burlingtonCommunity Overview

More than 1,200 businesses agree that Burlington is the “hub” of commerce and industry in northwest Washington.  Located at the busy intersection of Interstate 5 and State Route 20, midway between Seattle and Vancouver, Canada, Burlington’s growing retail market is approaching $1 billion in annual sales.

Burlington’s 1,300 acres of commercial and industrial land support more than 8 million square feet of commercial and industrial buildings, with more constructed each year.  Burlington’s success depends on more than its central location; Burlington’s low sales and property taxes, and some of the lowest utility rates and taxes in the region continue to attract new businesses.  Commercial and industrial property in Burlington is “shovel ready,” with ready access to transportation corridors, ample utilities, and a city owned fiber optic network.  Burlington’s business friendly development review staff are ready to assist new and expanding businesses in our community.

In addition to an expansive modern commercial core containing Cascade Mall, The Outlet Shoppes at Burlington, and numerous national retail establishments, the residents of Burlington respect their history, and support many small family owned businesses in the historic downtown.     

Burlington is also a regional center for outdoor recreation.  Burlington’s Skagit River Park hosts regional soccer, Frisbee, and other tournaments, and can easily accommodate several hundred teams at a time.  Burlington is ideally located for outdoor recreation, serving as the jumping off point for access to the San Juan Islands, and North Cascades National Park.  Burlington sponsors numerous festivals, concerts, and community activities throughout the year at the new Burlington Visitor Information Center and Amphitheater, and is a community that retains its small town livability, while achieving big city business success.   

Major Employers

Burlington is home to more than 9,500 jobs.  Major employment sectors in Burlington include retail, manufacturing, and government.  A few of the larger employers include:

  • Burlington-Edison School District
  • Fred Meyer
  • Karmart Chrysler-Jeep-Dodge
  • Hexcel


Burlington is served by the Burlington – Edison School District (BESD).  BESD serves 3,600 students attending five K-8 schools, and one high school.  BESD is a tight knit school district that retains its sense of history and pride as it educates each student for lifelong success in the 21st Century.  Go Tigers!

Community Resources

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