Arlington, MA
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Arlington is a medium-sized town located in the state of Massachusetts. With a population of 44,815 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 94.29% 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 (15.80%), teaching (12.09%), and office and administrative support (9.01%).

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.

In Arlington, however, the average commute to work is quite long. On average, people spend 32.55 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.

Although the majority of commuting trips in the town are by private automobile, Arlington is somewhat unusual for a town of its size for having a substantial number of people who use public transportation. For a lot of people, the subway helps to get to and from their jobs every morning, which benefits everyone in the Arlington area by reducing both traffic and air pollution.

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 67.58% 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 $51,579, which is wealthy relative to Massachusetts and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $206,316 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 European.

Arlington also has a high percentage of its population that was born in another country: 17.85%.

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