Arlington, Texas Population 2021

400,316
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The city’s top employer is Texas Health Resources, which employs over 8,000 people. Other top employers that are important to the city include Arlington Independent School District, the University of Texas at Arlington, Six Flags Over Texas, and the Parks at Arlington.

Arlington Population Growth

Arlington’s population has been on the rise since it was founded in the 19th century. The city’s population climbed to over 7,600 people at the time of the 1950 census. This was nothing compared to the boom that followed, with the population rising by over 482% in the ten years between 1950 and 1960. By 1980, the population had grown to over 160,000. At the time of the next census, this number jumped to over 261,000. The city’s estimated population increased 7.5% from the census taken in 2010, and this thriving city is well on its way to surpassing 400,000 residents very soon.

The Europeans first settled the city of Arlington in the mid-19th century. A trading post was established in 1841 under the name Marrow Bone Spring on the site of what is today Arlington. The city itself was founded years later in 1876. The city quickly developed a reputation for being a center for farming and cotton-ginning. By the end of the 19th century, many businesses in the agriculture industry were established.

Arlington was incorporated as a city in 1884. The city began to expand while the population continued to grow. By the early 20th century, the city was equipped with telephone service, natural gas, and electricity. A public school system was created as well. The population around the time of World War II grew to approximately 4,000.

A new industry came to Arlington during the 1950s with the construction of a General Motors plant. The automotive and aerospace sectors grew quite rapidly, leading to a population boom that lasted throughout the latter half of the 20th century. The city continued to expand with the addition of Six Flags Over Texas in the 1960s and the Texas Rangers baseball team, who transferred from Washington in 1972. The AT&T Stadium was constructed in the 21st century and became home to the Dallas Cowboys.

Today, the city continues to grow and thrive. There are many retail centers, museums, and other attractions that draw in visitors each year. Through the years, it has grown to become the largest city in Texas that is not a county seat, and it is the 48th most populated city in the country.

Arlington Demographics

According to the most recent ACS, the racial composition of Arlington was:

  • White: 59.92%
  • Black or African American: 22.75%
  • Other race: 6.97%
  • Asian: 6.55%
  • Two or more races: 3.15%
  • Native American: 0.46%
  • Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander: 0.20%
The current population of Arlington, Texas is 400,316based on our projections of the latest US Census estimates. The US Census estimates the 2018 population at 398,123.The last official US Census in 2010 recorded the population at 365,438.

Arlington, Texas Population 2021

2019 and 2020 population is estimated by projecting the raw 2018 numbers.

Year Population Growth Annual Growth Rate
20217,807,900117,3801.50%
20207,690,520117,3801.53%
20197,573,140117,3801.55%
20187,455,760118,6601.59%
20177,337,100142,3401.94%
20167,194,760152,1902.12%
20157,042,570152,8002.17%
20146,889,770135,8801.97%
20136,753,890109,3301.62%
20126,644,560134,0202.02%
20116,510,540118,4801.82%
20106,392,0600.00%

Arlington Metro Area Population by Year

Population by Race

Race Population Percentage
White236,97359.92%
Black or African American89,95722.75%
Some Other Race27,5546.97%
Asian25,9166.55%
Two or More Races12,4633.15%
American Indian and Alaska Native1,8250.46%
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander7890.20%
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Arlington Population By Race

Arlington Population Pyramid 2021

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Arlington Median Age

33.3


Total

31.9


Male

34.7


Female

Arlington Adults

There are 294,327 adults, (41,018 of whom are seniors) in Arlington.

Arlington Age Dependency

56.1

Age Dependency Ratio

16.2

Old Age Dependency Ratio

39.9

Child Dependency Ratio

Arlington Sex Ratio

Mujer

200,878

50.79%

Masculino

194,599

49.21%

Arlington Population by Age

Arlington Renter vs Owner Occupied by Household Type

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Arlington Household Types

Type Owner Renter
Married73.7%26.3%
All55.2%44.8%
Masculino41.6%58.4%
Mujer40.2%59.8%
Non Family37.8%62.2%

55.2%

Rate of Home Ownership

Arlington Households and Families

Type Count Average Size Owned
All135,3332.8955.2
Married63,2743.5573.7
Non Family41,3961.337.8
Mujer21,5313.6940.2
Masculino9,1323.6541.6

3.48

Average Family Size

2.89

Average Household Size

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Arlington Households by Type

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Education Attained Count Percentage
Less Than 9th Grade17,5127.02%
9th to 12th Grade19,3457.76%
High School Graduate59,38223.81%
Some College58,63223.51%
Associates Degree18,8957.58%
Bachelors Degree51,30820.57%
Graduate Degree24,3189.75%
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Arlington Educational Attainment by Sex (over 25)

Arlington Educational Attainment by Race

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Race Total High School Bachelors
White112,460106,31042,955
Hispanic62,24938,5928,835
Black52,22249,05315,400
Asian17,56814,1306,768
Other Race15,6309,6901,353
2+ Races5,0184,4131,734
Native American1,233885184
Islander442442201

The highest rate of high school graduation is among islander people with a rate of 100.00%.

The highest rate of bachelors degrees is among islander people with a rate of 45.48%.

Arlington Educational Attainment by Race

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Name Average Masculino Mujer
Overall$38,864$42,832$33,896
Less Than 9th Grade$26,210$31,181$19,862
High School Graduate$31,380$37,255$25,804
Some College$38,378$42,900$33,525
Bachelors Degree$52,952$55,899$51,276
Graduate Degree$64,186$72,292$60,491

$38,864

Average Earnings

$42,832

Average Male

$33,896

Average Female

Arlington Earnings by Educational Attainment

Arlington Language by Age

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Arlington Language

66.54% of Arlington residents speak only English, while 33.46% speak other languages. The non-English language spoken by the largest group is Spanish, which is spoken by 22.44% of the population.

Arlington Language

Arlington Poverty by Race

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Name Total In Poverty Poverty Rate
Hispanic115,96822,01718.99%
Black88,69015,48817.46%
White150,20413,4068.93%
Asian25,5603,91415.31%
Other27,4003,61313.19%
Multiple12,2762,05216.72%
Islander78939049.43%
Native1,765693.91%

14.63%

Overall Poverty Rate

13.47%

Male Poverty Rate

15.75%

Female Poverty Rate

Poverty in Arlington

The race most likely to be in poverty in Arlington is Islander, with 49.43% below the poverty level.

The race least likely to be in poverty in Arlington is Native, with 3.91% below the poverty level.

The poverty rate among those that worked full-time for the past 12 months was 3.96%. Among those working part-time, it was 17.29%, and for those that did not work, the poverty rate was 22.33%.

Arlington Poverty

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Name Poverty
Less Than 9th Grade21.72%
High School12.39%
Some College9.04%
Bachelors or Greater6.27%

Arlington Poverty Rate by Education

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Name Poverty
Female Unemployed29.14%
Male Unemployed19.83%
Female Employed8.23%
Male Employed6.63%

Arlington Poverty Rate by Employment Status and Sex

Arlington Income by Household Type

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Name Median Mean
Households$60,571$79,268
Families$70,748$90,100
Married Families$86,893$106,270
Non Families$41,039$49,828
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Income by Household Type

Arlington Marital Status

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Marriage Rates

45.1%

Overall Marriage Rate

46.9%

Male Marriage Rate

43.4%

Female Marriage Rate

Arlington Married by Age and Sex

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Arlington Marriage

The age group where males are most likely to be married is Over 65, while the female age group most likely to be married is 45-54.

Arlington Marital Status by Race

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Arlington Marital Status

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18,253

Number of Veterans

15,834

Male Veterans

2,419

Female Veterans

War Veterans
Vietnam5,939
First Gulf War4,485
Second Gulf War4,217
Korea757
World War II280

Arlington Veterans by War

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Age Group Veterans
35 to 545,032
65 to 744,456
55 to 643,327
75+2,879
18 to 342,559

Arlington Veterans by Age

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Name Veterans % of Total
White12,8027.05%
Black4,1666.56%
Hispanic2,0412.64%
Asian5382.57%
Other Race3201.67%
2+ Races2723.91%
Native American966.70%
Islander5912.58%

Arlington Veterans by Race

Arlington Veterans by Education

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5.87%

Veteran Poverty Rate

27.79%

Veteran Disability Rate

Arlington Veterans by Education

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69%

Labor Force Participation

65.8%

Employment Rate

4.6%

Unemployment Rate

Arlington Employment by Age

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Arlington Employment by Race

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Arlington Employment by Education

Origin of Non-Citizens

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Non citizens include legal permanent residents (green card holders), international students, temporary workers, humanitarian migrants, and illegal immigrants.

Origin of Naturalized Citizens

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51.09%

Born in Arlington

79.24%

Native Born

20.76%

Foreign Born

12.31%

Non Citizen

8.45%

Naturalized

Place of Birth

79.24% of Arlington residents were born in the United States, with 51.09% having been born in Texas. 12.31% of residents are not US citizens. Of those not born in the United States, the largest percentage are from Latin America.

Arlington Place of Birth

Year Population Growth Annual Growth Rate
2021400,3167310.18%
2020399,5857310.18%
2019398,8547310.18%
2018398,1239500.24%
2017397,1732,7890.71%
2016394,3845,6561.46%
2015388,7286,0071.57%
2014382,7213,7711.00%
2013378,9503,3210.88%
2012375,6295,3761.45%
2011370,2534,3611.19%
2010365,89232,9230.95%
2000332,96971,2482.44%
1990261,721101,6085.04%
1980160,11369,8845.90%
197090,22945,4547.26%
196044,77537,08319.26%
19507,6923,4526.14%
19404,2405791.48%
19303,6616301.91%
19203,0312,3317.60%
19007000.00%

Arlington Population by Year