Burien is a waterfront community with six miles of Puget Sound shoreline and expansive mountain views. Residents take pride in their neighborhoods, actively preserving their saltwater accesses, and protecting the appearance of their streets and public spaces.

The community is embracing new approaches to technology in education, health care, development and recreation. Highline Medical Center in Burien opened a new ER Center in 2010. Its medical staff of more than 200 physicians and health care practitioners provide acute-care and specialty-care in a friendly atmosphere. The Highline School District, based in Burien, enjoys strong public support and has opened several new schools this decade. Educators are proud of the Microsoft certification class, marine technology lab, and Puget Sound Skills Center.

The City of Burien Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs Department recently opened a newly remodeled Community Center and recreational facility for children, teenagers, older adults and cultural arts programs. The new facility initiative builds on enthusiastic community support for the creative arts. For many years, volunteers have supported an orchestra, live theatre, dance groups, art galleries, a pottery studio, and the 800-seat Highline Performing Arts Center. The City of Burien also opened a Film Office in 2015 to further support the strong, local arts community.

Community festivals dot the calendar with live theater, a spring egg hunt, weekly Farmers Markets, the Burien Art Walk, antique car show, garden tour, Strawberry and Heritage Festivals, Independence Day Parade, summer Concerts in the Park, as well as Octoberfest and Winterfest.