Arlington, VA
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Arlington is a relatively large town located in the state of Virginia. With a population of 228,449 people and 57 constituent neighborhoods, Arlington is the fourth largest community in Virginia.

Arlington home prices are not only among the most expensive in Virginia, but Arlington real estate also consistently ranks among the most expensive in America.

Arlington is a decidedly white-collar town, with fully 93.81% 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 (17.72%), business and financial occupations (13.77%), 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.

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.

One downside of living in Arlington, however, is that residents on average have to contend with a long commute, spending on average 30.36 minutes every day commuting to work. However, 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.

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 have a 4-year college degree or graduate degree? If so, you may feel right at home in Arlington. 72.88% 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 $63,579, which is wealthy relative to Virginia and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $254,316 for a family of four. However, Arlington contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

Arlington is an extremely 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. Arlington also has a sizeable Hispanic population (people of Hispanic origin can be of any race). People of Hispanic or Latino origin account for 15.46% of the town’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Arlington include Irish, English, Italian, and Polish.

Foreign born people are also an important part of Arlington's cultural character, accounting for 23.03% of the town’s population.

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