Arlington County, VA

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Population

229,534

1.52% growth

Median Age

34.4


Median Household Income

$112,138

3.16% growth

Poverty Rate

8.16%


Number of Employees

143,798

1.12% growth

Median Property Value

$643,300

3.21% growth

About

In 2017, Arlington County, VA had a population of 230k people with a median age of 34.4 and a median household income of $112,138. Between 2016 and 2017 the population of Arlington County, VA grew from 226,092 to 229,534, a 1.52% increase and its median household income grew from $108,706 to $112,138, a 3.16% increase.

The population of Arlington County, VA is 62.3% White Alone, 15.5% Hispanic or Latino, and 10.2% Asian Alone. N/A% of the people in Arlington County, VA speak a non-English language, and 87.4% are U.S. citizens.

The largest universities in Arlington County, VA are Strayer University-Virginia (1,715 degrees awarded in 2016), University of Management and Technology (1,109 degrees), and Marymount University (1,052 degrees).

The median property value in Arlington County, VA is $643,300, and the homeownership rate is 44.5%. Most people in Arlington County, VA commute by Drove Alone, and the average commute time is 26.7 minutes. The average car ownership in Arlington County, VA is 1 car per household.

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Economy

The economy of Arlington County, VA employs 144k people. The largest industries in Arlington County, VA are Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services (36,947 people), Public Administration (24,162 people), and Educational Services (12,111 people), and the highest paying industries are Mining, Quarrying, & Oil & Gas Extraction ($250,001), Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting, & Mining ($115,368), and Public Administration ($104,020).

Median household income in Arlington County, VA is $112,138. Males in Arlington County, VA have an average income that is 1.34 times higher than the average income of females, which is $55,180. The income inequality in Arlington County, VA (measured using the Gini index) is 0.478, which is lower than than the national average.

Wages

Median Household Income

$112,138

2017 value

± $2,139

3.16%

1 Year Growth

± 2.76%

Households in Arlington County, VA have a median annual income of $112,138, which is more than the median annual income of $60,336 across the entire United States. This is in comparison to a median income of $108,706 in 2016, which represents a 3.16% annual growth.

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Wage by Gender in Common Jobs

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$74,183

Average Male Salary

± $1,323

$55,180

Average Female Salary

± $1,030

In 2017, full-time male employees in Virginia made 1.34 times more than female employees.

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Wage by Race and Ethnicity in Common Jobs

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Highest Average Salaries by Race & Ethnicity

  1. Asian

    $68,169 ± $3,324

  2. White

    $60,529 ± $977

  3. Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander

    $56,661 ± $29,375

In 2017 the highest paid race/ethnicity of Virginia workers was Asian. These workers were paid 1.13 times more than White workers, who made the second highest salary of any race/ethnicity.

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Wage Distribution

The closest comparable wage GINI for Arlington County, VA is from Virginia.

0.478

2017 Wage GINI

0.477

2016 Wage GINI

In 2017, the income inequality in Virginia was 0.478 according to the GINI calculation of the wage distribution. Income inequality had a 0.0649% growth from 2016 to 2017, which means that wage distribution grew somewhat less even.

The 2017 the GINI for Virginia was lower than than the national average of 0.479. In other words, wages are distributed more evenly in Virginia in comparison to the national average.

This chart shows the number of workers in Virginia across various wage buckets compared to the national average.

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Income by Location

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Highest Median Household Income (Total)

  1. Census Tract 1004

  2. Census Tract 1002

  3. Census Tract 1005

In 2017, the tract with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Arlington County, VA was Census Tract 1004 with a value of $238,636, followed by Census Tract 1002 and Census Tract 1005, with respective values of $223,036 and $204,886.

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Poverty by Age and Gender

Females 25 - 34

Largest Demographic Living in Poverty

8.16% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Arlington County, VA (18.5k out of 227k people) live below the poverty line, a number that is lower than the national average of 13.4%. The largest demographic living in poverty are Females 25 - 34, followed by Females 18 - 24 and then Males 25 - 34.

The Census Bureau uses a set of money income thresholds that vary by family size and composition to determine who classifies as impoverished. If a family's total income is less than the family's threshold than that family and every individual in it is considered to be living in poverty.

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Poverty by Race and Ethnicity

Largest Race or Ethnicity Living in Poverty

  1. White

    8,399 ± 733

  2. Hispanic

    5,186 ± 666

  3. Black

    3,246 ± 471

The most common racial or ethnic group living below the poverty line in Arlington County, VA is White, followed by Hispanic and Black.

The Census Bureau uses a set of money income thresholds that vary by family size and composition to determine who classifies as impoverished. If a family's total income is less than the family's threshold than that family and every individual in it is considered to be living in poverty.

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Occupations

Employment by Occupations

144k

2017 Value

± 2,685

1.12%

1 Year growth

± 2.58%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Arlington County, VA grew at a rate of 1.12%, from 142k employees to 144k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Arlington County, VA, are Management Occupations (27,195 people), Business & Financial Operations Occupations (19,409 people), and Computer & Mathematical Occupations (13,314 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Arlington County, VA.

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Most Common

The most common jobs held by residents of Arlington County, VA, by number of employees, are Management Occupations (27,195 people), Business & Financial Operations Occupations (19,409 people), and Computer & Mathematical Occupations (13,314 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other counties, Arlington County, VA has an unusually high number of residents working as Legal Occupations (5.56 times higher than expected), Computer & Mathematical Occupations (3.18 times), and Life, Physical, & Social Science Occupations (2.91 times).

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Highest Paid

The highest paid jobs held by residents of Arlington County, VA, by median earnings, are Legal Occupations ($144,622), Law Enforcement Workers Including Supervisors ($106,961), and Management Occupations ($101,624).

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Industries

Employment by Industries

144k

2017 Value

± 2,685

1.12%

1 Year growth

± 2.58%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Arlington County, VA grew at a rate of 1.12%, from 142k employees to 144k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Arlington County, VA, are Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services (36,947 people), Public Administration (24,162 people), and Educational Services (12,111 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Arlington County, VA, though some of these residents may live in Arlington County, VA and work somewhere else. Census data is tagged to a residential address, not a work address.

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Most Common

The most common industries in Arlington County, VA, by number of employees, are Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services (36,947 people), Public Administration (24,162 people), and Educational Services (12,111 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other counties, Arlington County, VA has an unusually high number of Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services (3.67 times higher than expected), Public Administration (3.6 times), and Management of Companies & Enterprises (1.97 times) industries.

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Highest Paying

The highest paying industries in Arlington County, VA, by median earnings, are Mining, Quarrying, & Oil & Gas Extraction ($250,001), Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting, & Mining ($115,368), and Public Administration ($104,020).

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Domestic Trade

Domestic Production & Consumption

Domestic production and consumption consists of products and services shipped from Virginia to other states, or from other states to Virginia.

Top Domestic Production in Dollars

  1. $27.5B

  2. $26B

  3. $22.4B

In 2015, the top outbound Virginia product (by dollars) was Mixed freight with $27.5B, followed by Motorized vehicles ($26B) and Electronics ($22.4B).

The following chart shows the share of these products in relation to all outbound Virginia products.

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Domestic Trade Growth

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$254B

2015 Value

$373B

Projected 2045 Value

46.7% growth

In 2015, total outbound Virginia trade was $254B. This is expected to increase 46.7% to $373B by 2045.

The following chart shows how the domestic outbound Virginia trade is projected to change in comparison to its neighboring states.

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Interstate Trade

Interstate trade consists of products and services shipped from Virginia to other states, or from other states to Virginia.

Most Common Trade Partners

  1. $23.4B

  2. $12.9B

  3. $11.1B

In 2015, the top outbound Virginia domestic partner for goods and services (by dollars) was Maryland with $23.4B, followed by North Carolina with $12.9B and Pennsylvania and $11.1B.

The following map shows the amount of trade that Virginia shares with each state (excluding itself).

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Health

92.2% of the population of Arlington County, VA has health coverage, with 68.4% on employee plans, 2.99% on Medicaid, 7.24% on Medicare, 11.6% on non-group plans, and 1.92% on military or VA plans.

Per capita personal health care spending in the county of Arlington County, VA was $7,556 in 2014. This is a 3.42% increase from the previous year ($7,306).

Primary care physicians in Arlington County, VA see 1356 patients per year on average, which represents a 3.99% increase from the previous year (1304 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 1534 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 714 patients per year.

Comparing across all counties in the state, Mecklenburg County and Halifax County have the highest prevalence of diabetes (15.6%). Additionally, Petersburg city has the highest prevalence of adult obesity (45.3%)

Patient to Clinician Ratios

1,356 to 1

Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio

Primary care physicians in Arlington County, VA see an average of 1,356 patients per year. This represents a 3.99% increase from the previous year (1,304 patients).

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Behavioral Health Conditions

Data only available at the state level.

State with the Highest Prevalence

  1. 8.26% of the population affected

  2. 8.13% of the population affected

  3. 7.98% of the population affected

In 2016, West Virginia had the highest prevalence of adults with major depressive episode, with 8.26% of the population affected. The second highest is Arkansas (8.13%), followed by New Hampshire (7.98%).

The following map shows the percent of individuals with major depressive episode by state over multiple years.

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Access and Quality

Data only available at state level.

Most prevalent states

  1. 19.2% of adults

  2. 17.9% of adults

  3. 17.6% of adults

In 2016, Mississippi had the highest prevalence of adults who haven't seen a doctor in the past 12 months due to cost, at 19.2%. It is followed by Texas (17.9%) and Louisiana (17.6%).

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Health Care Spending

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$7,556

Total Per Capita Spending on Personal Health Care 

$4,218

Per Enrollee Private Health Insurance Spending on Personal Health Care

$7,361

Per Enrollee Medicaid Spending on Personal Health Care

$9,677

Per Enrollee Medicare Spending on Personal Health Care

Between 2013 and 2014, all personal health care spending per capita in Virginia (including private, Medicare, and Medicaid) grew 3.42%, from $7,306 to $7,556.

The following chart shows how this spending changed over time in comparison to Medicaid, Medicare, and private insurance spending, per enrollee.

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Health Care Coverage

7.84%

Uninsured

68.4%

Employer Coverage

2.99%

Medicaid

7.24%

Medicare

11.6%

Non-Group

1.92%

Military or VA

Between 2016 and 2017, the percent of uninsured citizens in Arlington County, VA declined by 8.68% from 8.58% to 7.84%.

The following chart shows how the percent of uninsured individuals in Arlington County, VA changed over time compared with the percent of individuals enrolled in various types of health insurance.

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Health Risks

Data available at the county level.

Most at risk counties

  1. 15.6% prevalence

  2. 15.6% prevalence

  3. 15.4% prevalence

Mecklenburg County and Halifax County have the highest prevalence of diabetes in Virginia, at 15.6%.

The following map shows the prevalence of diabetes in Virginia by county over multiple years.

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Diversity

Arlington County, VA is home to a population of 230k people, from which 87.4% are citizens. As of 2017, 22.9% of Arlington County, VA residents were born outside of the country (52.6k people).

The ethnic composition of the population of Arlington County, VA is composed of 143k White Alone residents (62.3%), 35.7k Hispanic or Latino residents (15.5%), 23.5k Asian Alone residents (10.2%), 19.6k Black or African American Alone residents (8.54%), 6.16k Two or More Races residents (2.68%), 824 Some Other Race Alone residents (0.359%), 633 American Indian & Alaska Native Alone residents (0.276%), and 186 Native Hawaiian & Other Pacific Islander Alone residents (0.081%).

The most common foreign languages spoken in Arlington County, VA are N/A.

Age

Age by Nativity

33

Median Native-Born Age

± 0.2

40

Median Foreign-Born Age

± 0.5

In 2017, the median age of all people in Arlington County, VA was 34.4. Native-born citizens, with a median age of 33, were generally younger than than foreign-born citizens, with a median age of 40. But people in Arlington County, VA are getting getting older. In 2016, the average age of all Arlington County, VA residents was 34.

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Heritage

Foreign-Born Population

22.9%

2017 Foreign-Born Population

52.6k people

22.7%

2016 Foreign-Born Population

51.4k people

As of 2017, 22.9% of Arlington County, VA residents (52.6k people) were born outside of the United States, which is higher than the national average of 13.7%. In 2016, the percentage of foreign-born citizens in Arlington County, VA was 22.7%, meaning that the rate has been increasing.

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Global Diversity

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Most Common Origin

  1. El Salvador

    103,545 ± 7,851 people

  2. India

    82,876 ± 7,033 people

  3. Mexico

    56,021 ± 5,792 people

In 2017, the most common birthplace for the foreign-born residents of Virginia was El Salvador, the natal country of 103,545 Virginia residents, followed by India with 82,876 and Mexico with 56,021.

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Citizenship

87.4%

2017 Citizenship

87%

2016 Citizenship

As of 2017, 87.4% of Arlington County, VA residents were US citizens, which is lower than the national average of 93.1%. In 2016, the percentage of US citizens in Arlington County, VA was 87%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been increasing.

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Race and Ethnicity

Most Common

  1. White Alone

    143k ± 294

  2. Hispanic or Latino

    35.7k ± 2.7k

  3. Asian Alone

    23.5k ± 576

In 2017, there were 4.01 times more White Alone residents (143k people) in Arlington County, VA than any other race or ethnicity. There were 35.7k Hispanic or Latino and 23.5k Asian Alone residents, the second and third most common racial or ethnic groups.

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Non-English Speakers

Most Common Languages

  1. N/A

    N/A speakers (N/A%)

  2. N/A

    N/A speakers (N/A%)

  3. N/A

    N/A speakers (N/A%)

N/A% of Arlington County, VA citizens are speakers of a non-English language, which is approximately the same as the national average of 21.8%. In N/A, the most common non-English language spoken in Arlington County, VA was N/A. N/A% of the overall population of Arlington County, VA are native N/A speakers. N/A% speak N/A and N/A% speak N/A, the next two most common languages.

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Military

Veterans

Most Common Service Period

  1. Gulf War (2001-)

    4,799 ± 510

  2. Vietnam

    2,988 ± 356

  3. Gulf War (1990s)

    2,383 ± 285

Arlington County, VA has a large population of military personnel who served in Gulf War (2001-), 1.61 times greater than any other conflict.

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Education

In 2016, universities in Arlington County, VA awarded 4,838 degrees. The student population of Arlington County, VA is skewed towards women, with 5,659 male students and 8,023 female students.

Most students graduating from Universities in Arlington County, VA are White (1,552 and 33.6%), followed by Black or African American (1,356 and 29.3%), Asian (842 and 18.2%), and Hispanic or Latino (420 and 9.09%).

The largest universities in Arlington County, VA by number of degrees awarded are Strayer University-Virginia (1,715 and 35.4%), University of Management and Technology (1,109 and 22.9%), and Marymount University (1,052 and 21.7%).

The most popular majors in Arlington County, VA are General Business Administration & Management (1,387 and 28.7%), General Business (557 and 11.5%), and Registered Nursing (266 and 5.5%).

The median tuition costs in Arlington County, VA are $28,900 for private four year colleges, and $N/A and $N/A respectively, for public four year colleges for in-state students and out-of-state students.

Concentrations

Most Common

  1. 473 degrees awarded

  2. 266 degrees awarded

  3. 609 degrees awarded

In 2015, the most common concentation for Bachelors Degree recipients in Arlington County, VA was General Business with 473 degrees awarded.

This visualization illustrates the percentage of students graduating with a Bachelors Degree from schools in Arlington County, VA according to their major.

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Universities

Largest Universities by degrees awarded

  1. 1,715 degrees awarded

  2. 1,109 degrees awarded

  3. 1,052 degrees awarded

$N/A

Median In-State Public

$28,900

Median Private

In 2016, the Arlington County, VA institution with the largest number of graduating students was Strayer University-Virginia with 1,715 degrees awarded.

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Student Gender for Common Institutions

2,239

Degrees Awarded to Men

2,599

Degrees Awarded to Women

In 2016, 2,239 men were awarded degrees from institutions in Arlington County, VA, which is 0.861 times less than the 2,599 female students who received degrees in the same year.

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Student Race and Ethnicity

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity

  1. White

    1,552 degrees awarded

  2. Black or African American

    1,356 degrees awarded

  3. Asian

    842 degrees awarded

In 2016 the majority of degrees awarded at institutions in Arlington County, VA were to White students. These 1,552 degrees mean that there were 1.14 times more White students then the next closest race/ethnicity group, Black or African American, with 1,356 degrees awarded.

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Housing & Living

The median property value in Arlington County, VA was $643,300 in 2017, which is 2.96 times larger than the national average of $217,600. Between 2016 and 2017 the median property value increased from $623,300 to $643,300, a 3.21% increase. The homeownership rate in Arlington County, VA is 44.5%, which is lower than the national average of 63.9%. People in Arlington County, VA have an average commute time of 26.7 minutes, and they commute by Drove Alone. Car ownership in Arlington County, VA is lower than the national average, with an average of 1 car per household.

Income

Household Income

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$112,138

Median Household Income

± $2,139

102k

Number of Households

± 1,982

In 2017, the median household income of the 102k households in Arlington County, VA grew to $112,138 from the previous year's value of $108,706.

The following chart displays the households in Arlington County, VA distributed between a series of income buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households have an income in the $200k+ range.

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Housing

Property Value

$643,300

2017 Median

± $10,582

$623,300

2016 Median

± $9,244

In 2017, the median property value in Arlington County, VA grew to to $643,300 from the previous year's value of $623,300.

The following charts display, first, the property values in Arlington County, VA compared to it's parent and neighbor geographies and, second, owner-occupied housing units distributed between a series of property value buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. In Arlington County, VA the largest share of households have a property value in the $500k - $750k range.

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Property Taxes

$3k+

Average Range

This chart shows the households in Arlington County, VA distributed between a series of property tax buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. In Arlington County, VA the largest share of households pay taxes in the $3k+ range.

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Rent vs Own

44.5%

2017 Homeownership

44.2%

2016 Homeownership

In 2017, 44.5% of the housing units in Arlington County, VA were occupied by their owner. This percentage grew from the previous year's rate of 44.2%.

This percentage of owner-occupation is lower than the national average of 63.9%. This chart shows the ownership percentage in Arlington County, VA compared it's parent and neighboring geographies.

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Transportation

Car Ownership

1 car

Average Number

The following chart displays the households in Arlington County, VA distributed between a series of car ownership buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households in Arlington County, VA have 1 car, followed by 2 cars.

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Commute Time

26.7 minutes

Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Arlington County, VA have a longer commute time (26.7 minutes) than the normal US worker (25.1 minutes). Additionally, 1.03% of the workforce in Arlington County, VA have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Method of Travel

  1. Drove Alone

    53.4%

  2. Public Transit

    26%

  3. Worked At Home

    6.56%

In 2017, the most common method of travel for workers in Arlington County, VA was Drove Alone (53.4%), followed by those who Public Transit (26%) and those who Worked At Home (6.56%).

The following chart shows the number of households using each mode of transportation over time, using a logarithmic scale on the y-axis to help better show variations in the smaller means of commuting.

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