Burlington is a city in Skagit County, Washington, United States. Its population was recorded as 8,388 in the 2010 census. Take a look below for 20 fascinating and fun facts about Burlington, Washington, United States.
1. Burlington is located approximately halfway between Seattle and Vancouver.
2. The city is included in the Mount Vernon–Anacortes, Washington Metropolitan Statistical Area.
3. Burlington began as a logging camp, established by John P. Millett and William McKay, in 1882.
4. It was officially incorporated on June 16, 1902.
5. Originally, Burlington’s businesses were centered on Fairhaven Avenue.
6. Today, Fairhaven Avenue is the center of Burlington’s old downtown, which has since been revitalized.
7. In 2007, the city opened a new library and city hall.
8. In December 2013, U.S. District Judge Robert Lasnik determined that Burlington had systematically violated its duty to offer effective legal representation to defendants who couldn’t afford an attorney.
9. The ruling required Burlington and Mount Vernon to hire a public defense supervisor to ensure their defense system complies with constitutional standards.
10. On September 24, 2016, five people were shot and killed at Cascade Mall in Burlington.
11. According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 4.42 square miles (11.45 km2), of which 4.26 square miles (11.03 km2) is land and 0.16 square miles (0.41 km2) is water.
12. The Skagit River has a long history of flooding, which has affected Burlington as well as other communities in the Skagit Valley.
13. A 1909 newspaper article describes how a dike broke upriver “and a mountain of water came rushing down the Skagit valley and quickly inundated [Burlington]”.
14. Burlington is protected by a system of dikes under the jurisdiction of Skagit County Dike District #12, which was originally incorporated in 1895.
15. Burlington is home to Cascade Mall, a shopping mall located in the heart of the Skagit Valley. It is an enclosed, single-level 585,362 sq ft (54,382 m2). regional shopping center in Burlington, 60 miles (97 km) north of Seattle.
16. Cascade Mall opened in the fall of 1989, at a time when the city of Burlington was credited by The Wall Street Journal as one of the fastest-growing and best investment opportunities among small towns in the United States.
17. The mall is situated near the interchange of Interstate 5 and State Route 20.
18. The mall is owned and managed by Merlone Geier and local management is headed by property manager Taylor Long.
19. The city hosts the annual “Berry Dairy Days” festival in June, which celebrates Burlintgon’s agricultural history. The festival began in 1937 as the Strawberry Festival and originally served as a fundraiser for the town’s fire department.
20. It now features performances, carnival booths, and fair food.