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This reviewer, on http://www.areavibes.com/burbank-ca/reviews/, describes Burbank in a perfect albeit long review: “Burbank is a city growing in culture, nightlife and entertainment. When you think back to the day when Burbank, especially Downtown Burbank was a cobbled stoned stretch of street on San Fernando Blvd, it’s amazing to see it in the hustle and bustle of everyday life. When you think of family, friends and places to see and things to do, Burbank has plenty to offer. Burbank is still relatively a small-town feel with the Downtown area the entertainment hub of the city. You have shopping, happy hours, dining, movies, live theater and awesome walking/hiking trails at the nearby mountains with spectacular views of city lights and nature. In Burbank you not only have livability but walkability. Park the car and head out to any of these fines areas: Magnolia Park – shady streets and Eisenhower-era storefronts. Central to the community is busy Magnolia Boulevard, known for its antique shops, mom-and-pop boutiques, thrift shops, corner markets, famous Porto’s Bakery and occasional chain stores. Jog, bike or take out the pooch to the Chandler Bike Path, all while enjoying views of the surrounding mountains. The Media District in Burbank is most famous for its film, and later television, with some music as well. Catch a Tonight Show with Jay Leno or get your tickets to an Ellen show. Dine at Morton Steakhouse and catch a tour of NBC or Warner Bros Studios. Downtown Burbank – attracts young professionals – hip, working in the entertainment business (six major studios are nearby – Warner Bros., Cartoon Network, Disney, NBC-TV sound stages, ABC Television, Nickelodeon) and the City itself boasts more than 700 post-production houses employing cutting-edge individuals, and adding a cosmopolitan flair. It’s the major hub to everything Burbank – Downtown theaters, happy hours, bistros, shopping and vibrant nightlife.”

The city is located in Los Angeles County and it is home to about 104,000 people. Its nickname is “Media Capital of the World” because it is home to a large number of media houses including The Walt Disney Company, Warner Bros. Entertainment, Nickelodeon Animation Studios, NBC, Cartoon Network Studios and Insomniac Games. It is also where some of the most advanced military planes are designed and built. In a nutshell, if you have the right qualifications there is a job in Burbank waiting for you.

The city’s history can be traced back to native Indian tribes but in 1784 Jose Maria Verdugo was given a land grant by the Spanish government on which he created the Rancho San Rafael and Rancho Providencia. Dr. David Burbank bought a portion of the later in 1867 where he built a ranch house so that he could farm sheep and grow wheat. He eventually acquired both ranchos and became the greatest and most successful sheep raiser in Southern California. He was so successful that he abandoned his career of dentistry to focus on his farms. He diversified into real estate, developing some of the landmarks that stand in Burbank today such as the Burbank Theater. He saw the value of transportation in making Burbank a city and he had a railway line laid by the Southern pacific Railroad. He also started selling lots to wealthy people who created commercial and residential developments, but a property bust towards the end of the century left many of them broke.

Later, in 1911, large parts of the land were advertised as lots for residential development and an ad that ran in the Los Angeles Express that read like this: “Burbank, the town, being built in the midst of the new farming community, has been laid out in such a manner as to make it by and by an unusually pretty town. The streets and avenues are wide and, all have been handsomely graded. All improvements being made would do credit to a city … Everything done at Burbank has been done right.”

Today, Burbank is a modern city with a population that is 73% white. Asians make up 12% of the demographics and all other races are represented as well. The cost of living in Burbank is 17% higher than the California average while the median household income is 8% higher than the average across the state. You will be pretty safe living in Burbank because it has a crime rate that is 13% lower than the California average. The high school graduation rate is 8% higher than the state average and the city is served by the Burbank Unified School District. It is home to several top schools as explained by Wikipedia: “Burbank is home to several California Distinguished Schools including the confusingly named Luther Burbank Middle School. Both its public and private K-12 schools routinely score above state and national average test scores. According to U.S. News Best High Schools rankings, the district contains three schools that received gold, silver or bronze medals in the publication’s latest rankings.”

The median home value in Burbank is 53% higher than the average across the state. If, for example, you are looking to buy a 3 bedroom, 3 bathroom home you will need to spend around $1 million, while a smaller 2 bedroom, 2 bathroom home will cost you around $730,000.

Some of the top employers in the city include the Walt Disney Company, Warner Bros., Providence Saint Joseph Medical Center, Bob Hope Airport, American Broadcasting Company, Burbank Unified School District and the City of Burbank. There are many small businesses in the area that provide a good number of jobs.

There are plenty of attractions in Burbank so you will always have plenty to do. To conclude, Burbank is a great place to live if you can afford to buy a house there. Talk to a good real estate agent and they will get you one that you can afford. If you have children you will provide them the opportunity to get into some of the best schools in California.