Arlington 87 Exceptional
Arlington Livability #5 ranked city in Massachusetts#670 ranked city in the USARanks better than 97% of areas

Livability Awards

A+ Arlington Amenities Lots of amenities close to this location
F Arlington Cost of Living Cost of living is 22% higher than Massachusetts
16060% more expensive than the US average
13131% more expensive than the US average
United States
100National cost of living index
Arlington cost of living
A+ Arlington Crime Total crime is 69% lower than Massachusetts
Total crime
49081% lower than the US average
Chance of being a victim
1 in 20481% lower than the US average
Year-over-year crime
-22%Year over year crime is down
Arlington crime
A- Arlington Employment Household income is 38% higher than Massachusetts
Median household income
$98,10377% higher than the US average
Income per capita
$53,29779% higher than the US average
Unemployment rate
3%36% lower than the US average
Arlington employment
C+ Arlington Housing Home value is 60% higher than Massachusetts
Median home value
$546,800196% higher than the US average
Median rent price
$1,46354% higher than the US average
Home ownership
61%5% lower than the US average
Arlington real estate or Arlington rentals
A+ Arlington Schools HS graduation rate is 9% higher than Massachusetts
High school grad. rates
95%15% higher than the US average
School test scores
82%67% higher than the US average
Student teacher ratio
16:1equal to the US average
Arlington K-12 schools
A+ Arlington User Ratings There are a total of 3 ratings in Arlington
Overall user rating
85% 3 total ratings
User reviews rating
80% 1 total reviews
User surveys rating
92% 2 total surveys
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Living in Arlington, MA

Arlington, Massachusetts is a mid-sized city with a population of 44,408 inhabitants. In Arlington, there are 8,634 people per square mile, which is well above the national population density average. If we look at the most recent Census, Arlington is known to have a predominantly White population. The next two most common races are Asian and Black. 84% of the people in Arlington (over the age of 15) are married and 51% have kids under the age of eighteen. Knowing that, it’s safe to say that this area could be a great place for other families to lay down roots.

If you’re considering moving to any new city, it could be a very discouraging task. However, it could also be a great experience if you are willing to get to know the city before actually living in Arlington, Massachusetts. Finding the best places to live in Arlington and nearby areas is a much easier task when you can rely on information and data from the livability score, which includes amenities, crime, cost of living, weather, housing and other important metrics.

Arlington has a livability score of 79 out of 100 and is ranked #5 in Massachusetts and #2,001 in the USA. This is a phenomenal score, as Arlington ranks well in multiple categories! Arlington also ranks in the top 10 percent of all cities, which is no small feat! If we take a closer look at each of the categories on their own, we see that Arlington ranks well for amenities (A+), crime (A+), education (A+) and employment (A-). There is at least one category that did not score well in Arlington. The following was graded with a concerning score: cost of living (F) and weather (F).

Conveniently located amenities and interesting attractions are a great way to continuously enjoy Arlington on a regular basis. Knowing that there are an abundance of amenities and things to do can ensure that you always have access to nearby grocery stores, restaurants and coffee shops. Some of the notable things to do include: Cyrus Dallin Art Museum, Arlington Friends of the Drama, and Old Schwamb Mill.

Feeling a sense of safety in the area that you live in is a must for most people. Low crime rates can have a positive impact on things like home prices, home appreciation rates and the overall sense of community. Arlington has a violent crime rate of 84 crimes per 100,000 residents which is far lower than the national average.

The average school test scores in Arlington are 82%. This far exceeds the national average and ensures that this educational system will provide your children with the skills and the tools they need to thrive.

Being close to public transportation, grocery stores, parks and other conveniences are all important when weighing your options for a new home in Arlington. Before you determine if any of these amenities are available in the area, you will also want to know if the real estate prices in Arlington are affordable. The median home price for Arlington homes is $546,800, which is 60.4% higher than the Massachusetts average. If we take a closer look at the affordability of homes in Arlington, we’ll see that the home price to income ratio is 5.6, which is 16.7% higher than the Massachusetts average. Real estate appreciation rates in Arlington are important to consider, as they can act as a guide to determine if your new home purchase will be a solid investment going forward. During the last twelve months, the appreciation rate for Arlington homes comes in at 7.8%, and the 5 year appreciation rates were 8.3%.

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      Source: The Arlington, MA data and statistics displayed above are derived from the 2016 United States Census Bureau American Community Survey (ACS).