Burlingame is a city in San Mateo County, California. Take a look below for 20 awesome and fascinating facts about Burlingame, California, United States.
1. It is located on the San Francisco Peninsula and has a significant shoreline on San Francisco Bay.
2. The city is named after diplomat Anson Burlingame and is known for its numerous eucalyptus groves, high quality of life, walkable downtown area, and excellent public school system.
3. In September 2021, the typical home value in Burlingame was $2.7 million.
4. As of the 2020 census, the city population was 31,386.
5. Burlingame is situated on land previously owned by San Francisco-based merchant William Davis Merry Howard.
6. Howard planted many eucalyptus trees on his property and retired to live on the land.
7. Howard died in 1856 and the land was sold to William C. Ralston, a prominent banker.
8. In 1868, Ralston named the land after his friend Anson Burlingame, the United States Ambassador to China. After the 1906 San Francisco earthquake, hundreds of lots in Burlingame were sold to people looking to establish new homes, and the town of Burlingame was incorporated in 1908.
9. In 1910, the neighboring town of Easton was annexed and this area is now known as the Easton Addition neighborhood of Burlingame.
10. Burlingame refers to itself as the City of Trees due to its over 18,000 public trees within the city. In 1908, the Burlingame board of trustees passed an ordinance “prohibiting cutting, injuring, or destroying trees”.
11. The city also has many parks and eucalyptus groves.
12. In 2018, upon the 150th anniversary of the 1868 landmark Burlingame Treaty between the U.S. and China, a new bust of diplomat Anson Burlingame, sculpted by Zhou Limin from China, was unveiled at an international ceremony at the Burlingame Public Library.
13. Three highways pass through Burlingame. Highway 101 runs from San Jose to San Francisco along San Francisco Bay. Highway 82, also known as El Camino Real, runs parallel to Highway 101 and acts as the main corridor for local traffic going up and down the peninsula.
14. A small section of Highway 35 (Skyline Boulevard) also lies with city limits. It connects with Interstate 280, which runs along the side of Burlingame opposite Highway 101.
15. Caltrain has served Burlingame station since 1985 when it bought out Southern Pacific. It uses the same depot that was used in the early 20th century.
16. Bay Area Rapid Transit has its final stop in Millbrae, just north of Burlingame. BART’s tracks are within Burlingame city limits.
17. Burlingame is served by SamTrans bus lines 292, 398, 46 and the ECR as well as Commute.org and Caltrain shuttles. The City of Burlingame and local businesses sponsor the Burlingame Trolley, a two-route shuttle.
18. In the 1920s, Burlingame became a popular location for automobile retailers which became known as “Auto Row”.
19. In the 1960s, various airline support service businesses opened in Burlingame due to its proximity to San Francisco International Airport. As of 2018, LSG/Sky Chefs, Inc. and China Airlines are all located in Burlingame. The airport location has also attracted the headquarters of medium-sized multi-site companies such as Meri Meri and Proterra, Inc.
20. Historically, Burlingame has been home to many candy and chocolate companies, including the It’s-It ice cream factory and store, Guittard Chocolate, the See’s Candies lollipop factory, and family-owned candy stores, including Powell’s, Preston’s, Aida Opera Candies, and Nuts for Candy.