Arlington 83 Exceptional
Arlington Livability #39 ranked city in Virginia#1,636 ranked city in the USARanks better than 94% of areas

Livability Awards

A+ Arlington Amenities Lots of amenities close to this location
F Arlington Cost of Living Cost of living is 52% higher than Virginia
16464% more expensive than the US average
1077% 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
89962% lower than the US average
Chance of being a victim
1 in 11262% lower than the US average
Year-over-year crime
-10%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
83%72% higher than the US average
Student teacher ratio
12:125% lower than the US average
Arlington K-12 schools
B+ Arlington User Ratings There are a total of 28 ratings in Arlington
Overall user rating
74% 28 total ratings
User reviews rating
60% 4 total reviews
User surveys rating
80% 24 total surveys
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      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%.

      Arlington transportation information

      Average one way commute28min28min26min
      Workers who drive to work53.9%77.4%76.4%
      Workers who carpool6.2%9.5%9.3%
      Workers who take public transit25.8%4.5%5.1%
      Workers who bicycle1.8%0.4%0.6%
      Workers who walk5.1%2.4%2.8%
      Working from home6.2%4.7%4.6%

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      Monthly costs include: fuel, maintenance, tires, insurance, license fees, taxes, depreciation, and financing.
      Source: The Arlington, VA data and statistics displayed above are derived from the 2016 United States Census Bureau American Community Survey (ACS).