A Young, Diverse, Highly-Educated Community

With a diverse population of 239,000 (and growing), Arlington’s people are what make it an extraordinary place. Arlington offers an exceptional talent pool, and because we’re located in the heart of the D.C. metro region, Arlington provides easy access to an amazing regional talent pool as well. 


Adults With a Bachelor’s Degree or Higher


Population Between the Ages of 25 and 34


Foreign-Born Arlington Residents



A Growing Community

Arlington may only be 26 square miles, but more and more people are realizing that it's a great place to live.

Our population grows each year due to our many parks, trails, excellent public schools, convenient shopping and dining, transportation options and quality of life — not to mention the fact that we're just a stone's throw away from the nation's capital. What's more, there's variety in living options here, with plenty of single family homes, townhouses, condos and apartments, with many in walking distance to transportation options.

It all adds up to Arlington being an enviable place to call home. No wonder people keep moving here. 



Prime Working Age

A Professional Workforce

More than half of Arlingtonians fall in that prime working age range of 25–54, and nearly a quarter are in that coveted 25–34 age range — the highest percentage in the country. What's more, the majority have that specialized training and entrepreneurial spirit that businesses desire.

It all means that Arlington's workforce is ready to go on day one for your business.  




A Diverse and Welcoming Community


Arlington celebrates diversity and is a welcoming place for people of all backgrounds. After all, our students hail from 142 different countries and speak 115 different languages. Overall, nearly 25% of Arlingtonians were born outside the United States, giving a global perspective unique to most locations. 

Arlington is also continuously lauded as 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, and Virginia was the first southern state to adopt statewide LGBTQ nondiscrimination policies. 

Educated Workforce

Most Educated Workforce in America

Arlington has the nation’s most educated workforce. About 75% of residents 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 nation. 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-educated residents and its central location among the most educated communities in the nation makes it an ideal location to optimize recruitment of highly educated workers. 




Troy Palma

Regional Economist

As AED’s regional economist, Troy conducts economic, demographic and business research and analysis.

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