Burbank is situated just north of downtown Los Angeles and has a population of 104,317 (2006). The city is named for Dr. David Burbank, a dentist and entrepreneur originally from New Hampshire, who ran a successful sheep farm in the area for many years. Burbank foresaw the future of railroads and sold a right-of-way through his property to Southern Pacific Railroad for one dollar. A major boom gave way in the area shortly thereafter.
Today, many entertainment and media companies have production facilities and headquarters in Burbank. Some of these big names include Warner Bros. Entertainment, NBC Universal, Nicktoons Network and the Walt Disney Company. It is for this reason that Burbank is called the "Media Capital of the World." The city has also been named "One of the Top Five Most Business Friendly Cities in Los Angeles County."
Many employees in the entertainment industry reside in Burbank, making it a predominantly upper class community. The city is marked by wide boulevards, a burgeoning shopping district, and many fine restaurants, theaters and parks. Visitors to Burbank enjoy the Warner Bros. Studio VIP tour, as well as close proximity to the entertainment and attractions of nearby Los Angeles.