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Burien, Washington - Basic Facts

The City of Burien is an incorporated place (Class Code P1) located in King County at latitude 47.4757 and longitude -122.3405. King County is in the Pacific time zone (GMT -8). The elevation is 377 feet.

The formal official name is the City of Burien, but most people and references simply refer to it as Burien, Washington.

The P1 Census Class Code for Burien indicates a populated place that is also an incorporated place with the same name and the same census code. The Incorporated Place has a Functional Status Code "A" which identifies an active government providing primary general-purpose functions.

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.

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Burien, WA Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2014)


Total Population 34,161
Population in Households 33,866
Population in Familes 25,501
Population in Group Qrtrs 295
Population Density1 4,604
Diversity Index2 75


Total Households 13,504
Average Household Size 2.51
Family Households 8,130
Average Family Size 3


Total Housing Units 14,658 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 7,193 (49.1%)
Renter Occupied HU 6,311 (43.1%)
Vacant Housing Units 1,154 ( 7.9%)
Median Home Value $335,439
Average Home Value $401,134


Median Household Income $53,363
Average Household Income $73,203
Per Capita Income $29,083
  (Compound Annual Growth Rates)


2010-2014 2014-2019
Population 0.59% 1.06%
Households 0.44% 0.99%
Families 0.34% 0.93%
Median Household Income   3.07%
Per Capita Income   2.96%
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 628 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs in Washington by rank and percentile using July 1, 2014 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 # 33 95th
Population Density1 # 17 97th
Diversity Index2 # 40 94th
Median Household Income # 302 52nd
Per Capita Income # 225 64th

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