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A world class urban community

Arlington is an urban county of about 26 square miles located directly across the Potomac River from Washington DC. No incorporated towns or cities lie within Arlington’s boundaries. Originally part of the area surveyed for the nation’s capital, the portion of the District on the west bank of the Potomac River was returned to the Commonwealth of Virginia by the U.S. Congress in 1846. This area was known as Alexandria City and Alexandria County until 1920 when the county portion was renamed Arlington County.

Arlington had an estimated population of 210,280 on January 1, 2011, reflecting an 11.0% increase since 2000. It is among the most densely populated jurisdictions in the country with a population density of 8,150 persons per square mile. Arlington’s population is racially, ethnically and culturally diverse. According to the 2010 Census about 36.0% of Arlington’s residents were Hispanic/Latino, African- American, Asian or multi-racial. According to the 2005-2009 American Community Survey, 23% of Arlington residents were born outside the United States. Arlington County public school children speak 98 languages and hail from 126 countries. Arlington residents are among the most highly educated in the nation. In 2009, almost 69% of adults age 25 and older had a bachelor’s degree or higher and almost 34.9% had a graduate or professional degree.

Although perhaps best known to visitors as the home of the Pentagon and Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington boasts high quality residential neighborhoods. Residents are actively involved in the community; Arlington has 61 registered civic and citizen associations, 45 active County Board Commissions, and 178 community service organizations. There are almost 149 public parks, 86 miles of biking/jogging trails, 13 community centers, seven live stage theaters, and eight libraries in Arlington for residents and visitors to enjoy. Arlington also boasts 630 restaurants.

Arlington’s central location in the Washington DC metropolitan area, it’s ease of access by car and public transportation, and it’s highly skilled labor force have attracted an increasingly varied residential and commercial mix. Since Arlington has focused high-density commercial and residential development around Metrorail stations in the Rosslyn- Ballston and Jefferson Davis Metro Corridors, while maintaining lower density residential neighborhoods in the rest of the County.

Arlington had an estimated 210,200 jobs as of January 1, 2011. The federal government is the largest single employer in the County. Arlington’s top 5 private employers are Deloitte, Lockheed Martin Corporation, Virginia Hospital Center, Marriott International, and Booz Allen Hamilton. In January 2011, Arlington’s unemployment rate was 4.1%.

Arlington has more private office space than downtowns of Los Angeles, Denver, or Atlanta. In 2010, 491,098 square feet of office space was completed and approximately 490,657 square feet of office space started construction. The office vacancy rate in the 1st quarter 2011 was 10.1%, but the vacancy rates in some office markets, including Ballston, Rosslyn, Virginia Square, and Pentagon City were lower in the 4th quarter of 2010.

Arlington’s 2010 tax base is approximately divided between 46% commercial and 54% residential properties, enabling the County to maintain a competitive property tax rate in the Washington DC region. In 2011, the tax rate was $0.958 per $100 of assessed value.