Burien, WA Profile: Facts, Map & Data


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Burien, Washington - Basic Facts

The City of Burien had a population of 52,103 as of July 1, 2017. 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, 2017.

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Burien, WA Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2017)


Total Population 52,103
Daytime Population: Workers 16,729
Daytime Population: Residents 27,115
Total Daytime Population (TDP) 43,844
Ratio TDP/Total Population1 0.84
Population in Households 51,628
Population in Familes 39,420
Population in Group Qrtrs 475
Population Density2 5,182
Diversity Index3 79


Median Household Income $56,874
Average Household Income $78,793
Per Capita Income $30,014


Total Housing Units 20,889 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 10,720 (51.3%)
Renter Occupied HU 8,938 (42.8%)
Vacant Housing Units 1,231 ( 5.9%)
Median Home Value $331,199
Average Home Value $408,854


Total Households 19,658
Average Household Size 2.63
Family Households 12,187
Average Family Size 3
  1. If the ratio of the TDP to Total Population is greater than 1, the location gains population during the day when commuting workers are present. If the ratio is less than 1, the location is more of a bedroom community where people commute to another place for work.
  2. Population Density = Total Population per square mile.
  3. The Diversity Index is a scale of 0 to 100 that represents the likelihood 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.


2010-2017 2017-2022
Population 1.12% 1.14%
Households 0.88% 1.01%
Families 0.89% 1.04%
Median Household Income   2.35%
Per Capita Income   2.55%

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, 2017 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 Density # 10 99th
Diversity Index # 32 95th
Median Household Income # 307 51st
Per Capita Income # 272 57th

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