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Overview

Introduction to Arlington, Virginia

Arlington is a county located in the Commonwealth of Virginia, on the west bank of the Potomac River directly across from Washington, D.C. Although sometimes referred to as a city, Arlington is actually a county which contains no incorporated towns or cities within its boundaries. Originally part of the 10-mile square area set aside in 1791 for the nation’s capital, the land now comprising Arlington County was returned to the Commonwealth of Virginia by the U.S. Congress in 1846 and was known at the time as Alexandria County. In 1852, the independent City of Alexandria was incorporated from a portion of the County, leading to confusion, as two adjacent municipal entities continued to share the same name ("Alexandria"). The confusion was resolved in 1920, when Alexandria County renamed itself Arlington County, borrowing its name from the Arlington National Cemetery, which had been established during the Civil War on the grounds of Confederate General Robert E. Lee's former home, Arlington House.

Although best known generally as the home of the Pentagon, The Iwo Jima War Memorial, and Arlington National Cemetery, the County is also an important employment center. The Federal Government accounts for the lion's share of the roughly 200,000 jobs in Arlington, but high-tech companies have become increasingly prominent, as have several major associations, Fortune 500 companies, and other nationally known employers. The County’s residential population is among the most highly educated in the nation and is increasingly diverse. Arlington is the home of Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport and is serviced by the Orange, Blue and Yellow lines of the Washington Metro. The County is traversed by two Interstate highways, I-66 and I-395; as well as by the George Washington Memorial Parkway.

Arlington Area Attractions

The name Arlington is synonymous in many people's minds with Arlington National Cemetery, the most famous national cemetery in the United States. Veterans from all the nation's wars are buried in the cemetery, as are two former Presidents (John F. Kennedy and William Howard Taft). Also located in Arlington are the Pentagon, headquarters of the United States Department of Defense, and several notable memorials, including the U.S. Marine Corps War Memorial (also known as the "Iwo Jima Memorial"), the U.S. Air Force Memorial, and the Women in Military Service for America Memorial.

Other attractions in Arlington include the Arlington Arts Center, founded in 1976 and housed in the historic Maury School; the Arlington Historical Museum, housed in a two-story brick structure built in 1891 and currently standing as the oldest school building in Arlington County. The Ball-Sellers house, a one-room log cabin with a loft built by a farmer named John Ball in 1742, is a rare example of an ordinary person's dwelling of the 1700s. The Ellipse Arts Center is a 3,000 square foot visual arts facility which opened in 1990, and presents a diverse schedule of high quality programs in the visual arts. A wealth of other attractions abound in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area, including the following:

  • The National Mall
  • Ford's Theatre
  • The National Archives
  • National Air and Space Museum
  • International Spy Museum
  • Lincoln Theatre
  • John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts
  • Chinatown
  • African American Civil War Memorial
  • Blair House
  • Folger Shakespeare Library
  • National Geographic Society
  • Frederick Douglass National Historic Site
  • National Building Museum

Visitors to Arlington can take the very short trip to the other side of the Potomac, where the city of Washington hosts several major league professional sports franchises. These include football's Redskins (NFL), baseball's Nationals (MLB), basketball's Wizards (NBA) and Mystics (WNBA), hockey's Capitals (NHL), soccer's DC United (MLS), and lacrosse's Bayhawks (MLL).

Demographics

People

Total Population226,092
Male Share of the Population49.8%
Female Share of the Population50.2%
Senior Citizens9.3%
Employed Population 16+143,100
Age of the Population34

Families

% of people married43.8%
Average household size2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher73.7%
Median Earnings25+$72,593
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$21,963
Median Earnings With High School Degree$28,964

Wealth

Median Family Income$147,164
% Above Poverty Level91.3%
% Below Poverty Level8.7%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time28 minutes
% Working from Home6.2%
% Walking and Biking to Work6.9%
% Using Public Transportation25.8%

Housing

People Living Alone39.1%
Median Gross Rent$1,861
Median House Value$623,300

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)39.4%
German13.2%
Irish12.2%
English10.4%
Italian6.3%
Polish3.5%
Scottish2.7%
French Except Basque2.4%
African2.2%
Russian1.9%
Arab1.5%
Swedish1.3%
Ethiopian1.1%
Dutch1.1%
Welsh1%
Norwegian0.9%
Greek0.7%
Hungarian0.6%
Canadian0.6%
Ukrainian0.5%
Lithuanian0.5%
Danishn0.5%
West Indian0.5%
Czech0.5%
Austrian0.4%
Swiss0.4%
Lebanese0.3%
Turkish0.3%
Iranian0.3%
Slovak0.3%
Portuguese0.3%
Croatian0.3%
Belgian0.2%
Afghan)0.2%
Sudanese0.2%
Serbian0.2%
Brazilian0.2%
Jamaican0.2%
Haitian0.1%
Belizean0.1%
US/American0.1%
Estonian0.1%
Finnish0.1%
Nigerian0.1%
Egyptian0.1%
Moroccan0.1%
Palestinian0.1%
Guyanese0.1%
Syrian0.1%
Bulgarian0.1%
Romanian0.1%
Israeli0.1%
Slovene0.1%
Iraqi0.1%
Australian0.1%
Albanian0.1%
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Arlington Almanac

CategoryValue
County Arlington County, Fairfax County
Standard Zip Codes22201, 22202, 22203, 22204, 22205, 22206, 22207, 22213, 22214, 22209
P.O. Box Zip Codes22210, 22215, 22216, 22219
Company Zip Codes22212, 22217, 22222, 22225, 22226, 22227, 22230, 22240, 22241, 22242, 22243, 22244, 22245, 22246, 20598
Phone Area Codes571,703
Time ZoneAmerica/New_York
Approximate Latitude38.89
Approximate Longitude-77.1

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)

StationWASHINGTON REAGAN NTL AP
Distance3.2 miles
Jan Temp27 to 43 F
Apr Temp46 to 66 F
Jul Temp70 to 88 F
Oct Temp50 to 68 F
Annual Precip39.3 inches
StationNATIONAL ARBORETUM DC
Distance5.5 miles
Jan Temp24 to 43 F
Apr Temp42 to 66 F
Jul Temp67 to 89 F
Oct Temp44 to 69 F
Annual Precip43.7 inches
StationROCKVILLE 1 NE
Distance14.9 miles
Jan Temp24 to 40 F
Apr Temp42 to 64 F
Jul Temp65 to 85 F
Oct Temp44 to 66 F
Annual Precip43 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income
Alexandria151,473$111,347
Annandale43,158$86,320
Burke42,290$142,212
Falls Church13,597$168,667
McLean48,867$217,667
Vienna16,378$158,615

Arlington Public Libraries

Arlington Dept. Of Libraries
1015 N QUINCY STREET
Arlington, Virginia
(703) 228-3347

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Arlington Hospitals

Virginia Hospital Center
(Non-profit)
1701 North George Mason Drive
(703) 558-5000
Capital Hospice
4715 North 15th Street
(703) 525-7070

Arlington Public Schools

Arlington Science Focus
1501 N. Lincoln Street
ZIP: 22201
(703) 228-7670
Primary
Total Enrollment 629
Francis Scott Key Elem
2300 Key Blvd
ZIP: 22201
(703) 228-4210
Primary
Total Enrollment 710
Long Branch Elem
33 N Fillmore St
ZIP: 22201
(703) 228-4220
Primary
Total Enrollment 562
New Directions Alternative H.s. Program
2847 Wilson Boulevard
ZIP: 22201
(703) 228-2117
Washington Lee High
1301 N Stafford St
ZIP: 22201
(703) 228-6200
High
Total Enrollment 2255
Oakridge Elem
1414 24th St S
ZIP: 22202
(703) 228-5840
Primary
Total Enrollment 760
Barrett Elem
4401 N Henderson Rd
ZIP: 22203
(703) 228-6288
Primary
Total Enrollment 551
Arlington Mill High
816 S. Walter Reed Dr, Suite 222
ZIP: 22204
(703) 228-5350
High
Total Enrollment 192
Barcroft Elem
625 S Wakefield St
ZIP: 22204
(703) 228-5838
Primary
Total Enrollment 545
Campbell Elem
737 S. Carlin Springs Rd.
ZIP: 22204
(703) 228-6770
Primary
Total Enrollment 415
Carlin Springs Elem
5995 South 5th Road
ZIP: 22204
(703) 228-6645
Primary
Total Enrollment 565
Governor's Academy For Cte In Arlington
816 South Walter Reed Drive
ZIP: 22204
(703) 323-2263
Henry Elem
701 S Highland St
ZIP: 22204
(703) 228-5820
Primary
Total Enrollment 512
Hoffman-boston Elem
1415 S Queen St
ZIP: 22204
(703) 228-5845
Primary
Total Enrollment 496
Jefferson Middle
125 S Old Glebe Rd
ZIP: 22204
(703) 228-5900
Middle
Total Enrollment 899
Kenmore Middle
200 S Carlin Springs Rd
ZIP: 22204
(703) 228-6800
Middle
Total Enrollment 945
Randolph Elem
1306 S Quincy St
ZIP: 22204
(703) 228-5830
Primary
Total Enrollment 478
Tech. Ed. & Career Ctr.
816 S Walter Reed Dr
ZIP: 22204
(703) 228-5800
Arlington Traditional
855 N. Edison St
ZIP: 22205
(703) 228-6290
Primary
Total Enrollment 502
Ashlawn Elem
5950 N. 8th Road
ZIP: 22205
(703) 228-5270
Primary
Total Enrollment 648
Family Education Center For Parenting Teens
1644 N. Mckinley Rd #2
ZIP: 22205
(703) 228-2700
Mckinley Elem
1030 N Mckinley Rd
ZIP: 22205
(703) 228-5280
Primary
Total Enrollment 581
Swanson Middle
5800 N Washington Blvd
ZIP: 22205
(703) 228-5500
Middle
Total Enrollment 1048
Abingdon Elem
3035 S Abingdon St
ZIP: 22206
(703) 228-6650
Primary
Total Enrollment 622
Claremont Immersion
4700 S. Chesterfield Rd.
ZIP: 22206
(703) 228-2500
Primary
Total Enrollment 721
Drew Model Elem
3500 South 23rd Street
ZIP: 22206
(703) 228-5825
Primary
Total Enrollment 641
Gunston Middle
2700 S Lang St
ZIP: 22206
(703) 228-6900
Middle
Total Enrollment 913
Wakefield High
1325 S. Dinwiddie Street
ZIP: 22206
(703) 228-6700
High
Total Enrollment 1881
Discovery Elem
5241 36th Street North
ZIP: 22207
(703) 288-2685
Glebe Elem
1770 N. Glebe Road
ZIP: 22207
(703) 228-6280
Primary
Total Enrollment 606
Hb Woodlawn Secondary Prgm.
4100 Vacation Lane
ZIP: 22207
(703) 228-6363
Jamestown Elem
3700 N Delaware St
ZIP: 22207
(703) 228-5275
Primary
Total Enrollment 626
Langston High Continuation Prgm.
2121 N Culpeper St
ZIP: 22207
(703) 228-5295
Nottingham Elem
5900 Little Falls Road
ZIP: 22207
(703) 228-5290
Primary
Total Enrollment 713
Stratford Program
4102 N. Vacation Ln.
ZIP: 22207
(703) 228-6440
Taylor Elem
2600 N Stuart St
ZIP: 22207
(703) 228-6275
Primary
Total Enrollment 775
Williamsburg Middle
3600 N Harrison St
ZIP: 22207
(703) 228-5450
Middle
Total Enrollment 1138
Yorktown High
5201 28th St N
ZIP: 22207
(703) 228-5400
High
Total Enrollment 1933
Tuckahoe Elem
6550 26th St N
ZIP: 22213
(703) 228-5288
Primary
Total Enrollment 697

Arlington Private Schools

International School Of Boston
17 Druing St
ZIP: 2476
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 493
Arlington Montessori House
3809 Washington Blvd
ZIP: 22201
Elementary
Total Enrollment 16
St Charles School
3299 Fairfax Dr
ZIP: 22201
Elementary
Total Enrollment 134
Potomac Crescent Waldorf School
923 23rd St S
ZIP: 22202
Elementary
Total Enrollment 40
Chesterbrook Montessori School-arlington Forest
4701 Arlington Blvd
ZIP: 22203
Elementary
Total Enrollment 15
St Thomas More Cathedral School
105 N Thomas St
ZIP: 22203
Elementary
Total Enrollment 343
Fairfax Academy Of Early Learning
820 S Carlin Springs Rd
ZIP: 22204
Elementary
Total Enrollment 20
Our Savior Lutheran School
825 S Taylor St
ZIP: 22204
Elementary
Total Enrollment 116
St Ann Elementary School
980 N Frederick St
ZIP: 22205
Elementary
Total Enrollment 153
Chesterbrook Montessori School
3455 N Glebe Rd
ZIP: 22207
Elementary
Total Enrollment 14
Children's House Montessori School
2425 A N Glebe Rd
ZIP: 22207
Elementary
Total Enrollment 2
Rivendell School
5700 Lee Hwy
ZIP: 22207
Elementary
Total Enrollment 146
St Agnes School
2024 N Randolph St
ZIP: 22207
Elementary
Total Enrollment 368
Bishop Denis J O'connell High School
6600 Little Falls Rd
ZIP: 22213
Secondary
Total Enrollment 1193
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Temple of Fame and the mansion Arlington House (Arlington) c1903.

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Temple of Fame and the mansion Arlington House (Arlington) c1903.

The Custis-Lee Mansion i.e. Arlington House (the Robert E. Lee Memorial, Arlington) 1900 (est.)

Custis-Lee Mansion Arlington House (Arlington) between 1910 and 1920

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