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Overview

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 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.

Demographics

People

Total Population50,187
Male Share of the Population51.7%
Female Share of the Population48.3%
Senior Citizens12.7%
Employed Population 16+23,691
Age of the Population38

Families

% of people married46.2%
Average household size3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher24.9%
Median Earnings25+$33,631
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$22,188
Median Earnings With High School Degree$29,807

Wealth

Median Family Income$66,615
% Above Poverty Level82.6%
% Below Poverty Level17.4%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time28 minutes
% Working from Home4%
% Walking and Biking to Work2.8%
% Using Public Transportation8.6%

Housing

People Living Alone29.4%
Median Gross Rent$1,023
Median House Value$290,500

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)46.8%
German13.4%
English9%
Irish8.7%
Norwegian5.2%
Italian3.5%
Scottish2.8%
African2.7%
French Except Basque2.3%
Swedish2.2%
Dutch2%
Ethiopian1.5%
Welsh1.3%
Polish1.3%
Russian1.2%
Czech0.9%
Somali0.9%
Finnish0.8%
Danishn0.6%
Greek0.4%
Canadian0.4%
Ukrainian0.4%
Portuguese0.3%
Iranian0.3%
Austrian0.3%
Hungarian0.3%
Belgian0.3%
West Indian0.2%
Nigerian0.2%
Arab0.2%
Croatian0.2%
US/American0.1%
Belizean0.1%
Haitian0.1%
Swiss0.1%
Latvian0.1%
Slovene0.1%
Slovak0.1%
Bulgarian0.1%
Lithuanian0.1%
Icelander0.1%
Lebanese0.1%
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Burien Almanac

CategoryValue
County King County
Standard Zip Codes98146, 98166, 98168, 98148
Phone Area Codes253,206, 425
Time ZoneAmerica/Los_Angeles
Approximate Latitude47.49
Approximate Longitude-122.36

Burien Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

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

StationSEATTLE TACOMA AP
Distance1.4 miles
Jan Temp36 to 46 F
Apr Temp42 to 58 F
Jul Temp55 to 75 F
Oct Temp46 to 60 F
Annual Precip37 inches
StationSEATTLE SAND PT WSFO
Distance15.4 miles
Jan Temp35 to 46 F
Apr Temp42 to 58 F
Jul Temp55 to 75 F
Oct Temp46 to 60 F
Annual Precip35.9 inches
StationBREMERTON
Distance17.1 miles
Jan Temp35 to 45 F
Apr Temp41 to 59 F
Jul Temp54 to 75 F
Oct Temp44 to 60 F
Annual Precip53.9 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income
Des Moines30,904$70,621
Kent125,492$69,862
Normandy Park6,598$129,000
Renton98,499$78,418
SeaTac28,298$57,266
Tukwila19,878$57,643

Burien Hospitals

Highline Medical Center
(Non-profit)
16251 Sylvester Rd Sw
(206) 244-9970

Burien Public Schools

Gateway To College
614 Sw 120th Street
ZIP: 98146
(206) 631-7774
High
Hazel Valley Elementary
402 Sw 132nd St
ZIP: 98146
(206) 631-3900
Primary
Total Enrollment 653
Shorewood Elementary
2725 Sw 116th St
ZIP: 98146
(206) 631-4900
Primary
Total Enrollment 463
The Learning Center
614 Sw 120th Street
ZIP: 98146
(360) 725-6000
High
Total Enrollment 95
Big Picture School
440 S 186th St
ZIP: 98148
(206) 631-7700
High
Total Enrollment 190
Highline High School
225 S 152nd St
ZIP: 98148
(206) 631-6700
High
Total Enrollment 1311
Highline Home School Center
18367 8th Avenue South
ZIP: 98148
(360) 725-6000
Other
Total Enrollment 15
Puget Sound High School
18010 8th Ave South
ZIP: 98148
(206) 631-7300
High
Total Enrollment 18
Gregory Heights Elementary
16216 19th Ave Sw
ZIP: 98166
(206) 631-3800
Primary
Total Enrollment 669
Seahurst Elementary School
14603 14th Ave Sw
ZIP: 98166
(206) 631-4800
Primary
Total Enrollment 605
Sylvester Middle School
16222 Sylvester Road Sw
ZIP: 98166
(206) 631-6000
Middle
Total Enrollment 658
Cedarhurst Elementary
611 S 132nd St
ZIP: 98168
(206) 631-3600
Primary
Total Enrollment 737

Burien Private Schools

Glendale Lutheran School
13455 2nd Ave Sw
ZIP: 98146
Elementary
Total Enrollment 37
St Francis Of Assisi School
15216 21st Ave Sw
ZIP: 98166
Elementary
Total Enrollment 474
Three Tree Montessori School
220 Sw 160th St
ZIP: 98166
Elementary
Total Enrollment 47
John F Kennedy Catholic High School
140 S 140th St
ZIP: 98168
Secondary
Total Enrollment 860
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