Home to the Pentagon and a wealth of top-quality universities, Arlington, Va., is often thought of as a public sector and educational hub, which it definitely is.
But, what a lot of people don’t realize is that Arlington is also a rapidly emerging tech hub. And, all of those world-class universities create a diverse talent pool for companies both large and small — particularly in the tech sector — to hire from. Plus, with local government-backed business incentives — as well as convenient proximity to both government and private business clients — innovative startups have a very fertile ecosystem at their fingertips.
Notably, this hasn’t gone unnoticed: Multinationals like Amazon have set up their headquarters in the city and more than $10 billion in venture capital has been injected into the local startup economy. As a result, companies, freelancers and entrepreneurs are keen to call Arlington home. And, with this influx of talent and mentorship, a vibrant community has thrived — and coworking spaces in Arlington provide the space and the tools for all of these elements to brainstorm and build connections.
Ranked among America’s top three best cities to live in by Niche.com, there’s more than business luring talent to Arlington. For instance, the city enjoys a low unemployment rate (2.6%) and a crime rate that’s 62% below the national average. Plus, it also has a great walkability score, with many downtown areas scoring highly. Arlington also ranks as one of the most bikeable places in the U.S., which goes hand in hand with being among the greenest. To that end, around 30% of commuters travel by public transit, with an array of bus and underground metro lines crisscrossing the city. Accordingly, many of the top coworking spaces in Arlington are located in central districts like Rosslyn, or along Wilson Boulevard — meaning you’re never far from a bus or metro station.