Arlington County

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Housing affordability is a major challenge facing Arlington County, this is particularly true with renter households. Census data suggests that while the overall proportion of housing cost burdened renters has been inching down since 2016, it remains relatively high at 36%. A household is considered burdened if their housing costs are 30% or more of their income. At $1,993, the median gross rent in the County is the highest in the DC region, and the median rent has been climbing between 1% and 4% over the past few years. The County has put a wide range of policies in place to help address these housing affordability challenges; from adopting an Affordable Housing Master Plan, to utilizing zoning tools like density bonuses for affordable housing, to managing a growing Housing Trust Fund. These policies and programs will continue to be a critical part of the solution in making housing available all along the price spectrum in Arlington County.

HIT Targets

Annual Housing Targets by Income
LowestLowLow-MiddleMiddleHighHighest
$0 to $799$800 to $1,299$1,300 to $1,799$1,800 to $2,499$2,500 to $3,499$3,500 and aboveTotal Units
2272401932732331801,393

Jurisdiction Adopted Targets

By 2040, 17.7% of rental housing stock to be affordable at 60% of AMI or less, and 28.4% of new ownership housing stock to be affordable between 80% and 120% of AMI.

Population

236,842 (2019 estimate)

Elected Officials

  1. Matt de Ferranti

    County Board Chair

  2. Katie Cristol

    County Board Vice-Chair

  3. Christian Dorsey

    County Board Member

  4. Takis P. Karantonis

    County Board Member

  5. Libby Garvey

    County Board Member

Equity Officer

  1. Samia Byrd

    Chief Race and Equity Officer

Policy Status

Housing Priority

  • Arlington County
  • Charles County
  • City of Alexandria
  • District of Columbia
  • Fairfax County
  • Frederick County
  • Loudoun County
  • Montgomery County
  • Prince George's County
  • Prince William County

Inclusionary Housing

  • Arlington County
  • Charles County
  • City of Alexandria
  • District of Columbia
  • Fairfax County
  • Frederick County
  • Loudoun County
  • Montgomery County
  • Prince George's County
  • Prince William County

Housing Trust Fund

  • Arlington County
  • Charles County
  • City of Alexandria
  • District of Columbia
  • Fairfax County
  • Frederick County
  • Loudoun County
  • Montgomery County
  • Prince George's County
  • Prince William County

Property tax, Impact fee, Tax or Fee abatements or Exemptions

  • Arlington County
  • Charles County
  • City of Alexandria
  • District of Columbia
  • Fairfax County
  • Frederick County
  • Loudoun County
  • Montgomery County
  • Prince George's County
  • Prince William County

Public land

  • Arlington County
  • Charles County
  • City of Alexandria
  • District of Columbia
  • Fairfax County
  • Frederick County
  • Loudoun County
  • Montgomery County
  • Prince George's County
  • Prince William County

Housing Outcomes

Display by: Percentage
# of Units

Affordability Context

Median Household Income By Race

Median household income in USD

Arlington County2013201420152016201720182019
Asian$104,000$80,500$85,600$100,300$102,200$107,500$93,700
Black$61,900$57,600$65,400$59,500$51,800$56,700$63,300
Hispanic$67,700$62,500$72,500$59,000$91,000$82,200$72,800
White$114,800$120,900$120,700$122,900$124,100$137,300$135,000
Two or more races$122,200$155,900$108,800$102,000$101,900$111,100$120,600
Charles County2013201420152016201720182019
Asian$110,200$141,200$141,200$91,400$107,200$100,500$128,400
Black$85,400$75,200$83,000$95,400$95,200$85,300$103,100
Hispanic$76,900$85,600$110,400$91,800$112,900$84,800$64,400
White$89,800$98,200$91,000$98,500$97,300$103,600$103,400
Two or more races$101,000$81,100$72,000$66,700$130,100$61,600$109,200
City of Alexandria2013201420152016201720182019
Asian$97,800$100,200$100,800$100,400$98,900$102,600$108,700
Black$52,000$49,700$50,600$52,400$57,400$70,300$80,600
Hispanic$58,100$59,000$62,200$50,300$52,600$52,200$74,800
White$100,300$103,800$107,300$110,200$117,000$118,000$123,600
Two or more races$105,100$69,500$72,800$75,100$92,200$75,600$62,100
District of Columbia2013201420152016201720182019
Asian$63,200$84,500$93,900$99,400$96,400$116,400$103,200
Black$38,100$40,700$41,500$37,900$42,200$45,200$48,700
Hispanic$50,900$63,100$66,000$64,900$84,700$72,300$99,800
White$111,900$114,700$120,400$125,700$132,700$136,500$149,700
Two or more races$89,400$72,700$96,000$81,800$85,500$95,400$101,300
Fairfax County2013201420152016201720182019
Asian$109,800$104,900$106,100$107,600$116,600$127,300$125,000
Black$80,500$81,800$82,900$85,400$81,000$85,700$93,600
Hispanic$71,500$71,900$78,300$82,100$71,800$81,100$76,500
White$119,300$120,900$121,900$128,400$130,100$132,800$141,800
Two or more races$98,000$95,000$96,500$106,300$91,000$94,900$108,300
Frederick County2013201420152016201720182019
Asian$86,600$87,000$92,600$98,500$105,900$102,300$104,100
Black$63,500$64,700$66,100$57,300$84,400$92,600$59,700
Hispanic$60,300$83,500$62,400$64,600$75,200$56,800$103,800
White$87,900$85,800$86,700$94,100$92,300$96,500$107,000
Two or more races$84,800$79,000$62,100$77,300$84,100$105,800$100,200
Loudoun County2013201420152016201720182019
Asian$126,500$130,900$135,400$169,700$161,200$153,500$191,100
Black$84,100$133,900$103,200$119,800$132,900$118,800$112,200
Hispanic$81,700$69,300$85,400$92,300$81,100$92,100$95,400
White$119,700$123,100$127,700$133,000$135,000$143,100$151,200
Two or more races$116,500$110,300$88,000$121,500$88,900$116,800$150,900
Montgomery County2013201420152016201720182019
Asian$101,800$100,100$105,500$101,800$110,200$115,400$121,000
Black$67,800$72,300$63,900$69,300$76,100$80,500$72,600
Hispanic$66,900$67,200$68,100$70,100$75,600$76,800$75,500
White$113,200$109,700$116,900$116,300$120,800$126,300$135,600
Two or more races$85,500$72,500$85,600$85,300$100,300$100,100$93,300
Prince George's County2013201420152016201720182019
Asian$75,300$79,500$75,100$80,200$96,600$94,800$100,000
Black$72,800$72,700$77,300$79,100$82,100$84,200$86,100
Hispanic$62,400$58,300$60,500$70,100$65,300$66,600$73,900
White$73,700$76,400$88,000$86,500$91,600$89,200$89,600
Two or more races$76,900$83,300$77,200$92,300$74,300$80,800$88,500
Prince William County2013201420152016201720182019
Asian$84,700$81,500$85,600$94,500$102,500$95,900$98,600
Black$84,700$82,300$96,600$92,500$89,000$95,900$102,200
Hispanic$69,700$65,600$63,100$66,600$81,900$82,500$81,500
White$101,000$97,200$105,900$108,300$112,500$118,300$112,700
Two or more races$115,500$67,500$104,100$70,800$107,300$98,200$101,400