Arlington, Virginia and the greater Washington, D.C. region is one of the country’s most diverse and international regions, providing residents cosmopolitan communities to call home. Here, you can have it all: we offer ready access to wide-ranging cultural and recreational amenities, desirable housing options and several best-in-class K-12 school districts. Our unique blend creates an ideal environment for Arlington employees of all types, from recent grads eager to live in a diverse urban environment to families looking for comfortable housing solutions in the nearby suburbs.


Diverse and Welcoming

Northern Virginia celebrates its status as one of the country's most diverse communities in terms of ethnicity, race and country of origin. The region is also extremely inclusive–Arlington received a perfect score from The Human Rights Campaign's Municipal Equality Index for its relationship with the LGBTQ community, law enforcement and municipal services.

We are also a deeply international community, with individuals from all around the country and the world coming to live here. In fact, one in four Northern Virginia residents was born outside of the U.S. In Arlington's public school system, students come from 150 countries and speak 114 languages. For Arlington, international diversity is at the core of what makes us a global community. 

Learn more about Arlington demographics by county and neighborhood, population forecasts and census results.



Northern Virginia is consistently ranked as one of the country's "most livable" communities for people of all ages. Arlington alone has been ranked as the best city for millennials and best city to live without a car, it has also been listed as the best city to live in the country. Using the national cost of living composite, Northern Virginia fares well compared to popular regions on both the east and west coast. Northern Virginia ranks an average of 141 on the index while New York comes in at 235, San Francisco with 192 and Seattle with a 147. 



Explore the nine communities that make up the Washington, D.C. region on the map below. Click on the neighborhood to see information on demographics, housing, schools, transportation, attractions and taxes of each location. 

Visit our direct comparison guides for demographic, school and tax information by neighborhood.



Once you've narrowed your neighborhood choices and evaluated your commuting options, the housing search can begin! Luckily, the greater Washington, D.C. region offers a variety of housing options and prices, providing flexibility to Arlington employees at different life stages and with a range of budgets. With an ever changing housing market, local experts like real estate agents or relocation specialists are excellent resources to consult as you begin your search. If you are interested in DIY research, national websites like Zillow, Trulia, and offer information on homes and apartments currently on the market. Additionally, local sites like and Urban Turf can be helpful as the curators are more familiar with the local area. If you are seeking a room in an apartment or in search of a roommate, craigslist tends to be the go-to resource.