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Overview

Introduction to Burlington, North Carolina

Burlington, North Carolina, in Alamance county, is 19 miles E of Greensboro, North Carolina (center to center) and 50 miles NW of Raleigh, North Carolina.The city is considered part of the Greensboro - - Winston - Salem - - High Point metropolitan area. Burlington has a population of 44,917.

Burlington History

Burlington was founded in 1857 and known as the Town of Company Shops. It was so named because the North Carolina Railroad Company established offices and shops in this area in the 1850s in order to build and repair its track. The North Carolina Railroad Company closed its offices and shops in 1886. It was renamed Burlington in February 1887. It was incorporated as a city on February 14, 1893.

Burlington and nearby Attractions

  • Tannenbaum Park
  • Alamance County Historical Museum
  • Cedarock Park
  • Alamance Battleground State Historic Site
  • Glencoe Mill Village
  • North Carolina Zoo

Things To Do In Burlington

Burlington has several open spaces and parks such as Robinson Park, Oakdale Town and Country Park, North Park, Fairchild Park, and Sellars Memorial Park. It is also worth visiting the Alamance County Historical Museum, Alamance Battleground State Historic Site, and Glencoe Mill Village. Shopping can be enjoyed at Edgewood Village Shopping Center and Holly Hill Mall. The city also provides easy access to Greensboro Arboretum, Emerald Pointe Water Park, and North Carolina Zoo.

Burlington Transportation

Air transportation is available from Danville Regional Airport.

Burlington Higher Education

Facilities for higher education are provided at several colleges and universities including Elon College, Guilford Technical Community College, and University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

People

Total Population 52,241
Male Share of the Population 46.5%
Female Share of the Population 53.5%
Senior Citizens 16.5%
Employed Population 16+ 23,319
Age of the Population 38

Families

% of people married 42.9%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 23.1%
Median Earnings25+ $27,153
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $19,674
Median Earnings With High School Degree $23,706

Wealth

Median Family Income $46,994
% Above Poverty Level 78%
% Below Poverty Level 22%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 20 minutes
% Working from Home 2.7%
% Walking and Biking to Work 1.3%
% Using Public Transportation 0.6%

Housing

People Living Alone 33.8%
Median Gross Rent $738
Median House Value $121,800

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 50.8%
US/American 0%
English 8.4%
Irish 4.9%

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

Burlington Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 19 miles E of Greensboro, North Carolina (center to center)
Nearest Large City 50 miles NW of Raleigh, North Carolina
County Alamance
Metro Area Greensboro - - Winston - Salem - - High Point
Standard Zip Codes 27215, 27217
P.O. Box Zip Codes 27216
Company Zip Codes 27220
Phone Area Codes 336
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 36.095
Longitude -79.438

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 BURLINGTON FIRE STN #5
Distance 2.1 miles
Jan Temp 28 to 50 F
Apr Temp 45 to 72 F
Jul Temp 68 to 91 F
Oct Temp 46 to 73 F
Annual Precip 45 inches
Station CHAPEL HILL 2 W
Distance 23.4 miles
Jan Temp 27 to 49 F
Apr Temp 45 to 71 F
Jul Temp 66 to 89 F
Oct Temp 45 to 71 F
Annual Precip 47.6 inches
Station GREENSBORO RGNL AP
Distance 28.6 miles
Jan Temp 28 to 47 F
Apr Temp 46 to 70 F
Jul Temp 68 to 88 F
Oct Temp 48 to 70 F
Annual Precip 43.1 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Alamance 871 $88,833
Gibsonville 6,634 $64,306
Graham 14,468 $41,404
Green Level 1,977 $30,179
Haw River 2,585 $45,188

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

Burlington Public Libraries

Library
Central North Carolina Regional Library
342 SOUTH SPRING STREET
Burlington, North Carolina
(336) 513-4753
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Burlington Hospitals

ALAMANCE REGIONAL MEDICAL CENTER
(Voluntary non-profit - Private)
1240 HUFFMAN MILL RD PO BOX 202
(336) 538-7000
Emergency Service: Yes

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Burlington High Schools

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WALTER M WILLIAMS HIGH
1307 S CHURCH STREET
336-570-6161
Serves 1,327 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 19.5

HUGH M CUMMINGS HIGH
2200 N MEBANE STREET
336-570-6100
Serves 886 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 15.8

SELLARS-GUNN ALTERNATIVE
612 APPLE STREET
336-570-6130
A Non-traditional School
Serves 54 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 2.8

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