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Renter's Guide to Arlington

Arlington is situated in Northern Virginia on the Potomac River’s south bank, directly across from Washington, DC. Renter's Guide to Arlington VAAt 26 square miles in size, Arlington County is the smallest self-governing county in the United States. Arlington is less than half the size of Washington, DC, both in size and in population, with Arlington County’s population estimated at slightly over 200,000.

At its closest point, Arlington is 2.5 miles from Washington, DC, and at its farthest point, about 6 miles from Washington. Several national monuments, including the Marine Corps War Memorial, the Air Force Memorial, and Arlington National Cemetery are located in Arlington. The Pentagon, the headquarters of the Department of Defense, is also based in Arlington.

Weather in Arlington, VA, is typical of the mid-Atlantic region. The city experiences four seasons: summer from June through August, autumn from September through November, winter from December through February, and spring from March through May. July is the hottest month, with an average high temperature of 88 degrees, and January the coldest, averaging a low of 29 degrees. Summers in Arlington are humid and hot, and the city averages 7 inches of snow in the winter months, which is below the national average.

In 2016, Niche ranked Arlington as the top place to live in America. Arlington also came in fourth place on the Trust for the Public Land ranking of best U.S. cities for parks.

Arlington, VA Demographics

  • Total Population221,842
  • Female 110,793
    Male 111,051
  • Median Age33.61

Cost of Living in Arlington, VA

Public transit in Arlington consists primarily of buses and the metrorail subway system. Arlington is serviced by the orange, blue, and silver lines of the Washington, DC metro area’s metrorail system. Standard bus fare in Arlington is $1.75 for adults, while the charge for metro rides varies by the number of stops taken and time of day. During peak times - effectively weekdays during morning and evening rush hour and weekends after midnight - fares start at $2.15 and cannot exceed $5.90; off-peak, fares start at $1.75 with a maximum charge of $3.60. Bicycle sharing is also common in Arlington and the surrounding metropolitan areas.

The average commute time for Arlington County is 25 minutes, which is on par with the national average of 25.4 minutes.

A meal for 2 people in a mid-range Arlington restaurant may cost anywhere between $60 and $80, and a regular cappuccino goes for about $4.

For a 915-square-foot apartment, Arlington, VA, residents pay on average $160 for utilities (such as electricity, heating, water, or garbage removal), which is higher than the national average of $147 in monthly utility expenses.

Arlington, VA Average Rent

  • Arlington, VA Average Rental Price, February, 2017$1,990/mo
  • Studio$1,561
  • 1 Bedroom$1,876
  • 2 Bedrooms$2,405

Arlington, VA Apartment Rent Ranges

  • $1,001-$1,50015%
  • $1,501-$2,00038%
  • > $2,00047%

Arlington, VA Rent Trends

Average Rent All Rentals Studio 1 Bed 2 Beds 3 Beds
February, 2017 $1,990 $1,561 $1,876 $2,405
May / 2016 $2,012 $1,533 $1,892 $2,377
Jan / 2016 $1,945 $1,491 $1,813 $2,308
Sept / 2015 $1,976 $1,500 $1,845 $2,345
May / 2015 $1,962 $1,546 $1,823 $2,352
Jan / 2015 $1,895 $1,468 $1,777 $2,325
Sept / 2014 $1,954 $1,519 $1,816 $2,352
May / 2014 $1,954 $1,473 $1,855 $2,373
Jan / 2014 $1,906 $1,455 $1,790 $2,278

Average rent is projected to grow by 2% in 2016 compared to 2015.

Please note that projected rent growth is calculated at city level.

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Living in Arlington

Arlington has something for everyone: its close proximity to Washington, DC, is a draw for commuters, its high-ranking public schools are a plus for families, and its mix of housing options, commercial developments, and leisure activities make Arlington a great place to live at any stage of life. Arlington simultaneously has the highest concentration of singles in the DC metropolitan area, and has been ranked as one of the top places in the country to retire! However, on the flip side, the cost of living in Arlington is among the highest in the nation, and soaring property rates can pose a real challenge for potential residents.

Things to do in Arlington

Arlington residents have all of the cultural attractions and points of interest of the Washington, DC, metro area at their fingertips, but there is plenty to do in Arlington, too! Arlington is home to a handful of national monuments, including the Marine Corps War Memorial, the United States Air Force Memorial, and the Arlington National Cemetery, in which are housed the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, the Women in Military Service for America Memorial, the gravesite of President John F. Kennedy, and the Robert E. Lee Memorial.

Arlington also boasts many public parks and green spaces for recreational activity, playtime with children, or dog walking. In addition to popular neighborhood parks including Glencarlyn Park, Hayes Park, and Long Bridge Park, there are many biking and running trails throughout Arlington. The Mount Vernon Trail, a subsection of the Potomac Heritage National Scenic Trail, stretches from Rosslyn to George Washington’s estate at Mount Vernon.

If you’re looking for a nice place to eat after work, Kabob Palace serves some delicious Middle Eastern fare like chicken and lamb curries, kabobs, and veggie specials. Another local favorite, Carlyle is the perfect spot for brunch in Arlington, and Pupatella spoils Italian-cuisine lovers with some amazing Neapolitan-style pizza.

The Fashion Centre at Pentagon City is the area’s biggest commercial retail development. With four floors and over 170 stores, the Pentagon City Mall is sure to please shoppers of all tastes, and it is easily accessible by metrorail and bus.

Traveling to and from Arlington, VA, is as easy as it gets: Ronald Reagan National Airport is located in Arlington and is less than a twenty-minute drive from most parts of Arlington County. Gravelly Point Park at the very edge of the county limits offers a wide grassy area for residents and visitors to watch the planes take off and land at the airport.

Though many of the area’s prominent cultural venues, including the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, are located just across the Potomac River in Washington, DC, Arlington does have a few of its own cultural hotspots. Among them is the Signature Theater in Shirlington, a Tony-Award winning contemporary theater company; and the Arlington Cinema & Drafthouse, a historic 1930s art deco style theater where waiters serve a full restaurant menu of food and drinks inside the theater space.

Employment and Economy

Arlington is a hub for national security and government work, which is reflected by the county’s largest employers. The Department of Defense, headquartered at the Pentagon in Arlington, employs over 10% of Arlington residents. The Department of Homeland Security, Department of Justice, and Department of State are among the top 6 employers in the area. In the private sector, Deloitte, Accenture, and Leidos all rank among the top 10. The Corporate Executive Board, National Science Foundation, and Bloomberg BNA are additionally headquartered in Arlington and are each among the area’s top 20 employers.

Arlington, VA Households

  • Total Number of Households105,655
  • Family 42,288
    Non-family 63,366
  • Children 19,329
    No Children 86,326
  • Average People Per Household2.21
  • Median Household Income$109,136
  • Median Household Disposable Income$80,420

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Education in Arlington, VA

The Arlington, VA, public school system serves over 25,000 K-12 students in its 23 elementary schools, 5 middle schools, and 4 high schools. The Arlington Public Schools spend over $18,000 per student annually, a significantly higher per pupil expenditure than neighboring counties. The Archdiocese of Arlington additionally operates a network of Roman Catholic private schools, including one high school, and serves a total of approximately 2,000 area students.

Marymount University, a four-year Catholic college enrolling 3,600 students, is the only institution of higher learning to have its main campus based in Arlington. Several local universities operate satellite campuses in Arlington: George Mason University’s Arlington campus houses its School of Law and School of Policy, Government, and International Affairs; The University of Virginia offers its executive business programs out of a Rosslyn branch; and Strayer University has its corporate headquarters on its Arlington branch. Among others, Virginia Tech, George Washington University, and The Art Institute of Washington also offer programs in Arlington.

Arlington, VA Education Statistics

  • No High School5%
  • Some HighSchool4%
  • Some College10%
  • Associate Degree4%
  • Bachelor Degree37%
  • Graduate Degree40%

Tips for Renting in Arlington

Arlington County’s Tenant-Landlord Commission and Citizens Advisory Commission on Housing are great resources for prospective and current renters in Arlington, VA. The Virginia Landlord-Tenant Act details the rights and responsibilities of Arlington tenants and landlords, and Arlington renters should be vigilant about the terms of their lease and their legal rights. Under the Landlord-Tenant Act, no lease should include clauses that require tenants to waive their rights under the Act or waive the right to make claims for damage to person or property that are caused by the landlord. Tenants cannot legally use their security deposit for their final month’s rent, and security deposits cannot exceed two months’ rent. If the landlord plans to withhold the security deposit at the conclusion of a lease, the renter must be notified within 30 days; otherwise, the security deposit should be returned to the tenant within 45 days with an itemized list of any deductions or charges.

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