Burnt Hills and Ballston Lake lie in a suburban and rural area of southern Saratoga County and northern Schenectady County, New York. It encompasses approximately 40 square miles and is comprised primarily of the town of Ballston, as well as portions of Charlton, Clifton Park, and Glenville.

The community includes more than 8,000 households, mostly in single-family residential developments, plus a number of working farms, apple orchards, woods and undeveloped areas. Commercial development is limited primarily to the main north-south thoroughfare, NY State Route 50. There is neither true downtown nor economically depressed section of the district.

In many respects, the community enjoys the best of both worlds, being an easy commute to the cultural centers and employers in neighboring Schenectady, Saratoga, Albany, and Troy, yet lacking the traffic congestion of many adjoining towns. Major shopping centers are only 5-10 miles away in Clifton Park, Ballston Spa and Saratoga.