A Place for All People

Columbia Pike is one of the most culturally-diverse communities in the D.C.-metro region. Along the 3.5-mile-long corridor that stretches from Arlington’s border with Fairfax County in the west to Arlington National Cemetery and the Pentagon in the east, you’ll find a vibrant community with a “Main Street” feel and a unique blend of housing, local shops and businesses, and the County’s largest concentration of ethnic restaurants. It is home to nearly 40,000 residents representing over 150 nationalities.

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Throughout Columbia Pike’s neighborhoods you’ll find tree-lined streets of modest single-family homes and garden apartments, as well as brand new luxury housing and high-end condos. You’ll find everything from international markets and outdoor cafés to award-winning businesses and Arlington’s largest offering of ethnic restaurants. Columbia Pike’s eclectic mix of the old and new epitomizes Arlington’s rich history and unique culture, creating a vibrant “Main Street” community with something for everyone.

Civic Associations

Our stretch of Columbia Pike encompasses 10 civic associations (of over 60 associations total in Arlington County) that coordinate neighborhood events and serve as a voice for their residents. The Presidents of each association meet monthly with the Columbia Pike Partnership to ensure their residents’ concerns are heard and important issues are discussed. Find your civic association on the map below.

Civic Associations

Alcova Heights Citizens Association

Christina Dorville, President

Arlington Heights Civic Association

Kristi Sawert, President

Arlington Mill Civic Association

Linda Leduc, President

Arlington View Civic Association

Ronald Greene, President

Barcroft School & Civic League

Daniel Weir, President

Columbia Forest Civic Association

Justin Fuhrmann, President

Columbia Heights Civic Association

Ron Haddox, President

Douglas Park Civic Association

Steve Jordan Tomaszewski, President

Foxcroft Heights Civic Association

Jacob Yanofsky, President

Penrose Neighborhood Association

Alex Sakes, President


Columbia Pike neighborhoods have remained among the most affordable areas to live inside the beltway. The Columbia Pike Initiative – a guide for future development based on the community’s vision for the corridor – made it clear that retaining the Pike’s wide range of housing options for people of all income levels was a priority for the community. That commitment was solidified in the award-winning Columbia Pike Neighborhoods Area Plan. Incentive tools, such as Tax-Oriented Affordable Housing (TOAH) and Tax Increment Financing (TIF) will help to meet the goal of preserving 6,200 affordable housing units along Columbia Pike.

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65% of Columbia Pike residents are non-white

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52% of Columbia Pike residents are under the age of 34


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Residents Age 25 Years and Over

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Students Data from APS Sep. 30, 2020


Columbia Pike continues to serve as a crucial commuter corridor, much as it did when it was first constructed. Today the Pike is the most traversed thoroughfare in the entire Commonwealth of Virginia, seeing 40,000 vehicles and 18,000 transit riders each day. As such, the Columbia Pike Initiative included plans for enhancing public transit, prioritizing the needs of pedestrians and bicyclists, managing the street system to promote safety, and supporting planned and future development.

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See the full 2021 Profile by the Arlington County Department of Community Planning, Housing, and Development.