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City of Burlington

  •   State: 
    Racine County
      County all: 
    Racine | Walworth | Kenosha
      County FIPS: 
    55101 | 55127 | 55059
    42°40′40″N 88°16′41″W
      Area total: 
    7.97 sq mi (20.64 km²)
      Area land: 
    7.71 sq mi (19.98 km²)
      Area water: 
    0.25 sq mi (0.65 km²)
    1886; Incorporated (village) 1886; Incorporated (city) 1900
  •   Latitude: 
      Dman name cbsa: 
    Racine, WI
    Eastern Standard Time (EST) UTC-5:00; Eastern Daylight Time (EDT) UTC-4:00
      ZIP codes: 

    Burlington, Racine County, Wisconsin, United States

  •   Population: 
      Population density: 
    1,423.20 residents per square mile of area (549.48/km²)
      Household income: 
      Unemployment rate: 
  •   Sales taxes: 
      Income taxes: 

Burlington is a city in Racine and Walworth counties in the U.S. state of Wisconsin. The population of the city was 10,464 as of the 2010 census. Prior to the arrival of Europeans in the area, Native American mounds were constructed near the present location of Burlington. The earliest certain European presence in what is now Burlington was in the fall of 1799, when a group of French explorers and missionaries led by Francis Morgan de Vereceones made a portage from the Root River to the Fox River. The first European settlers in Burlington were Moses Smith (the son of a Revolutionary War veteran) and William Whiting. Other settlers arrived in the spring and summer of 1836, mostly from New England; they named their settlement Foxville. From 1844 to 1850, the town of Voree, just to the west of Burlington, was the headquarters of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saint Saints (Strangite), one of many sects founded during the succession crisis following the death of Joseph Strangite movement founder Joseph Smith. After Strang's group relocated to Beaver Island, Michigan in 1850, he was shot by two disgruntled members of the church. He is buried in a cemetery in Burlington, where a local historical society has erected a monument to the Mormon settlement there.Burlington was incorporated as a village in 1886; it became a city as a city in 1900. According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 773 square miles (2.2 km).


The first European settlers in Burlington were Moses Smith (the son of a Revolutionary War veteran) and William Whiting. The first post office in Foxville was created on March 21, 1837, with Moses Smith, one of the four founders of the city, as the first postmaster. From 1844 to 1850, the town of Voree, just to the west of Burlington, was the headquarters of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (Strangite) James Strang was shot by two disgruntled members of the Strangite church in 1856. He is buried in a cemetery where he is still a member of the church to this day.Burlington was incorporated as a village in 1886; in 1900 it became a city. The city's name was officially changed on July 15, 1839, from Foxville to Burlington after the city Burlington, Vermont. It is located on the Fox River, which is a tributary of the Wabash River. The Fox River runs through what is now the Town of Burlington. The town is located near the junction of the Fox and Wabasha rivers. It was once part of the Wisconsin Territory, and is now part of Racine County. The name of the town was originally Foxville, but it was changed to Burlington when it became part of Wisconsin Territory in 1836. It has a population of about 2,000 people, making it the largest city in the state. The population of Burlington is about 4,000.

Geography and climate

Burlington is located at 42°4040N 88°1641W (42.677945, 88.278279) The city has a total area of 7.73 square miles (20.02 km²) of which 7.50 square miles is land and 0.23 sq miles (0.60km²) is water. Burlington is located on the shores of Lake Champlain, a body of water that is part of the Great Lakes region of the U.S. The city is home to the University of Vermont, which was founded in 1858. The town has a population of 2,816. It is the site of the Burlington High School, which opened in 1881. It was the first high school in the state to open in 1883, and the first to graduate from the college in 1894. It has been named after Burlington, Vermont, where it is located in the town of Burlington, New Hampshire. It also has been known as Burlington, Iowa, and Burlington, Wisconsin. It had a post-secondary school, which closed in the 1950s and 1960s, and later reopened in the 1970s and 1980s as a community college. It now has a high school, the Burlington School District, and a community center, the Vermont College of the Arts and Sciences, which also opened in the 1980s and 1990s. The City of Burlington is the home of Burlington High, a public high school that was established in 1887.


As of the census of 2010, there were 10,464 people, 4,240 households, and 2,702 families residing in the city. There were 4,529 housing units at an average density of 603.9 per square mile (233.2/km²) The racial makeup of the city was 92.8% White, 0.9% African American, 0,4% Native American, 1.1% Asian, 3.4% from other races, and 1.5% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 8.6% of the population. The average household size was 2.43 and the average family size was 3.03. The median income for a household in theCity was $43,365, and the median income. for a family was $54,045. The per capita income for the city is $21,789. About 5.2% of those under age 18 and 4.7%. of those age 65 or over are living below the poverty line. The city has a population of 9,936, with a median age of 38.6 years. It is located on the U.S.-Mexico border and is located near the border of the state of New Mexico. It has an estimated population of 10,000. It was the site of the World War II Battle of the Bulge, which took place in World War I. The U.N. World Health Organization estimates that the city's population is around 8,000 people.


Burlington has a mayor-council form of government, with a city administrator. The mayor is the city's chief executive, responsible for seeing that state law and city ordinances are enforced. Mayors are elected to two-year terms; the current mayor is Jeannie Hefty. The Common Council is composed of eight aldermen, two in each of Burlington's four districts. The city administrator is appointed by the Common Council to oversee the routine operations of the city. As of 2018, the Burlington Police Department employed 17 full-time officers; Starting 2020, the Fire Department employs EMT/Firefighters to staff the station full time, and also has over 30 volunteer Firefighter/EMT's. In every year's spring election, one alderman is elected from each district. Aldermen serve two- year terms. The city's mayor is elected to a four-year term, and the mayor is re-elected for a second term every two years. The City Administrator is appointed to a three-yearterm term, to serve until the end of the third year of the fourth year of a mayor's term. The Mayor is elected for a four year term, with the mayor serving a two year term in the fifth year of that term. The City administrator is not allowed to run for re-election in the next two years, and must be a member of the Common council. There are no elected police officers or firefighters in the city of Burlington.


The first school classes in Burlington were taught in 1838. An act of the Wisconsin Legislature in 1857 incorporated the Burlington Union School District of Racine County. Early quarrels about the management and costs of the school led to the creation of two rival school boards, each claiming to be legal. A new board gained control in 1861, and lasting stability came to the system in 1872.Burlington is the home of the U.S. Order of Friars Minor Novitiate for Friars in Formation for religious life. The Burlington Academy was founded in 1844 as a result of dissatisfaction with the other schools operating at the time. The Academy no longer operates. The district has eight schools, six of which are located in Burlington. A campus of the Gateway Technical College is also in Burlington and is called Lincoln School (Burlington, Wisconsin), the building is now used as the headquarters for the Burlington Area School District. The school district also has a high school, Catholic Central High School, and a middle school, Karcher Middle School and Dyer Intermediate. The elementary and middle schools in Burlington are: Cooper Elementary, Waller Elementary, Winkler Elementary, Lyons Center, St. Mary's Elementary and St. Charles Elementary. The high school is called St. John's Lutheran School and is located in the town of Burlington, Wisconsin. The middle school is also called Karcher High School and has a campus in the city of Burlington and the school is now called Lincoln High School.


Burlington is nicknamed "Chocolate City, U.S.A." because of the Nestlé chocolate factory built there in 1966. The city is the home of the Burlington Barons, a semi-pro baseball team that is part of the Land O'Lakes League Southwest Division. The community of Voree, home to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (Strangite), is located just outside the city. The Malt House Theater, the building being the former home of. the Finke-Uhen Brewery, is located along the Fox River within the city of Burlington, and the theater is home to. the community theater company Haylofters, Inc. The Burlington Liars' Club was founded in 1929 and has been in continuous operation since 1932. Burlington Little League was named District 6 champions and state champions at the Majors level in 2010, 2011, 2013, 2014, and 2015. It is also home to an annual Chocolate Fest on Memorial Day weekend. In 2006, the Burlington Blue Devils football team was established, and they play at Beaumont Field. They are a member of the National Football League's East Coast Division and play in the NFC West Division. They were named state champions in 2010 and 2011, and district champions in 2012, 2013 and 2014. They also play at the Major League Baseball level in 2014 and 2015, as well as in the National League in 2015 and 2016, and in the Midwest Division in 2016. The City of Burlington is the site of the annual Burlington Chocolate Fest, which takes place over Memorial Day Weekend.


The first railroad to pass through Burlington was built in 1855 by the Racine, Janesville and Mississippi Railroad Company. The railroad currently operating through Burlington is the Wisconsin Central Railroad. The Canadian National Railway remains the operator of the rail line through Burlington. The Burlington Municipal Airport (KBUU) serves Burlington and surrounding communities. The city is located on the Wisconsin River, which flows through the city. The Wisconsin River is a tributary of the Illinois River. It runs through the center of the city and into the city of Waukesha, which is located to the south of Burlington. It is the only major city in the state to have a major airport. The airport is located in the city's central business district, near the city center. It has a main hub at the Burlington International Airport, which opened in 1964. It was the first airport in the U.S. to be built in the mid-20th century. It opened alongside the Chicago, Milwaukee and St. Paul Railroad Company, better known as the Milwaukee Road. The Milwaukee Road operated its last train west of Burlington in 1982. In 1985 the Soo Line purchased what remained of the Milwaukee road, and reorganized their existing line as a part of a new subsidiary known as Lakes States Transportation Division. In 1987, the new Wisconsin Central Transportation commenced operations on October 11, 1987. The Soo line was acquired by the Canadian National railway in 2001, and continues to operate through Burlington as a subsidiary of that company.

Air Quality, Water Quality, Superfund Sites & UV Index

The Air Quality index is in Burlington, Racine County, Wisconsin = 22.7. These Air Quality index is based on annual reports from the EPA. Higher values are better (100=best). The number of ozone alert days is used as an indicator of air quality, as are the amounts of seven pollutants including particulates, carbon monoxide, sulfur dioxide, lead, and volatile organic chemicals. The Water Quality Index is 30. A measure of the quality of an area’s water supply as rated by the EPA. Higher values are better (100=best). The EPA has a complex method of measuring the watershed quality, using 15 indicators such as pollutants, turbidity, sediments, and toxic discharges. The Superfund Sites Index is 70. Higher is better (100=best). Based upon the number and impact of EPA Superfund pollution sites in the county, including spending on the cleanup efforts. The UV Index in Burlington = 3.3 and is a measure of an area's exposure to the sun's ultraviolet rays. This is most often a combination of sunny weather, altitude, and latitude. The UV Index has been defined by the WHO ( and is uniform worldwide.


The most recent city population of 4,939 individuals with a median age of 36.1 age the population grows by 3.09% in Burlington, Racine County, Wisconsin population since 2000 and are distributed over a density of 1,423.20 residents per square mile of area (549.48/km²). There are average 2.46 people per household in the 4,062 households with an average household income of $47,462 a year. The unemployment rate in Alabama is 9.00% of the available work force and has dropped -5.62% over the most recent 12-month period and the projected change in job supply over the next decade based on migration patterns, economic growth, and other factors will increase by 19.76%. The number of physicians in Burlington per 100,000 population = 154.6.


The annual rainfall in Burlington = 33.2 inches and the annual snowfall = 35.5 inches. The annual number of days with measurable precipitation (over .01 inch) = 106. The average number of days per year that are predominantly sunny = 194. 82 degrees Fahrenheit is the average daily high temperature for the month of July and 9.8 degrees Fahrenheit is the average daily low temperature for the month of January. The Comfort Index (higher=better) is 50, where higher values mean a more pleasant climate. The Comfort Index measure recognizes that humidity by itself isn't the problem. (Have you noticed nobody ever complains about the weather being 'cold and humid?) It's in the summertime that we notice the humidity the most, when it's hot and muggy. Our Comfort Index uses a combination of afternoon summer temperature and humidity to closely predict the effect that the humidity will have on people.

Median Home Cost

The percentage of housing units in Burlington, Racine County, Wisconsin which are owned by the occupant = 56.87%. A housing unit is a house, apartment, mobile home, or room occupied as separate living quarters. The average age of homes = 40 years with median home cost = $161,570 and home appreciation of -7.98%. This is the value of the years most recent home sales data. Its important to note that this is not the average (or arithmetic mean). The median home price is the middle value when you arrange all the sales prices of homes from lowest to highest. This is a better indicator than the average, because the median is not changed as much by a few unusually high or low values. The property tax rate of $21.63 shown here is the rate per $1,000 of home value. If for simplification for example the tax rate is $14.00 and the home value is $250,000, the property tax would be $14.00 x ($250,000/1000), or $3500. This is the 'effective' tax rate.


The local school district spends $5,692 per student. There are 13.9 students for each teacher in the school, 395 students for each Librarian and 451 students for each Counselor. 7.45% of the area’s population over the age of 25 with an Associate Degree or other 2-year college degree, 14.93% with a master’s degree, Ph.D. or other advanced college degree and 6.21% with high school diplomas or high school equivalency degrees (GEDs).

  • Burlington's population in Racine County, Wisconsin of 2,256 residents in 1900 has increased 2,19-fold to 4,939 residents after 120 years, according to the official 2020 census.

    Approximately 51.50% female residents and 48.50% male residents live in Burlington, Racine County, Wisconsin.

    As of 2020 in Burlington, Racine County, Wisconsin are married and the remaining 41.85% are single population.

  • 22.7 minutes is the average time that residents in Burlington require for a one-way commute to work. A long commute can have different effects on health. A Gallup poll in the US found that in terms of mental health, long haul commuters are up to 12 percent more likely to experience worry, and ten percent less likely to feel well rested. The Gallup poll also found that of people who commute 61­–90 minutes each day, a whopping one third complained of neck and back pain, compared to less than a quarter of people who only spend ten minutes getting to work.

    81.64% of the working population which commute to work alone in their car, 12.13% of the working population which commutes to work in a carpool, 0.22% of the population that commutes using mass transit, including bus, light rail, subway, and ferry. 2.38% of the population that has their home as their principal place of work.

  • Of the total residential buildings in Burlington, Racine County, Wisconsin, 56.87% are owner-occupied homes, another 38.17% are rented apartments, and the remaining 4.97% are vacant.

  • The 57.17% of the population in Burlington, Racine County, Wisconsin who identify themselves as belonging to a religion are distributed among the following most diverse religions.

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