Population: 383,899Median home value: $137,900 80 Ranks better than 93% of areas
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A+ Arlington Amenities Lots of amenities close to this location
C+ Arlington Cost of Living Cost of living is 6% higher than Texas
964% less expensive than the US average
919% less expensive than the US average
United States
100National cost of living index
Arlington cost of living
F Arlington Crime Total crime is 24% higher than Texas
Total crime
3,71535% higher than the US average
Chance of being a victim
1 in 2735% higher than the US average
Year-over-year crime
-6%Year over year crime is down
Arlington crime
D+ Arlington Employment Household income is 2% lower than Texas
Median household income
$53,5743% lower than the US average
Income per capita
$25,95713% lower than the US average
Unemployment rate
4%4% lower than the US average
Arlington employment
A Arlington Housing Home value is 3% lower than Texas
Median home value
$137,90025% lower than the US average
Median rent price
$8966% lower than the US average
Home ownership
55%13% lower than the US average
Arlington real estate or Arlington rentals
A- Arlington Schools HS graduation rate is 3% higher than Texas
High school grad. rates
81%3% lower than the US average
School test scores
69%40% higher than the US average
Student teacher ratio
15:14% lower than the US average
Arlington K-12 schools or Arlington colleges

Living in Arlington, TX

Arlington, Texas is a big city with a population of 383,899 people. In Arlington, there are 4,007 people per square mile, which is well above the national population density average. More than a quarter of the residents of Arlington identify themselves as Hispanic or Latino, and 22% of the population speak Spanish as their primary or secondary language. The median age of all Arlington residents is 33, which is well below the national average. This is a good indication that this city could be ideal for young singles.

Without the right tools, relocating to any new area can be very stressful and challenging. Living in Arlington, Texas could be a fulfilling experience for anyone who puts in the effort to do the research required. To help you find the best places to live in and around Arlington, AreaVibes has created a livability score using key metrics like amenities, crime, education, employment, housing and more.

Arlington has a livability score of 80/100 and is ranked #406 in Texas and #1,909 in the USA. Compared to the United States average, Arlington ranks among some of the best places to live in the country! Arlington is also ranked in the top 10 percentile of all cities across the USA. Based on the rankings for each individual category, Arlington has received high marks for amenities (A+), education (A-) and housing (A). The bad news for Arlington, there are some categories for which it does not rank well, this includes: crime (F).

Based on the proximity of local amenities like grocery stores, restaurants, coffee shops, parks, librairies, etc., Arlington has received a higher than average score for its local amenities. If you’re planning on relocating and making this area your permanent home, it’s nice to know that there is an ample amount of amenities and things to do within walking distance or a short drive. Some of the interesting things to do and attractions include: Six Flags Over Texas, Cowboys Stadium, and Rangers Ballpark in Arlington.

Knowing that the Arlington schools rank highly for test scores plays an important factor in deciding if this area is the right place to live. The average school test scores are 69%, which is far higher than the national average.

Based on multiple factors including: median home and rental prices, appreciation rates and home affordability, Arlington has received high marks in the housing category. Based on these calculations, the apartment rental and real estate market appears to be very healthy.

Arlington real estate prices and overall affordability will play a huge role in determining if the area is the right fit for you. Of course there are probably some other items on your “wish list”, but even before they are considered, let’s take a look at the home prices and affordability in Arlington. The median home price for Arlington homes is $137,900, which is 3.4% lower than the Texas 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 2.6, which is 0% lower than the Texas average. Knowing if your home will appreciate on a long term or even a short term basis should be factored into your decision making. An increase in your home’s value can be a good way to generate tax-free equity that can create long term financial security. In the past year, appreciation rates for homes in the Arlington area were 9.3% and 5 year appreciation rates were 9.4%.

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Compare Arlington, TX Livability To Other Cities

Best Neighborhoods In & Around Arlington, TX

PlaceLivability scoreScoreMilesPopulationPop.
Southeast, Arlington847.290,151
West, Arlington834.182,955
Southwest, Arlington827.849,675
Pantego, Arlington8233,418
PlaceLivability scoreScoreMilesPopulationPop.
Dalworthington Gardens, Arlington804.12,467
Winnetka Heights, Dallas7812.565,571
North, Arlington773.741,452
East, Arlington751.896,055

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Found a NO WAIT Arlington Walk In Clinic/Urgent Care

Wanted to let everyone in the South Arlington/North Mansfield know about an urgent care we found this week. On the south west corner of Sublett and hwy 287 in with Albertsons is the greatest clinic. Dane Thurston was medical provider, and he saw us within 5 minutes of finishing our fairly easy paperwork. We were in and out in 30 minutes total. The nice gal at the front desk said we could check in online at definitely be back.
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Crazy Energy.. Jacked up Highways, Congested City

I moved to Arlington,Texas and I have to say it was not a good experience. This was the only place where I have ever been and the people come and ASK YOU" well how do you like Texas", then have the nerve to get mad when you say you don't like it. Very close minded. As far as variety in clothing and shopping it is very hard to find. Whoever designed the highway system needs to be shot in their right pinky toe. Driving on the highway in Texas is like being on the Jetsons. Very close minded when it comes to women and will make the most obscene statements especially if you wear YOUR HAIR short. The apartments in the area especially near Ascension Blvd needs to be saged badly. The upkeep of the apartments are horrible and the price charged for them are outrageous. I've never lived somewhere before and it's normal to hear rats in the apartments they act like its an added amenity. Whatever you do don't ask questions about the Dallas cowboys. You know simple ass questions like..If its the Dallas Cowboys why do they have their stadium in Arlington ? If you do you have just started a shit storm.. I'm so thankful that I got out of that state and city... I already know that SOME billy badass from Texas is going to respond with some off the wall shit saying how great the state is and are really going to mad. Especially , bc I said something about their beloved Dallas Cowboys...smh
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10 Years In Arlington, TX

I have lived in Arlington, TX for the last ten years, and I have discovered that this is one of the best suburbs in the country to live in. This is a place that just outside Dallas, but it also plays host to the Texas Rangers. We have easy access to downtown Dallas, but we do not have to deal with all the traffic in downtown Dallas.

We are a lovely little city, and we have a few attractions outside of the Rangers. Most people in the area prefer to head down to the ballpark around gametime because the flourishing nightlife and bar scene all happen around the ballpark. Even when it is no longer baseball season, the dining and nightlife in that part of town is immense.

This is a nice community filled with many people who have lived here their entire lives. You may not realize how original this town is, but we are one of the few that boasts more natives than transplants. Arlington is unique in the Dallas area in that way.

When I relocated to Arlington, Texas, I was hoping that I would not have to stay here much longer. However, I have discovered that this is a place where people will welcome you with open arms. I made this discovery even though I was not sure I wanted to stay in Texas, and I am glad that this is a place that I decided to stay. Come for a visit in a town where you will love to build your life and that of your family.
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Arlington, TX interesting developments

I have lived in Arlington for about 9 years. I don't know if I would call it a "Southern" city, having lived in the South. It is too diverse ethnically and has far too many non-Southern transplants--if it ever was a real Southern city, but I do think its best times are ahead. Its growth is impressive and it has both a suburb and an urban feel. Suburbs tend to lean suburban/urban or urban/suburban. Arlington seems much more the latter than the former and I suspect that will increase. I would like to see more in developing nightlife as an easy access alternative to either Dallas or Fort Worth. There seems to be an appetite for it and with the increasing numbers of college students due to UT Arlington, someone somewhere could do a good business catering to those interested in such things without losing its quality family life focus. It would also be nice to see efforts to attract the opposites on the age spectrum--young singles and active retired folks. I believe a place like Arlington could successfully appeal to both groups. Don't get me wrong, I am not complaining, but because I believe in this place I now call home, I see great opportunities for positive growth and increasing its quality of life while dead center in the DFW area.
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Arlington, TX - The One and Only

I've lived in Arlington my entire life and have traveled the country but have never found a city quite like my town. With a population of just over 380,000, it provides all the luxuries that you would expect from a big city but with the same feel as a small southern town. This city is chalk full of patriotism and culture that draw in tourists each and every year from all over the world.

The first thing that I show people when they visit is the Rangers stadium. As many people know, Texas is all about sports and we love our local baseball team. Our stadium is huge and a great way to get out and enjoy a peaceful after noon and watch some professional baseball!

The other thing that catches not only my eye, but the eyes of others is the Oil Derrick Tower. This tower is located at Six Flags and is a huge landmark for the area. Six Flags is one of the biggest waterpark franchises in all of America and we here in Arlington are proud to say that we have one and you'll love getting in and out of the water on a hot day with tons of friends! On top of that, Arlington is also the world headquarters for the sport of bowling. We love bowling in this area and you can easily join a league and get out on the lanes and compete with tons of friendly and like minded people!

All in all I love Arlington, Texas and I couldn't imagine living anywhere else. Come on down to Arlington today and take in a Rangers game or perhaps go and throw the bowling ball down the lanes and see if you can't hit a strike. Arlington is nothing but fun!
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Arlington, Texas - Hometown Feel Just Outside the City

Arlington, Texas is the Fort Worth / Dallas suburb where my sister and her family lives. Each time we travel to Arlington I've had to remind myself that we were just outside the metro area. The neighborhood they live in seems so relaxed and has that safe feeling of a smaller town or a suburb much further outside the metro. We also visited other neighborhoods in Arlington and I found them to have that same safe feeling as well.

As close as it is to the southern edge of Fort Worth, it still provides all the amenities and some of the attractions, restaurants and shopping one would desire right there in Arlington. You got the sense of a family orientated community with schools and churches surrounded by neighborhood developments. The homes were well kept and the streets easy to navigate. Shopping centers and restaurants in Arlington provided easy access to whatever we needed for the day, which in the heat of a Texas summer is usually just a cool place to retreat to.
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