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City of Burlingame

  •   State: 
    San Mateo County
      County FIPS: 
    37°35′0″N 122°21′49″W
      Area total: 
    6.04 sq mi (15.64 km²)
      Area land: 
    4.39 sq mi (11.38 km²)
      Area water: 
    1.65 sq mi (4.26 km²)
    39 ft (12 m)
    1908; Incorporated June 6, 1908
  •   Latitude: 
      Dman name cbsa: 
    San Francisco-Oakland-Berkeley, CA
    Pacific Standard Time (PST) UTC-8:00; Pacific Daylight Time (PDT) UTC-7:00
      ZIP codes: 

    Burlingame, San Mateo County, California, United States

  •   Population: 
      Population density: 
    7,144.55 residents per square mile of area (2,758.42/km²)
      Household income: 
      Unemployment rate: 
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Burlingame is a city in San Mateo County, California. It is located on the San Francisco Peninsula and has a significant shoreline on San Francisco Bay. The city is named after diplomat Anson Burlingame and is known for its numerous eucalyptus groves, high quality of life, walkable downtown area, and public school system. As of the 2020 census, the city population was 31,386. In 2018, upon the 150th anniversary of the 1868 landmark BurlingAME Treaty between the U.S. and China, a new bust of diplomat Ansion Burlingsame was unveiled at an international ceremony at the Burledame Public Library. In the United States House of Representatives, Burlingam is represented by Democrat Jackie Speier. In 1960s, various airline service businesses opened in the area, which became known as "Auto Row" The city has a total area of 6.1 square miles (16 km²). 4.4 square miles of it is land, and 1.7square miles (4.4 km²) of it (comprising 27.25%) is water. In 2010, the 2010 United States Census reported that Burlingman had a population of 28,806. According to the Köppen Climate Classification system, Burlerame has a warm-summer Mediterranean climate. In 1920s, Burlersame became a popular location for automobile retailers, including LS/Sky International Airport, which is now a part of San Francisco International Airport.


Burlingame is the primary city name, but also Hillsborough are acceptable city names or spellings. The official name is City of Burlingame. Burlingame refers to itself as the City of Trees due to its over 18,000 public trees within the city. The city also has many parks and eucalyptus groves. After the 1906 San Francisco earthquake, hundreds of lots in Burlingame were sold to people looking to establish new homes. In 1910, the neighboring town of Easton was annexed and this area is now known as the Easton Addition neighborhood. In 2018, upon the 150th anniversary of the 1868 landmark BurlingAME Treaty between the U.S. and China, a new bust of diplomat Anson Burledame, sculpted by Zhou Limin from China, was unveiled at an international ceremony at the Burlingsame Public Library. The bust was unveiled in honor of the diplomat's 150 years of service to the United States and the people of China.


Burlingame experiences warm and dry summers, with no average monthly temperatures above 71.6 °F (22 °C) According to the Köppen Climate Classification system, Burlingame has a warm-summer Mediterranean climate. The city has a total area of 6.1 square miles (16 km²) of which 4.4 square miles is land and 27.25% is water. Several creeks drain across the city from the peninsula hills to the San Francisco Bay. The U.S. Census Bureau estimates the city's population at 1,856,000 (1.7% of the total population of the United States). The city is located in the Central Coast Ranges of the Pacific Coast region of the California Coast. It is the only city in the state of California that is not in the Bay Area or the National Park Service. It has a population of 1,715,000. The United States Census Bureau says the city has one of the highest percentages of people living in urban areas in the nation, with 1.8% of its population living in the city. It also has the highest percentage of people in the San Jose- Livermore area of California, at 1.9%. The city was founded in 1836. It was named after the Burlingames Peninsula, which is located on California's Central Coast. The town's name is derived from the word "burlingame", which means "beautiful" or "loyal" in Spanish.


The 2010 United States Census reported that Burlingame had a population of 28,806. The population was spread out, with 6,256 people (21.7%) under the age of 18, 1,496 people (5.2%) aged 18 to 24, 8,872 people (30.8%) aged 25 to 44, and 4,046 people (14.0%) who were 65 years of age or older. There were 13,027 housing units at an average density of 2,956.7 per square mile (1,141.6/km²). There were 12,361 households with average household size of 2.29, and 7,183 families (58.1% of all households); the average family size was 3.02. The median household income was $122,999 and per capita income is $70,519, in 2018 dollars. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, American Community Survey (ACS), median household Income was $120,000, in 2010 dollars. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 88.2 males. The average household income in the city was $100,000. The city has a population density of 6,537.9 inhabitants per square inch (2,524.3/km 2). The city's population is expected to grow to 28,000 by the end of the decade. The town's population growth rate has been estimated to be between 1% and 2% annually.


According to the California Secretary of State, as of February 10, 2019, Burlingame has 17,750 registered voters. Of those, 8,439 are registered Democrats, 3,048 are registered Republicans, and 5,551 (31.3%) have declined to state a political party. In the California State Legislature, Burledame is in the 13th Senate District, represented by Democrat Josh Becker, and in the 22nd Assembly District. In U.S. House of Representatives, Burleson is in California's 14th congressional district, represented by Democrat Jackie Speier. The town is located in the San Francisco Bay Area, in the Central Coast region of California, and the San Joaquin Valley. It is located on the San Diego River, which runs through the town's downtown area. The city has a population of about 17,000, with most of its residents living in the central part of the town. It was founded in the early 1900s, when it was part of San Diego County, California. It has been in the same district since the early 20th century, and is now part of California's 14th Congressional District. It also has a chapter of the Sierra Club, which is based in San Diego, California, which dates back to the 18th century. The community has a history of being involved in local politics, particularly in the 1930s and 1940s. It won a statehood referendum in the 1950s, which was the first of its kind in the state.


In the 1920s, Burlingame became a popular location for automobile retailers which became known as "Auto Row" In the 1960s, various airline support service businesses opened in Burledame due to its proximity to San Francisco International Airport. As of 2018, LSG/Sky Chefs, Inc. and China Airlines are all located in Burlingsame. Since 2010, the economy has diversified substantially and it has become an attractive location for biotechnology companies given its close proximity to South San Francisco. In March 2022, the median single home value in BurlingAME was $2.8 million. In the 1990s, the town was home to the It's-It ice cream factory and store, Guittard Chocolate, the See's Candies lollipop factory, and family-owned candy stores, including Powell's, Preston's, Aida Opera Candies, and Nuts for Candy. The town is home to many high-technology firms due to it's location between the booming technology centers of Silicon Valley to the south and San Francisco to the north. In 2013, the city's median home value was $1.9 million, and in 2014, it was $1.7 million. The city has been home to several high-tech companies, including, Natsume, Color Genomics, CarWoo, Jobvite, DataStax, Sprint's M2M Collaboration Center, YouWeb, OpenFeint, CrowdStar, BitGravity, Veebeam, and TellApart.


Burlingame High School is the city's sole public high school. There are six public elementary schools serving Burlingame. The city has passed two bond measures to add new facilities and modernize existing facilities to provide state-of-the-art classrooms. According to the 2009 Base Academic Performance Index (API) Scores from the California Department of Education, the Burledame School District ranks among the best in the state. The school district enrollment has continually been increasing as young families move to the city. Mercy High School, a private Catholic all-girls high school, is located in the Kohl Mansion which is a Historic Landmark. Our Lady of Angels School and St. Catherine of Siena School are located in BurlingAME. The library system is operated by the Peninsula Library System, the library authority for the county. It was established by city ordinance October 11, 1909. Following the Loma Prieta earthquake in 1989, the City approved a bond issue to reconstruct the library. The architecture has won awards and earned a cover story in the 1998 American Libraries journal. A second branch, located on Easton Drive, is substantially smaller than the main branch. It is located on the east side of the city and is the only branch of the Peninsula library system that is not located in San Mateo or Santa Clara counties. The public library system was established in 1909 and is run by the San Francisco Public Library System. It has two branches, one on the north side and the other on the south side.

Points of interest

Kohl Mansion is a 63-room brick Tudor-style mansion on 40 acres (16 ha) of land. The silent version of the film Little Lord Fauntleroy, with Mary Pickford, was filmed in the mansion. The Burlingame Museum of Pez Memorabilia was founded in 1995 by Gary and Nancy Doss who had been collecting Pez dispensers for more than a decade. It closed in July 2019 after being featured in Time, on the Discovery Channel, and Travel Channel. The Apple Store is located on the same street as the Kohl Mansion, and is open to the public. It is located in the heart of the city's downtown area, near the intersection of Main Street and Broadway. It was opened in 2007 and is a popular destination for tourists and locals alike. It also houses the Apple Store, which opened in 2009. It has been the home of Mercy High School since 1931, and was the inspiration for the film "Mercy" about the life of the school's founder, Sister Mary Mary. It's also home to a number of other historic buildings, such as the St. Louis Opera House, which dates back to the 19th century. The Kohl mansion is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, as is the Caltrain station, which was built in the 1930s and is on the corner of Main and Main Streets. The city's main train station is on Main Street, which is one of the main streets in the downtown area.


Three highways pass through Burlingame. Highway 101 runs from San Jose to San Francisco along San Francisco Bay. Highway 82, also known as El Camino Real, runs parallel to Highway 101 and acts as the main corridor for local traffic going up and down the peninsula. Bay Area Rapid Transit has its southern terminus for the Yellow line and Red line in Millbrae, just north of Burledame. The City of Burlingsame and local businesses sponsor the BurlingAME Trolley, a two-route shuttle. Through BART and buses, is directly accessible to the San Francisco International Airport's AirTrain system. Through CalTrain services and VTA buses or light rail, Burlingam is connected to San Jose International Airport. Through SamTrans bus lines 292, 398, 46 and the ECR, as well as and Caltrain shuttles, is also connected to Oakland International Airport through the Oakland Airport BART line. The city is one of the closest cities to the U.S. Air Force base in San Francisco. It is home to the California Air National Guard, which has bases in San Jose and Oakland. It also has a military base in Livermore, California. It has a naval base in Oakland, California, which was built in the early 20th century. It was also the site of the first air base in the United States, which opened in the mid-1930s. The San Francisco Air Force Base was founded in the late 19th century and is still there today.

Air Quality, Water Quality, Superfund Sites & UV Index

The Air Quality index is in Burlingame, San Mateo County, California = 81.4. These Air Quality index is based on annual reports from the EPA. Higher values are better (100=best). The number of ozone alert days is used as an indicator of air quality, as are the amounts of seven pollutants including particulates, carbon monoxide, sulfur dioxide, lead, and volatile organic chemicals. The Water Quality Index is 45. A measure of the quality of an area’s water supply as rated by the EPA. Higher values are better (100=best). The EPA has a complex method of measuring the watershed quality, using 15 indicators such as pollutants, turbidity, sediments, and toxic discharges. The Superfund Sites Index is 79. Higher is better (100=best). Based upon the number and impact of EPA Superfund pollution sites in the county, including spending on the cleanup efforts. The UV Index in Burlingame = 4.9 and is a measure of an area's exposure to the sun's ultraviolet rays. This is most often a combination of sunny weather, altitude, and latitude. The UV Index has been defined by the WHO ( and is uniform worldwide.


The most recent city population of 31,386 individuals with a median age of 42.5 age the population dropped by -0.28% in Burlingame, San Mateo County, California population since 2000 and are distributed over a density of 7,144.55 residents per square mile of area (2,758.42/km²). There are average 2.26 people per household in the 12,215 households with an average household income of $84,238 a year. The unemployment rate in Alabama is 6.60% of the available work force and has dropped -5.75% over the most recent 12-month period and the projected change in job supply over the next decade based on migration patterns, economic growth, and other factors will increase by 21.90%. The number of physicians in Burlingame per 100,000 population = 312.3.


The annual rainfall in Burlingame = 20.2 inches and the annual snowfall = 0 inches. The annual number of days with measurable precipitation (over .01 inch) = 57. The average number of days per year that are predominantly sunny = 256. 74 degrees Fahrenheit is the average daily high temperature for the month of July and 40.5 degrees Fahrenheit is the average daily low temperature for the month of January. The Comfort Index (higher=better) is 65, where higher values mean a more pleasant climate. The Comfort Index measure recognizes that humidity by itself isn't the problem. (Have you noticed nobody ever complains about the weather being 'cold and humid?) It's in the summertime that we notice the humidity the most, when it's hot and muggy. Our Comfort Index uses a combination of afternoon summer temperature and humidity to closely predict the effect that the humidity will have on people.

Median Home Cost

The percentage of housing units in Burlingame, San Mateo County, California which are owned by the occupant = 45.27%. A housing unit is a house, apartment, mobile home, or room occupied as separate living quarters. The average age of homes = 53 years with median home cost = $1,257,400 and home appreciation of -8.51%. This is the value of the years most recent home sales data. Its important to note that this is not the average (or arithmetic mean). The median home price is the middle value when you arrange all the sales prices of homes from lowest to highest. This is a better indicator than the average, because the median is not changed as much by a few unusually high or low values. The property tax rate of $5.34 shown here is the rate per $1,000 of home value. If for simplification for example the tax rate is $14.00 and the home value is $250,000, the property tax would be $14.00 x ($250,000/1000), or $3500. This is the 'effective' tax rate.


The local school district spends $4,992 per student. There are 19.8 students for each teacher in the school, 586 students for each Librarian and 1172 students for each Counselor. 7.53% of the area’s population over the age of 25 with an Associate Degree or other 2-year college degree, 30.31% with a master’s degree, Ph.D. or other advanced college degree and 17.50% with high school diplomas or high school equivalency degrees (GEDs).

  • Burlingame's population in San Mateo County, California of 9,201 residents in 1900 has increased 3,41-fold to 31,386 residents after 120 years, according to the official 2020 census.

    Approximately 51.83% female residents and 48.17% male residents live in Burlingame, San Mateo County, California.

    As of 2020 in Burlingame, San Mateo County, California are married and the remaining 46.25% are single population.

  • 29.1 minutes is the average time that residents in Burlingame require for a one-way commute to work. A long commute can have different effects on health. A Gallup poll in the US found that in terms of mental health, long haul commuters are up to 12 percent more likely to experience worry, and ten percent less likely to feel well rested. The Gallup poll also found that of people who commute 61­–90 minutes each day, a whopping one third complained of neck and back pain, compared to less than a quarter of people who only spend ten minutes getting to work.

    76.88% of the working population which commute to work alone in their car, 6.94% of the working population which commutes to work in a carpool, 7.70% of the population that commutes using mass transit, including bus, light rail, subway, and ferry. 4.63% of the population that has their home as their principal place of work.

  • Of the total residential buildings in Burlingame, San Mateo County, California, 45.27% are owner-occupied homes, another 50.84% are rented apartments, and the remaining 3.89% are vacant.

  • The 40.88% of the population in Burlingame, San Mateo County, California who identify themselves as belonging to a religion are distributed among the following most diverse religions.

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