Burbank is its own city, both geographically and culturally. Located north of Los Angeles proper in the San Fernando Valley
, it is home to many of the entertainment industry’s largest centers of operation—studios like Disney and Warner Bros., post production houses, corporate offices, etc.
Many who live in Burbank work in Burbank; the city is often considered somewhat insular, though reasonably convenient access to the 5, 134, and 101 freeways puts residents within 20 minutes of Hollywood
, Los Feliz
, and the innumerable recreations of Griffith Park. The mall in downtown Burbank and Universal Studios/City Walk are prominent local attractions. There are also many celebrated local eateries, including and especially Porto’s Cuban Bakery, the highest volume bakery on the West Coast.
Burbank has its own airport, as well as its own police force, and it is generally considered quite a safe place to live. Small-to-midsized single-family homes dominate Burbank’s residential areas, though there are apartment buildings with a more urban feel and larger luxury homes to be found as well. The school system in Burbank is quite strong, and as a result, its population includes a large contingency of families with children. Primary arteries: the 5 freeway, the 101 freeway, the 134 freeway, Cahuenga Blvd., Burbank Blvd.