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Arlington County

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Fast Facts:

  • Arlington was home to 234,000 people and had 122,446 housing units in 2022. Since 2010, Arlington has added an average of 2,200 people and 1,400 housing units per year.
  • Fifty-eight percent of households were renters and 39 percent of renters had unaffordable housing costs.
  • Arlington exceeded the annual production target of 1,393 units, with 2,227 new units built in 2023. Cumulatively, Arlington has produced at least 9,896 units since 2019, exceeding its 5-year target of 6,965.
  • Arlington has not adopted the 2030 COG housing targets but has established a goal for 17.7% of rental housing stock to be affordable at 60% of AMI or less and 28.4% of new ownership stock to be affordable between 80-120% of AMI by 2040.
Sources: Census Population and Housing Unit Estimates, Decennial Census, American Community Survey (2018-22), and the HIT survey of local jurisdictions.
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Policy Status

Solving the region's affordable housing crisis requires a portfolio of policies to preserve existing affordable housing, produce more housing, and protect people from discrimination and displacement.

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Right of First Refusal

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Preservation Inventory - Subsidized

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Preservation Inventory - Unsubsidized

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Rental Assistance Demonstration

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Energy Efficiency Upgrades for Homeowners

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Energy Efficiency Upgrades of Affordable Housing

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Housing Outcomes

Local jurisdictions submitted data to enable the region to track housing production, preservation, and rental affordability.

Structural Racism

Discriminatory actions and racist public policies have produced inequitable outcomes for Black, Indigenous, and people of color in the Washington region, including lower incomes and wealth, lower homeownership rates, and higher rates of housing cost burden.

Housing Context

Understanding how household incomes relate to the supply of affordable rental and homeownership units will inform jurisdictions' efforts to meet the current and future housing needs of residents.

Elected Officials

  1. Takis P. Karantonis


  2. Maureen Coffey

    County Board Member

  3. Susan Cunningham

    County Board Member

  4. Matt de Ferranti

    County Board Member

Housing Official

  1. Samia Byrd

    Director, Community Planning, Housing and Development