Arlington, VA
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Living in Arlington


Arlington is a relatively large town located in the state of Virginia. With a population of 229,334 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 93.57% 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 (18.21%), business and financial occupations (13.63%), and computer science and math (8.61%).

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 is that it can take a long time to commute to work. In Arlington, the average commute to work is 30.56 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.

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.

If knowledge is power, Arlington is a pretty powerful place. 73.66% 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 2010 was $64,746, which is wealthy relative to Virginia and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $258,984 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 15.38% of the town’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Arlington include Irish, English, Italian, and Polish.

Arlington also has a high percentage of its population that was born in another country: 22.75%.

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