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. Much of the housing stock in Arlington was built prior to World War II, 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 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 great place for families with children to consider. First of all, many other families with children live here, making Arlington a place where both parents and children are more likely to develop social ties with other families, as well as find family-oriented services and community. The town’s good public school district and large population of college-educated adults provide an environment conducive to academic values. With regard to real estate, Arlington has a high rate of owner-occupied single family homes, which tends to reflect stability in the local 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, however, is that residents on average have to contend with a long commute, spending on average 32.70 minutes every day commuting to work. It is, however, a pedestrian-friendly town. Many of its neighborhoods are dense enough and have amenities close enough together that people find it feasible to get around on foot. In addition, local public transit is widely used. For those who would prefer to avoid driving entirely and leave their car at home, it may be an option to use the transit instead.

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 have a 4-year college degree or graduate degree? If so, you may feel right at home in Arlington. 68.79% of adults here have a 4-year degree or graduate degree, whereas the national average for all cities and towns is just 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.