Located directly across the Potomac River from the District, Arlington is one of Washington’s premier suburban areas. Arlington County is the smallest county in the entire nation, but contains multiple commercial areas that are filled with well regarded restaurants and condominiums. In fact, Arlington consistently ranks amongst Forbes’ list of the nation’s most affluent counties and CNN Money’s list of most educated zip codes. During the 2008 recession, Arlington was even listed as the best place to survive the economic downturn due to the prevalence of government agencies and government contractors (Department of Defense, Lockheed Martin, Transportation and Security Administration etc…).
Situated directly across the Key Bridge from Georgetown, the Rosslyn-Clarendon- Ballston corridor is Arlington’s urban hub. The area has fostered a solid reputation for its restaurant scene in which national chains and local favorites cluster together in a walk able area. The commercial zone is filled with condominiums that play home to mix of young professionals and retirees. The area is served by a series of stops along Metro’s Orange Line.
Arlington is also home to a series of Washington DC landmarks that include the Arlington National Cemetery, Ronald Reagan National Airport and the massive Pentagon that makes its home in Crystal City.
Housing in Arlington County is expensive with an average home sale price of $567,000 in 2010. Real estate ranges from small one bedroom condos to large mansions that sell for well over $1 million.
Education has long stood as one of Arlington’s strengths. Wakefield High School, Washington-Lee High School, Yorktown High School and H-B Woodlawn all rank among Newsweek’s top half percent of public schools in the entire nation. To achieve such success, half of the county’s yearly revenue goes toward school funding.