  • Mary Cummings Park
  • Mill Pond Conservation Area

Things To Do In Burlington

Recreational facilities and activities of Burlington include tennis courts, skate parks, playgrounds, basketball courts, fishing and swimming facilities, softball fields, hiking, biking, walking trails and picnic areas. The Burlington Mall includes more than 155 specialty shops along with a food court with 775 seats.

Burlington Transportation

Boston Logan International is the closest major airport to the area.

Burlington Higher Education

The nearest college is Bentley College.

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High Points

Burlington strengths, compared to Peers (similar size places nationally) or State (other places in Massachusetts):

Category Trophy
Low Rate of Poverty
(vs. Peers)
Top 3% trophy Burlington Low Rate of Poverty
People in Middle Class or Better
(vs. Peers)
Top 4% trophy Burlington People in Middle Class or Better
Well-Paid Single Men
(vs. Peers)
Top 11% Burlington Well-Paid Single Men
Median Family Income
(vs. Peers)
Top 11% Burlington Median Family Income
College Educated Adults
(vs. Peers)
Top 13% Burlington College Educated Adults
Well-Paid Single Women
(vs. Peers)
Top 13% Burlington Well-Paid Single Women
Racial Diversity
(vs. State)
Top 16% Burlington Racial Diversity

Comparative Profile of Burlington, Massachusetts

Comparing Burlington to similar size places nationwide (Peers) and to other places in Massachusetts (State):

Ratings range from 1 (lowest) to 10 (highest).


The People

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
Compared
to State
Well-Paid Single Men 9 9
Well-Paid Single Women 9 8
Male Share of the Population 8 7
Age of the Population 7 5
Children Under 5 Years Old 6 8
Racial Diversity 6 9
Senior Citizens 5 6
Female Share of the Population 3 4

Families

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
Compared
to State
Portion of People Married 9 8
Average Household Size 8 8

Wealth

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
Compared
to State
People Above Poverty 10 10
People in Middle Class or Better 10 10
Median Family Income 9 9
College Educated Adults 9 8

Commute & Sprawl

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
Compared
to State
Public Transportation Use 8 7
Working at Home 6 4
Short Commute Times 4 8
Walking and Biking to Work 2 3

Housing

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
Compared
to State
Seasonal and Vacation Housing 7 5
Housing Recently Built 5 6
Studio & One-Bedroom Rentals 4 6
Affordability of Property Taxes 3 5
People Living Alone 2 3
Affordability of Rents 1 1

Crime

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
Compared
to State
Low Violent Crime 8 7
Low Property Crime 6 2

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Burlington Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 7 miles NW of Medford, Massachusetts (center to center)
Nearest Large City 12 miles NW of Boston, Massachusetts
County Middlesex
Standard Zip Codes 01803
Company Zip Codes 01805
Phone Area Codes 781
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 42.504
Longitude -71.196

Burlington Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:
  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)
Station READING
Distance 3.3 miles
Jan Temp 16 to 35 F
Apr Temp 35 to 58 F
Jul Temp 60 to 83 F
Oct Temp 39 to 62 F
Annual Precip 48.3 inches
Station LOWELL
Distance 13.3 miles
Jan Temp 14 to 33 F
Apr Temp 35 to 58 F
Jul Temp 60 to 85 F
Oct Temp 38 to 62 F
Annual Precip 43.1 inches
Station FRAMINGHAM
Distance 19 miles
Jan Temp 16 to 36 F
Apr Temp 38 to 58 F
Jul Temp 63 to 84 F
Oct Temp 40 to 63 F
Annual Precip 45.8 inches
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Burlington Population (2000)

Category Count Percent
Total Population 22,876 100%
Male 11,265 49.2%
Female 11,611 50.8%
Under 18 5,393 23.6%
18+ 17,483 76.4%
65+ 3,174 13.9%
Median Age 38.3
Average Family Size 3.18
White 19,836 86.7%
African-American 312 1.4%
Asian 2,436 10.6%
American Indian & Alaskan 16 0.1%
Other 74 0.3%
Mixed Race 197 0.9%
Hispanic (included in categories above) 296 1.3%

Estimated Burlington Population Growth 2000-2005

Category Value
Est. 2005 Population 23,299
Growth 423
Growth % 1.8%

Burlington Ancestry

(From 2000 Census, as reported by individuals)

Note: This is national, not racial, ancestry, so, e.g., the Census doesn't have categories for Hispanic and African-American people. CityTownInfo is currently gathering additional ancestry data for this site.
Ancestry Percent
Irish 24.5%
Italian 22.5%
Other (often includes Hispanic and African American) 14.5%
English 6.4%
US/American 4.3%
Scottish 2.6%
French Canadian 2.6%
German 2.2%
Greek 1.9%
French (except Basque) 1.8%
Portuguese 1.8%
Polish 1.7%
Russian 1.7%
Scotch-Irish 1.5%
Armenian 1.5%
Swedish 1.4%
Haitian 1.4%
Canadian 0.6%
European 0.6%
Lithuanian 0.5%
Syrian 0.4%
Lebanese 0.4%
Norwegian 0.4%
Dutch 0.3%
Finnish 0.2%
Jamaican 0.2%
African 0.2%
Albanian 0.2%
Brazilian 0.2%
Iranian 0.2%
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Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Pop. Median Family
Income (2000)
Burlington 22,876 $82,072
Bedford 12,595 $101,081
Lexington 30,355 $111,899
Stoneham 22,219 $71,334
Wilmington 21,363 $76,760
Winchester 20,810 $110,226
Woburn 37,258 $66,364

Burlington Public Libraries

Library
Burlington Public Library
22 SEARS STREET
Burlington, Massachusetts
(781) 270-1690
Library Web Site

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Burlington Hospitals

MARY & ARTHUR CLAPHAM HOSPTIAL
(Voluntary non-profit - Other)
41 & 45 MALL ROAD
(781) 744-5100
Emergency Service: Yes

Starbucks in Burlington

(As of 2005)
47 Middlesex Turnpike
Marketplace at Burlington
84 Burlington Mall Road
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Burlington High Schools (2004)

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CAMBRIDGE STREET
781-270-1800
Serves 928 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 11.5

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1. Moorestown, New Jersey 93.3   21% 16.4% 52.5% 27 $94,844 6.4% 10.8% 19,017 3.4% 22.9 0.5% 1.3
2. Chelmsford, Massachusetts 91.7   23.1% 13% 44% 29 $82,676 6.7% 6.9% 33,858 2.8% 16 0.3% 1.2
3. Wayne, New Jersey 91.3   20.2% 16.2% 41.5% 30 $95,114 6.1% 10% 54,069 2.8% 23.9 0.4% 0.6
4. Shelton, Connecticut 90   21.7% 14.9% 29.9% 26 $75,523 6.2% 5.6% 38,101 3.2% 13.2 0.7% 0.8
5. Roxbury, New Jersey 89.7   18.1% 9.9% 33.9% 35 $83,409 7.1% 7.4% 23,883 2.7% 14.2 0.4% 1.1
6. Ramsey, New Jersey 89.5   22.6% 11.2% 54.5% 30 $104,036 7.6% 8.4% 14,351 1.9% 13 0.3% 1.1
7. Morris Plains, New Jersey 89.4   19.8% 16.2% 51% 28 $98,333 7.2% 7.1% 5,236 2.4% 23.1 0.4% 1.2
8. Vienna, Virginia 89.4   19.2% 13.6% 56.4% 30 $93,043 6.5% 18.9% 14,453 2.5% 16.3 0.4% 1.2
9. Livingston, New Jersey 88.7   13% 15.4% 57.7% 32 $108,049 7% 17.4% 27,391 1.8% 18.6 0.3% 1.2
10. Shrewsbury, Massachusetts 88.4   25.2% 13.5% 46.1% 28 $77,674 7.8% 10.9% 31,640 4.8% 13.7 0.7% 1.2
11. Laguna Hills, California 88.2   21.7% 12.2% 39.3% 29 $81,334 6.1% 23.2% 31,178 5% 24.4 0.4% 1.9
12. Bridgewater, New Jersey 88.2   19.3% 12.7% 49.9% 31 $99,832 7.7% 14.9% 42,940 2.1% 14.8 0.3% 0.4
13. Thousand Oaks, California 88   19.6% 11.1% 42.2% 27 $86,041 6.7% 14.9% 117,005 5% 15.6 0.5% 1.4
14. Milford, Connecticut 88   26.3% 14.9% 29.1% 25 $71,175 6% 6.4% 52,305 3.8% 33.8 1.6% 1.7
15. Scotts Valley, California 87.9   22.8% 13.8% 40.9% 32 $88,573 6.8% 11.4% 11,385 2.5% 23.3 1.2% 1.3
16. Schererville, Indiana 87.9   24.2% 10.4% 29.5% 31 $70,474 6.4% 8.6% 24,851 3.1% 25.4 0.5% 0.9
17. Rockwall, Texas 87.8   18.6% 9.7% 40.1% 33 $75,121 7% 8.7% 17,976 3.9% 41.7 1.1% 2.3
18. Danville, California 87.6   15.9% 10.3% 59.4% 33 $125,867 7.1% 13.7% 41,715 2.2% 18.1 0.3% 1.2
19. Bountiful, Utah 87.3   16.4% 14.3% 35.6% 22 $62,905 8% 4.4% 41,301 4% 25 0.3% 1.1
20. Dracut, Massachusetts 87.2   21% 11.6% 20.1% 29 $65,633 6.8% 4.9% 28,562 3.7% 14.2 0.4% 2.1
21. San Carlos, California 87.1   25.4% 14.3% 49.8% 27 $103,971 7% 15.5% 27,718 2.7% 21.4 0.3% 0.9
22. Westerville, Ohio 87.1   21.2% 10.4% 44.6% 23 $82,163 6.1% 6.5% 35,318 3.5% 31.8 0.3% 1.3
23. Pleasant Prairie, Wisconsin 87.1   19.4% 10.6% 27.2% 28 $71,452 6.2% 5.9% 16,136 3.2% 17.9 1.1% 0.9
24. Braintree, Massachusetts 86.8   24.5% 18.1% 31.8% 30 $73,417 6.2% 6% 33,828 3.8% 31 0.4% 1.9
25. Lake Mary, Florida 86.5   16.8% 10.2% 39.1% 27 $76,859 6.9% 10.7% 11,458 2.9% 20.7 0.7% 1.9
26. Carmel, Indiana 86.5   18.9% 9.7% 58.4% 25 $94,210 7.9% 7.4% 37,733 2.5% 24.8 0.3% 0.5
27. Wyoming, Ohio 86.2   20.4% 14.2% 68% 22 $103,089 6% 12.5% 8,261 1.4% 13.8 0.7% 0.4
28. Westborough, Massachusetts 86.1   25.2% 11.6% 53.2% 28 $94,610 7.2% 11.8% 17,997 4.7% 15 0.7% 1.7
29. Summit, New Jersey 85.5   24% 13.1% 61.6% 34 $117,053 8.6% 12.2% 21,131 4.2% 18.5 0.5% 0.6
30. West Orange, New Jersey 85.5   24.5% 17.4% 43.1% 31 $83,375 6.6% 32.5% 44,943 5.6% 25.5 0.5% 1.7
31. Middleborough, Massachusetts 85.4   20.3% 10.3% 19.6% 31 $59,173 7% 3.9% 19,941 5.5% 18.6 0.7% 2.5
32. Stow, Ohio 85.2   23.8% 12% 36.2% 25 $67,822 6.6% 4.8% 32,139 4% 21.8 0.4% 0.4
33. Grosse Pointe Park, Michigan 85   26.2% 10.8% 59.5% 27 $104,267 6.4% 7.5% 12,443 4% 26.5 0.3% 1.3
34. Cypress, California 84.8   17.3% 10.6% 31.2% 31 $70,060 6% 34.4% 46,229 6% 21 0.6% 1.4
35. Sylvania, Ohio 84.7   26.2% 13.3% 43.3% 23 $73,947 6.2% 4.8% 18,670 4.2% 19.8 0.4% 0.1
36. San Dimas, California 84.6   21.2% 11.9% 28.4% 32 $72,124 5.9% 25.3% 34,980 6.3% 24.9 0.4% 2.6
37. Hudson, Massachusetts 84.4   25.3% 12.2% 28.4% 26 $70,145 6.6% 5.9% 18,113 4.5% 13.6 0.3% 0.5
38. Winter Springs, Florida 84   18.6% 10.8% 36.3% 30 $62,682 6% 11.3% 31,666 4.2% 16.9 0.7% 2.4
39. Leawood, Kansas 84   15% 12.6% 68% 21 $113,058 6.3% 4.8% 27,656 1.3% 18.7 0.7% 2
40. Cupertino, California 83.8   19.4% 11% 65.4% 27 $109,455 6.1% 49.9% 50,546 4.8% 19.5 0.4% 1.2
41. Lake Jackson, Texas 83.8   19.9% 9.9% 35.3% 21 $69,053 7.4% 13.8% 26,386 6.4% 30.7 0.9% 1.5
42. Henderson, Nevada 83.4   20.2% 10.1% 23.7% 24 $61,176 6.8% 15.5% 175,381 5.6% 36.9 1.2% 2.6
43. Half Moon Bay, California 83.3   23.6% 9.6% 35.5% 32 $92,204 5.9% 22.7% 11,842 6.1% 23.6 1% 1.7
44. Galloway, New Jersey 83.1   21.6% 9.1% 22.8% 24 $57,156 6.5% 22.8% 31,209 6.6% 21.1 1.9% 2.5
45. Camarillo, California 83   24.2% 17% 32.9% 24 $72,676 6.6% 19.3% 57,077 5.3% 19.8 0.3% 1.8
46. Florence, New Jersey 82.9   24.8% 11.9% 19.9% 28 $67,412 6.1% 14.5% 10,746 6.1% 13.1 0.3% 2.3
47. Jeffersontown, Kentucky 82.7   25.5% 10.8% 32.6% 23 $60,951 7.2% 13.3% 26,633 4.3% 17.5 1% 1.3
48. Germantown, Wisconsin 82.6   20.4% 9.4% 29.4% 22 $68,975 7.3% 4.2% 18,260 2.5% 17.4 0.3% 0.2
49. Daphne, Alabama 82.2   23.6% 10.3% 37.5% 26 $61,563 6.5% 14.7% 16,581 4.5% 21.8 1% 1.4
50. Voorhees, New Jersey 82.2   26.8% 10.9% 46.2% 32 $86,873 6.3% 21.7% 28,126 5.7% 29.1 0.3% 2.5
51. Hoover, Alabama 81.8   26% 10.9% 52.6% 24 $79,912 6.6% 12.3% 62,742 3.4% 33.7 0.7% 2.2
52. Grove City, Ohio 81.8   23% 11.1% 22.1% 23 $62,059 7.7% 3.8% 27,075 4.6% 35.1 0.3% 2.3
53. Huntington Beach, California 81.1   24.5% 10.4% 36% 30 $74,378 6.2% 20.8% 189,594 6.6% 23.6 0.7% 2.2
54. Ocean Springs, Mississippi 81   24.5% 12.5% 30.5% 22 $56,237 6% 12.3% 17,225 5.3% 42.3 1% 1.3
55. Bixby, Oklahoma 80.7   18.1% 9.8% 26.6% 23 $58,104 7.7% 13.1% 13,336 5.4% 22.3 0.3% 2
56. Foster City, California 80.2   23.6% 10.1% 59.8% 29 $106,099 5.9% 40.7% 28,803 2.9% 14.1 1.1% 1.2
57. Brea, California 79.9   23.2% 11.4% 33.5% 30 $68,423 6.1% 22.7% 35,410 5.3% 46.1 0.3% 2.5
58. Loveland, Colorado 78.9   23.5% 12.5% 27.5% 24 $54,337 7% 7.1% 50,608 5.7% 38.8 0.3% 1.8
59. Oldsmar, Florida 77.8   20.1% 11.2% 23.7% 27 $53,142 6.6% 9.6% 11,910 4.8% 48.1 1.6% 2.5
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