With a thriving Downtown core, easy access to Seattle and Sea-Tac Airport, and community events for everyone, Burien is one of the Puget Sound’s hottest up-and-coming neighborhoods. Come Discover Burien!
Burien has been designated by the Puget Sound Regional Council as one of 25 Regional Growth Centers that will experience focused urban growth in the decades ahead. Since the City’s 1993 incorporation, Burien has been reinventing its downtown core to support a mixed- use vision. Improvements on 152nd Street have increased the walkability of the neighborhood and literally paved the way for the next phase of redevelopment.
In 2009, the Burien Town Square project opened its first buildings, a joint King County Regional Library and Burien City Hall, and a multi-story condominium and retail building. Town Square Park was also completed at that time and has become a major gathering point for the community at the center of the development. Construction is currently underway for the final two phases of the project: a 126-unit senior housing and memory care facility and a 227-unit market rate apartment building. Completion of these projects will bring multi-generational living to Burien’s growing downtown core.
Residents and business people alike treasure the convenience of Burien’s hub location and great connections. Seattle is only 12 minutes north, Sea-Tac Airport is only five minutes east, and a 30 minute drive can take you south to Tacoma or east to Bellevue. A new King County transit center provides further connections and supports the City’s multimodal goals. This hub location means that jobs and entertainment are convenient, the parking problems are elsewhere, and a slower pace prevails in your neighborhood.
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.
2013 population: 49,858
Business licenses: 1,592
Total housing units: 18,695
Land area: 10.1 square miles
Incorporated: February 28, 1993
• Highline School District
• Highline Medical Center
• Fred Meyer
• Azteca Restaurant
• Safeway Stores, Inc.
• Burien Toyota, Inc.