Happy Birthday Burien! B-Town was incorporated 19 years ago today

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Nineteen years ago today (Tuesday, Feb. 28, 1993), the city of Burien was incorporated, so let’s all put on a silly hat and watch as our gawky late-teen city tries to blow out the trick candles on the cake!

According to Historylink.org:

Residents had voted two to one in favor of incorporation on March 10, 1992.  Burien becomes Washington’s 22nd-largest city, behind Lynnwood, but ahead of Walla Walla. Although residents had rejected the idea four times before, unchecked growth, plans for a third runway at Sea-Tac Airport, and a proposal to build a floating bridge through the community generated new interest in becoming a city. The new city consists of approximately nine square miles between Seattle and Normandy Park and between the City of Seatac and Puget Sound and has a population of about 27,700.

Burien was named after pioneer Gottlieb Van Boorian whose name was misspelled to Burien. The idea of becoming a city was presented to voters four times including 1954, 1960, and 1984, but in each case they voted the measure down, the last time by a margin of three to one. The only direct political influence the unincorporated area had on local government was through a single member of the King County Council and the county executive.

Currently, Burien has 47,600 residents, and is ranked as the 21st largest city in the state. The Washington State Office of Financial Management said last year that it was the “second-fastest growing city” last year, losing only to Kent (read that story here).

If ‘Area Y’ (aka the rest of North Highline/White Center) votes to become part of Burien, some 17,300 new residents would be added, bringing the total population of 19-year old B-Town to 64,900, making it the 16th largest city in the state, ahead of Pasco (61,000) and just behind Auburn (70,705).


What are YOU doing to celebrate, if anything?

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3 Responses to “Happy Birthday Burien! B-Town was incorporated 19 years ago today”
  1. TcB says:

    1 out of 3 people didn’t want Burien to be a city. Interesting fact. I wonder if they represent the core of “no annexation”.

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