Arlington skyline in Northern Virginia
Arlington County
Overview

Living in Arlington, VA

Urban villages across the Potomac

Across the Potomac River from downtown Washington, D.C., Arlington is drawing recent graduates, young professionals and families alike to its unique, transit-oriented urban villages. Newcomers find options in the Cape Cods of Waverly Hills Historic District, brick townhouses of Fairlington, high-rise mixed-use developments of Rosslyn and more—all within eyeshot of the National Mall and connected by Metrorail, Metrobus and Capital Bikeshare.

Demographics

Arlington County Schools

Top-ranked public and private education options

Arlington Public Schools (APS) brings top-ranked K-12 education to more than 28,000 students enrolled across 39 schools. APS is the 13th largest public school system in Virginia.

In 2020, Niche ranked APS the No. 1 best school district in Virginia and the No. 5 district with the best teachers in Virginia.

 In line with Arlington’s demographics, more than half of APS’ student body is non-white. Students hail from nearly 150 countries and speak more than 110 languages.

APS invests an average of $19,348 per pupil, helping the district maintain a 92.2% graduation rate. In addition, 66% of graduates earn an Advanced Studies Diploma, the state’s most rigorous diploma that paves the way for college admission.

Dozens of private including Bishop O’Connell High School, ranked No. 2 best Catholic high school in Virginia and No. 133 in the U.S. by Niche, and charter schools add to the K-12 education options in Arlington.

Arlington County Transportation

Quick, reliable connection to the D.C. region

Arlington’s central location offers unparalleled accessibility to the Washington, D.C. region. Whether choosing to walk, drive, bike, Metro, bus or rideshare, convenience is key in Arlington.

  • 11 Metrorail stations
  • 325 area Metrobus routes
  • 17 ART bus routes
  • 92 Capital Bikeshare stations
  • 100 miles of biking, walking and jogging trails
  • Numerous e-scooter providers
  • Uber, Lyft and numerous taxi companies
  • Reagan National Airport

Arlington County Attractions

Honor history, explore today

Rain or shine, summer or winter, Arlington’s attractions provide year-round enjoyment. Residents and visitors alike enjoy Arlington’s outdoor recreation like Theodore Roosevelt Island’s trails and kayaking programs, world-class shopping centers and independent boutiques, fine dining and global eats, and cultural institutions including Signature Theatre, a Tony-Award winning company producing reimagined classics and originals since 1989.

Arlington is the proud home of important national sites honoring the service members. Based on the iconic second flag-raising image from Iwo Jima during World War II, the U.S. Marine Corps War Memorial is located on the Arlington Ridge along the axis of the National Mall. Steps away, Arlington National Cemetery is a national shrine to those who have honorably served the U.S. during war.

Arlington County Taxes

Competitive state for taxes

  • State Income Tax (VA): 5.75%
  • Real Property Tax Rate: $1.006 per $100 Assessed Value
  • Vehicle Tax: $5.000 per $100 Assessed Value
  • Sales Tax (Combined State and Local): 6.0%