Burien, WA
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Living in Burien


Burien is a medium-sized coastal city (i.e. on the ocean, a bay, or inlet) located in the state of Washington. With a population of 51,500 people and nine constituent neighborhoods, Burien is the 31st largest community in Washington.

Housing costs in Burien are among some of the highest in the nation, although real estate prices here don't compare to real estate prices in the most expensive communities in Washington.

Unlike some cities where white-collar or blue-collar occupations dominate the local economy, Burien is neither predominantly one nor the other. Instead, it has a mixed workforce of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Burien is a city of service providers, sales and office workers, and professionals. There are especially a lot of people living in Burien who work in office and administrative support (9.90%), management occupations (9.15%), and sales jobs (8.48%).

Also of interest is that Burien has more people living here who work in computers and math than 95% of the places in the US.

Burien is also nautical, which means that parts of it are somewhat historic and touch the ocean or tidal bodies of water, such as inlets and bays. Quite often, nautical areas such as these attract visitors and locals who come to enjoy the scenery and various waterfront activities.

Although the majority of commuting trips in the city are by private automobile, Burien is somewhat unusual for a city of its size for having a substantial number of people who use public transportation. For a lot of people, the bus helps to get to and from their jobs every morning, which benefits everyone in the Burien area by reducing both traffic and air pollution.

The overall education level of Burien is somewhat higher than in the average US city of 21.84%: 27.69% of adults 25 and older in the city have at least a bachelor's degree.

The per capita income in Burien in 2018 was $35,352, which is upper middle income relative to Washington and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $141,408 for a family of four. However, Burien contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

Burien is an extremely ethnically-diverse city. The people who call Burien home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Burien residents report their race to be White, followed by Asian. Burien also has a sizeable Hispanic population (people of Hispanic origin can be of any race). People of Hispanic or Latino origin account for 23.80% of the city’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Burien include German, English, Irish, Norwegian, and Italian.

Foreign born people are also an important part of Burien's cultural character, accounting for 25.45% of the city’s population.

The most common language spoken in Burien is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Vietnamese.