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A+ Arlington Amenities Lots of amenities close to this location
F Arlington Cost of Living Cost of living is 53% higher than Virginia
16565% more expensive than the US average
1088% more expensive than the US average
United States
100National cost of living index
Arlington cost of living
A+ Arlington Crime Total crime is 46% lower than Virginia
Total crime
1,08161% lower than the US average
Chance of being a victim
1 in 9361% lower than the US average
Year-over-year crime
-3%Year over year crime is down
Arlington crime
A+ Arlington Employment Household income is 64% higher than Virginia
Median household income
$108,70696% higher than the US average
Income per capita
$64,746117% higher than the US average
Unemployment rate
3%44% lower than the US average
Arlington employment
D+ Arlington Housing Home value is 151% higher than Virginia
Median home value
$623,300237% higher than the US average
Median rent price
$1,86196% higher than the US average
Home ownership
44%30% lower than the US average
Arlington real estate or Arlington rentals
A+ Arlington Schools HS graduation rate is 10% higher than Virginia
High school grad. rates
93%12% higher than the US average
School test scores
85%72% higher than the US average
Student teacher ratio
12:125% lower than the US average
Arlington K-12 schools or Arlington colleges

Living in Arlington, VA

Arlington, Virginia is a big city with a population of 226,092 residents. In Arlington, there are 8,693 people per square mile, which is well above the national population density average. At 72%, the majority of the Arlington population is White; this is followed by 10% Asian and 9% Black. Arlington is known to be family friendly as more than 81% of the population has already tied the knot. It might also be worth noting that 56% of residents also have children under the age of 18.

Living in Arlington can be a good experience for anyone relocating to the area. Having said that, in the state of Virginia, there are many desirable places to live, so choose wisely! Using the livability score which includes data from categories like crime, cost of living, weather, you can easily compare the best places to live in Arlington and also determine if there are any nearby cities that might be a better match for your lifestyle. You can also compare Arlington to Virginia and the national average.

Arlington has a livability score of 81 out of 100 and is ranked #23 in Virginia and #1,185 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 dig a little deeper into each category within the livability score, we see that Arlington has higher than average grades for the following: amenities (A+), crime (A+), education (A+) and employment (A+). On a more negative note, Arlington does not have favorable scores for the following: cost of living (F). If we take a look at the data, we can find out why.

Location, location, location - possibly the three most important words in your search for a new place to live. Fortunately, in Arlington, there is no shortage of amazing local amenities and interesting things to do. Some of the notable things to do include: Arlington National Cemetery, Tomb of the Unknowns, and Pentagon Memorial.

Jobs are always a hot topic for anyone looking to relocate to a new area. Your chances of finding new employment in Arlington is actually far better than most areas. With a low unemployment rate of 1.01%, finding work should be much easier than the average city.

School test scores can be an important metric in deciding if the local area schools can provide a solid educational system for children. The schools in Arlington have a test score average of 85%, which is well above the US average.

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 $623,300, which is 150.9% higher than the Virginia 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 5.7, which is 50% higher than the Virginia average. For most people, purchasing a new home is the biggest investment they will make in their lifetime. Taking a look at overall real estate appreciation rates in Arlington will offer some insight into determining if your home purchase will be a solid investment for years to come. In Arlington, the year-over-year appreciation rates were 2.2%, and the 5 year appreciation rates came in at 4.9%.

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Compare Arlington, VA Livability To Other Cities

Best Neighborhoods In & Around Arlington, VA

PlaceLivability scoreScoreMilesPopulationPop.
Westover Village, Arlington8322,179
Williamsburg, Arlington813.32,968
Rock Spring, Arlington813.13,223
Lyon Village, Arlington810.93,541
PlaceLivability scoreScoreMilesPopulationPop.
Arlington-East Falls, Arlington813.25,637
Lyon Park, Arlington810.65,521
Madison Manor, Arlington812.61,579
Bluemont, Arlington801.37,049

Best Cities Near Arlington, VA

PlaceLivability scoreScoreMilesPopulationPop.
Occoquan, VA8616.1947
Sandy Hook, MD8444.9142
Countryside, VA8320.610,472
Fair Oaks, VA8313.833,478
PlaceLivability scoreScoreMilesPopulationPop.
Naval Academy, MD83346,040
Merrifield, VA837.517,000
Cascades, VA8219.312,205
Neabsco, VA8220.317,038
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Living here is just not worth it

First off, a $100k+ salary here is the same as a $40k salary in an average US city. This is one of the few places where someone with a graduate degree from an ivy league school needs to work a 2nd or 3rd job just to afford rent, WITH roommates no less. The horrendous cost of living, lack of affordable housing, exacerbated by high city, county, &, state taxes far outweigh any positive aspects of living here. There's the annual "car tax," which is basically like paying sales tax on any vehicle you own every single year. If you move, Arlington County will chase you down for any car tax owed with compounding interest and late fees, like a mafia shakedown. They don't care if you leave the state, they will continue assessing this tax until you mail them proof of registration in another state. On paper you will think you're getting a great high paying job and decide to move here. Then after moving & getting a guage on cost of living, you will feel like you're barely earning above poverty level.Accompanying this enduring sense of resource scarcity is the work culture which prioritizes and values work above all other aspects of life, including health and happiness. If you prefer work-life balance, this place isn't for you. The high stress, work-centric lifestyle makes it harder to make friends and have a healthy dating or social life. In short, the area is like Miami - there's the initial novelty of living here that quickly wears off; it's okay to visit, terrible to reside in long term.
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Great for millennials

Our home straddles the Clarendon-Courthouse and Ballston-Virginia Square neighborhoods. We moved here in the 1990s. Back then, there were still lots of small mom and pop shops that used to be private homes, and even some open spaces. It was pretty cool walking into an old home that had been converted into a bank, cafe or used book store. But that started changing when entire blocks began disappearing to mid-rise condos and pricey boutiques. The flight path from Reagan National used to be more to the east over the Potomac River, but flight paths have shifted west so there is now a lot more jet noise. And they seem to cram in more and more flights. Wailing emergency vehicles up and down 10th Street and RT 50 is almost an hourly occurrence now. There's more traffic congestion, and they now shutdown streets on weekends for art shows and marathons which is inconvenient for those who drive and have only the weekend to run errands. The area is expensive, but that's to be expected. On the whole, crime doesn't seem to be an issue, though our car was broken into once.
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Arlington, VA: A Great Historical City

As a lawyer, I frequently travel to Washington D.C. on business ventures. Every time I am in D.C., I try to meet up with close friends in Arlington, Virginia. I am truly in love with this beautiful, historical city. In my opinion, Arlington, VA is upper-class and is all around gorgeous.

Arlington is an incredibly safe area to raise children, and is rather peaceful. The city of Arlington, VA has some of the lowest crime rates in the country. Wherever you are in Arlington, you just get that safe feeling. I have had the pleasure of visiting the Williamsburg neighborhood (to see my friends), which is a gorgeous neighborhood. The homes all have such a historical "feel" in Virginia.

The Arlington Cemetery is another must-see if you are in the Virginia/D.C. area. This National cemetery will bring tears to your eyes for the heroic soldiers and marines that fought for our country throughout various wars. The Iwo Jima Memorial is also located nearby, and is also a must-see.

The Mystery Dinner Playhouse in Arlington, VA is a great place to visit for dinner if you are in the area. I had one of the most fun times of my life visiting the city of Arlington and seeing the play. You simply must go! Overall Virginia is a great place to visit or live.
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Source: The Arlington, VA data and statistics displayed above are derived from the 2016 United States Census Bureau American Community Survey (ACS).
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