Living in Arlington County

Arlington County is a county located in Northern Virginia, directly across from Washington, D.C. on the south bank of the Potomac River.

It’s bordered by Falls Church and Fairfax County to the northwest, southwest, and west, and to the southeast is the City of Alexandria. With it being only 26 square miles of land area, it is geographically the smallest self-governing county in the United States.

Arlington Virginia


Arlington is ranked as one of the safest cities for weathering a recession, and has a 49% share of jobs in “strong industries”.


Arlington County has a population of 209,077 people, having grown by 10% over the past 15 years. There are 98,000 households and 41,600 families living in the county.

The population is expected to continue increasing because of good jobs, thanks to companies headquartered there. Some top employment opportunities include:


-Arlington Asset Investment

-Alcalde and Fay


-ENVIRON International Corporation

-Corporate Executive Board

-ESI International

-Interstate Hotels & Resorts

-FBR Capital Markets

-Rosetta Stone

-Strayer Education


The average commute time for Arlington County is 27 minutes – not too high compared to the national average of 25 minutes. Two interstate highways divide the county – Interstate 395 in the eastern part and Interstate 66 in the northern part, both with high-occupancy vehicle restrictions or lanes. There are also over 100 miles of paved off-road and on-street bicycle trails, with the off-road trails travelling along the Potomac River or its tributaries.

Real Estate

The median cost of homes in Arlington County is $578,300, and the prices of homes have increased by more than 9% over the past few years. Renting an apartment costs about $2,300 per month for a 3-bedroom apartment, while a 1-bedroom apartment is about $1,400 per month.


The public schools in Arlington County spend $19,724 per student every year, more than the national average of $12,435. The public K-12 education system of the county, made up of 22 elementary schools and 5 middle schools, is operated by Arlington Public Schools. Some of the schools include:

-Gunston Middle School

-Thomas Jefferson Middle School

-Kenmore Middle School

-Williamsburg Middle School

-Swanson Middle School

-Wakefield High School

-Yorktown High School

-Washington-Lee High School

-H-B Woodlawn Alternative School

Arlington County is perfect for those who do not want to live in DC but want to stay close to the city.

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