Burien, WA
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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 51,671 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 (11.77%), management occupations (10.32%), and sales jobs (9.13%).

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.

Like elsewhere in America, most people in Burien use a private automobile to get to work. But notably, a substantial number of Burien‘s citizens do make use of public transit in their daily commute, primarily riding the bus. This helps more people get to work with less air pollution, and require fewer highways to get them there.

The percentage of people in Burien who are college-educated is somewhat higher than the average US community of 21.84%: 26.18% of adults in Burien have at least a bachelor's degree.

The per capita income in Burien in 2010 was $30,150, which is upper middle income relative to Washington and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $120,600 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 24.33% 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 (23.75%).

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