Arlington County, Virginia

Arlington County is one of 95 counties of the State of Virginia in the United States. Arlington County is located on the border of Virginia on the Potomac River, directly across from Washington DC, capital of the United States. County seat ( county seat ) of the Arlington County is located in Arlington, one by the U.S. Census Bureau for statistical purposes specified place ( census -designated place ), which extends over the entire Arlington County. A town called Arlington, however, does not exist.

In 2010, the (estimated ) population was 207,627 in an area of ​​67.7 square kilometers.


At the time of the American Declaration of Independence in 1776, the area of ​​today's Arlington County belonged to the British colony of Virginia. In 1791, three years after the entry into force of the U.S. Constitution, the hundred -square-mile federal district on the Potomac River was created in which in the coming years, the new capital of the United States should arise. This federal district originally corresponded exactly a square and then also included those lands on the western side of the Potomac, which thus are now back to Arlington County and Alexandria ( Virginia) and Virginia. The latter areas contributed at this time but still the common name Alexandria County of the District of Columbia. The name Arlington County did not exist at this time.

Alexandria was an important port and trading center for the slave trade. After 1830 grew up in Virginia, as in other parts of the U.S., the anti- slavery movement. Proponents of slavery in Virginia supported then a referendum in the important slave market place Alexandria to achieve a petition to the U.S. Congress. The aim of the action was the inclusion of an additional pro-slavery counties in Virginia. On July 9, 1846, this goal was achieved. Since then, part of Alexandria County, that is also the current Arlington County again to Virginia.

In 1852, the city of Alexandria was separated from the rest of the County and has since formed its own County. It always grew recurring confusion between the residual County Alexandria and Alexandria City. For this reason, the former county in 1920 was renamed Arlington County, according to the Arlington House, which is located at Arlington Cemetery also named after.

Arlington National Cemetery

Arlington National Cemetery is an American military cemetery, which was during the American Civil War (1861-1865) at the country seat of the Southern General Robert E. Lee, Arlington House, furnished. It is located directly across from Washington, D.C. on the Potomac River, right next to the Pentagon. With more than 260,000 graves of Arlington National Cemetery is the second largest cemetery in the United States.

On a hill overlooking the downtown Washington DC is the tomb of the unknown soldier. Another commonly visited place is the grave of President John F. Kennedy. Kennedy is buried here with his wife Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis and some of their children. On his grave site an eternal flame burns. His brother, Senator Robert F. Kennedy is also here. Another American President and Chief Justice of the United States, William Howard Taft, the only other U.S. president, who is buried at Arlington National Cemetery.


In Arlington is also the Pentagon, the headquarters of the U.S. Department of Defense. It was inaugurated on 15 January 1943 and is the largest office building in the world. Although it is located in Arlington, it has a to Washington DC associated address.

The building has a pentagonal outline and five floors. Each floor has five circumferential corridors. It houses approximately 26,000 military and civilian employees.

Demographic data

1900-1990 2000

According to the census in 2000 lived in Arlington County 189 453 people in 86 352 households and 39 290 families. The population density was 2828 people per square kilometer. The racial the population was made ​​up of 68.94 percent White, 9.35 percent African American, 0.35 percent Native American, 8.62 percent Asian, 0.08 percent of residents from the Pacific Islander and 8.33 percent from other races groups; 4.34 percent were descended from two or more races. 18.62 percent of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

Of the 86 352 households out of which 19.3 percent have children under the age of 18 living with them. 35.3 percent were married couples living together, 7.0 percent were single mothers, 54.5 percent were non-families, 40.8 percent of all households and 7.3 percent had someone living alone at the age of 65 years or older. The average household size was 2.15 and the average family size was 2.96.

Based on the county the population was spread from 16.5 percent population under 18 years, 10.4 percent between 18 and 24 years, 42.4 percent between 25 and 44 years, 21.3 percent between 45 and 64 years and 9.4 percent were 65 years old or older. The average age was 34 years. For every 100 females there were 101.5 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were statistically 100.7 males.

The median income for a household was $ 63,001, and the median income for a family was $ 78,877. Males have a median income of $ 51,011, women $ 41,552. The per capita income was $ 37,706. 7.8 percent of the population and 5.0 percent of families are below the poverty line. Of these, 9.1 percent were children or adolescents under age 18 and 7.0 percent of those 65 years.


  • Robert Edward Lee (1807-1870), Confederate general who had an estate in Arlington
  • Mary Landrieu (* 1955), politician and U.S. Senator
  • Mark Linkous (1962-2010), American musician
  • Adam Curry ( b. 1964 ), American- Dutch radio host
  • Sandra Bullock (born 1964 ), American actress of German descent
  • David Michael Bautista (born 1969 ), American professional wrestler
  • Zach Cregger ( born 1981 ), American actor, screenwriter and director


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