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Posted at 09:13 AM ET, 09/22/2011

Arlington, D.C. ranked among America’s best cities

Arlington was named the second-best city in America, edged out only by Raleigh, N.C., in Business Week’s list of America’s 50 Best Cities.

The District, which was deemed “a pretty cool city” by Business Week, filled the number six slot.

The rankings are based on 16 data points including crime, unemployment, schools, restaurants, and air quality, among others.

Arlington, which isn’t technically an incorporated city but is included in the U.S. Census Bureau’s list of incorporated places, got props for being highly educated, having a high median income, boasting low unemployment and foreclosure rates, and being home to companies and government agencies.

Raleigh beat out the D.C. suburb when it came to “cultural graces.” North Carolina’s capital — which is also home to North Carolina State University, Duke University, and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill — has more bars, more restaurants, more museums and a massive 30,000-square-foot farmers market.

D.C. earned its high marks thanks in part to its “great bars, endless restaurants for hobnobbing, and some of the best museums on the planet” as well as its good schools and low foreclosure rate.

On the downside,” Business Week noted, “Washington suffers from the second-highest level of violent crime on this list and a poverty level that nears one in five citizens.”

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