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Burbank, Illinois

Coordinates: 41°44′39″N 87°46′13″W / 41.74417°N 87.77028°W / 41.74417; -87.77028
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Burbank, Illinois
Flag of Burbank, Illinois
Official seal of Burbank, Illinois
Location of Burbank in Cook County, Illinois.
Location of Burbank in Cook County, Illinois.
Location of Illinois in the United States
Location of Illinois in the United States
Coordinates: 41°44′39″N 87°46′13″W / 41.74417°N 87.77028°W / 41.74417; -87.77028
CountryUnited States
 • TypeMayor–council
 • MayorDan Foy
 • Total4.17 sq mi (10.80 km2)
 • Land4.17 sq mi (10.80 km2)
 • Water0.00 sq mi (0.00 km2)
620 ft (190 m)
 • Total29,439
 • Density7,059.71/sq mi (2,725.91/km2)
Time zoneUTC-6 (CST)
 • Summer (DST)UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP code
Area code708
FIPS code17-09642
FIPS code[2]17-09642
GNIS feature ID[3]422262, 2393465

Burbank is a city in Cook County, Illinois, United States. The population was 29,439 at the 2020 census.[4] It borders the southwest edge of the city of Chicago; the Chicago city limit – specifically that of the Ashburn neighborhood – is in common with Burbank's eastern city limit. Burbank shares a boundary with Oak Lawn to its south, Bridgeview to its west, and Bedford Park to its north; the city of Hometown is also adjacent to Burbank's southeast corner. Burbank is less than two miles south of Chicago Midway International Airport.


In 1850, the area which would become the city of Burbank, then largely uninhabited and agrarian, became part of Lyons Township. Over the next hundred years the area remained largely undeveloped, though several times large plans were laid out for the area, never to come to fruition. In the late 19th century a railroad investor named A. B. Stickney planned a large railroad transfer center which included what became the northern part of Burbank, but his ideas were never realized due to an economic depression in 1893.

In the 1920s, the area became an attractive site for real-estate developers who bought up farmland and built subdivisions. However, ongoing drainage problems, practically nonexistent water and sewage systems and the Great Depression kept Burbank largely unbuilt and empty until the 1950s.

In 1952, the area became part of Stickney Township. Though still unincorporated, this led to massive development in the area, and by 1960 the population of the area had reached 20,720, nearly triple the population of a decade earlier. The area was incorporated into a city in 1970, partly to resist annexation by the City of Chicago. The city was named after Luther Burbank Elementary School, an institution which had served the area since the 1930s. The area's population peaked in 1976 at 29,448.[5]


According to the 2021 census gazetteer files, Burbank has a total area of 4.17 square miles (10.80 km2), all land.[6]


Historical population
U.S. Decennial Census[7]
2010[8] 2020[9]

As of the 2020 census[10] there were 29,439 people, 9,108 households, and 6,823 families residing in the city. The population density was 7,059.71 inhabitants per square mile (2,725.77/km2). There were 9,784 housing units at an average density of 2,346.28 per square mile (905.90/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 60.35% White, 1.93% African American, 1.59% Native American, 3.13% Asian, 0.03% Pacific Islander, 17.37% from other races, and 15.60% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 39.57% of the population.

There were 9,108 households, out of which 36.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 54.96% were married couples living together, 12.15% had a female householder with no husband present, and 25.09% were non-families. 23.20% of all households were made up of individuals, and 10.13% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 3.65 and the average family size was 3.10.

The city's age distribution consisted of 25.8% under the age of 18, 8.8% from 18 to 24, 26.2% from 25 to 44, 25% from 45 to 64, and 14.2% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 37.8 years. For every 100 females, there were 108.0 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 105.6 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $70,052, and the median income for a family was $79,422. Males had a median income of $44,447 versus $31,477 for females. The per capita income for the city was $27,505. About 8.3% of families and 10.7% of the population were below the poverty line, including 19.1% of those under age 18 and 6.3% of those age 65 or over.

Burbank city, Illinois – Demographic Profile
(NH = Non-Hispanic)
Race / Ethnicity Pop 2010[8] Pop 2020[9] % 2010 % 2020
White alone (NH) 19,656 15,703 67.96% 53.34%
Black or African American alone (NH) 494 518 1.71% 1.76%
Native American or Alaska Native alone (NH) 35 24 0.12% 0.08%
Asian alone (NH) 701 906 2.42% 3.08%
Pacific Islander alone (NH) 4 4 0.01% 0.01%
Some Other Race alone (NH) 42 79 0.15% 0.27%
Mixed Race/Multi-Racial (NH) 313 555 1.08% 1.89%
Hispanic or Latino (any race) 7,680 11,650 26.55% 39.57%
Total 28,925 29,439 100.00% 100.00%

Note: the US Census treats Hispanic/Latino as an ethnic category. This table excludes Latinos from the racial categories and assigns them to a separate category. Hispanics/Latinos can be of any race.


Burbank has been in Illinois's 3rd congressional district since 1983. The city was in the 4th District from 1973 to 1983, prior to which the area had been in the 5th District since the 1940s.


Pace provides bus service on multiple routes connecting Burbank to destinations across the southwest side of Chicago and the south suburbs.[11]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "2020 U.S. Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved March 15, 2022.
  2. ^ "U.S. Census website". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved January 31, 2008.
  3. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. October 25, 2007. Retrieved January 31, 2008.
  4. ^ "Burbank city, Illinois". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved April 15, 2022.
  5. ^ Gurlacz, Betsy. "Burbank, IL". Encyclopedia of Chicago. Retrieved July 27, 2010.
  6. ^ Bureau, US Census. "Gazetteer Files". Census.gov. Retrieved June 29, 2022.
  7. ^ "Decennial Census of Population and Housing by Decades". US Census Bureau.
  8. ^ a b "P2 HISPANIC OR LATINO, AND NOT HISPANIC OR LATINO BY RACE – 2010: DEC Redistricting Data (PL 94-171) – Burbank city, Illinois". United States Census Bureau.
  9. ^ a b "P2 HISPANIC OR LATINO, AND NOT HISPANIC OR LATINO BY RACE – 2020: DEC Redistricting Data (PL 94-171) – Burbank city, Illinois". United States Census Bureau.
  10. ^ "Explore Census Data". data.census.gov. Retrieved June 28, 2022.
  11. ^ "RTA System Map" (PDF). Retrieved January 30, 2024.

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