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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
Country United States
State California
County San Mateo
Incorporated June 6, 1908
Named for Anson Burlingame
 • 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%
39 ft (12 m)
 • Total 28,806
 • Estimate 
 • Density 6,877/sq mi (2,655/km2)
Time zone UTC-8 (Pacific)
 • Summer (DST) UTC-7 (PDT)
ZIP codes
Area code 650
FIPS code 06-09066
GNIS feature IDs 1659704, 2409945

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 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 No. 12000127
Added to NRHP March 15, 2012

Burlingame is situated on land previously owned by San Francisco-based merchant William Davis Merry Howard. 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". 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). 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.


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 5.7%
U.S. Decennial Census

The 2010 United States Census 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 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.


Points of interest

  • 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.
  • 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.

In popular culture

  • 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

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