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 51,908 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 (10.74%), management occupations (9.35%), and sales jobs (9.19%).
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.
One of the nice things about Burien 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.
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.
In terms of college education, Burien is somewhat better educated than the 21.84% who have a 4-year degree or higher in the typical US community: 26.62% of adults 25 and older in the city have at least a bachelor's degree.
The per capita income in Burien in 2010 was $32,537, which is upper middle income relative to Washington and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $130,148 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 24.60% of the city’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Burien include German, Irish, English, Norwegian, and Italian.
Foreign born people are also an important part of Burien's cultural character, accounting for 24.65% of the city’s population.
The most common language spoken in Burien is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Vietnamese.