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Welcome to Arlington Virginia....

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Real Estate Agent with Keller Williams Towne Square Realty
Arlington is an urban county of about 26 square miles located directly across the Potomac River from Washington DC. No incorporated towns or cities lie within Arlington's boundaries. Originally part of the area surveyed for the nation's capital, the portion on the west bank of the Potomac River was returned to the Commonwealth of Virginia by the U.S. Congress in 1846.   Arlington is among the most densely populated jurisdictions in the country with a population density of about 7,938 persons per square mile. Arlington's population is racially, ethnically and culturally diverse.  Arlington County public school children speak 105 languages and hail from 127 countries. Arlington residents are among the most highly educated in the nation.  

Although perhaps best known to visitors as the home of the Pentagon and Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington boasts high quality residential neighborhoods. Residents are actively involved in the community. Arlington has 62 registered civic and citizen associations, dozens of commissions, and over 100 community service organizations. There are almost 200 public parks and playgrounds, 86 miles of biking/jogging trails, 14 community centers, 8 live stage theaters and 8 libraries in Arlington for residents and visitors to enjoy.

Arlington's central location in the Washington DC metropolitan area, its ease of access by car and public transportation, and its highly skilled labor force have attracted an increasingly varied residential and commercial mix. Arlington has focused high-density commercial and residential development around Metrorail stations in the Rosslyn-Ballston and Jefferson Davis Metro Corridors, while maintaining lower density residential neighborhoods in the rest of the County.

Arlington had an estimated 201,400 jobs as of July 1, 2007. The federal government is the largest single employer in the County. Arlington's top 5 private employers are Virginia Hospital Center, Verizon, Lockheed Martin Corporation, Marriott International, and SAIC. In March 2007, Arlington's unemployment rate was 1.8%.  

Arlington's tax base is approximately divided between 42% commercial and 58% residential properties, enabling the County to maintain a competitive property tax rate in the Washington DC region. In 2007, the tax rate is $0.818 per $100 of assessed value.   I live and work in Arlington. My husband Pat McCrummen is an executive with American Red Cross - he enjoys a less than 15 minute commute - our daugther Alicia lives here as well with her family....we have four grand daughters....Taylor 10, Brooke 6, Madison 2 and Lindsey 1 week old....   If you have clients, friends or family members moving to ANY part of Northern Virginia please give me a call with their name and number and be assured that I will treat them as I would my own family.