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What should you know about Burbank, California if you decided to move?

1. Geography

Burbank, located just 12 miles northwest of downtown Los Angeles, is the easternmost city in the San Fernando Valley.

  • To the south and on the west, the city is bordered by Toluca Lake and North Hollywood;
  • to the north by the Verdugo Mountains;
  • and to the east by the city of Glendale.

Burbank encompasses a total area of 17.4 square miles; 17.4 square miles is land and 0.04 square miles (0.12%) is water.

The Verdugo Mountains (at 800 feet) is the highest point, while the foot of the valley areas feature the lowest elevations at 500 feet.

The city has a particularly big water table, which is more than 100 feet deep.

1.a Climate

Burbank has a Subtropical Mediterranean climate, with dry hot summers and mild winters.

The July high is around 87 degrees, while the January low is 42.  

 February and January are the months that receive the most precipitation. The city gets on average, 20 inches of rain per year.

 Residents of the community enjoy plenty of sunny days throughout the year (286 annually.) The number of days with any measurable precipitation is just 36.

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2. Economy

Burbank's economy is based mostly on the entertainment industry; in fact, much of the tv and movie production takes place here.

Companies like Warner Bros. Entertainment, Warner Music Group, The Walt Disney Company, ABC, Cartoon Network Studios with the West Coast headquarters of Cartoon Network, Nickelodeon Animation Studios, Cookie Jar Entertainment, New Wave Entertainment and Insomniac Games, have their headquarters or their facilities in this community.

Other companies with presence in the city are: Arri cameras, Cinelease, Entertainment Partners, JL Fisher, Matthews Studio Equipment and Xytech Systems Corporation.

The list of the top employers in Pasadena include:

The Walt Disney Company, Warner Bros, Providence Saint Joseph Medical Center, Bob Hope Airport, American Broadcasting Company, Burbank Unified School District, City of Burbank, Foto-Kem Industries, Yahoo!, and Crane/Hydro Air Company.

3. Education

The Burbank Unified School District (BUSD), with an Academic Performance Index (API) score well above county and state averages, is one of the most high-achieving, competitive school districts in Los Angeles county.

All elementary, middle and high schools have been designated: California Distinguished Schools, and most of' them are above 800, California's target for a "high performing school."

BUSD offers the following programs:

  • Adult School offers a selection of classes and learning options, including online classes, distance learning and independent study. The educative programs are available at different locations during the day and evening.
  • Alternative Education Programs -including a state-honored continuation high school, a community day school and several alternative special education programs, designed for students who are more achieving in non-traditional settings.
  • Arts for All - A K-12 comprehensive arts program that focuses on a sequential standards-based curriculum and equity of access.
  • Business Academies Programs at Burbank and Burroughs High Schools prepare students for the world of business and finance.
  • Career Technical Education offers a wide variety of classes from Culinary Arts to Small Aircraft Engine Report and Video Production.
  • Child Development provides child care and diverse programs from infancy through the age of 12.
  • Comprehensive Curriculum is a rigorous academic program K-12.
  • Elementary P.E. consists of a comprehensive, standards-based Physical Education program for students in grades 3-5.

Other supplemental programs in the elementary schools include: English language development, special education, gifted and talented education (GATE), instrumental and vocal music groups.

In the secondary school supplemental programs are: career academies, Regional Occupation Program (ROP), college prep advanced placement, CIF athletics, extracurricular activities, and others.

Private Education

Private K-12 schools routinely score above state and national average test scores.

Two of the private institutions in Burbank are:

The Lycee International de Los Angeles, a bilingual French American college preparatory school for grades 6–12.

The Concordia Schools Concordia Burbank, a K-6 private school. 

College Education

Woodbury University is the largest university in the community. It offers multiple undergraduate and graduate programs such as: architecture, business, and a variety of design programs.

Los Angeles Valley College, located west of the city, is nearest community college to Burbank.

Smaller colleges serve the city and the entertaining industry, including several make up and beauty trade schools.

3.a Library

The Burbank Public Library system is divided in the following branches:

Burbank Central Library

110 N. Glenoaks Blvd.

 

Buena Vista Branch Library

300 N. Buena Vista St.

 

Northwest Branch Library

3323 W. Victory Blvd.

Programs available within the library system include:

  • Literacy services for adults 18 or older, who speak and understand English, but read and write below 8th grade level.
  • Central Auditorium and Buena Vista Branch Library Meeting Room are available for community use.
  • Exam Proctor Service is available by appointment only at the Burbank Central Library, Monday through Friday from 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
  • Audiovisual resources include: music CDs, DVDs, audio books, language instruction recordings, access to eBooks, eAudio, and InstantFlix.
  • WiFi Printing Instructions for Windows and MAC Computers
  • Library Book Clubs for children, teens and adults.

4. Government

Burbank has Council-Manager form of government that functions as the legislative body that represents the citizens of the community. It is responsible for establishing the City policies and service standards.

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5. Infrastructure

5.a Transportation

BurbankBus offers a wide variety of local routes within the City of Burbank; including the Media District, Downtown Burbank, the Burbank Bob Hope Airport Regional Intermodal Transportation Center, the North Hollywood Red Line and Orange Line Station, and the Downtown Burbank Metrolink Station.

BurbankBus local fare is $1.00 for each ride, and the service is free for riders who have the following: 

  • Metro EZ Transit Pass (now on a TAP card, sticker no longer required)
  • All Valid Metrolink tickets and passes
  • Access Transit TAP Card
  • Senior Activity Card

BurbankBus senior and disabled transit services provide curb-to-curb transportation services for seniors and persons with disabilities who are residents of the community.

The Hollywood Burbank Airport offers a complimentary shuttle van service to and from the airport, during weekends and designated holidays only. This service provides airport connections when BurbankBus does not operate.

Pick-up and drop-off locations are:

  • Downtown Burbank Metrolink Station (available 7 days a week).
  • North Hollywood Red Line / Orange Line Station (available Saturday, Sunday, and designated holidays only).

Other transportation services in Burbank include:

  • Metro operates 11 local and express routes within the City.
  • Metrolink serves the Downtown Burbank Station with 23 weekday and 5 Saturday round trips.
  • Glendale Beeline operates Route 12,  linking the communities of Burbank and Glendale.
  • Santa Clarita Transit offers a weekday commuter express service between the Santa Clarita Valley and Burbank.
  • Los Angeles Department of Transportation LADOT Transit operates a commuter express service (route 549) between the City of Burbank and Pasadena to the east, and the San Fernando Valley to the west.

5.b Utilities

BWP provides reliable, affordable and sustainable water and electric services to the community.

Public Works offers solid waste collection to all single family residential units, 60% of the multi-family residential units,  and 10% of all commercial/industrial customers in Burbank.

SoCalGas delivers clean, safe and reliable energy to more than 500 communities, including Burbank.

Phone and Internet service:

Verizon (800) 837-4966

AT&T (800) 288-2020          

Cable

Time Warner Cable (866) 461-9843

6. Point of Interest

The City of Burbank is divided in 4 distinct areas or neighborhoods; each one of them features a great variety of amenities for people of all ages.

1. DOWNTOWN BURBANK

This exciting and sophisticated area is filled with shopping, dinning, lodging and entertaining options for everyone.

2. MAGNOLIA PARK

Located just minutes away from Downtown Burbank, Magnolia Park is known for its antique shops, corner markets, fine eateries, one of a kind boutiques, thrift shops, and a few chain stores. 

3. MEDIA DISTRICT

This area is home to world-famous TV and movie studios where you can see and even participate in live TV tapings of extremely popular shows, and also have access to behind-the-scenes action.

Some of the renowned studios located in this section are: The Walt Disney Company, Warner Bros. Studios, The Honda Stage at iHeartRadio Theater Los Angeles and ABC Television.

Besides these world’s biggest film and television studios, you'll find lots of restaurants, hotels, and coffee shops.

If you are moving to Burbank, don't forget to take the legendary Warner Bros. Studio Tour Hollywood, for an in-depth look at Hollywood in action.

4. AIRPORT DISTRICT

The Hollywood Burbank Airport is conveniently located near to the world famous West Coast Customs, the Empire Center, as well as high-tech businesses and state-of-the-art conference hotels. 

It's the perfect point to start the journey through the area.

Burbank also boasts a large number of parks and recreational facilities, some of them with amenities such as: ball fields, picnic tables, tennis courts and toddler and kid’s swings, among other conveniences.

Remember to contact us if you are looking for the perfect Burbank movers. We're sure that once you start living in this amazing community with such great weather, you will be spending many hours outside, enjoying all the revitalizing Burbank activities.

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