According to the United States Census Bureau, the village has a total area of 6.5 square miles (16.9 km²), of which, 6.4 square miles (16.6 km²) of it is land and 0.1 square miles (0.3 km²) of it (1.68%) is water.
Joseph Vial erected a log cabin near Wolf and Plainfield Roads in 1834. Vial also ran a hotel on the stagecoach line, and the Vial family was actively involved in Lyons Township politics and the creation of the Lyonsville Congregational church. The first Democratic Convention in Cook County was held here in 1835. After 1848, farmers shipped their goods to Chicago along the Illinois and Michigan Canal. A small settlement of German farmers also inhabited Flagg Creek by the 1880s.
In 1917 the International Harvester Company purchased for an experimental farm, where it tested the world's first all-purpose tractor, the Farmall. Also in 1917, the Cook County Prison Farm (also known as the Bridewell Farm) began operation in what is now Burr Ridge.
In 1947 developer Robert Bartlett, whose company also developed Beverly Shores and Countryside, established the Hinsdale Countryside Estates out of a former pig farm. In 1956 these residents decided to incorporate as the village of Harvester, in honor of International Harvester.
In the 1940s Denver Busby bought that became known as the Burr Ridge dairy farm. He later launched the Burr Ridge Estates, with five-acre home sites. In 1961 the International Harvester Company and the Burr Ridges Estates merged with Harvester, changing the community's name to Burr Ridge. The town name is derived from a group of bur oaks (scientists spell it with one r) on a ridge. By 1963 the population had more than doubled, to 790, and by 1975 it had soared to over 2,200.
In 1969, Chicago Mayor Richard J. Daley floated a proposal to build low-income subsidized housing on the prison farm property, but Republican-dominated DuPage County squashed the idea. The prison farm site became the Ambriance subdivision, a gated community of multimillion-dollar homes. Other farms gave way to the Carriage Way subdivision, and in 1971 additional farmland became the Braemoor neighborhood. An area known as Valley View, once owned by a Chicago industrialist and later by the Chicago chapter of the Boy Scouts of America, was developed in the early 1970s as the Burr Ridge Club. The village also has five corporate parks. As with other towns in the industrial corridor southwest of Chicago, close proximity to Interstates 294 and 55 spurred development in Burr Ridge.
Burr Ridge does not have their own Fire Department, although they do have their own Police Department. The Fire Department which maintains and covers the Burr Ridge area is the Pleasantview Fire Protection District(PFPD). The members of the PFPD do a tremendous job keeping the city of Burr Ridge safe.
There were 3,541 households out of which 37.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 76.4% were married couples living together, 4.2% had a female householder with no husband present, and 17.7% were non-families. 15.9% of all households were made up of individuals and 8.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.87 and the average family size was 3.22.
In the village the population was spread out with 26.6% under the age of 18, 5.4% from 18 to 24, 20.1% from 25 to 44, 33.7% from 45 to 64, and 14.2% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 44 years. For every 100 females there were 95.6 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 90.2 males.
The median income for a household in the village was $129,507, and the median income for a family was $186,480 . Males had a median income of $99,060 versus $47,824 for females. The per capita income for the village was $58,518. About 2.5% of families and 2.8% of the population were below the poverty line, including 2.7% of those under age 18 and 5.5% of those age 65 or over.
The Burr Ridge Village Center is a new upscale lifestyle center located in the village. It has already begun to draw numerous upscale retailers, and crowds are common to the new center. Some retailers include:
Currently, there are over 25 restaurants and stores at the mall.