With a diverse population of over 237,000 (and growing), Arlington’s people are what make it an extraordinary place. The Arlington County population is highly skilled and boasts an exceptional talent pool. Located in the heart of the Washington, D.C. metro region, Arlington companies benefit from the extensive regional talent pool as well.
The benefit of Arlington's demographics extends far beyond age group breakdown, though that is certainly a strength. Our workforce is one of the most educated and diverse in the country. This offers companies the opportunity to hire not only top-tier talent, but also those with unique, global perspectives.
Arlington may only be 26 square miles, but more and more people are realizing that it's a great place to live.
The Arlington population continues to grow each year. The strong quality of life, our widely acclaimed public schools and thriving job market attracts new residents every month.
To complement city life, Arlington offers abundant outdoor recreation, with an extensive network of parks and trails blanketing the city. In addition, there's plenty to do in the region, with a large variety of shopping and dining options and convenient, widespread public transportation. Not to mention, we're just a stone's throw away from the nation's capital.
With plenty of single family homes, townhouses, condos and apartments, there are housing options to fit any lifestyle. And many Arlington neighborhoods are within walking distance to public transportation and green spaces.
It all adds up to Arlington being an enviable place to call home, and it is no surprise that people keep moving here. The Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments forecasts that the population in Arlington will continue rising, predicting a 20% population growth by 2040.
Looking at Arlington County's demographics, it's clear why many companies choose Arlington’s talented workforce. More than half of the population falls within prime career ages of 25–54, with nearly a quarter between 25–34, the highest percentage in the country. Not to mention, the majority have specialized training to support companies across a variety of major industries.
Arlington's demographics fuel a talent pool that is ready to go on day one. And with one of the best public school systems in the state, the pipeline of new talent remains strong.
Arlington celebrates diversity and is a welcoming place for people of every background. After all, our students hail from 145 different countries and speak different languages. Overall, more than 22% of the Arlington, VA population was born outside the United States.
Arlington is also consistently named one of the friendliest areas in Virginia for LGBTQ residents. We've earned a perfect score on the Human Rights Campaign's Municipal Equality Index. Virginia was also the first southern state to adopt statewide LGBTQ nondiscrimination policies.
Arlington has the nation’s most educated workforce. About 75% of Arlington's population have a four-year degree and over 40% have an advanced degree. This is a larger percentage than any other county in the nation.
Arlington’s neighbors are also among the most educated in the country. Alexandria, Washington, D.C., Fairfax County and Montgomery County, MD also rank among the top ten most educated counties in the nation.
Arlington’s highly skilled residents and its central location are among the most educated communities in the nation. This makes it an ideal location to recruit the country's best and brightest across a variety of industries.
As AED’s regional economist, Troy conducts economic, demographic and business research and analysis.
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