Burlingame is a city in
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
. It is renowned for many
surviving examples of Victorian
and its high residential quality of life.
was settled by wealthy
Franciscans looking for a better climate for their second
homes. Beginning in the 1960s a population increase
and its proximity to the San Francisco
International Airport, generated airline support services growth.
As of the 2000 U.S. Census, Burlingame had a population of
According to the United
States Census Bureau
, the city has a total area of
15.6 km² (6.0 mi²). 11.2 km² (4.3 mi²) of it is land and
4.4 km² (1.7 mi²) of it (28.19%) is water.
As of the census
of 2000, there were 28,158
people, 12,511 households, and 6,956 families residing in the city.
The population density
2,510.8/km² (6,496.2/mi²). There were 12,869 housing units at an
average density of 1,147.5/km² (2,968.9/mi²). The racial makeup of
the city was 70.88% White
0.23% Native American
, 0.48% Pacific Islander
, 3.62% from
, and 3.96%
from two or more races. 17.64% of the population were Hispanic
of any race.
There were 12,511 households out of which 24.1% had children under
the age of 18 living with them, 45.1% were married couples
living together, 7.7% had a female
householder with no husband present, and 44.4% were non-families.
35.6% of all households were made up of individuals and 10.0% had
someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average
household size was 2.21 and the average family size was 2.93. The
age distribution is: 19.2% under the age of 18, 5.5% from 18 to 24,
36.9% from 25 to 44, 23.2% from 45 to 64, and 15.2% who were 65
years of age or older. The median age was 38 years. For every 100
females there were 91.5 males. For every 100 females age 18 and
over, there were 87.8 males.
According to a 2007 estimate, the median income for a household in
the city was $82,596, and the median income for a family was
$100,601. The mean household income is $118,900 with the average
cost of a dwelling unit being $931,500, according to the Silicon
Valley Business Journal. Males had a median income of $59,148
versus $47,461 for females. The per
for the city was $33,565. About 3.7% of families
and 5.7% of the population were below the poverty line
, including 5.8% of those under age
18 and 4.0% of those age 65 or over.
In the state
Burlingame is located in the 8th Senate
District, represented by
Democrat Leland Yee
, and in the 19th Assembly
District, represented by
Democrat Jerry Hill
Burlingame is located in California's 12th
, which has a Cook PVI
of D +22 and is
currently represented by Democrat Jackie
who currently lives in near-by Hillsborough.
is on the Mexican land grant
Mateo given by Governor Pio Pico
to his secretary, Cayetano Arena in 1845.
Cayetano soon sold
the land to San Francisco based merchant William Davis Merry Howard
Howard retired to live on the rancho for the remaining eight years
of his life. Howard planted many eucalyptus trees on his
Howard's early death in 1856 led to the sale of most of the land to
William C. Ralston
, a prominent banker. In
1866, Anson Burlingame
US Minister to
visited Ralston, and by the time he left he was the owner
of of land. His name “Burlingame” was put onto the parcel map for
reference. That visit to the San Francisco Peninsula, was
Burlingame’s last. On a visit to Russia in 1870, Burlingame died.
With his death the land reverted to Ralston.
Ralston had plans for the area which he called “Ralstonville”, but
he died in 1875 without many of his plans being realized. The land
then passed to Ralston's business partner Senator William Sharon
. Sharon died in 1885, and
Sharon's son-in-law, Francis G.
, became executor of
Sharon’s estate. Newlands had grand plans of his own. His vision was to
build estates that surrounded a country club, similar to the
development he helped create in Chevy Chase, Maryland.
The Burlingame Country Club was organized
After the 1906 San
, many people looking to escape the
hardships of a city in ruins flocked south. Hundreds of lots in
Burlingame were sold in 1906 and 1907. Just two years after the
quake, the town of Burlingame was incorporated June 6, 1908.
the neighboring town of Easton, on the former Rancho Buri
Buri, was annexed and became part of Burlingame as
City of Trees
Burlingame is known as the "City of Trees" due to the number of
trees within the city (18,000 public trees). Most residential
properties have trees owned and protected by the city on their
public right of way. In addition the city has many parks and
Eucalyptus groves that add to the overall tree numbers. The
Eucalyptus groves occur to the west of the city on Interstate 280
many city streets, like California Drive, El Camino Real
, and other
smaller local streets. Washington Park, with Burlingame Avenue at
its southern edge, Burlingame High School at its northern edge, and
the Caltrain line at its western edge is the oldest park in
Burlingame. It was originally part of the millionaire cigar
retailer Moses A. Gunst Estate, and some of the existing large
trees within the park were part of this estate.
In the 1920s Burlingame became a location for automobile retailers.
In 1958 Burlingame annexed the area including Burligame Plaza and
Mills Peninsula Hospital. Due to the proximity to San Francisco
International Airport and a population increase beginning in the
1960s, various airline support service businesses opened in
Burlingame. As of 2002 most of the businesses in the
Rollins Road industrial area serve the airline industry due to the
proximity to San Francisco International
Airport; the Rollins Road area also has car service
Mills Peninsula Health Services, the largest employer in
Burlingame, employs around 2,400 people. LSG/Sky Chefs, Inc.
, the eighth-largest
employer in terms of Burlingame operations, has around 281 people
employed there. Guittard
is headquartered in Burlingame; as the city's
10th largest employer it has around 210 employees. Virgin America
's headquarters are located in
Suite 450 at Bay Park Plaza II in Burlingame; as the 13th largest
employer Virgin America has around 200 employees at its
The online discount brokerage Zecco.com
operates one of two California offices in Burlingame. The United
States division of Natsume
video game company, is headquartered in Suite 229 at 1818 Gilbreth
Road in Burlingame. China Airlines
operates the San Francisco Branch Office in Suite 501 at 433
Airport Boulevard in Burlingame. The Bay Area Laboratory
(BALCO), the company made famous by the baseball
steroid scandal, was headquartered in Burlingame.
Primary and secondary schools
San Mateo Union
High School District
operates local high schools. Burlingame
High School is the city's sole public high school.
Burlingame Intermediate School is Burlingame's sole public middle
school. There are several public elementary schools serving
Burlingame. They are Franklin Elementary, Lincoln Elementary,
McKinley Elementary, Roosevelt Elementary, and Washington
Elementary.Including private schools: Our Lady of Angels, St.
Catherine of Siena, and Mercy Burlingame High School.
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.
Burlingame is named after Anson
who purchased approximately 1,000 acres (4 km²)
in what is currently Hillsborough & Burlingame. Anson
Burlingame never lived on this property and only visited once or
- Famed California artist Percy Gray
lived in Burlingame from 1912 to 1923.
- Burlingame is home to The Burlingame Museum
of Pez Memorabilia.
- Burlingame enacted one of the first comprehensive Noise Elements of the General Plan in the
- Scenes from the film Dangerous Minds were filmed on the
campus of Burlingame High School in the spring of 1994.
- Bill Amend, author
of the comic strip FoxTrot,
attended Burlingame High School.
- Tamora Pierce,
bestselling children's author, attended Burlingame
- Grant Baciocco of Throwing
Radio Adventures of Dr. Floyd and host of the Jim Henson Company podcast was born in
- Charles S. Howard, owner of Seabiscuit, owned a home in Burlingame.
ship General Frank M. Coxe is preserved as The Sherman, a floating
restaurant, just south of the SF Airport.
- Burlingame is home to the historic Kohl
Mansion, where the movie "Flubber" was filmed
- Leo Wyatt from the series Charmed was born in Burlingame
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Retrieved on January 24, 2009.
- " Virgin America is teaming with Virgin
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- Simmers, Tim. " Virgin America airline destined for
Burlingame." Oakland Tribune. January 13, 2006.
- " Hello, We Are Zecco." Zecco.com. Retrieved on
January 25, 2009.
- " Natsume Consumer Service and Warranty Service."
Natsume. Retrieved on January 25,
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Retrieved on January 25, 2009.
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BALCO Investigation." San
Francisco Chronicle. Retrieved on January 25, 2009.
City Council members