Arlington Ranked 2nd Best in Nation

Washington Comes in at #6

By Kelvin Robinson
|  Thursday, Sep 22, 2011  |  Updated 5:02 PM EDT
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Arlington Ranked 2nd Best in Nation

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Just across the Potomac from the nation's capital, Arlington is home to the Pentagon and a major military cemetery -- and now it's ranked as one of the best cities in America... yes, even though it's technically a county, not a city.

Bloomberg Business Week recently placed Arlington in the #2 spot on its list of 50. It came in just behind Raleigh, N.C. The rankings were based on a number of criteria relating to local economy, education, crime, housing and recreation.

Arlington received high marks for its highly educated population (more than two-thirds of the population has a college degree) and a high median income ($93,806). It also benefits equally from its low foreclosure rate and the lowest unemployment level of all the cities ranked.

Rounding out the rest of the top five were Honolulu, Hawaii; Scottsdale, Ariz., and Irvine, Calif., respectively.

Washington, D.C., if you're wondering, ranked sixth.

You can find the complete list here.

Though Arlington is not incorporated, the U.S. Census Bureau includes it on its list of incorporated places, so Bloomberg included it in this survey.

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