Burien, WA Profile: Facts, Map & Data


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Burien, Washington - Basic Facts

The City of Burien had a population of 51,023 as of July 1, 2016. Burien ranks in the upper quartile for Population Density and Diversity Index when compared to the other cities, towns and Census Designated Places (CDPs) in Washington. See peer rankings below.

The primary coordinate point for Burien is located at latitude 47.4757 and longitude -122.3405 in King County. The formal boundaries for the City of Burien (see map below) encompass a land area of 10.06 sq. miles and a water area of 0.07 sq. miles. King County is in the Pacific time zone (GMT -8). The elevation is 377 feet.

The City of Burien (GNIS ID: 2409940) has a C1 Census Class Code which indicates an active incorporated place that does not serve as a county subdivision equivalent. It also has a Functional Status Code of "A" which identifies an active government providing primary general-purpose functions.

Washington is one of 20 states where Census County Divisions (CCDs) are used for statistical tracking of subdivisions within each county. The City of Burien is located within Seattle Division of King County.

Beneath the boundary map are tables with Burien population, income and housing data, five-year growth projections and peer comparisons for key demographic data. The estimates are for July 1, 2016.

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Burien, WA Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2016)


Total Population 51,023
Population in Households 50,560
Population in Familes 38,683
Population in Group Qrtrs 463
Population Density1 5,074
Diversity Index2 79


Total Households 19,211
Average Household Size 2.63
Family Households 11,897
Average Family Size 3


Total Housing Units 20,688 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 10,481 (50.7%)
Renter Occupied HU 8,729 (42.2%)
Vacant Housing Units 1,477 ( 7.1%)
Median Home Value $325,297
Average Home Value $396,671


Median Household Income $54,131
Average Household Income $73,438
Per Capita Income $27,931
  (Compound Annual Growth Rates)


2010-2015 2015-2020
Population 0.96% 1.23%
Households 0.65% 1.07%
Families 0.65% 1.09%
Median Household Income   1.77%
Per Capita Income   1.73%
1) Population Density = Total Population per square mile.
2) The Diversity Index is a scale of 0 to 100 that represents the likelyhood that two persons, chosen at random from the same area, belong to different race or ethnic groups. If an area's entire population belongs to one race AND one ethnic group, then the area has zero diversity. An area's diversity index increases to 100 when the population is evenly divided into two or more race/ethnic groups.
Based on Census 2010 counts, the Diversity Index for the United States was 60.6 and it is expected to increase to 64.8 by July 1, 2018.

Burien, WA - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Burien to the other 627 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs in Washington by rank and percentile using July 1, 2016 data. The location Ranked # 1 has the highest value. A location that ranks higher than 75% of its peers would be in the 75th percentile of the peer group.

Variable Description Rank Percentile
Total Population # 24 96th
Population Density1 # 10 99th
Diversity Index2 # 33 95th
Median Household Income # 307 51st
Per Capita Income # 292 54th

Additional comparisons and rankings can be made with a VERY EASY TO USE Washington Census Data Comparison Tool.