Arlington, MA
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Living in Arlington


Arlington is a medium-sized town located in the state of Massachusetts. With a population of 45,624 people and eight constituent neighborhoods, Arlington is the 30th largest community in Massachusetts. Arlington has a large stock of pre-World War II architecture, making it one of the older and more historic towns in the country.

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 93.43% 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 (13.82%), computer science and math (10.60%), and teaching (9.90%).

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". Urban sophisticates are people who are both educated and wealthy, and thus tend to be older, richer, and more established than young professionals. "Urban sophisticates" is not just about being educated and well-off financially: it is a point of view and state of mind, one that you might call 'urbaneness'. But such people can and do regularly live in small towns, suburbs and rural areas, as well as in big cities. They read, support the arts and high-end shops, and love travel.

Arlington is a good choice for families with children because of several factors. Many other families with children live here, making it a place where both parents and children are more likely to develop social ties with other families. The town’s good public school district and large population of college-educated adults provide an environment conducive to academic success. Many people own their own single-family homes, providing areas for children to play and stability in the community. Finally, Arlington’s overall crime rate ranks among the lowest in the country, making it one of the safest places to raise a family.

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 33.85 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.

If knowledge is power, Arlington is a pretty powerful place. 71.08% of the adults in Arlington have earned a 4-year college degree, masters degree, MD, law degree, or even PhD. Compare that to the national average of 21.84% for all cities and towns.

The per capita income in Arlington in 2018 was $58,355, which is wealthy relative to Massachusetts and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $233,420 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 Polish.

Foreign born people are also an important part of Arlington's cultural character, accounting for 19.52% of the town’s population.

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