Arlington, Va.

America’s Best Places Rank: 2nd
Population: 206,405
County Board Chairman: Christopher Zimmerman

Why it’s ranked: Home to numerous headquarters of companies and government agencies, this Washington, D.C., suburb is a draw in its own right. The area is highly educated, with more than two-thirds of the population holding a college degree. Arlington has a median income of $93,806, low levels of foreclosures, and the lowest unemployment among cities we ranked. (Arlington is not incorporated as a municipality but is in the U.S. Census Bureau's list of incorporated places and was included in our survey.)

How it ranked:
Percent with bachelor's degrees: 68.8
Percent under poverty level: 13.9
Median household income: $93,806
Violent crime rate: 492.9
Property crime rate: 3,403.2
School score: 70.99
Pro sports teams: 0
Foreclosure rate: .0019
Percent Unemployment: 3.8
Park acres per 1,000 residents: 8.4
Bars: 25
Restaurants: 566
Museums: 16
Colleges: 8
Libraries: 17
Air Quality Index: 91
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