Situated on the south bank of the Potomac River, directly across from Washington, D.C., the urban villages that make up the majority of Arlington real estate provide terrific neighborhoods, shopping centers, and restaurants. Shirlington, Ballston, Crystal City, Rosslyn, and Pentagon City – among several other prime Arlington real estate spots – are always bustling. Residents enjoy the city’s outdoor recreational opportunities along the Mount Vernon Trail, as well as indoor activities like shopping at Pentagon City Mall and boutiques the make up the Crystal City Underground.
Due to the county’s proximity to Washington, D.C., Arlington is headquarters to many departments and agencies of the federal government of the United States, including the Department of Defense, the United States Drug Enforcement Administration, and the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA). The many federal agencies, government contractors, and service industries contribute to Arlington’s stable economy, which has made it one of the highest-income counties in the United States.
Arlington is the location of national memorials and museums, including Arlington National Cemetery, the Pentagon Memorial, the Marine Corps War Memorial, and the United States Air Force Memorial. The city offers convenient Metro access as well as easy access to I-395, I-495, I-66 and downtown D.C..
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.