Arlington is a relatively large town located in the state of Virginia. With a population of 234,965 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 93.27% 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 (18.91%), business and financial occupations (13.50%), and computer science and math (9.26%).
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 thing that you will notice about Arlington is that there is a good-sized population of people who are young, single, educated, and upwardly-mobile career starters. Many singles consider Arlington a good place to live without being in a really big city, with opportunities for friendships and fun with others like themselves.
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 30.86 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.
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. 74.13% 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 $67,061, which is wealthy relative to Virginia and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $268,244 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 15.55% of the town’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Arlington include German, Irish, English, Italian, and Polish.
Foreign born people are also an important part of Arlington's cultural character, accounting for 22.92% of the town’s population.
The most common language spoken in Arlington is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and African languages.