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Burlingame, CA
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Living in Burlingame


Burlingame is a medium-sized coastal city (i.e. on the ocean, a bay, or inlet) located in the state of California. With a population of 31,386 people and seven constituent neighborhoods, Burlingame is the 250th largest community in California.

Burlingame home prices are not only among the most expensive in California, but Burlingame real estate also consistently ranks among the most expensive in America.

Burlingame is a decidedly white-collar city, with fully 90.31% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, Burlingame is a city of professionals, managers, and sales and office workers. There are especially a lot of people living in Burlingame who work in management occupations (20.76%), business and financial occupations (10.18%), and office and administrative support (8.63%).

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

Of important note, Burlingame is also a city of artists. Burlingame has more artists, designers and people working in media than 90% of the communities in America. This concentration of artists helps shape Burlingame’s character.

A relatively large number of people in Burlingame telecommute to their jobs. Overall, about 13.02% of the workforce works from home. While this may seem like a small number, as a fraction of the total workforce it ranks among the highest in the country. These workers are often telecommuters who work in knowledge-based, white-collar professions. For example, Silicon Valley has large numbers of people who telecommute. Other at-home workers may be self-employed people who operate small businesses out of their homes.

One of the nice things about Burlingame is that it is nautical, which means that parts of it are somewhat historic and touch the ocean or tidal bodies of water, such as inlets and bays. Because of this, visitors and locals will often go to these areas to take in the scenery or to enjoy waterfront activities.

One downside of living in Burlingame, however, is that residents on average have to contend with a long commute, spending on average 33.16 minutes every day commuting to work. It is, however, a pedestrian-friendly city. Many of its neighborhoods are dense enough and have amenities close enough together that people find it feasible to get around on foot. In addition, local public transit is widely used. For those who would prefer to avoid driving entirely and leave their car at home, it may be an option to use the transit instead.

Although the majority of commuting trips in the city are by private automobile, Burlingame 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 subway helps to get to and from their jobs every morning, which benefits everyone in the Burlingame area by reducing both traffic and air pollution.

If knowledge is power, Burlingame is a pretty powerful place. 66.64% of the adults in Burlingame have earned a 4-year college degree, masters degree, MD, law degree, or even PhD. Compare that to the national average of 21.84% for all cities and towns.

The per capita income in Burlingame in 2018 was $78,987, which is wealthy relative to California and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $315,948 for a family of four.

Burlingame is an extremely ethnically-diverse city. The people who call Burlingame home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Burlingame residents report their race to be White, followed by Asian. Burlingame also has a sizeable Hispanic population (people of Hispanic origin can be of any race). People of Hispanic or Latino origin account for 12.12% of the city’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Burlingame include Irish, German, Italian, English, and European.

In addition, Burlingame has a lot of people living here who were born outside of the US (29.15%).

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