City of Burbank
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; -87.77028Coordinates: 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 code(s)708
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 is located at 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]

Law and government

Burbank has been in Illinois' 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.


According to the 2010 census, Burbank has a total area of 4.17 square miles (10.80 km2), all land.[6]


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

2020 census

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.

2010 Census

At the 2010 census, there were 28,925 people living in the city. The racial makeup of the city was 81.7% White, 1.9% African American, 0.4% Native American, 2.5% Asian, 11.2% from other races, and 2.2% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 26.6% of the population.

At the 2000 census, there were 27,902 people, 9,317 households, and 7,267 families living in the city. The population density was 6,686.7 people per square mile (2,583.5/km2). There were 9,518 housing units at an average density of 2,281.0 per square mile (881.3/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 90.67% White, 0.26% African American, 0.17% Native American, 1.76% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 3.95% from other races, and 3.17% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 13.09% of the population, including 8.8% of Mexican descent.

The top five non-Hispanic ancestries reported in Burbank as of the 2000 census were Polish (30.3%), Irish (18.7%), German (16.1%), Italian (9.3%) and Arab (4.6%).[10] Burbank's 8,427 Polish residents gave it a higher total in that regard than such much larger cities as Charlotte, North Carolina, Memphis, Tennessee and Washington, D.C.

Of the 10,216 households 34.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 60.8% were married couples living together, 12.1% had a female householder with no husband present, and 22.0% were non-families. 18.9% of households were one person and 10.3% had someone living alone who were 65 or older. The average household size was 2.98 and the average family size was 3.44.

The age distribution was 25.1% under the age of 18, 9.9% from 18 to 24, 28.0% from 25 to 44, 22.8% from 45 to 64, and 14.1% 65 or older. The median age was 37 years. For every 100 females, there were 95.5 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 93.5 males.

The median household income was $49,388 and the median family income was $56,279. Males had a median income of $38,994 versus $26,651 for females. The per capita income for the city was $18,923. About 4.5% of families and 5.1% of the population were below the poverty line, including 6.4% of those under age 18 and 3.9% of those age 65 or over.[2]

See also


  1. ^ "2020 U.S. Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved March 15, 2022.
  2. ^ a b "U.S. Census website". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  3. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  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. ^ "G001 - Geographic Identifiers - 2010 Census Summary File 1". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on 2020-02-13. Retrieved 2015-12-25.
  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. ^ Profile of Selected Social Characteristics, Burbank, Illinois Archived 2020-02-12 at archive.today. U.S. Census Bureau. Accessed 2007-03-31.