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.

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 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 72.88% 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 $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.

In addition, Arlington has a lot of people living here who were born outside of the US (23.03%).

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