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Arlington is an urban county in Virginia, located directly across the Potomac River from Washington, D.C.. With a population of 210,000, yet a land area of only about 26 square miles, Arlington is one of America's mostly densely populated jurisdictions. Despite its density, Arlington mixes the best of both big city and suburban environments. No incorporated towns or cities lie within Arlington County borders; all local government is at the county level.

Arlington has seen continual growth as the DC area has continued to grow, even during nation-wide economic downturns. This is mostly due to the large number of employees of the federal government and its contractors.

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  1. The Pentagon building in Arlington, is the largest office building in the world.
  2. The tomb of the Unknown Soldier is in Arlington National Cemetery.
  3. Arlington National Cemetery is the most famous national cemetery in the United States.
  4. In 1908, the Wright Brothers circled the parade ground of Fort Myer 57 times.
  5. Arlington is the birthplace of the internet. The Defense Department Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) built the Interface Message Processor (IMP) to carry data to and from different specialized computers mostly in the U.S. university community.

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