Burlingame, California

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Burlingame, California
City of Burlingame
Burlingame Avenue
Burlingame Avenue
Official seal of Burlingame, California
Location in San Mateo County and the U.S. state of California
Location in San Mateo County and the U.S. state of California
Burlingame, California is located in the US
Burlingame, California
Burlingame, California
Location in the United States
Coordinates: 37°35′0″N 122°21′49″W / 37.58333°N 122.36361°W / 37.58333; -122.36361Coordinates: 37°35′0″N 122°21′49″W / 37.58333°N 122.36361°W / 37.58333; -122.36361
Country United States
State California
County San Mateo
Incorporated June 6, 1908[1]
Named for Anson Burlingame[2]
 • Mayor Ann Keighran[3]
 • City manager Lisa Goldman[4]
 • Total 6.057 sq mi (15.686 km2)
 • Land 4.406 sq mi (11.411 km2)
 • Water 1.651 sq mi (4.275 km2)  27.25%
Elevation[6] 39 ft (12 m)
Population (April 1, 2010)[7]
 • Total 28,806
 • Estimate (2014)[8] 30,298
 • Density 6,877/sq mi (2,655/km2)
Time zone Pacific (UTC-8)
 • Summer (DST) PDT (UTC-7)
ZIP codes 94010–94012
Area code 650
FIPS code 06-09066
GNIS feature IDs 1659704, 2409945
Website www.burlingame.org

Burlingame[needs IPA] 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 often referred to as the City of Trees[9] due to the number of trees within the city and its numerous eucalyptus groves. Burlingame is known for its high residential quality of life with a walkable downtown area and excellent public school system. The current median home value in Burlingame is $1.8M+ and as of the 2010 U.S. Census, Burlingame had a population of 28,807.


Howard-Ralston Eucalyptus Tree Rows
Howard-Ralston Eucalyptus Tree Rows.jpg
Location El Camino Real, Burlingame, CA
Built 1873–1876
NRHP Reference # 12000127
Added to NRHP March 15, 2012

Burlingame is situated on land previously owned by San Francisco-based merchant William Davis Merry Howard.[10] Howard planted many eucalyptus trees on his property and retired to live on the land. Howard died in 1856 and the land was sold to William C. Ralston, a prominent banker. In 1868, Ralston named the land after his friend, Anson Burlingame, the United States Ambassador to China. After the 1906 San Francisco earthquake, hundreds of lots in Burlingame were sold to people looking to establish new homes, and the town of Burlingame was incorporated in 1908. In 1910, the neighboring town of Easton was annexed and this area is now known as the Easton Addition neighborhood of Burlingame.

City of Trees

Burlingame is known as the City of Trees due to the number of trees within the city (18,000 public trees). In 1908, the Burlingame board of trustees passed an ordinance "prohibiting cutting, injuring, or destroying trees".[11] The city also has many parks and Eucalyptus groves that add to the overall tree numbers.



There are four highways passing through Burlingame. Highway 101 runs near the bay running from San Jose to San Francisco. Highway 82, also known as El Camino Real, follows a parallel course. Highway 35 connects with Interstate 280.


Caltrain has been serving Burlingame since 1985 when it bought out Southern Pacific. It used the same depot that was used in the early 20th century.


Bay Area Rapid Transit has its final stop in Millbrae, just north of Burlingame. BART's tracks are within Burlingame city limits.


According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 6.1 square miles (16 km2).[12] 4.4 square miles (11 km2) of it is land and 1.7 square miles (4.4 km2) of it (27.25%) is water.


This region experiences warm (but not hot) and dry summers, with no average monthly temperatures above 71.6 °F. According to the Köppen Climate Classification system, Burlingame has a warm-summer Mediterranean climate.[13]


Historical population
Census Pop.
1910 1,565
1920 4,107 162.4%
1930 13,270 223.1%
1940 15,940 20.1%
1950 19,886 24.8%
1960 24,036 20.9%
1970 27,320 13.7%
1980 26,173 −4.2%
1990 26,801 2.4%
2000 28,158 5.1%
2010 28,806 2.3%
Est. 2015 30,459 [14] 5.7%
U.S. Decennial Census[15]

The 2010 United States Census[16] reported that Burlingame had a population of 28,806. The population density was 6,537.9 people per square mile (2,524.4/km²). Details regarding the demographic profile are shown below.

Demographic profile[17] 2010
Total Population 28,806 – 100.0%
White (Non-Hispanic) 13,624 – 46.7%
Asian alone 5,773 – 20.0%
Hispanic or Latino (of any race) 3,966 – 13.8%
Black or African American alone 327 – 1.1%
American Indian and Alaska Native alone 34 – 0.1%
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander alone 129 – 0.4%
Some other race alone 156 – 0.5%
Two or more races alone 987 – 3.4%

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, 8,136 people (28.2%) aged 45 to 64, and 4,046 people (14.0%) who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 40.5 years. For every 100 females there were 90.4 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 88.2 males.

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. There were 7,183 families (58.1% of all households); the average family size was 3.02.

According to the U. S. Census Bureau, American Community Survey (ACS), 2015 median household income was $94,500 and per capita income was $62,019.[18]



In the California State Legislature, Burlingame is in the 13th Senate District, represented by Democrat Jerry Hill, and in the 22nd Assembly District, represented by Democrat Kevin Mullin.[19]

In the United States House of Representatives, Burlingame is in California's 14th congressional district, represented by Democrat Jackie Speier.[20]


In the 1920s Burlingame became a popular location for automobile retailers which became known as "Auto Row".[21] In the 1960s, various airline support service businesses opened in Burlingame due to its proximity to San Francisco International Airport.[22] Today, LSG/Sky Chefs, Inc., Virgin America, and China Airlines are all located in Burlingame. Historically, Burlingame has also been home to many candy and chocolate companies. There is the Burlingame Museum of Pez Memorabilia, Guittard Chocolate, the See's Candies lollipop factory, and family owned candy stores Powell's, Aida Opera Candies, and Nuts for Candy.

Over the past decade, Burlingame's economy has diversified substantially and it has become an attractive location for biotechnology companies owing to its proximity to South San Francisco, the birthplace of the biotechnology industry. Biotechnology companies with offices in Burlingame include: Annai Systems, Breathometer, Cala Health, Cleave Biosciences, Collaborative Drug Discovery, Confidence Clinical Research, Corvus Pharmaceuticals, Igenica Biotherapeutics, Kindred Biosciences, Omnitura, Phoenix Pharmaceuticals, Pulse Biosciences, and Vector Labs.[23]

Additionally, multiple high technology firms have established offices in Burlingame due to its location between the booming technology centers of Silicon Valley to the south and San Francisco to the north. Tech companies with Burlingame offices include: Zecco.com, Natsume, Color Genomics, CarWoo, Jobvite, DataStax, Sprint’s M2M Collaboration Center, YouWeb, OpenFeint, CrowdStar, BitGravity, Veebeam, and TellApart.[24]



There are nineteen preschools in Burlingame. They are A Child's Way, Palcare, Stepping Stone, Peninsula Temple Sholom, Bridge Point Academy, Burlingame Montessori, St. Paul's Co-Op Nursery School, Learning Links, Morning Glory Montessori, Sunshine Family Child Care, United Methodist Co-Op Nursery School: Toddler Room, Kiddie Lab, First Presbyterian School, and Tout About Toys.

Primary and secondary schools[edit]

Public schools

San Mateo Union High School District operates local high schools while the Burlingame School District operates elementary and middle schools.

Burlingame High School is the city's sole public high school. Burlingame Intermediate School is Burlingame's sole public middle school. There are six public elementary schools serving Burlingame. They are Franklin Elementary, Lincoln Elementary, McKinley Elementary, Roosevelt Elementary, Washington Elementary, and the newly reopened Hoover Elementary.[25] According to the 2009 Base Academic Performance Index (API) Scores from the California Department of Education, the Burlingame School District ranks among the best in the state, with 4 out of their 6 public elementary schools (Roosevelt Elementary, Washington Elementary, Franklin Elementary, and Lincoln Elementary) scoring well between 880 and 925, and with ratings of 9 or 10.[26] Burlingame school district enrollment has continually been increasing as young families move to the city. The city has passed two bond measures to add new facilities and modernize existing facilities to provide state-of-the-art classrooms. The city recently extensively renovated and modernized the Hoover School, which was built in 1931 and reopened in 2016.

Private Schools

Mercy High School is the only private Catholic all-girls high school in Burlingame. It was founded in 1931 by the Sisters of Mercy. The school itself is located in the prestigious Kohl Mansion which is a Historic Landmark.[27] Also Our Lady of Angels School and St. Catherine of Siena School are located in Burlingame. In 1921, the silent version of the film Little Lord Fauntleroy, with Mary Pickford, was filmed in the Kohl Mansion.

Burlingame Library

Public libraries[edit]

Burlingame Library is located in Burlingame. 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 was featured in Library Journal as well as earning a cover story in American Libraries. There is a secondary location on Easton Drive, which is substantially smaller than the main branch. Both are operated by the Peninsula Library System, the library authority for the county.

Points of interest[edit]

  • Burlingame Avenue and Broadway Avenue, two streets running parallel to each other about one mile apart, are two of the city's main retail districts.[28]
  • Kohl Mansion, a 63-room brick Tudor Mansion on 40 acres of land originally built by Bessie and Frederick Kohl, with architects Howard and White and completed in 1914. The estate includes tennis courts, green houses, a rose garden, a large carriage house, and a 150,000 gallon reservoir. The mansion was sold to the Sisters of Mercy in 1924, was a convent from 1924-31, and has been the home of Mercy High School, since 1931.[29]

Notable people[edit]

In popular culture[edit]

  • In The Maltese Falcon, Spade rushes to 26 Ancho Street in Burlingame to rescue Brigid O'Shaughnessy.
  • Scenes from the film Dangerous Minds were filmed on the campus of Burlingame High School in the spring of 1994.
  • Burlingame is home to the historic Kohl Mansion, where the movie Flubber was filmed.
  • In James Patterson's Women's Murder Club series, San Francisco Assistant District Attorney Jill Bernhardt lives in Burlingame.
  • Leo Wyatt, character from the series Charmed, was born in Burlingame
  • Scenes from the music video "Crusin' down the avenue" were filmed in Burlingame[30]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "California Cities by Incorporation Date". California Association of Local Agency Formation Commissions. Archived from the original (Word) on November 3, 2014. Retrieved August 25, 2014. 
  2. ^ "About Burlingame". City of Burlingame, California. Retrieved February 25, 2015. 
  3. ^ "Council Members". City of Burlingame, California. Retrieved January 26, 2015. 
  4. ^ "City Manager's Office". City of Burlingame, California. Retrieved January 26, 2015. 
  5. ^ "2010 Census U.S. Gazetteer Files – Places – California". United States Census Bureau. 
  6. ^ "Burlingame". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey. Retrieved October 10, 2014. 
  7. ^ "Burlingame (city) QuickFacts". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved March 15, 2015. 
  8. ^ "Annual Estimates of the Resident Population for Incorporated Places: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2014". Retrieved June 4, 2015. 
  9. ^ "A Leafy Legacy: Trees of Burlingame". A Leafy Legacy: Trees of Burlingame. Retrieved 2017-02-17. 
  10. ^ "City of Burlingame, California : History of Burlingame". www.burlingame.org. Retrieved 2017-02-17. 
  11. ^ "Urban Reforestation and Tree Protection" Burlingame Municipal Code
  12. ^ Distance between Burlingame, CA and Earlimart, CA
  13. ^ Climate Summary for Burlingame, California
  14. ^ "Annual Estimates of the Resident Population for Incorporated Places: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2015". Retrieved July 2, 2016. 
  15. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". Census.gov. Archived from the original on May 12, 2015. Retrieved June 4, 2015. 
  16. ^ "2010 Census Interactive Population Search: CA – Burlingame city". U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved July 12, 2014. 
  17. ^ "Demographic Profile Bay Area Census". 
  18. ^ "Population estimates, July 1, 2013, (V2013)". www.census.gov. Retrieved 2017-02-17. 
  19. ^ "Statewide Database". UC Regents. Retrieved December 3, 2014. 
  20. ^ "California's 14th Congressional District - Representatives & District Map". Civic Impulse, LLC. Retrieved March 12, 2013. 
  21. ^ "Auto Row - Burlingame Chamber of Commerce". Burlingame Chamber of Commerce. Retrieved 2017-02-17. 
  22. ^ "Best Places to Live: Burlingame." San Jose Magazine. Retrieved on January 25, 2009.
  23. ^ "Links to biotechnology, pharmaceutical & medical device companies in Northern California". biopharmguy.com. Retrieved 2017-02-17. 
  24. ^ "Burlingame becoming new tech hub – The Mercury News". Retrieved 2017-02-17. 
  25. ^ http://www.mercurynews.com/2016/08/24/burlingame-after-closing-nearly-40-years-ago-hoover-elementary-reopens/
  26. ^ http://api.cde.ca.gov/AcntRpt2010/2009Base_Co.aspx?cSelect=41,San,Mateo
  27. ^ Mercy High School Burlingame: Sisters of Mercy. Mercyhsb.com. Retrieved on 2013-07-21.
  28. ^ City of Burlingame, California : Dining and Shopping. Burlingame.org (2012-02-05). Retrieved on 2013-07-21.
  29. ^ "History of the Kohl Mansion - Mercy High School Burlingame". www.mercyhsb.com. Retrieved 2017-02-17. 
  30. ^ "Cruisin' down the avenue". YouTube. Retrieved 17 February 2017. 

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