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Burlingame, Kansas
U.S. post office in Burlingame (2009)
U.S. post office in Burlingame (2009)
Location within Osage County and Kansas
Location within Osage County and Kansas
KDOT map of Osage County (legend)
Country United States
State Kansas
County Osage
Incorporated 1861
Named for Anson Burlingame
 • Total 0.88 sq mi (2.29 km2)
 • Land 0.88 sq mi (2.29 km2)
 • Water 0.00 sq mi (0.00 km2)
1,073 ft (327 m)
 • Total 934
 • Estimate 
 • Density 1,019.23/sq mi (393.53/km2)
Time zone UTC-6 (CST)
 • Summer (DST) UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP code
Area code 785
FIPS code 20-09350
GNIS ID 479434

Burlingame is a city in Osage County, Kansas, United States. As of the 2010 census, the city population was 934.


Burlingame kansas city hall
Burlingame City Hall (2009)

Burlingame was originally established as Council City and was an important stop on the Santa Fe Trail. The Council City post office was opened on April 30, 1855. The wide brick main street, Santa Fe Avenue, was built wide enough for an oxen team to be able to make a U-turn. The city and post office name was changed from Council City to Burlingame on January 30, 1858, in honor of Anson Burlingame.

During the Civil War the townspeople constructed a stone fort in the town center. Burlingame's Fort was torn down after the war.


Burlingame is located on U.S. Route 56, about 20 miles (32 km) south of Topeka. According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 0.89 square miles (2.31 km2), all of it land.


The climate in this area is characterized by hot, humid summers and generally mild to cool winters. According to the Köppen Climate Classification system, Burlingame has a humid subtropical climate, abbreviated "Cfa" on climate maps.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1870 655
1880 1,370 109.2%
1890 1,472 7.4%
1900 1,436 −2.4%
1910 1,422 −1.0%
1920 1,330 −6.5%
1930 1,127 −15.3%
1940 1,019 −9.6%
1950 1,065 4.5%
1960 1,151 8.1%
1970 999 −13.2%
1980 1,239 24.0%
1990 1,074 −13.3%
2000 1,017 −5.3%
2010 934 −8.2%
2019 (est.) 901 −3.5%
U.S. Decennial Census

Burlingame is part of the Topeka, Kansas Metropolitan Statistical Area.

2010 census

As of the census of 2010, there were 934 people, 404 households, and 250 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,049.4 inhabitants per square mile (405.2/km2). There were 501 housing units at an average density of 562.9 per square mile (217.3/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 97.1% White, 0.1% African American, 0.4% Native American, 0.5% from other races, and 1.8% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.1% of the population.

There were 404 households, of which 32.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 43.1% were married couples living together, 11.6% had a female householder with no husband present, 7.2% had a male householder with no wife present, and 38.1% were non-families. 32.7% of all households were made up of individuals, and 14.8% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.31 and the average family size was 2.90.

The median age in the city was 36.9 years. 27.7% of residents were under the age of 18; 7.6% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 23.9% were from 25 to 44; 25.3% were from 45 to 64; and 15.5% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 47.2% male and 52.8% female.


Primary and secondary education

Burlingame is served by USD 454 Burlingame Public Schools. USD 454 operates a high school, junior high, and elementary school. The Burlingame High School mascot is Bearcats.

Colleges and universities

Allen Community College has maintained a campus in Burlingame since 1991.

Notable people

  • Maurice Mehl (1887-1966), paleontologist, was born in Burlingame, Kansas
  • Victor Murdock (1871-1945), U.S. Representative from Kansas, Progressive Party presidential nominee, 1916.
  • Carla Provost (b. 1970), chief of the Border Patrol
  • Kenny Starr (b. 1952), Country and Western singer
  • Earl Sutherland, Jr. (1915–1974), winner of the 1971 Nobel Prize in physiology and medicine.
  • Ron Thornburgh (b. 1962), former Kansas Secretary of State (1994-2010).
  • Muriel Window (1892-1965), vaudeville star, Ziegfeld girl, pilot, businesswoman, born in Burlingame
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