Introduction to Burbank, California

Named for dentist and industrialist David Burbank of New Hampshire, Burbank, California was founded in May of 1887. Located in the eastern portion of the San Fernando Valley, Burbank is approximately a 15 minute drive up the Santa Ana Freeway (I-5), northwest from the center of Los Angeles and about a 45 minute drive South on I-5 to Anaheim. The Bob Hope airport in Burbank is actually the closest airport to downtown Los Angeles.

In 1867 Dr. David Burbank bought over 9,000 acres of undeveloped land in California. Anticipating the pending boom in the economy because of the developing railroad industry. Burbank sold the rail rights to the land to the Southern Pacific Railroad for $1. Speculators later formed a company who bought the property and named the city, Burbank. In 1887 the land company began offering farm lots for sale.

Burbank has been called the "Media Capital of the World." ABC, NBC, Warner Bros., Nickelodeon, and the Walt Disney Company all have major operations in Burbank. Downtown Burbank has been called "one of southern California's most appealing urban centers" by Sunset magazine.

Nearby colleges include Woodbury University, Intercoast Colleges, and CES College. Some of the majors offered include Architecture, Business Administration & Management, and Fashion/Apparel Design. Those not able to attend on campus programs can alternatively take online courses which may include Education courses, Psychology courses, as well as home health aid training.

Burbank Arts, Culture, Shopping and Entertainment

Some of the attractions in Burbank include:

  • The Colony Theatre
  • The Media City Center Shopping Mall
  • The Falcon Theatre
  • The Creative Arts Center
  • About 15 miles to the south you can visit the major theme park attractions of nearby Anaheim including Disneyland

Burbank residents also have easy access to all of the attractions of Los Angeles county.

Southern California is rich in professional sports attractions. Burbank's location provides its residents with easy access to many professional sports teams, including:

  • Baseball:
    • Major League Baseball (MLB) - The Los Angeles Dodgers and the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim.
    • Minor League Baseball (MiLB) - The Inland Emprie 66ers and the Lancaster JetHawks. The 66ers are a Class A Advanced affiliate of the Seattle Mariners, and the JetHawks are a Class A Advanced affiliate of the Arizona Diamondbacks.
  • Basketball:
    • NBA - The Los Angeles Clippers and the Los Angeles Lakers.
    • WNBA - The Los Angeles Sparks.
  • Football:
    • Arena Football League (AFL) - The Los Angeles Avengers.
  • Lacrosse:
    • Major League Lacrosse (MLL) - The Los Angeles Riptide.
  • Soccer:
    • Major League Soccer (MLS) - Club Deportivo Chivas USA and the Los Angeles Galaxy.
    • The United Soccer League (USL) - The Los Angeles Storm, and Southern California Seahorses who play in the USL Premier Development League.
  • Hockey:
    • National Hockey League (NHL) - The Los Angeles Kings and the Anaheim Mighty Ducks.


Total Population 104,725
Male Share of the Population 47.4%
Female Share of the Population 52.6%
Senior Citizens 14.5%
Employed Population 16+ 52,153
Age of the Population 39


% of people married 47.3%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 38.3%
Median Earnings25+ $43,224
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $23,190
Median Earnings With High School Degree $28,789


Median Family Income $81,902
% Above Poverty Level 89%
% Below Poverty Level 11%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 26 minutes
% Working from Home 6%
% Walking and Biking to Work 3.9%
% Using Public Transportation 2.5%


People Living Alone 31.7%
Median Gross Rent $1,409
Median House Value $586,200


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 42.4%
US/American 12.2%
English 5.3%
Irish 6.7%

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

Burbank Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Large City 9 miles NW of Los Angeles, California
County Los Angeles
Standard Zip Codes 91501, 91502, 91504, 91505, 91506
P.O. Box Zip Codes 91503, 91507, 91508, 91510
Company Zip Codes 91521, 91522, 91523, 91526
Phone Area Codes 818
Time Zone Pacific (-8 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 34.18
Longitude -118.308

Burbank Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


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

Distance 1.5 miles
Jan Temp 42 to 68 F
Apr Temp 50 to 75 F
Jul Temp 62 to 89 F
Oct Temp 54 to 82 F
Annual Precip 17.4 inches
Distance 9.3 miles
Jan Temp 44 to 68 F
Apr Temp 50 to 76 F
Jul Temp 61 to 89 F
Oct Temp 55 to 83 F
Annual Precip 21 inches
Station U C L A
Distance 11.3 miles
Jan Temp 49 to 66 F
Apr Temp 53 to 69 F
Jul Temp 62 to 77 F
Oct Temp 59 to 75 F
Annual Precip 18.6 inches

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

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

Starlight Hills (91501)

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

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Beverly Hills 34,663 $136,726
Glendale 196,984 $62,543
Los Angeles 3,900,794 $54,939
Pasadena 139,899 $90,405
West Hollywood 35,332 $80,325

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

Burbank Public Libraries

Burbank Public Library
Burbank, California
(818) 238-5551
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Burbank Hospitals

(Voluntary non-profit - Church)
(818) 843-5111
Emergency Service: Yes

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Burbank High Schools

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902 N. THIRD ST.
Serves 2,500 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 24.1

Serves 2,352 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 23

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Serves 1,593 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 26.3

A Non-traditional School
Serves 179 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 19.9

A Non-traditional School
Serves 58 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 12.6

827 AVON ST.
A Special Education School
Serves 47 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 11.8

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