Arlington County - Planning Research and Analysis Team (PRAT) FAQ's


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Q. What is the Planning Research and Analysis Team (PRAT)?

A. The Planning Research and Analysis Team (PRAT) is part of the Arlington County Planning Division and is responsible primarily for maintaining, analyzing, and disseminating information related to planning and development in Arlington County.  PRAT's mission is to provide accurate and timely data and research to a broad array of decision-makers, including County staff, citizens, businesses, non-profits, students, and others.

Q. What is the population of Arlington County right now?

A. According to PRAT estimates, Arlington County's January 1, 2013 population is 212,900.  For more information about the demographic characteristics of Arlington County, please see the Arlington Virginia: Profile

Q. What will Arlington County's population be in the next two decades?

A. PRAT forecasts population as part of the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments Cooperative Forecasting process. According to the most recent forecasts, Arlington County's population will be 236,100 in 2020 and 258,800 in 2030.

Q. How much office development is there currently in Arlington County?

A. According to estimates by PRAT and Arlington Economic Development (AED), there currently exists 39.5 million square feet of gross floor area (GFA) of office space in Arlington County.  For more of the most recent information about the development trends and characteristics of Arlington County please see the latest Development Highlights Report.

Q. Is the County "built out"?

A. No. According to December 2007 PRAT estimates, the County is 83% built out. There remains the potential for the development of approximately 11.4 million square feet of office space, 2.0 million square feet of retail space, 24,500 residential units, and 1,100 hotel rooms. Most of this potential future development will take place in the Metro corridors.

Q. What are Metro Station Areas and why are they important?

A. The Arlington County Board has adopted a land use policy which concentrates high density development within the Metro corridors and preserves lower density residential areas throughout the rest of the County. Data and information about the Metro Station Areas.  There are seven Metro Station Areas in the County:

Each station area includes an area within a radius of approximately 1/4 mile from the Metro entrance.

Q. What is the median income in Arlington County?

A. The median household income in Arlington County as of January 1, 2013 was an estimated $104,600. The estimate of per capita income in Arlington County in 2013 is $85,600. 

Q. How many people work in Arlington County?

A. As of January 1, 2013, there were an estimated 228,700 people working in Arlington County, including civilian and military employees.

Q. Who can I contact for additional information?

A. For additional information, please feel free to send us an e-mail

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