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Burbank carries the title of "Media Capital of the World" as it well should. Situated a stone's throw northeast of Hollywood, many big movie studios built their headquarters here, including Walt Disney, Warner Bros. Entertainment, NBC Universal and Nickelodian.

Burbank rests on two old Spanish land grants given to Jose Maria Verdugo in 1784. David Burbank, a California dentist, bought 4,600 acres of this grant and built a ranch to raise sheep. Settlers began arriving in the area in the 1870s, and the Southern Pacific Railroad built a whistle stop that connected the area to Los Angeles. The state legislature incorporated Burbank as a city in 1911.

The aircraft industry established itself here in the 1920s with the arrival of Lockheed Aircraft Company. During World War II, the area manufactured aircraft for the war effort and employed 98,000 workers at Lockheed. Lockheed built America's first jet fighter, the P-80 Shooting Star. Boeing also started aircraft production in this beautiful city.

With the war over, Burbank's Mediterranean climate attracted veterans and the entertainment industry. Disney moved to Burbank in 1939. NBC also relocated here. Some memorable films made here include "Casablanca" and "The Pirates of the Caribbean." Needless to say, the Three Stooges also filmed episodes here.

Burbank has a population of 104,092. The median age in Burbank is 38.8 years. More females live here than males. The median income per household is $72,347. The per capita income is $29,713.

Burbank boasts a Mediterranean-style climate. The average high temperature in July is 88 degrees Fahrenheit, and average high in January is 68 degrees. The area receives about 17-inches of rain annually. The driest month is July while February sees the most rain.

Burbank employs many people in the television and movie industry, yet the city still maintains a small town atmosphere. It's also a mere 12 miles north of bustling downtown Los Angeles. Burbank employs 125,000 people in private businesses. The main employers are Internet companies, telecommunications, entertainment, and media.

The Bob Hope Airport serves nearly five million passengers annually. Burbank can be easily accessed by the Golden State Freeway. The city has about 227 miles of streets. The two main neighborhood districts are Magnolia Park and Rancho Equestrian. Magnolia is known for its small town atmosphere and iconic shady streets, while Rancho is zoned for equestrian activities and features numerous parks.

Burbank revitalized its downtown to include a sophisticated cosmopolitan mix of entertainment, restaurants, and shopping. Many businesses spruced up their facades, and several large malls were built.

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