The Town of Arlington has a neighborhood for everyone and is known for its hills and its bodies of water. At its highest point of 377 feet, there is an expansive view of Boston. Within its borders are Spy Pond, the Arlington Reservoir, Mill Brook, and Hills Pond, and on its borders are the Mystic Lakes, Mystic River, and Alewife Brook. Arlington has 44,000 people and is 5.5 square miles, features 211 acres of parkland, and is nestled between Lexington, Winchester, Medford, Somerville, Cambridge and Belmont. There are many tree-lined residential neighborhoods and good access to major highways, giving Arlington a combination of an urban and suburban location. Residents love its hometown feel, with its historic mill connection, three art museums, the beautiful Capitol movie theater, and many independent stores.
There are eight distinct neighborhoods, home to approximately 43,000 people.
Arlington has 7 elementary schools (K-5) - Brackett, Bishop, Thompson, Hardy, Peirce, Stratton, and Dallin, a middle school (grades 6–8), Ottoson, and Arlington High School, which includes grades 9–12. In addition, Arlington is in the district served by the Minuteman Regional High School, located in Lexington, one of the top vocational-technical schools in Massachusetts. There are parochial schools, Arlington Catholic High School, and an elementary/middle school, St. Agnes School. In addition, there are 2 secular elementary schools, Lesley Ellis and the Alivia Elementary School, as well as the International School of Boston, a bilingual French/English school for preschool and kindergarten children.
The Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA, or the "T") and private bus operators run more than a dozen routes in and near Arlington, accessing Cambridge and downtown Boston, Burlington, Lexington, Somerville and Waltham. The MBTA Red Line, on the border of Arlington and Cambridge, provides subway service from Alewife Station (near East Arlington) to Somerville (Davis Square), Cambridge, and Boston. The scenic Minuteman Bikeway goes from Arlington to Lexington and Bedford, and connects to 2 additional trails; in the other direction, the Bikeway connects to Cambridge and then the Linear Bike Path, which continues to Davis Square, Somerville.