Burbank is a large city in Los Angeles County. The city is close to downtown Los Angeles and Hollywood and is termed the “Media Capital of the World”. A number of entertainment and media companies are headquartered here including NBC, Walt Disney Company, ABC Studios, Marvel Studios and Warner Bros Entertainment. Burbank’s downtown is at the base of Verdugo Mountains and is home to the famous Bob Hope airport.
Burbank has a population of around 105,000 people and continues to develop as a large city. This growth is attributed to a growing employment sector, access to major transportation routes, and excellent public schools. Burbank has a youthful outlook, with a majority of its residents falling between the 24 and 45 years age bracket, whereas 30% of the population is under the age of 18. Burbank has an astonishingly low crime rate and is one of the best communities for young people, as noted by America’s Promise Alliance.
The city has a Mediterranean climate and is built on some seismic fault lines, making Burbank particularly prone to earthquakes. It has a rich cinematic history, with numerous classic films shot in Burbank. Examples include the 1942 classic Casablanca, Bonnie and Clyde, High Noon and Blazing Saddles. Burbank traces its roots back to Rancho San Rafael (1784) and Rancho Providencia (1821), with numerous military skirmishes decorating Burbank’s history. Investments in the late 1800s by entrepreneur and dentist, David Burbank, led the city’s transformation and eventually the city was named after him.
Downtown Burbank offers residents a unique mix of urban shopping and entertainment. The San Fernando Strip is a famous shopping mall area, with other town centers and districts opening around the city. The city has its own Burbank Philharmonic Orchestra, which frequently performs concerts. Other famous attractions for the residents of Burbank include the Starlight Bowl, a large amphitheater for outdoor entertainment, the Lose Angeles Equestrian Center, the Burbank Village and numerous parks and libraries. Studio tours are also popular for locals and tourists alike.
Other points of interest include the Burbank Zoo, the Travel Town museum, and Gordon R. Howard museum. Of the parks, the McCambridge Park is a sprawling green area for toddlers and seniors alike. Burbank, California provides a number of outdoor dining options, including the oldest remaining Bob’s Big Boy restaurant, which was incorporated into California Point of Historical Interest list in 1993.
Burbank is home to many notable personalities including TV and film-star Blake Lively, Debbie Reynolds, baseball star Jason Hirsh, and famous director Tim Burton.
With its shopping districts, vibrant arts and culture scene, parks and recreational facilities, Burbank is a great place to explore at any age.