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About Burien

Listed as Nerdwallet’s top 5 Washington cities to raise a family, Seattle Weekly also calls Burien an “ideal synthesis of old and new Seattle.” Burien is directly south of Seattle, enjoying 6 miles of Puget Sound waterfront. Hosting over 70 spoken languages, it is a city whose international cuisine reflects that diversity in the historic downtown alone. Add to that top notch bakeries, chocolatiers, and specialty markets it is truly a foodie paradise. The unique festivals and events showcase an engaged community, with a significant portion of artists. It is highly accessible by bus, train, or car to major employment centers like Seattle, Bellevue, Renton, and Tacoma. Our public schools are innovative, with Aviation High School and the Puget Sound Skills Center giving high school students a head start on career training. Burien is a place where you don’t have to sacrifice quality for affordability.

Diversity, great food, artists and entrepreneurs, regionally accessible, unique festivals,

While we have innovative public schools with one-of-a-kind options for pursuing the trades (see the Puget Sound Skills Center) we are actively working on improvement. Over the past 4 years, our graduation rates have steadily rose to match the state average, but we strive to be better.

Top 3-5 amenities include diversity, great food, fantastic transportation access including low in-city traffic, affordability.


We are well known for an abundance of this amenity:

  • Grocery stores
  • Outdoor activities
  • Health care facilities/centers
  • Ethnic businesses
  • Farmers markets/access to local produce

Somewhat available (3+):

  • Night life/entertainment
  • Arts/cultural centers
  • Restaurants
  • Police/fire/emergency department

Scarcely available:

  • Educational facilities/centers

Commute Tips

The Burien Transit Center is in the heart of downtown Burien, with plenty of free parking available. We also look forward to the Rapid Ride H Line which will further enhance the speed of the commute to downtown Seattle.