Arlington is a medium-sized town located in the state of Massachusetts. With a population of 45,522 people and nine constituent neighborhoods, Arlington is the 30th largest community in Massachusetts. Arlington has an unusually large stock of pre-World War II architecture, making it one of the older and more historic towns.
Arlington home prices are not only among the most expensive in Massachusetts, but Arlington real estate also consistently ranks among the most expensive in America.
Also of interest is that Arlington has more people living here who work in computers and math than 95% of the places in the US.
And if you like science, one thing you'll find is that Arlington has lots of scientists living in town - whether they be life scientists, physical scientists (like astronomers), or social scientists (like geographers!). So, if you're scientific-minded, you might like it here too.
Of important note, Arlington is also a town of artists. Arlington has more artists, designers and people working in media than 90% of the communities in America. This concentration of artists helps shape Arlington’s character.
A relatively large number of people in Arlington telecommute to their jobs. Overall, about 22.12% of the workforce works from home. While this may seem like a small number, as a fraction of the total workforce it ranks among the highest in the country. These workers are often telecommuters who work in knowledge-based, white-collar professions. For example, Silicon Valley has large numbers of people who telecommute. Other at-home workers may be self-employed people who operate small businesses out of their homes.
In addition, Arlington is home to many people who could be described as "urban sophisticates". Urban sophisticates are educated, wealthy, executives and professionals, who have urbane tastes in books, food, and travel, whether they actually live in a big city, or choose to reside in a small town. In big or medium-sized cities, urban sophisticates tend to frequent art institutions such as opera, symphonies, ballet, live theatre, and museums.
In Arlington, however, the average commute to work is quite long. On average, people spend 33.96 minutes each day getting to work, which is significantly higher than the national average. One bright side is that local public transit is widely used, so it may be an option to avoid the headache of driving in the heavy traffic by leaving the car at home and taking transit. In addition, the town is also quite pedestrian-friendly, because many neighborhoods are very dense and have amenities close enough together that people find it feasible to get around on foot.
Like elsewhere in America, most people in Arlington use a private automobile to get to work. But notably, a substantial number of Arlington‘s citizens do make use of public transit in their daily commute, primarily riding the subway. This helps more people get to work with less air pollution, and require fewer highways to get them there.
Do you like to read, write and learn? If you move to Arlington, you'll likely find that many of your neighbors like to as well. Arlington is one of the more educated communities in America, with a full 74.16% of its adults having a college degree or even advanced degree, compared to a national average across all communities of 21.84%.
The per capita income in Arlington in 2018 was $69,007, which is wealthy relative to Massachusetts and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $276,028 for a family of four.
Arlington is a very ethnically-diverse town. The people who call Arlington home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Arlington residents report their race to be White, followed by Asian. Important ancestries of people in Arlington include Irish, Italian, English, German, and French.
Arlington also has a high percentage of its population that was born in another country: 19.18%.
The most common language spoken in Arlington is English. Other important languages spoken here include Chinese and Spanish.