About Burien, Washington

Burien is a suburban community in King County, Washington, United States. It is located in Puget Sound, south of Seattle. The City’s population was 33,313 at the 2010 Census, a 49.7 percent growth since incorporation in 1993. An annexation in 2010 greatly expanded the city’s population, which was predicted to be 51,500 in 2019.


Burien is situated at 47°28′6′′N 122°20′44′′W in western King County (47.468221, -122.345491). It is bounded on the north by Seattle and the unincorporated towns of White Center and Boulevard Park, on the east by Tukwila and SeaTac, on the south by Normandy Park, and on the west by Puget Sound.

The City has a total area of 13.23 square miles (34.27 km2), of which 7.42 square miles (19.22 km2) is land and 5.81 square miles (15.05 km2) is water, according to the United States Census Bureau.

Burien’s western border is 5.5 miles (8.9 kilometers) of Puget Sound shoreline. Lake Burien is a city-owned body of water. It has been a source of contention due to its encirclement by private land and lack of public access.

“Old Burien” refers to the neighborhood on the west side of Ambaum Boulevard that surrounds SW 152nd Street. There are a variety of distinct stores and eateries in this area that represent the town’s unusual combination of interests and citizens.

Downtown development

Town Square in downtown Burien was finished in 2017. It features retail space, rental apartments, condominiums, a senior living facility, and an underground parking garage for the King County Library. The  City Hall is situated on the library’s top floor. Town Square Park is located in the square’s center and has a children’s splash park and a rain garden.


The Highline School District serves Burien. Highline High School, Big Picture, Puget Sound Skills Center, and CHOICE Academy are among the high schools in the City. John F. Kennedy Catholic High School is also situated in the City.


The Highline Times (founded 1945), a community weekly newspaper owned by Robinson Newspapers, serves the city. It is a subscription-based publication with a limited number of free copies available.

The Burien Library is operated by the King County Library System. On June 13, 2009, the current 32,000-square-foot (3,000-square-meter) facility opened. Boulevard Park Library is a tiny community library (6,356 square feet) located within the municipal borders of Burien. KCLS also operates the 1971 facility, which dates all the way back to 1937.  (Source: Wikipedia)


Directions From Burien, Washington to 1 Green Planet, 851 Houser Way N, Renton, WA 98057

Take SW 152nd St and 1st Ave S to WA-518 E (0.7 mi)

  • Head east on SW 152nd St toward 4th Ave SW
  • Pass by Taco Bell (on the left in 0.3 mi)
  • Turn left onto 1st Ave S (0.2 mi)
  • Turn right onto SW 148th St (387 ft)
  • Continue onto WA-518 E (157 ft)

Follow WA-518 E and I-405 N to N Southport Dr in Renton. Take exit 5 from I-405 N (8.7 mi)

  • Keep left to stay on WA-518 E (1.4 mi)
  • Keep left to stay on WA-518 E (1.7 mi)
  • Continue straight to stay on WA-518 E (213 ft)
  • Keep left to continue on I-405 N (5.4 mi)
  • Take exit 5 for WA-900 E/Sunset Blvd NE toward Issaquah (0.2 mi)

Continue on N Southport Dr to your destination (0.8 mi)

  • Use any lane to turn left onto N Southport Dr (signs for The Lndg) – 0.3 mi
  • Turn right onto Lake Washington Blvd N (0.1 mi)
  • Slight right onto Houser Way N (0.3 mi)
  • Turn right – Destination will be on the right (49 ft)