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, Burien isn’t mainly white- or blue-collar. Instead, the most prevalent occupations for people in Burien are a mix 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.

For the size of the city, public transportation in Burien is quite heavily used. Mostly, people who use it for their daily commute are taking the bus. For Burien, the benefits are reduced air pollution and congestion on the highways.

The percentage of people in Burien who are college-educated is somewhat higher than the average US community of 21.84%: 27.69% of adults in Burien 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.

In addition, Burien has a lot of people living here who were born outside of the US (25.45%).

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