For those who work and play in Washington D.C. but don’t want to live in the middle of it all, Arlington is a popular spot. The city is right across the Potomac River from D.C. and boasts some equally hip neighborhoods. But don’t expect to save a ton of money: The median sales price of homes in Arlington is a whopping $585,00 and median rent per month is $3,200. The area is inhabited mostly by young professionals (the median age is 34) and about half of residents rent their homes. They are a successful bunch, with a median household income of $107,266, and 81 percent of residents are college-educated. This makes for a lot of eligible bachelors and bachelorettes, as 51 percent of residents are single.
Some great neighborhoods to check out include Ballston and Rosslyn, both urban communities right on the D.C. Metro line, with high-rise apartments and condos. Crystal City is a another urban area in the southeast corner of Arlington and is known for having an “underground city” of corridors that connect buildings. If you’re looking for something quaint and suburban, check out East Falls Church.
Like D.C., Arlington is a government headquarters: The Pentagon and Arlington Cemetery (where John F. Kennedy and President Taft are buried) are located here. Arlington is also full of monuments, including the famous Marine Corps War Memorial, historic architecture and lovely scenery along the Potomac. In the spring it’s all about the cherry blossoms, as the whole area becomes a wonderland of pink flowers. Being such a young area, there’s also a great nightlife and food scene in Arlington, with plenty of ethnic restaurants, lounges with small plates and brunch spots. After work, happy hour is big for young professionals, whether it be a trendy craft cocktail bar or a dive bar.
Just a short Metro or Uber ride away, you’re in D.C. proper, where you’ll find even more nightlife, restaurants, shopping and the country’s iconic monuments, like the Capitol Building, National Monument, Lincoln Memorial and the White House (which is smaller than one might think). If you want museums, you’ve got them: D.C.’s Smithsonian Museums are all free to the public.