The city of Arlington has a total area of about 1.06 sq. miles. Arlington is located in the County of Fayette. It was originally called as Bush Creek. Education in the area is served by the School district of Starmont. There are a number of schools in this school district. The city of Arlington is located beside the Iowa Highway No. 187. Other economic activites of the area revolves around small trade and businesses. P.R. Kelly and W.H. Thompson are some of the notable people of the town.