Welcome to Alarm New England's business and home security page for Burlington, Massachusetts. This informational page provides important crime data along with additional information for those living in or considering moving to Burlington.
Population: 26,351 (2016)
Number of Households: 9,271
ZIP Codes: 01803, 01805
Burlington, MA is a small town located 18 miles northwest of Boston metropolitan area. In an economy which has forced many malls to permanently close their doors across the nation, Burlington's mall is doing quite well. The sheer amount of shoppers and retail workers who commute to Burlington each day nearly double its population. Retail isn't the only business niche that works in this town. Healthcare and social assistance is the largest industry in the area, with tech and manufacturing following closely behind.
Crime is well below national and state average. Burlington has never had a history of crime or deep rooted gang activity. Violent crime is virtually nonexistent with two reported murders in the past 16 years. However, due to the large shopping area that attracts thousands of customers every day, theft rates surpass the state average. This has prompted local law enforcement agencies to shift their tactics to better address the issue. As of right now, thefts are at the lowest since 2002.
The housing situation in Burlington reflects its growth. On average, a prospective homeowner will have to pay around $440,000, which is more than twice the national average. With that said, median household income in the area is $92,141, which is 66% higher than US national average. Overall, it isn't hard to understand why Burlington is attracting high numbers of new residents each year.
Burlington wasn't always a busy commercial hub. The town was first settled in 1641 when the people of Woburn's Second Parish fully separated from the town of Woburn and moved further northwest. It wasn't until 1799 that Burlington was incorporated and officially known by that name.
Most of the records from the period offer very little information as to where the name 'Burlington' came from. Some historians believe the town's name was derived from Bridlington - an existing British hamlet, although there isn't concrete evidence to support that claim. Aside from its mysterious name, the town was historically a small, agricultural community concentrated around the area where Mystic, Shawsheen and Ipswich rivers meet.
It wasn't until 1955 that Burlington became a bright dot on the map of East Coast. The event that led to this was the construction of Massachusetts Route 128, currently a part of I-95. With a new highway came new opportunities and Burlington quickly became a very attractive location. From 1950 to 1960, the population of the town has quadrupled in size and would see a positive growth up to this day.
Despite its rather recent development and growth, Burlington is home to a number of historical sites worth visiting. The most notable one is the Francis Wyman House that can be found at 56 Francis Wyman Road. It dates all the way back to 1666 and is one of the oldest preserved buildings in the area. The Meeting House of the Second Parish in Woburn is another historic landmark the town is known for. It is a Congregational church built in 1732, making it the oldest religious building in the state of Massachusetts. History buffs should set aside at least a few days for a full tour of town's numerous sites.
Those seeking a more modern experience need to visit the Burlington Mall. With over 180 stores and services, it is the largest mall in the area. Aside from the fact that 2009 'Paul Blart: Mall Cop' movie was filmed here, the mall is well known for its extensive food court area. As a matter of fact, the entire Burlington area has been attracting prominent culinary masters from around the country. Osteria Nino offers some of the best pizzas in town while Redstone American Grill will satisfy anyone's hunger for grilled foods.
In terms of entertainment, Flight Experience is a pretty unique place where you can experience what it's like to fly an actual airliner. It's a realistic flight simulator with an actual cockpit and authentic controls. Afterward, you can come down to Kings Dining and Entertainment for a bite to eat, or to watch a game with your friends.
Burlington is home to a number of famous people who have excelled in sports, science and other areas. Most notable residents of Burlington are Peter and Kitty Carruthers who have won silver medal in 1984 Winter Olympics for their figure skating performance. They aren't the only Olympians to come from this town, though. Kali Flanagan - a US national hockey team member and 2018 Winter Olympics gold medalist is also from Burlington. Currently, the most famous Burlingtonian is probably Amy Poehler from 'Parks and Recreation'.