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About :: Arlington County

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Arlington County is an urban community of about 26 square miles located directly across the Potomac River from Washington, D.C.  While perhaps best known to visitors for its wealth of tourist destinations, Arlington is an outstanding place to live and work. The County’s central location to the metropolitan area, its ease of access by transit, car, and airplane, its high quality residential neighborhoods, and its top-notch labor force have attracted a wide range of businesses and residents, helping our community grow and thrive.

Along with being the home of the Pentagon, the Marine Corps War Memorial (Iwo Jima), Arlington National Cemetery, and the United States Air Force Memorial, Arlington County is home to approximately 216,700 people. The County’s population is among the most highly educated in the nation and is increasingly diverse. It is estimated that one in four residents is foreign-born, with one in three speaking a language other than English at home.  


The Federal Government accounts for the lion's share of the roughly 200,000 jobs in Arlington, but technology companies have become increasingly prominent, as have several major associations, Fortune 500 companies, and other nationally known employers.  Arlington is the home of Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport and is serviced by the Orange, Blue and Yellow lines of the Washington Metro.


More helpful links about the county, its services, and living in Arlington can be found on the Resources page.

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