Once advertised as “San Francisco’s Sunny Suburb,” Burlingame’s mild weather, abundance of trees and high quality of residential life makes it one of the most attractive cities in the Bay Area. Located in San Mateo County on the San Francisco Peninsula along the shore of the Bay, this city, which spans 5.5 miles, is home to approximately 28,000 residents, an assortment of hotels, many shopping and dining options and two public library locations. As one of the most desirable places to live near San Francisco, the city strives to preserve everything about Burlingame that has made it such a popular destination over the years while still improving the quality of life for its residents.
Often called the City of Trees, Burlingame boasts 18,000 city-owned trees that are protected by an ordinance from being cut or otherwise destroyed. In addition, the city has many eucalyptus groves and 15 parks to add to its natural beauty. Continuously working toward a more sustainable community, the city has adopted many programs to encourage “green” living in its residents and businesses. In 2007, Burlingame even formed its own Green Ribbon Task Force, which crafted the Climate Action Plan that was adopted two years later.
While the city is well known for its lush environment, it is even more well known for its mild climate. Protected by hills, the city is shielded from the area’s typical strong winds and fog, keeping Burlingame’s weather temperate all year long. In July, the temperature usually ranges from between 54 degrees to 82 degrees Fahrenheit. In January, it regularly stays between 39 degrees and 57 degrees. While snow is rare for the city, the many residents who enjoy snow sports drive about 200 miles to Lake Tahoe to enjoy white powder. Burlingame’s average annual rainfall is approximately 20 inches between November and March, which leaves enough good weather in between for visitors and residents to enjoy outside.
Burlingame, CA Background
Although it is a small city, Burlingame’s background is an interesting one. Bought in 1866 by its namesake Anson Burlingame, the property wasn’t actually developed until the first country club was built in 1893. Then in 1906, many fled to Burlingame after the San Francisco earthquake scared many residents into finding a new place to live. Burlingame was the perfect choice because it spared residents the hardships of living in the city while still allowing them the benefits. The city was incorporated in 1908, but it didn’t see a significant population increase until the industrial growth that took place in the 1960s and 1970s. It has remained a rather wealthy suburb ever since, with the average household income falling near $120,000 and 48 percent of all residents 25 years and older receiving a bachelor’s degree or higher.
Around 94 percent of the same age group has their high school diploma or GED.
While Burlingame has its fair share of hotels, recreational activities, restaurants, museums and art and culture opportunities, residents and visitors alike can also benefit from the many opportunities offered by San Francisco, which isn’t far and no bridge crossing is required.
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