Burke, Virginia

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Burke, Virginia

Introduction to Burke, Virginia

Burke, Virginia, in Fairfax county, is 15 miles SW of Washington, District of Columbia. The town is conveniently located inside the Washington metropolitan area. There are an estimated 57,737 people in Burke.

Burke History

The town of Burke was named in honor of Silas Burke who was a farmer, merchant, and local politician of the 19th century. He built a house on the hill over Pohick Creek valley around 1824. In the late 1840s, the Orange and Alexandria railroad was constructed in this area. The railway station was garrisoned by Union troops during the American Civil War. Until the mid-20th century, Burke was mostly rural. It remains an unincorporated community in the Fairfax County of Virginia.

Burke and nearby Attractions

  • Pohick Regional Library
  • Church of Nativity
  • Huntsman Lake
  • Burke Town Center Shopping Center
  • Orange Hunt Estates Park

Things To Do In Burke

For those interested in the local history and culture, a visit to Pohick Regional Library and Kings Park Library may prove fruitful. There are a number of beautiful churches and cemeteries in the town of Burke. These retain an old-world feel and are an oases of calm and serenity. Hatch Lake, Huntsman Lake, Lake Braddock, and Lake Barton are some of the beautiful bodies of water in the town. Burke Town Center Shopping Center, K-Mart Town Shopping Center, and Rolling Valley Mall Shopping Center offer deals that are a shopper’s delight.

Burke Transportation

Washington Dulles International Airport provides facilities for air transportation.

Burke Higher Education

Opportunities for higher education are provided by George Mason University, Northern Virginia Community College, Marymount University, and American University.

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High Points

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

Category Trophy
Low Rate of Poverty
(vs. Peers)
Top 3% trophy Burke Low Rate of Poverty
Median Family Income
(vs. Peers)
Top 3% trophy Burke Median Family Income
People in Middle Class or Better
(vs. Peers)
Top 3% trophy Burke People in Middle Class or Better
College Educated Adults
(vs. Peers)
Top 4% trophy Burke College Educated Adults
Public Transportation Use
(vs. State)
Top 7% Burke Public Transportation Use
Racial Diversity
(vs. State)
Top 9% Burke Racial Diversity
Well-Paid Single Men
(vs. State)
Top 9% Burke Well-Paid Single Men
Well-Paid Single Women
(vs. State)
Top 9% Burke Well-Paid Single Women

Comparative Profile of Burke, Virginia

Comparing Burke to similar size places nationwide (Peers) and to other places in Virginia (State):

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

The People

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Well-Paid Single Women 9 10
Well-Paid Single Men 9 10
Age of the Population 8 4
Racial Diversity 7 10
Male Share of the Population 6 9
Female Share of the Population 5 2
Children Under 5 Years Old 3 6
Senior Citizens 1 1


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Portion of People Married 10 10
Average Household Size 9 10


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

Commute & Sprawl

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Public Transportation Use 8 10
Working at Home 7 7
Walking and Biking to Work 1 7
Short Commute Times 1 1


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Housing Recently Built 9 10
Affordability of Property Taxes 4 1
People Living Alone 1 1
Studio & One-Bedroom Rentals 1 1
Seasonal and Vacation Housing 1 1
Affordability of Rents 1 1

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Burke Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Large City 15 miles SW of Washington, District of Columbia
County Fairfax
Standard Zip Codes 22015
P.O. Box Zip Codes 22009
Phone Area Codes 703
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 38.793
Longitude -77.271

Burke Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)
Distance 12.8 miles
Jan Temp 24 to 44 F
Apr Temp 42 to 69 F
Jul Temp 66 to 89 F
Oct Temp 45 to 70 F
Annual Precip 45.1 inches
Distance 13.8 miles
Jan Temp 27 to 43 F
Apr Temp 46 to 66 F
Jul Temp 70 to 88 F
Oct Temp 50 to 68 F
Annual Precip 39.3 inches
Distance 14.9 miles
Jan Temp 22 to 41 F
Apr Temp 40 to 66 F
Jul Temp 64 to 87 F
Oct Temp 42 to 68 F
Annual Precip 41.8 inches
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Burke Population (2000)

Category Count Percent
Total Population 57,737 100%
Male 28,142 48.7%
Female 29,595 51.3%
Under 18 16,108 27.9%
18+ 41,629 72.1%
65+ 3,173 5.5%
Median Age 37.6
Average Family Size 3.3
White 42,936 74.4%
African-American 2,910 5%
Asian 8,462 14.7%
American Indian & Alaskan 124 0.2%
Other 1,370 2.4%
Mixed Race 1,888 3.3%
Hispanic (included in categories above) 4,291 7.4%

Burke 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
Other (often includes Hispanic and African American) 31%
German 11.5%
English 9.6%
Irish 9.3%
Italian 6.2%
US/American 5.2%
Polish 2.7%
Scottish 2.3%
European 2%
Scotch-Irish 2%
French (except Basque) 1.7%
Russian 1.1%
Afghan 1.1%
Swedish 1%
Norwegian 1%
British 0.7%
Greek 0.7%
Welsh 0.7%
French Canadian 0.6%
Iranian 0.6%
Dutch 0.6%
Lebanese 0.6%
Hungarian 0.5%
Ukrainian 0.4%
Danish 0.4%
Slovak 0.4%
Portuguese 0.3%
Palestinian 0.3%
Ethiopian 0.3%
Lithuanian 0.3%
Egyptian 0.3%
Ghanian 0.3%
Austrian 0.3%
Australian 0.2%
Arab/Arabic 0.2%
African 0.2%
Other Arab 0.2%
Finnish 0.2%
Czechoslovakian 0.2%
Czech 0.2%
Croatian 0.2%
Canadian 0.2%
Northern European 0.2%
Eastern European 0.2%
Swiss 0.2%
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Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Pop. Median Family
Income (2000)
Burke 57,737 $99,487
Annandale 54,994 $80,459
Clifton 185 $117,446
Fairfax 21,498 $78,921
Falls Church 10,377 $97,225
Manassas 35,135 $70,141
Vienna 14,453 $93,043

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Burke Centre
5749 Burke Center Pkwy
Burke Commons
6003-A Burke Centre Pkwy
9596 Old Keene Mill Rd.
5727 Burke Center Parkway
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Student/teacher ratio: 15.8

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