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Welcome to Burien ...

The coastal city of Burien is located on Puget Sound.

Burien is located in King County<1>.

The pronunciation of Burien: BYUR-ee-en<2>

The community of Burien was established in 1870.

From the  Census Estimates for 2019, Burien has a population of 51,452 people<3> (see below for details).

Burien is 300 feet [91 m] above sea level.<4>.

Time Zone: Burien lies in the Pacific Time Zone (PST/PDT) and observes daylight saving time

The ZIP code for Burien: 98166<5>

Websites for Burien ...

Official Website:

Population Details ...

Taken from the 2019 Census Estimates, Burien had an population of 51,452 people. This is an increase of 54.45% since the 2010 Census (or an increase of 61.39% since the 2000 Census).

At the time of the 2010 Census, Burien had a population of 33,313 people. This makes Burien the county's 12th most populous community.

The population of Burien represents 0.5% of the total population of Washington (which has 6,724,540 people), making it the state's 31st most populous community.

With a 2010 count of 33,313 people, the population of Burien increased 4.49% from the 2000 Census (with a count of 31,881 people).

More information can be found on the Census Page for Burien.

Communities near Burien ...

We have created a list of 10 communities that are near Burien.

  • Seattle
    (9 miles [14.5 km] to the north)
  • Tacoma
    (15 miles [24.1 km] to the south)
  • Bellevue
    (12 miles [19.3 km] to the northeast)
  • Kent
    (8 miles [12.9 km] to the southeast)
  • Renton
    (6 miles [9.7 km] to the east)
  • Federal Way
    (10 miles [16.1 km] to the south)
  • Kirkland
    (16 miles [25.7 km] to the northeast)
  • Auburn
    (12 miles [19.3 km] to the southeast)
  • Redmond
    (17 miles [27.4 km] to the northeast)
  • Sammamish
    (17 miles [27.4 km] to the northeast)

To Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

We have a couple of sections for those tracing their genealogy.

We created a list of cemeteries that are in the area around Burien. Our list includes the location of those cemeteries and we provide an overhead view. See our Cemetery List for Burien.

Using the information from an 1895 Atlas, we've created a list of communities that were in the area of Burien. Our list includes information such as whether the 1895 community had a post office or railroad service. See our List of 1890's Communities around Burien.

We also have a detailed list of newspapers that have been published in the area around Burien. See our Newspapers Page for Burien.

TripAdvisor Tourism Pages for Burien ...

Looking for more information about Burien? A wonderful source is the TripAdvisor website. We always start with the TripAdvisor Tourism page, where you can read an overview with links that will help you find lodging, restaurants and attractions.

In addition to the Tourism page for Burien, there are neighboring communities that also have Tourism pages. More information about those communities can be found on our TripAdvisor Page for Burien.

Adding Burien to Our Gazetteer ...

We originally found mention of Burien in both the FIPS-55 and the GNIS. For more information, see the FIPS and GNIS Codes sections on our Miscellaneous Page.

From our notes, the earliest published mention we've found for Burien was in the document titled List of Post Offices from Cameron Blevins and Richard Helbock.<7>

From that list, the Burien post office opened in 1919.

We also found Burien on a map titled Mobile Oil Map of Washington (1949).

For more details, see References and Mentions for Burien.

The official website for Burien:

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The official website for State of Washington:

Footnotes ...

<1>If you're interested in how the shape of Washington's counties, including King, have changed over time, we recommend the Atlas of Historical County Boundaries.
<2>The pronunciation we've provided is our attempt to give a phonetic pronunciation for Burien. While it might not be exactly right, hopefully it will be close. If we have it wrong or there's a better way to pronounce the name, please contact us through our Feedback Page.
<3>Population counts have been provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. For more detail, please visit our Census Page for Burien.
<4>The elevation is an estimate for the area around Burien - it will be higher in some places and lower in others.
<5>ZIP Codes have been created by the United States Postal Service (USPS) as a way of grouping addresses to make delivery more efficient. The boundaries of the ZIP Code can be changed, re-assigned, eliminated or overlapped with other ZIP Codes. So keep in mind that any given ZIP Code is only 'loosely' associated with a city (such as Burien). When looking for a ZIP Code, whether Burien or elsewhere, it's always best to check the website of the United States Postal Service (USPS).
<6>While we're fans and frequent users of TripAdvisor, you should know that we're also members of the TripAdvisor affiliate program.
<7>A copy of their list with background information can be found at:




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