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Encyclopedia > Burien, Washington
Three Tree Point in Burien at sunset.

Burien is an incorporated suburb just south of Seattle, Washington, with a population of 31,881 (2000 census). Image File history File links Download high-resolution version (2666x2133, 3589 KB) Author: Ryan Lang Casio Exilim 7. ... Image File history File links Download high-resolution version (2666x2133, 3589 KB) Author: Ryan Lang Casio Exilim 7. ... City nickname Emerald City City bird Great Blue Heron City flower Dahlia City mottos The City of Flowers The City of Goodwill City song Seattle, the Peerless City Mayor Greg Nickels County King County Area   - Total   - Land   - Water   - % water 369. ... For the capital city of the United States, see Washington, D.C.. For other uses, see Washington (disambiguation). ...

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History

European settlement in the Burien area dates to 1870, when Mike Kelly walked up a hill from the Seattle, South Seattle area. When he emerged from the trees he said, "This is truly a sunny dale." Still today, the Burien area is called Sunnydale. He claimed a 160 acre plot of land and built a house and a farm. City nickname Emerald City City bird Great Blue Heron City flower Dahlia City mottos The City of Flowers The City of Goodwill City song Seattle, the Peerless City Mayor Greg Nickels County King County Area   - Total   - Land   - Water   - % water 369. ...


Ten years later, Gottlieb Von Boorian, a German immigrant, arrived in Sunnydale. At this point, the community was only trails and small houses. There were no roads or buildings. Von Boorian built a cabin on the southeast corner of Lake Burien and also was said to have formed the community into a town bearing his name. (It has been misspelled over the years.) A real estate office was built and soon more people began pouring in to Burien. Gottlieb Von Boorian credited with founding the town of Burien, Washington immigrated from Germany to Seattle, Washington in 1880 and found interest in a small settlement called Sunnydale. ...


In the early 1900s, people of Seattle came by the Mosquito Fleet to Three Tree Point, just west of town to sunbathe and swim. City nickname Emerald City City bird Great Blue Heron City flower Dahlia City mottos The City of Flowers The City of Goodwill City song Seattle, the Peerless City Mayor Greg Nickels County King County Area   - Total   - Land   - Water   - % water 369. ... Washington state maintains the largest fleet of passenger and auto ferries in the United States and the third largest in the world. ...


In 1915, the Burien railroad was completed. It ran on what is today Ambaum Boulevard from Burien to White Center to Seattle. A small passenger train ran the tracks and was affectionately named by the residents, The Toonerville Trolley. However in the summer, squished caterpillars made the track slippery, and in the winter, the tracks iced over. Soon the Toonerville Trolley was more of a nuisance than anything and it was removed. The south end of Delridge Way SW, at the corner of SW Roxbury Street. ...


Burien was an unincorporated portion of King County prior to February 28, 1993, when it incorporated as a city. February 28 is the 59th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1993 (MCMXCIII) was a common year starting on Friday (link will display full 1993 Gregorian calendar). ...


Late in 2004, the City was assessing the possibility of annexing North Highline (which includes White Center and Boulevard Park), "one of the largest unincorporated areas of King County," which would double the size of Burien. Many citizens have spoken against the annexation and have created picket signs and petitions to protest against it.


Current Burien

Burien's downtown area is currently undergoing several renovations which, when completed in 2009 will make Burien one of the regions premier new cities. These renovations include an entire rebuild of a stretch of 1st Avenue South from 160th St to 148th st. In addition, a new towncenter is under construction that will include a new Burien Library, 70,000 square feet of retail space, and more than 400 condominiums with a plaza/park area in the middle and a parking garage below.


The city is served by the Highline Times (est.1945), a community weekly newspaper owned by Robinson Newspapers. It is a subscriber based publication with limited free distribution.


Schools

Burien is served by the Highline School District and is home to Highline High School and Sylvester Middle School in addition to several elementary schools. Highline School District is a public school district; located directly south of Seattle, Washington. ... Highline High School is a high school in Burien, Washington, United States, located about 3. ... Sylvester Middle School is a middle school in Burien, Washington, United States, located across the street from Highline Medical Center. ...


Geography

Burien is located at 47°28′6″N, 122°20′44″W (47.468221, -122.345491)GR1. Image File history File links Download high resolution version (1086x624, 25 KB)Map of Federal Way, Washington within King County, with county highlighted on Washington map. ...


According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 34.2 km² (13.2 mi²). 19.3 km² (7.4 mi²) of it is land and 15.0 km² (5.8 mi²) of it (43.80%) is water. The United States Census Bureau (officially Bureau of the Census as defined in Title ) is a part of the United States Department of Commerce. ... A square metre (US spelling: square meter) is by definition the area enclosed by a square with sides each 1 metre long. ... A square mile is an English unit of area equal to that of a square with sides each 1 statute mile (≈1,609 m) in length. ...


Demographics

As of the censusGR2 of 2000, there were 31,881 people, 13,399 households, and 8,066 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,654.5/km² (4,287.0/mi²). There were 13,898 housing units at an average density of 721.2/km² (1,868.9/mi²). The racial makeup of the city was 75.74% White, 5.14% African American, 1.29% Native American, 7.00% Asian, 1.16% Pacific Islander, 5.40% from other races, and 4.28% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 10.66% of the population. Image:1870 census Lindauer Weber 01. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ... It has been suggested that Ethnicity (United States Census) be merged into this article or section. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ...


There were 13,399 households out of which 27.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 43.5% were married couples living together, 11.6% had a female householder with no husband present, and 39.8% were non-families. 32.4% of all households were made up of individuals and 10.5% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.36 and the average family size was 2.98. Marriage is an interpersonal relationship with governmental, social, or religious recognition, usually intimate and sexual, and often created as a contract, or through civil process. ...


In the city the population was spread out with 22.8% under the age of 18, 8.0% from 18 to 24, 30.8% from 25 to 44, 24.7% from 45 to 64, and 13.8% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 38 years. For every 100 females there were 96.5 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 94.7 males.


The median income for a household in the city was $41,577, and the median income for a family was $53,814. Males had a median income of $39,248 versus $29,694 for females. The per capita income for the city was $23,737. About 6.9% of families and 9.4% of the population were below the poverty line, including 13.1% of those under age 18 and 6.1% of those age 65 or over. The per capita income for a group of people may be defined as their total personal income, divided by the total population. ... Map of countries showing percentage of population who have an income below the national poverty line The poverty line is the level of income below which one cannot afford to purchase all the resources one requires to live. ...


In the 2004 US presidential election, Burien cast 63.07% of its vote for Democrat John Kerry[1]. Presidential election results map. ... Federal courts Supreme Court Circuit Courts of Appeal District Courts Elections Presidential elections Midterm elections Political Parties Democratic Republican Third parties State & Local government Governors Legislatures (List) State Courts Local Government Other countries Atlas  Politics Portal      Further information: Politics of the United States#Organization of American political parties The Democratic... John Forbes Kerry (born December 11, 1943) is the junior United States Senator from Massachusetts, in his fourth term of office. ...


External links

  • Highline Times - Local newspaper web site
  • Burien government Web site
  • Over 40 years of Helping Families Buy & Sell Homes in Burien
  • Burien real estate
  • Maps and aerial photos for 47°28′06″N 122°20′44″W / 47.468221, -122.345491Coordinates: 47°28′06″N 122°20′44″W / 47.468221, -122.345491
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    • Topographic maps from TopoZone or TerraServer-USA
    • Nearby hiking trails on Hikipedia

  Results from FactBites:
 
Burien, Washington - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (689 words)
Burien is a city in King County, Washington, USA.
The Burien area was discovered by Mike Kelly in 1870, when they walked up a hill from the South Seattle area.
Burien was officially incorporated on February 28, 1993.
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