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Arlington County is a county in the Commonwealth of Virginia, often referred to simply as Arlington or Arlington, Virginia. The county is situated in Northern Virginia on the southwestern bank of the Potomac River directly across from the District of Columbia. Due to the county’s proximity to downtown Washington, D.C., Arlington is home to the Pentagon, Reagan National Airport, and Arlington National Cemetery. In academia, the county contains George Mason University’s Antonin Scalia Law School, the administrative offices buildings and graduate programs for the Schar School of Policy and Government and School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution, as well as satellite campuses of the University of Virginia and Virginia Tech. It will soon house the co-headquarters of, Inc.

In 2002, Arlington received the EPA’s National Award for Smart Growth Achievement for “Overall Excellence in Smart Growth.” A number of the county’s residential neighborhoods and larger garden-style apartment complexes are listed in the National Register of Historic Places and/or designated under the County government’s zoning ordinance as local historic preservation districts. Many of Arlington County’s neighborhoods participate in the Arlington County government’s Neighborhood Conservation Program (NCP). Arlington ranks fourth in the nation, immediately after Washington, D.C. itself, for park access and quality in the 2018 ParkScore ranking of the top 100 park systems across the United States, according to the ranking methodologies of the nonpartisan Trust for Public Land.


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Arlington has consistently had the lowest unemployment rate of any jurisdiction in Virginia. CNN Money ranked Arlington as the most educated city in 2006 with 35.7% of residents having held graduate degrees. Along with five other counties in Northern Virginia, Arlington ranked among the twenty American counties with the highest median household income in 2006. In 2009, the county was second in the nation (after nearby Loudoun County) for the percentage of people ages 25–34 earning over $100,000 annually (8.82% of the population). In August 2011, CNN Money ranked Arlington seventh in the country in its listing of "Best Places for the Rich and Single." According to a 2016 study by, Arlington is the best place to retire, with nearby Alexandria coming in at second place. Criteria of the study included cost of living, rates of violent and property crimes, walkability, health care quality, state and local tax rates, weather, local culture and well-being for senior citizens.

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5 Arlington Science Focus School Preschool - 5th Grade Public
4 Ashlawn Elementary School Preschool - 5th Grade Public
5 Arlington Traditional Preschool - 5th Grade Public
5 Tuckahoe Elementary School Preschool - 5th Grade Public
4 Long Branch Elementary School Preschool - 5th Grade Public
2 Campbell Elementary School Preschool - 5th Grade Public
1 Randolph Elementary School Preschool - 5th Grade Public
5 Mckinley Elementary School Preschool - 5th Grade Public
1 Barcroft Elementary School Kindergarten - 5th Grade Public
5 Williamsburg Middle School 6th Grade - 8th Grade Public
3 Jefferson Middle School 6th Grade - 8th Grade Public
N/A Arlington Career Center 9th Grade - 12th Grade Public
1 Arlington Community High School 9th Grade - 12th Grade Public
1 Wakefield High School 9th Grade - 12th Grade Public
N/A Chesterbrook Montessori School-Arlington Forest Preschool - Kindergarten Private/Charter
N/A Arlington Montessori House Preschool - Kindergarten Private/Charter
N/A Our Savior Lutheran School Preschool - 8th Grade Private/Charter
N/A Full Circle Montessori School Preschool - 6th Grade Private/Charter
* School data provided by National Center for Education Statistics, Pitney Bowes, and GreatSchools. Intended for reference only. GreatSchools Ratings compare a school’s test performance to statewide results. To verify enrollment eligibility, contact the school or district directly.
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