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Burbank is a census-designated place in Santa Clara County, California. Part of the neighborhood has been annexed to San Jose, while the rest consists of unincorporated areas of Santa Clara County. The population was 5,239 at the 2000 census. The neighborhood was named after Luther Burbank.

The Burbank Theatre

The historic Burbank Theatre is an area icon and currently the home of a radio station, and also is representative of the architectural significance of the Victorian, Bungalow, Deco and Craftsman style homes. With over 35 recorded significantly historical homes, many residents are restoring these small but quaint homes, making the area much more desirable — and one of the few affordable areas left in Santa Clara County to live. The Burbank Community Association along with many area businesses, residents, and home owners are working as a collective team to ensure the Burbank neighborhood continues to flourish.

The area is also a center for antique stores and is centrally located to Santana Row, Valley Fair mall, and also the downtown area.

The area is in ZIP code 95128 and area code 408.



Location of Burbank, Santa Clara County, California
Burbank CDP, California, 2000 Census (image is 1.1 mile across)

Burbank is located at 37°19′14″N 121°55′54″W / 37.32056°N 121.93167°W / 37.32056; -121.93167 (37.320521, -121.931591)[1].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP has a total area of 0.4 square miles (1.2 km²), all of it land.


As of the census[2] of 2000, there were 5,239 people, 2,027 households, and 1,141 families residing in the CDP. The population density was 11,748.6 people per square mile (4,495.1/km²). There were 2,063 housing units at an average density of 4,626.4/sq mi (1,770.1/km²). The racial makeup of the CDP was 63.52% White, 2.94% African American, 0.84% Native American, 6.74% Asian, 0.57% Pacific Islander, 19.81% from other races, and 5.57% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 43.12% of the population.

There were 2,027 households out of which 29.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 36.9% were married couples living together, 12.6% had a female householder with no husband present, and 43.7% were non-families. 32.7% of all households were made up of individuals and 6.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.58 and the average family size was 3.32.

In the CDP the population was spread out with 24.8% under the age of 18, 8.8% from 18 to 24, 39.7% from 25 to 44, 19.4% from 45 to 64, and 7.3% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 33 years. For every 100 females there were 102.6 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 100.2 males.

The median income for a household in the CDP was $47,226, and the median income for a family was $51,769. Males had a median income of $43,672 versus $32,431 for females. The per capita income for the CDP was $23,232. About 7.2% of families and 10.8% of the population were below the poverty line, including 11.5% of those under age 18 and 4.9% of those age 65 or over.

Area definition

The Burbank District is roughly defined as an unincorporated area along Bascom Avenue between San Carlos Street and Interstate 280. The area is entirely surrounded by the City of San Jose. The U.S. Geological Survey shows the area's name as official on the San Jose West, California 7.5-minute Quadrangle and it has been assigned a feature ID of 277480 in the National Geographic Names Database. Official NAD27 coordinates are given as 37°19′24″N 121°55′50″W / 37.32333°N 121.93056°W / 37.32333; -121.93056. It is an areal feature occupying some of the area between I280 and San Carlos Street extending east almost to Meridian and west almost to SR17. The area of this district is an irregular shape. Some parcels considered inside the district, including the Luther Burbank Elementary School, 4 Wabash Avenue, lie outside this boundary. The area was named for Luther Burbank.


At the county level, Campbell is located within the 4th supervisorial district, represented on the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors by Ken Yeager.

In the state legislature Burbank is located in the 13th Senate district, represented by Democrat Elaine Alquist, and in the 24th Assembly district, represented by Democrat Jim Beall.

Federally, Burbank is located in California's 16th congressional district, which has a Cook PVI of D +16[3] and is represented by Democrat Zoe Lofgren.


The Luther Burbank School is located at 4 Wabash Avenue.

The only public school located in Burbank is Luther Burbank School, a K-8 elementary school located on San Carlos Street and Wabash. It is the only school operated by the Luther Burbank School District (LBSD). Founded in 1906, the District celebrated its centennial in 2006. Burbank-area students attend high schools in the Campbell Union High School District.[4]

Burbank Sanitary District

The Burbank Sanitary District operates the sewer collection lines, handles waste collection and streetsweeping in the unincorporated portions of the Burbank area. Established in 1940, the Sanitary District is the only local government, other than LBSD, specific to the neighborhood. The District is governed by a Board of five members, elected to four-year terms, which meets semi-monthly. The sole employee is the District Secretary. Traditionally, the District Secretary has been a Boardmember by the controlling sanitary district act, however, a new law enacted by the California State legislature requires all employees of the District to not be members of the Board of Directors. Legal and engineering services, as well as all construction and maintenance, are contracted out.

Sewer services are provided to other unincorporated areas of the Burbank Community by the West Valley Sanitation District, an independent sanitation district that also services neighboring cites and unincorporated areas. Waste collection in the other areas are the jurisdiction of the County of Santa Clara. Sewage treatment is provided by the San Jose/Santa Clara Water Pollution Control Plant a joint powers agency of which both districts are members.[5]

Geographic features supporting the name, "Burbank"

The area has been defined been by several political entities since 1906 beginning with the Burbank School District, and shortly afterward the Burbank Fire District, which expanded the community far beyond its traditional; political and unofficial boundaries. The Burbank Sanitary District and later the Burbank Community Advisory Council became identifying local political entities.

The second Burbank fire station, sold in the late 1970s, is on the northeast corner of Scott Street and Flagg Avenue. The unusually-high garage door is the only clue today that the residence was once a fire station. The fire district became part of Santa Clara County Fire Department, (a.k.a. Central Fire District,) about 1960 and is served by San Jose Fire under a contract.

The Burbank Cinema movie theater is another local landmark supporting use of the name. It is no longer a working theater. Attached to the theater and on the right out of frame is Stan's Skin Diving Shop, another long-time landmark.

The Burbank Business Circle is the name of an undedicated roadway in the shopping center on the southwest corner of Bascom Avenue and San Carlos Street. The shopping center houses Savers' Thrift Store, Bank of the West, and long-time landmark Time Delicatessen.

The Burbank Lions Club on Bascom Avenue is a local community service organization. Many businesses have come and gone with the Burbank name, but the Burbank Pet Hospital and the Burbank Presscontinues service on West San Carlos Street.


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