Arlington, MA
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Arlington is a medium-sized town located in the state of Massachusetts. With a population of 45,052 people and eight 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.

Arlington is a decidedly white-collar town, with fully 94.16% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, Arlington is a town of professionals, managers, and sales and office workers. There are especially a lot of people living in Arlington who work in management occupations (14.86%), teaching (11.45%), and computer science and math (8.63%).

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.

In addition, Arlington is home to many people who could be described as "urban sophisticates", which are people who are not only wealthy and employed in professional occupations, but highly educated to boot. Urban sophisticates have urbane tastes - whether they reside in a big or small city, a suburb, or a little town. Urban sophisticates support bookstores, quality clothing stores, enjoy luxury travel, and in big cities, they are truly the patrons of the arts, attending and supporting institutions such as opera, symphony, ballet, and theatre.

Because of many things, Arlington is a very good place for families to consider. With an enviable combination of good schools, low crime, college-educated neighbors who tend to support education because of their own experiences, and a high rate of home ownership in predominantly single-family properties, Arlington really has some of the features that families look for when choosing a good community to raise children. Is Arlington perfect? Of course not, and if you like frenetic nightlife, it will be far from your cup of tea. But overall this is a solid community, with many things to recommend it as a family-friendly place to live.

One downside of living in Arlington is that it can take a long time to commute to work. In Arlington, the average commute to work is 32.70 minutes, which is quite a bit higher than the national average. On the other hand, local public transit is widely used in the town, so leaving the car at home and taking transit is often a viable alternative. In addition, it is also a pedestrian-friendly town. Many of Arlington’s neighborhoods are dense enough and have amenities close enough together that people find it feasible to get around on foot.

For the size of the town, public transportation in Arlington is quite heavily used. Mostly, people who use it for their daily commute are taking the subway. For Arlington, the benefits are reduced air pollution and congestion on the highways.

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 68.79% 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 2010 was $53,297, which is wealthy relative to Massachusetts and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $213,188 for a family of four.

Arlington is a somewhat 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 Italian, English, German, and Russian.

Arlington also has a high percentage of its population that was born in another country: 18.28%.

The most common language spoken in Arlington is English. Other important languages spoken here include Chinese and Spanish.