Arlington #3 Place to Live In the Nation

by Dan Lesniak

arlington Skyline2Arlington has been named one of the top three best places to live amongst small to mid-sized cities in the United States. According to an annual in depth study done by Livability.com, our urban village way of life and Orange Line Living is definitely where it’s at. Not only was Arlington in the number 3 spot on the list of the top 100 cities across the country, it was the number one location within the Washington DC Metro region. More than 2000 cities were evaluated for the study, using a variety of livability standards such as economics, education, and housing. This is the second annual study released by Livability.com, which conducts research and provides discussion on what it takes to make a small to mid-sized city a great place to live.

According to the study, which was released in September, Arlington’s status is a direct result from what was begun in the 1960s. Arlington was able to have the Metro run underground and plan high density and high rise developments around the transit system. The result is an urban village we know as the Rosslyn- Ballston Corridor. The focus on mixed-use space, from housing, to retail, to office and cultural buildings, has drawn businesses and employees of those businesses to live in the area. Long term thinking has paid off for Arlington with high walkability factors and ease of access to public transportation, major thoroughfares, as well as entertainment and shopping venues.

The mix has also included planned use of natural spaces, giving our area many parks and trails that are very accessible to residents and visitors alike. With 11 county parks situated between Ballston and Rosslyn, and National parks such as Roosevelt Island and Arlington National Cemetery and Memorial, along with many more monuments set in natural settings, Arlington’s urban village can easily be left behind for some time with nature, making our fast paced lives better balanced.

The research done to determine our city rankings included more than 40 data topics which were grouped into eight categories: amenities, civic capital, demographics, education, health care, housing, infrastructure, and social capital. Each city reviewed had a population between 20,000- 350,000. Sources used included public and private data from organizations such as the Census Bureau, GreatSchools.com, Walk Score, and more. Those of us already living along the Orange Line know this is a great place to live, work, and play. This latest ranking lets the rest of the nation know. If you are ready to step into your future in Arlington, myself and the Orange Line Living team are here to provide you with our unique and specialized services so you can turn your home dreams into reality. To learn more about how we can help you, contact us directly at 571-969-7653 or at [email protected].

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