Arlington Ranked No. 6 Best Work-Life Balance

Published January 20, 2021

Smartasset, a financial technology company, recently published their 2021 edition of “Cities With the Best Work-Life Balance” which features Arlington as the number 6 city.

The study, published in January 2021, states:

“For most people, working is inevitable: You need a job to afford your lifestyle. The trick, of course, is to find a balance where you can earn the money you need without spending all of your time in the workplace. Some of that depends on what the work culture is like in your city, how much you need to earn to pay for housing and how long you have to spend getting to work. To that end, SmartAsset analyzed 100 of the biggest cities in the country to find the best cities for work-life balance for 2021.

As you can see, Arlington almost made it to the top 5, being ranked number 6. Regarding Arlington, the website states, “Arlington, Virginia is a suburb of Washington, D.C., and it has the highest labor force participation rate in this study, 78.0%. Arlington also ranks second-lowest in the study for housing costs as a percentage of income – housing costs make up just 26.14% of income on average. People do work a lot in the town, though. Arlington ranks dead last in both the metrics measuring how much people work – an average of 41.3 hours per week and 41.80 weeks per year.”

The top 35 cities are:

You can read more of the methodology and city rankings at