Talent and Workforce

Home to approximately 230,000 people, Arlington has a median age of 33 and 22.9% of Arlington residents are foreign born. According to Niche.com, Arlington ranks as the 5th best city for young professionals, and the best place to live in the United States. Arlington is the most educated county in the nation, with over 70% of adults holding a Bachelor's degree or higher, offering employers access to a talented workforce. 

  • Already home to the nation's second largest tech cluster with 250,000 workers, the D.C. region's universities are producing 11,000 tech degrees annually to ensure the pipeline continues funneling talented graduates into the booming tech market. 
  • The Northern Virginia tech market continues piling up national recognition in the wake of CBRE's recent release of the 2020 Scoring Tech Talent report, which ranked the D.C.-area as the second best market for tech talent in North America. 
  • SmartAsset named Arlington the best city for women in tech in its 2021 in its seventh annual study on the best cities for women in tech.
  • Opening in 2021, Metro's Silver Line extension will provide a one-seat ride from Fairfax and Loudoun counties into the five stations along Arlington's Rosslyn-Ballston corridor. In addition to expanding access to a mature talent pool in Northern Virginia, the new link offers direct access from Arlington to Dulles International Airport.
Source: Virginia Economic Development Partnership
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