Burley, Washington

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Burley, Washington
Burley is located in Washington (state)
Location in Washington and the United States
Burley is located in the United States
Burley (the United States)
Coordinates: 47°25′05″N 122°37′46″W / 47.41806°N 122.62944°W / 47.41806; -122.62944Coordinates: 47°25′05″N 122°37′46″W / 47.41806°N 122.62944°W / 47.41806; -122.62944
CountryUnited States
 • Total4.92 sq mi (12.73 km2)
 • Land4.76 sq mi (12.34 km2)
 • Water0.15 sq mi (0.39 km2)
33 ft (10 m)
 • Total2,057
 • Density432/sq mi (166.7/km2)
Time zoneUTC-8 (Pacific (PST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC-7 (PDT)
ZIP code
Area code(s)360
FIPS code53-08885
GNIS feature ID1512051[1]

Burley is an unincorporated community and census-designated place (CDP) in Kitsap County, Washington, United States. It is located just north of the boundary with Pierce County, about halfway between Gig Harbor to the south and Port Orchard to the north. It is located at the head of the Burley Lagoon in Henderson Bay. Burley is a residential area. The community's population stood at 2,057 at the 2010 census.[2]


Burley was established in 1898 as a cooperative socialist colony[3]:129–167 by a group called the Co-operative Brotherhood, an offshoot of the Brotherhood of the Co-operative Commonwealth that had established Equality Colony elsewhere in Washington state in the previous year. Both communities were part of an attempt to plant socialist colonies in Washington in order to convert first the state, and then the entire nation, to socialism.[3]:55–113

Burley was originally named "Brotherhood". Circle City was an area of the colony with buildings laid out on the periphery of a circle. In its earliest years the community achieved a maximum population of approximately 150,[3]:145–146 but like some other planned towns of the era such as Equality Colony, its population endured a long decline through the ensuing years. The local economy was dominated by the lumber industry; other businesses never flourished, though a cigar-manufacturing effort did achieve some short-term success.[3]:150–151


Burley is in southern Kitsap County. It is bordered to the south by the Pierce County communities of Wauna and Purdy. Washington State Route 16 passes through the eastern side of Burley, leading north 9 miles (14 km) to Port Orchard and south 7 miles (11 km) to Gig Harbor. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the Burley CDP has a total area of 4.9 square miles (12.7 km2), of which 4.7 square miles (12.3 km2) are land and 0.2 square miles (0.4 km2), or 3.04%, are water.[2]

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  1. ^ "Burley". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey.
  2. ^ a b "Geographic Identifiers: 2010 Census Summary File 1 (G001), Burley CDP, Washington". American FactFinder. U.S. Census Bureau. Archived from the original on February 13, 2020. Retrieved June 26, 2019.
  3. ^ a b c d Charles Pierce LeWarne, Utopias in Puget Sound, 1885-1915. Seattle, University of Washington Press, 1975

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