5 Reasons Families Are Moving to Burien

2 Mar 2023


Families are moving to Burien from throughout the Seattle-Tacoma region, the country and the world. “33 percent of our residents speak a language in addition to English at home,” said Lorraine Chachere. “We are truly a global community,” she said. So, why are people choosing to move to Burien?

#1 Burien is more affordable than Seattle

Burien is 15 minutes from Seattle, one of the fastest-growing cities in the country, and all of the job opportunities are available there. But, it’s significantly more affordable. Median home sale prices are 41 percent lower, making it easier to afford a middle-class lifestyle. 

#2 Burien has beautiful outdoor spaces

Burien is really unique because it’s on the Puget Sound and you can easily access the beach at Seahurst Park where there are 182 acres of beach and wetlands. Burien has 365 acres of parks and open spaces so there’s always a park nearby. Plus, the views of the Puget Sound are stunning from many of the city’s neighborhoods, as is the view of Mount Rainier. 

#3 Burien is home to a highly-rated hospital

St. Anne’s offers Burien residents the convenience of living in a small community with a large hospital - ideal for multigenerational families and people who need to visit the doctor regularly. “Our healthcare system continually evolves to meet the needs of our new and current residents,” said Russell Woolley, COO of St. Anne Hospital.

#4 It’s easy to commute

Burien is home to incredible businesses and job opportunities. For those who want to work in Seattle, Bellevue, or throughout the region, commuting is easy as well. Burien has mass transit connectivity and is five minutes from the light rail stop at Sea-Tac International Airport. 

#5 Burien is an artistic and creative community

The City of Burien has a history of supporting the arts. The Northwest Symphony Orchestra and Highline Heritage Museum are just two of the organizations that have received support from the city. The City has Arts and Culture Grants available to individuals, groups, and organizations which helps to further build this creative ecosystem. “If you want to raise your family in a community that is rich in art and culture, has opportunities for children to learn and festivals for families, you belong in Burien,” said Chachere. 

Bring Your Family to Burien

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