Arlington is a relatively large town located in the state of Virginia. With a population of 238,643 people and 71 constituent neighborhoods, Arlington is the third 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 (17.68%), business and financial occupations (15.13%), and computer science and math (10.66%).
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 interesting thing about the economy is that relatively large numbers of people worked from their home: 13.49% of the workforce. While this number may seem small overall, as a fraction of the total workforce this is high compared to the rest of the county. These workers are often telecommuters who work in knowledge-based, white-collar professions. For example, Silicon Valley has large numbers of people who telecommute. Other at-home workers may be self-employed people who operate small businesses out of their homes.
Another interesting thing about Arlington, despite not being a huge town, is that there is a relatively high proportion of people living here who are young, single, and upwardly-mobile professionals. This makes it a good choice for other relocating single professionals. Here, these young singles will find many others like themselves, with opportunities for friendships, socializing, romance, and fun.
In Arlington, however, the average commute to work is quite long. On average, people spend 31.11 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.
For the size of the town, public transportation in Arlington is quite heavily used. Mostly, people who use it for their daily commute are taking the subway. For Arlington, the benefits are reduced air pollution and congestion on the highways.
Do you have a 4-year college degree or graduate degree? If so, you may feel right at home in Arlington. 75.84% 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 2018 was $73,078, which is wealthy relative to Virginia and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $292,312 for a family of four.
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 15.43% of the town’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Arlington include Irish, German, English, Italian, and Polish.
In addition, Arlington has a lot of people living here who were born outside of the US (22.60%).
The most common language spoken in Arlington is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and African languages.