Welcome to Alarm New England's business and home security page for Arlington, Massachusetts. This informational page provides important crime data along with additional information for those living in or considering moving to Arlington.
Number of Households: 18,688
ZIP Codes: 02474, 02475, 02476, 02477
Arlington Business and Home Security Facts
Arlington, like other small suburbs, is extremely safe, particularly from violent crime. Its violent crime rate is 1.2 per 1,000 and property crime rate is 5.24 per 1,000, making Arlington safer than 84% of U.S. cities.
Originally named Menotomy, an Algonquin word for the “swift running water” of the nearby Mystic River, Arlington was established by English colonists as an expansion of Cambridge in 1635. The local rivers proved useful in establishing several grain and sawmills, some of which are still in operation today. The Schawmb Mill has been in continuous operation since 1650, the oldest such mill in the country. Curiously foreshadowing today’s concentration of highly educated residents and nearby educational institutions, Menotomy’s early residents petitioned to build a school even before a meeting house or other public buildings, indicating a strong interest in formal education. In 1867, the town was renamed Arlington in honor of Arlington National Cemetery.
Menotomy saw some important action during the American Revolution, including Paul Revere’s famous midnight ride warning colonists about approaching British troops. On the first day of the Revolutionary War, more men died in Arlington than at the more well-known battles of Lexington and Concord combined. Here, 40 British troops and 25 American soldiers were killed on that first day of the Revolution.
Arlington continued to rely on milling and farming, even having a proprietary variety of “Arlington lettuce” that was exported to nearby areas like Boston. With the advent of refrigerated train cars, produce began being shipped in from California, and local agricultural production faded out. Arlington also developed a thriving ice industry. It’s hard to imagine today, when ice is an easily accessible commodity in every home, but prior to modern refrigeration, ice was harvested from Spy Pond and exported as far as the Caribbean and India. The last ice house in Arlington was destroyed in a fire and the industry finally shut down in the 1930s.
Only six miles northwest of Boston, Arlington is now an ideal commuter suburb and is home to many professionals in the tech, information, and educational sectors.
Arlington is a community proud of its revolutionary history, and it shows in its lovingly restored architecture and the recreated original town common. The Arlington Center Historic District, listed on the National Register of Historic Places, also features the town’s original graveyard. The aforementioned Schawmb Mill, which maintains its old methods of production, welcomes visitors and sells high quality wood frames.
A yellow home from the colonial era, the Jason Russell House, now serves as a Revolutionary War museum. Some heavy fighting that took the lives of twelve men took place around the house, and bullet holes can still be seen in its walls.
While every town has a need to store its water, Arlington went above and beyond in designing its municipal water tower. The Arlington Reservoir is a two million gallon storage tank built in the style of a Greek temple rotunda. It was built between 1921 and 1924 and remains a prominent feature of the town and a historic landmark.
Outdoorsy folks and history buffs alike will appreciate the Minuteman Bikeway. A 10-mile paved path open to cyclists and pedestrians, the Minuteman Bikeway actually traces, roughly, the historic route of Paul Revere’s 1775 ride. In the late 1800s, the route became a railroad. After rail service was discontinued, it was converted to a bikeway in 1993 as part of the Rails-to-Trails movement that converts defunct rail lines into bicycle and pedestrian trails. The Minuteman is in the Rails-to-Trails Hall of Fame, an honor awarded by the Rails-to-Trails Conservancy.
Arlington is the birthplace of none other than the personification of the United States, Uncle Sam. Samuel Wilson, born in Menotomy, was a meatpacker in Troy, New York, and purportedly the namesake of the fictional Uncle Sam. In 1961, Congress adopted a resolution honoring “Uncle Sam” Wilson, forever cementing his legacy as the namesake of an American symbol. The Uncle Sam Memorial Statue can be visited on Mystic Street.
Francis Thompson, heir to the founder of the once-popular Moxie soda and president of the Moxie company from 1904 to 1939, resided in Arlington and left a significant endowment to Arlington High School that continues to fund annual scholarships for graduating seniors. Moxie began, like other sodas, as a medicinal tonic, and for a time was even more popular than Coca Cola. Born from the soda’s name and advertising campaigns, the word “moxie” as a synonym for courage and grit is still used today, and soda fans can still find Moxie in stores around New England.
Town website: https://www.arlingtonma.gov/
Arlington Historical Society: https://arlingtonhistorical.org