Introduction to Burien, Washington

Burien, Washington, in King county, is 6 miles W of Renton, Washington (center to center) and 9 miles S of Seattle, Washington. The city is located in the Seattle - Bellevue - Everett metropolitan area. Burien has a population of 31,881.

Burien History

The first European settlements in the Burien area were in the 1870s. Mike Kelly was among the early settlers in this region, and he christened the place "sunnydale." The German immigrant, Gottlieb Von Boorian, arrived in Sunnydale ten years later and established a community. The place was then named Burien in his honor. The Burien railroad was constructed in 1915, and the area remained an unincorporated part of King county. On February 28, 1993, Burien was officially given the status of a city.

Burien and nearby Attractions

  • Three Tree Point Light
  • Cambodian Cultural Museum and Killing Fields Memorial
  • Eastside Heritage Center - McDowell House
  • Burien Lake
  • Seattle Aquarium
  • Chelsea Park

Things To Do In Burien

Those interested in the regional history and culture will enjoy visiting Eastside Heritage Center-McDowell House, Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park, Cambodian Cultural Museum and Killing Fields Memorial, Hydroplane and Raceboat Museum, Museum of Flight, and Vintage Telephone Equipment Museum. The Seattle Aquarium, Highline SeaTac Botanical Garden, and Pike Place Market are also popular tourist haunts. The city also hosts annual celebrations including OctoberFest and Von Boorian Days.

Burien Transportation

Seattle-Tacoma International Airport is close by.

Burien Higher Education

Opportunities for higher education are provided by Seattle Community College-South Campus, Art Institute of Seattle, Seattle University, and Seattle Community College-Central Campus.


Total Population 49,291
Male Share of the Population 51.3%
Female Share of the Population 48.7%
Senior Citizens 12.8%
Employed Population 16+ 23,310
Age of the Population 38


% of people married 45.4%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 23.1%
Median Earnings25+ $32,763
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $20,864
Median Earnings With High School Degree $28,311


Median Family Income $63,325
% Above Poverty Level 80.6%
% Below Poverty Level 19.4%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 27 minutes
% Working from Home 4.1%
% Walking and Biking to Work 2.3%
% Using Public Transportation 9.8%


People Living Alone 29.2%
Median Gross Rent $1,004
Median House Value $273,800


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 45.5%
US/American 0.1%
English 8%
Irish 9.2%

Burien Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 6 miles W of Renton, Washington (center to center)
Nearest Large City 9 miles S of Seattle, Washington
County King
Standard Zip Codes 98146, 98148, 98166, 98168
Phone Area Codes 206
Time Zone Pacific (-8 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 47.47
Longitude -122.345

Burien Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


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

Distance 1.4 miles
Jan Temp 36 to 46 F
Apr Temp 42 to 58 F
Jul Temp 55 to 75 F
Oct Temp 46 to 60 F
Annual Precip 37 inches
Distance 15.4 miles
Jan Temp 35 to 46 F
Apr Temp 42 to 58 F
Jul Temp 55 to 75 F
Oct Temp 46 to 60 F
Annual Precip 35.9 inches
Distance 17.1 miles
Jan Temp 35 to 45 F
Apr Temp 41 to 59 F
Jul Temp 54 to 75 F
Oct Temp 44 to 60 F
Annual Precip 53.9 inches

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

According to the US Postal Service, Burien, its neighborhoods, and/or surrounding areas are also referred to as:

Shorewood (98146)

Note that not all alternate names are acceptable for use in US Post Office addresses.

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Des Moines 30,403 $66,744
Kent 122,620 $66,878
Normandy Park 6,491 $109,688
Renton 95,479 $76,685
SeaTac 27,606 $48,942
Tukwila 19,573 $49,872

Burien Hospitals

(Voluntary non-profit - Other)
(206) 244-9970
Emergency Service: Yes

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Burien High Schools

225 S 152ND ST
Title I eligible, not participating.
Serves 1,610 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 22.1

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