Arlington, Virginia is a mid-sized city with a population of approximately 230,000. It's a great place to set out on your own, as young professionals make up a larger portion of the population here (26%) than nationally (15%), while retirees account for a smaller percentage of the city. With an average age of just under 37, the city's residents are younger than most cities in Virginia. Renters slightly outnumber homeowners in Arlington by a small 56%-45% margin despite paying significantly more in rent than the state average of $1,285/month.
Arlington has an average commute time of about 31 minutes. Driving a vehicle is the most common way to get to work, opted for by 38% of residents, while public transit is used by just 16% of the city. Walking (3%) isn't a common way to get to work, though the number is greater than the national average.
There are plenty of industries from which to choose in Arlington. The four most common are scientific, public administration, education, and entertainment. Combined, these industries account for 37% of the workforce in the city. Meanwhile, in terms of job function, 17% of the city's population works in management, which ranks as the top field in the city. With an average annual income of around $122,000, Arlington workers take home around $33,000 more than their peers elsewhere in the state. Arlington's average income also compares favorably to the national average of $73,345. Compared to the national average (7%), Arlington has a large number of residents over the age of 25 with advanced degrees, as 23% have earned a Master's or a Doctoral degree. Additionally, 26% have a Bachelor's degree, which also outpaces the national average.