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Arlington, Massachusetts


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Arlington, Massachusetts

Introduction to Arlington, Massachusetts

Arlington, Massachusetts, in Middlesex county, is 2 miles W of Medford, Massachusetts (center to center) and 6 miles NW of Boston, Massachusetts. The city is bordered by the Mystic River and the Mystic Lakes. Arlington has a large number of sites included in the List of Registered Historic Places. The modern community has kept its historic small town appeal. Residents have easy access to Boston and Cambridge. The commuter rail and Red Line subway are popular with commuters.

Arlington History

The colonists acquired land from the Indian tribal leader Nanepashemt's widow. They paid ten pounds with the agreement that the Indians would be able to stay on a portion of the land situated near the Mystic Lakes and be allowed to keep farming and hunting. Arlington was originally established as Menotomy by Europeans in 1635, inside the borders of Cambridge Massachusetts. Paul Revere's renowned ride took him through Menotomy. In 1867 it was renamed Arlington in tribute to those buried at the Arlington National Cemetery.

Captain George Cook constructed the area's first mill in 1637. A battle between the Colonists and the British occurred in Menotomy. In the early days, Arlington was a flourishing farming community. During the middle of the 1800's the ice industry was thriving. A large portion of the ice was transported to the Caribbean and to India by Frederic Tudor. In 1979 the first spreadsheet software program known as VisiCalc was created in Arlington.

Arlington Attractions

  • The Old Schwamb Mill is a notable historic location.
  • The Jason Russell House is a colonial home that has been converted into a museum.
  • Kensington Park Historic District.
  • Prince Hall Mystic Cemetery is the only black Freemason Cemetery in the nation.
  • The water tower located at Park Circle is a replica of the ancient Greek Arsinoeon of Samothrace.
  • Pierce Farm Historic District.
  • The Uncle Sam Memorial Statue pays tribute to native son Samuel Wilson who some regard as the original Uncle Sam.
  • The Cyrus E. Dallin Museum is named after the notable artist and showcases his artwork and sculpture.
  • Arlington Center Historic District.
  • There are a large number of Arlington houses included in the List of Registered Historic Places.
  • Calvary Methodist Church is an historic structure.
  • Locke School is a notable old building.
  • Orvis Road Historic District.

Arlington Activities

Menotomy Rocks Park includes Hills Pond and features trails which traverse through the forest. The Great Meadow includes a swamp area and forest acreage. Spy Pond Park features a scenic trail and the pond is popular for kayaking and canoeing. The Magnolia Field is a popular destination for families. The Minuteman Bikeway is a rail-trail and runs through numerous Arlington neighborhoods.

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High Points

Arlington strengths, compared to Peers (similar size places nationally) or State (other places in Massachusetts):

Category Trophy
Well-Paid Single Women
(vs. Peers)
Top 2% trophy Arlington Well-Paid Single Women
Public Transportation Use
(vs. Peers)
Top 3% trophy Arlington Public Transportation Use
Low Property Crime
(vs. Peers)
Top 4% trophy Arlington Low Property Crime
Well-Paid Single Men
(vs. Peers)
Top 5% trophy Arlington Well-Paid Single Men
College Educated Adults
(vs. Peers)
Top 8% Arlington College Educated Adults
Walking and Biking to Work
(vs. State)
Top 11% Arlington Walking and Biking to Work
Median Family Income
(vs. Peers)
Top 12% Arlington Median Family Income
Low Violent Crime
(vs. Peers)
Top 13% Arlington Low Violent Crime
People in Middle Class or Better
(vs. Peers)
Top 15% Arlington People in Middle Class or Better
Low Rate of Poverty
(vs. Peers)
Top 15% Arlington Low Rate of Poverty

Comparative Profile of Arlington, Massachusetts

Comparing Arlington to similar size places nationwide (Peers) and to other places in Massachusetts (State):

Ratings range from 1 (lowest) to 10 (highest).


The People

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
Compared
to State
Well-Paid Single Women 10 10
Well-Paid Single Men 10 10
Female Share of the Population 10 10
Age of the Population 9 7
Senior Citizens 9 9
Children Under 5 Years Old 3 6
Racial Diversity 2 9
Male Share of the Population 1 1

Families

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
Compared
to State
Portion of People Married 4 2
Average Household Size 1 1

Wealth

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
Compared
to State
College Educated Adults 10 9
Median Family Income 9 8
People Above Poverty 9 7
People in Middle Class or Better 9 7

Commute & Sprawl

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
Compared
to State
Public Transportation Use 10 10
Working at Home 10 7
Walking and Biking to Work 8 9
Short Commute Times 2 4

Housing

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
Compared
to State
People Living Alone 9 10
Studio & One-Bedroom Rentals 7 9
Seasonal and Vacation Housing 4 2
Affordability of Rents 2 1
Affordability of Property Taxes 2 2
Housing Recently Built 1 1

Crime

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
Compared
to State
Low Property Crime 10 7
Low Violent Crime 9 7

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Arlington Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 2 miles W of Medford, Massachusetts (center to center)
Nearest Large City 6 miles NW of Boston, Massachusetts
County Middlesex
Standard Zip Codes 02474, 02476
P.O. Box Zip Codes 02475
Phone Area Codes 781
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 42.415
Longitude -71.156

Arlington Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:
  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)
Station READING
Distance 7.1 miles
Jan Temp 16 to 35 F
Apr Temp 35 to 58 F
Jul Temp 60 to 83 F
Oct Temp 39 to 62 F
Annual Precip 48.3 inches
Station BEDFORD
Distance 8 miles
Jan Temp 16 to 35 F
Apr Temp 36 to 58 F
Jul Temp 60 to 83 F
Oct Temp 39 to 62 F
Annual Precip 46.9 inches
Station MIDDLETON
Distance 14.6 miles
Jan Temp 17 to 38 F
Apr Temp 37 to 58 F
Jul Temp 62 to 83 F
Oct Temp 42 to 64 F
Annual Precip 45.3 inches
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Arlington Population (2000)

Category Count Percent
Total Population 42,389 100%
Male 19,679 46.4%
Female 22,710 53.6%
Under 18 7,784 18.4%
18+ 34,605 81.6%
65+ 7,130 16.8%
Median Age 39.5
Average Family Size 2.91
White 38,561 91%
African-American 719 1.7%
Asian 2,107 5%
American Indian & Alaskan 57 0.1%
Other 279 0.7%
Mixed Race 660 1.6%
Hispanic (included in categories above) 787 1.9%

Estimated Arlington Population Growth 2000-2005

Category Value
Est. 2005 Population 41,224
Growth -1,165
Growth % -2.7%

Arlington Ancestry

(From 2000 Census, as reported by individuals)

Note: This is national, not racial, ancestry, so, e.g., the Census doesn't have categories for Hispanic and African-American people. CityTownInfo is currently gathering additional ancestry data for this site.
Ancestry Percent
Irish 26.1%
Italian 14.2%
Other (often includes Hispanic and African American) 10.2%
English 7.4%
German 5.3%
US/American 4.2%
Greek 3.5%
Portuguese 2.6%
French Canadian 2.4%
Scotch-Irish 2.4%
French (except Basque) 2.2%
Polish 2.1%
Russian 2%
Scottish 2%
Armenian 1.9%
Swedish 1.3%
Canadian 0.9%
European 0.7%
Dutch 0.7%
Eastern European 0.7%
British 0.6%
Danish 0.5%
Lithuanian 0.5%
Austrian 0.4%
Welsh 0.4%
Norwegian 0.3%
Syrian 0.3%
Czech 0.3%
Swiss 0.3%
Romanian 0.2%
Lebanese 0.2%
Ukrainian 0.2%
Ugandan 0.2%
Albanian 0.2%
Hungarian 0.2%
Haitian 0.2%
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Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

According to the US Postal Service, Arlington, its neighborhoods, and/or surrounding areas are also referred to as:

Arlington Heights (02475)
East Arlington (02474)

Note that not all alternate names are acceptable for use in US Post Office addresses.

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Pop. Median Family
Income (2000)
Arlington 42,389 $78,741
Belmont 24,194 $95,057
Lexington 30,355 $111,899
Medford 55,765 $62,409
Somerville 77,478 $51,243
Watertown 32,986 $67,441
Winchester 20,810 $110,226

Arlington Public Libraries

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Robbins Library
700 MASSACHUSETTS AVENUE
Arlington, Massachusetts
(781) 316-3200
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1465 Massachusetts Ave
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Student/teacher ratio: 13.2

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1. Watertown, Massachusetts 93.3   34.1% 16.7% 47.2% 27 $67,441 4.7% 8.6% 32,986 6.3% 16.8 0.3% 1.4
2. Mill Valley, California 91.5   33.7% 15.4% 71% 34 $119,669 5.5% 8.6% 13,600 4.5% 18.8 0.4% 1
3. Caldwell, New Jersey 90   37.9% 17.8% 44% 28 $81,989 5% 8.8% 7,584 4.8% 9.4 0.6% 1.3
4. Westwood, New Jersey 89.5   31.2% 15.9% 37.4% 29 $77,105 6.9% 13.4% 10,999 4.4% 10.9 0.3% 0.9
5. Melrose, Massachusetts 89   29.7% 16.3% 40.1% 30 $78,144 6.7% 4.8% 27,134 3.3% 11.8 0.4% 0.9
6. Medford, Massachusetts 88.7   28.7% 17.3% 31.7% 29 $62,409 4.9% 13.6% 55,765 6.4% 26.5 0.2% 1.6
7. Sierra Madre, California 86.9   35.2% 15.7% 49.7% 28 $79,588 5.3% 14.2% 10,578 3.7% 10.2 0.6% 0.5
8. Waltham, Massachusetts 86.1   34.3% 13.1% 38.4% 25 $64,595 4.7% 17% 59,226 7% 14.4 0.5% 1.6
9. Rutherford, New Jersey 86   28.5% 14.6% 40.3% 32 $78,120 5.2% 18% 18,110 3.7% 18.2 0.2% 0.6
10. Lyndhurst, New Jersey 85.6   28.7% 17.7% 21.9% 28 $63,758 4.9% 10.1% 19,383 4.6% 17.4 0.2% 1.1
11. Barrington, New Jersey 85.1   33.6% 17.6% 25.8% 27 $59,706 5.8% 8.4% 7,084 1.9% 11.2 0.2% 1.1
12. Ridley Park, Pennsylvania 84.8   33% 19.4% 24.5% 26 $62,378 4.9% 3.1% 7,196 4.2% 9.7 0.2% 1.8
13. New Milford, New Jersey 84.6   28.8% 17.6% 32.4% 32 $77,216 6.4% 21.4% 16,400 3.4% 8.4 0.2% 0.4
14. Weymouth, Massachusetts 84.5   30.7% 15.4% 26.1% 33 $64,083 6.4% 5.1% 53,988 5.8% 15.8 0.5% 2.5
15. Ridgefield Park, New Jersey 84.5   29.5% 12.9% 26.1% 29 $62,414 5.9% 21.8% 12,873 6.7% 12 0.2% 0.9
16. Woburn, Massachusetts 83.7   28.6% 15.4% 29.5% 24 $66,364 5.8% 9.4% 37,258 6.1% 20.9 0.5% 2.3
17. Framingham, Massachusetts 83.4   28.7% 13% 42.3% 29 $67,420 6.5% 20.2% 66,910 8% 24.1 0.5% 2.4
18. Palmyra, New Jersey 82   31.9% 13.5% 21.8% 28 $57,192 5.8% 19% 7,091 4.2% 22.7 0.3% 1.6
19. Clinton, Massachusetts 81.9   33.1% 15% 23% 25 $53,308 6% 11.8% 13,435 7.1% 4.5 0.5% 0.5
20. Richmond Heights, Ohio 81.5   33.7% 17.7% 35.7% 26 $60,136 5.3% 31% 10,944 5.3% 6.8 0.2% 0.3
21. Forest Hills, Pennsylvania 81.1   30.7% 21.2% 46% 29 $56,199 5.1% 5.3% 6,831 5.6% 16.3 0.1% 2.1
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