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Arlington mirrors D.C. with increasing white population
Arlington County is bucking the trend of its suburban neighbors, as new 2007-2011 census data put it

more in line with the District.

While Fairfax, Montgomery and Prince George's counties all have decreasing white populations, Arlington's has risen from 60.4 percent in 1999 to 63.8 percent in Thursday's census release. Unlike those counties, Arlington's median household income also has climbed

over that time period -- from about $85,040 to $99,651.

Those changes over the last decade

can be attributed to the rise in young professionals, said

Elizabeth Rodgers, an urban planner and demographer for Arlington County.

"That age group is increasing, and they're increasing around the Metro corridors," Rodgers said. "They like the lifestyle that it provides."

Rodgers credited the county's multiple underground Metro stations, which allow residents to walk or bike to the train, with keeping Arlington more connected to the District.

William Frey, a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution's Metropolitan Policy Program, said some would even consider segments of Arlington to essentially be a part of the District.

"This is still a very young and educated place, and people like that like to live in an urban area," he said. "You can get by with a bicycle and the Metro."

- Matt Connolly

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