Driving Downtown Streets – Clarendon Boulevard – Arlington Virginia USA – Episode 49.
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Arlington County is a county in the Commonwealth of Virginia. It is the highest-income county in the United States by median family income, though it has the highest concentration of singles in the region. Arlington is the second-largest principal city of the Washington metropolitan area. The county is often referred to in the region simply as “Arlington” or “Arlington, Virginia”.
Due to the county’s proximity to downtown Washington, D.C., Arlington is headquarters to many departments and agencies of the federal government of the United States, including the Department of Defense (DoD) at the Pentagon, Drug Enforcement Administration, Transportation Security Administration (TSA), and Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA). It is also home to Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport. The many federal agencies, government contractors, and service industries contribute to Arlington’s stable economy. Arlington is also the location of national memorials and museums, including Arlington National Cemetery, the Pentagon Memorial, the Marine Corps War Memorial, and the United States Air Force Memorial.
# Employer # of Employees
1 Department of Defense 24,000
2 Arlington County 7,555
3 Department of Homeland Security 7,300
4 Deloitte 7,000
5 Department of Justice 5,300
6 Department of State 5,200
7 Accenture 4,500
8 FDIC 2,900
9 Virginia Hospital Center 2,698
10 Leidos 2,300
11 National Science Foundation 2,200
12 Lockheed Martin 2,187
13 Environmental Protection Agency 2,100
14 General Services Administration 1,970
15 Marriott International 1,950
16 Booz Allen Hamilton 1,400
17 Corporate Executive Board 1,279
18 Bureau of National Affairs 1,015
19 CACI 813
20 Marymount University 726
Arlington National Cemetery
Arlington National Cemetery is an American military cemetery established during the American Civil War on the grounds of Confederate General Robert E. Lee’s home, Arlington House (also known as the Custis-Lee Mansion). It is directly across the Potomac River from Washington, D.C., north of the Pentagon. With nearly 300,000 graves, Arlington National Cemetery is the second-largest national cemetery in the United States.
The Tomb of the Unknowns, also known as the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, stands atop a hill overlooking Washington, DC. President John F. Kennedy is buried in Arlington National Cemetery with his wife and some of their children. His grave is marked with an “Eternal Flame.” His brothers, Senators Robert F. Kennedy and Edward M. Kennedy, are also buried nearby. William Howard Taft, who was also a Chief Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court, is the only other President buried at Arlington.
Other frequently visited sites near the cemetery are the U.S. Marine Corps War Memorial, commonly known as the “Iwo Jima Memorial”, the U.S. Air Force Memorial, the Women in Military Service for America Memorial, the Netherlands Carillon and the U.S. Army’s Fort Myer.
The Pentagon in Arlington is the headquarters of the United States Department of Defense. It was dedicated on January 15, 1943 and it is the world’s largest office building. Although it is located in Arlington, the United States Postal Service requires that “Washington, D.C.” be used as the place name in mail addressed to the six ZIP codes assigned to The Pentagon.
The building is pentagon-shaped in plan and houses about 23,000 military and civilian employees and about 3,000 non-defense support personnel. It has five floors and each floor has five ring corridors. The Pentagon’s principal law enforcement arm is the United States Pentagon Police, the agency that protects the Pentagon and various other DoD jurisdictions throughout the National Capital Region.
Built during the early years of World War II, it is still thought of as one of the most efficient office buildings in the world. It has 17.5 miles (28 km) of corridors, yet it takes only seven minutes or so to walk between any two points in the building.