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  1. Public Schools
    A+
  2. Crime & Safety
    B
  3. Housing
    B-
  4. Nightlife
    A
  5. Good for Families
    A+
  6. Diversity
    B+
  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 44,992. 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
44,992

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$577,600
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$1,593
National
$949
Area Feel
Urban Suburban Mix
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    39%
  • Own
    61%
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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
    50.1
    282.7
  • Murder
    0
    6.1
  • Rape
    4.4
    40.7
  • Robbery
    19.6
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    89.4
    500.1
  • Theft
    313.9
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    13.1
    284

Residents

Diversity
B+
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
    15%
  • 45-54 years
    16%
  • 55-64 years
    13%
  • 65+ years
    16%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    40%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    30%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    14%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    13%
    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
$103,594
National
$55,322
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Arlington Reviews

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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.
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Arlington is a quaint town outside of Boston that has evolved gradually over a few decades as a diverse, community-oriented atmosphere. It houses a vast array of persons, ranging from young families to the elderly, cultures across the globe (reflected in authentic cuisine along its main roads), and backgrounds of all sorts. You will find hard-working citizens, many family-run businesses, delightful local art on public display, etc. Its proximity to the city of Boston, promotes the opportunity to experience a multifaceted lifestyle (numerous colleges, museums, libraries, concert halls/theatres, restaurants, quirky stores, free events, etc). The community is safe, where you will find parks everywhere you turn and people walking around, including four-legged friends! The school system is exceptional, although adheres to Common Core standards (although, options for privatized education is within reach).
Arlington is a safe town, although there's not that much to do. Arlington center has stores and different places to go, but it's a long walk if you don't live directly in that part of town. Arlington heights is abysmal, with the only interesting stores being Starbucks, Dunkin Donuts and Walgreens. The public schools are good, but slightly worse than the schools for other neighboring towns such as Belmont, Cambridge and Winchester. The high school is in dire need of renovation. Houses are consistently getting more expensive. There are several bus stops that take you into the city, and in terms of driving time, Arlington is very close to Boston. Not very diverse.