Situated on the banks of the Potomac River across from the nation's capital lies Arlington, Virginia which is one of the most popular cities in the Greater Washington, D.C. metropolitan area. Located less than 5 miles from Washington, D.C., Arlington carries the torch for the best of both urban lifestyle and suburban living. Arlington, Virginia is home to 11 metro stops, making it a car-free friendly destination along with access to the Ronald Reagan National Airport. From outdoor festivals to historic memorials and chic cafes, Arlington checks off the artistic, historic and eclectic boxes all within a 26 mile area.
With a population of around 237,300 people, Arlington is one of the wealthiest counties in the United States with a median household income just over $125,000. These high incomes come from the numerous government and corporate jobs that exist in the surrounding area. Arlington is home to many federal agencies headquarters like the Department of Defense at the Pentagon, Transportation Security Agency (TSA), and Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA).
Living in Arlington County is not cheap as the median home price is right around $662,000. The homes in Arlington consist of a mixture of high-rise condominiums and apartment buildings along the Rosslyn-Ballston Corridor. Further away from the metro, neighborhoods consist of older colonial style single family homes that have been renovated on the inside. Real Estate development has taken off recently as developers are competing to buy older homes to build massive new construction craftsmans on tiny lots. As for commercial real estate, developers are buying groups of adjacent businesses to build high-rise buildings.
Due to the plethora of bars, restaurants, shops, things to do and nearby jobs, Arlington, Virginia is one of the most popular spots for millennials in the entire country. The county has grown tremendously over the past decade and is planning to invest billions of dollars into development and revitalization projects to enhance the lives of its residents.
Arlington gets its name from Henry Bennet, Earl of Arlington and the Arlington Plantation. The Arlington Plantation was passed down to General Robert E. Lee's wife, Mary Anna Custis Lee. During the Civil War, the Arlington Plantation became the Arlington National Cemetery and the rest is history!
Fun Fact: Arlington has been named "America's Fittest City" for the sixth consecutive year!