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  1. Public Schools
    A+
  2. Crime & Safety
    B
  3. Housing
    C+
  4. Nightlife
    A
  5. Good for Families
    A+
  6. Diversity
    A-
  7. Jobs
    B+
  8. Weather
    C+
  9. Cost of Living
    C-
  10. Health & Fitness
    A+
  11. Outdoor Activities
    A
  12. Commute
    A-
Arlington is a suburb of Boston with a population of 45,147. Arlington is in Middlesex County and is one of the best places to live in Massachusetts. Living in Arlington offers residents an urban suburban mix feel and most residents own their homes. In Arlington there are a lot of restaurants, coffee shops, and parks. Many families and young professionals live in Arlington and residents tend to be liberal. The public schools in Arlington are highly rated.
About Arlington...
Population
45,147

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$609,800
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$1,645
National
$949
Area Feel
Urban Suburban Mix
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    41%
  • Own
    59%
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Arlington Rankings

Niche ranks thousands of places to live based on key statistics from the U.S. Census and and expert insights.

Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
B
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    46
    282.7
  • Murder
    0
    6.1
  • Rape
    11
    40.7
  • Robbery
    17.5
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    35.1
    500.1
  • Theft
    304.7
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    26.3
    284

Residents

Diversity
A-
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Age
  • <10 years
    13%
  • 10-17 years
    8%
  • 18-24 years
    5%
  • 25-34 years
    14%
  • 35-44 years
    16%
  • 45-54 years
    15%
  • 55-64 years
    13%
  • 65+ years
    16%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    41%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    31%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    13%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    12%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    3%
    13%

Working in Arlington

Jobs
B+
Based on employment rates, job and business growth, and cost of living.
Median Household Income
$107,085
National
$55,322
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Arlington Reviews

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I really like living in Arlington! It is a beautiful and very safe town. I am so grateful that I got to grow up in such a fulfilling place. One of the best things about Arlington is the ability to walk places and the amazing food! After high school, my friends and I would often walk down to to the local café and get lemonade and sit outside. One thing that could change about Arlington is that it can feel very restricting. There are not a lot of stores in the center. At times it also feels like you are living in a bubble since it is a very liberal town.
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I have lived in Arlington for over two years. I have a child who completed middle school in a local public that was excellent, in particular for children with 504 plans or IEPs. Specifically, I live in East Arlington which is a very walkable community with numerous local stores and restaurants. The public transportation is easily accessed via walking and there is a walking trail that runs up past Belmont, MA. The neighborhood is safe with low crime and diverse. The biggest issue is the high cost of living which is typical of MA.
The extra curricular programs , at Arlington High School, led by its' outstanding Athletic Department, are second to none! Great coaching staffs, at all levels!

Hard working teachers.

Anxiously awaiting a 21st Century High School.

Outstanding Youth Athletic Programs for all ages.

Quality Recreation Department.

Superb Public Works Department. Just take a look at the last 3 Nor'easters and how efficiently the streets were maintained.

With high taxes you receive great Public Services.