Somerville, MA
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Somerville is a larger medium-sized coastal city (i.e. on the ocean, a bay, or inlet) located in the state of Massachusetts. With a population of 80,318 people and 18 constituent neighborhoods, Somerville is the 13th largest community in Massachusetts. Much of the housing stock in Somerville was built prior to World War II, making it one of the older and more historic cities in the country.

Somerville home prices are not only among the most expensive in Massachusetts, but Somerville real estate also consistently ranks among the most expensive in America.

Somerville is a decidedly white-collar city, with fully 90.78% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, Somerville is a city of professionals, managers, and sales and office workers. There are especially a lot of people living in Somerville who work in management occupations (11.71%), teaching (11.08%), and office and administrative support (9.55%).

Also of interest is that Somerville has more people living here who work in computers and math than 95% of the places in the US.

And if you like science, one thing you'll find is that Somerville has lots of scientists living in town - whether they be life scientists, physical scientists (like astronomers), or social scientists (like geographers!). So, if you're scientific-minded, you might like it here too.

Of important note, Somerville is also a city of artists. Somerville has more artists, designers and people working in media than 90% of the communities in America. This concentration of artists helps shape Somerville’s character.

Somerville is also nautical, which means that parts of it are somewhat historic and touch the ocean or tidal bodies of water, such as inlets and bays. Quite often, nautical areas such as these attract visitors and locals who come to enjoy the scenery and various waterfront activities.

One downside of living in Somerville, however, is that residents on average have to contend with a long commute, spending on average 31.57 minutes every day commuting to work. It is, however, a pedestrian-friendly city. Many of its neighborhoods are dense enough and have amenities close enough together that people find it feasible to get around on foot. In addition, local public transit is widely used. For those who would prefer to avoid driving entirely and leave their car at home, it may be an option to use the transit instead.

Like elsewhere in America, most people in Somerville use a private automobile to get to work. But notably, a substantial number of Somerville‘s citizens do make use of public transit in their daily commute, primarily riding the subway. This helps more people get to work with less air pollution, and require fewer highways to get them there.

Do you have a 4-year college degree or graduate degree? If so, you may feel right at home in Somerville. 57.32% of adults here have a 4-year degree or graduate degree, whereas the national average for all cities and towns is just 21.84%.

The per capita income in Somerville in 2010 was $38,194, which is middle income relative to Massachusetts, and wealthy relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $152,776 for a family of four. However, Somerville contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

Somerville is a very ethnically-diverse city. The people who call Somerville home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Somerville residents report their race to be White, followed by Asian. Important ancestries of people in Somerville include Italian, German, English, and Portuguese.

Somerville also has a high percentage of its population that was born in another country: 24.68%.

The most common language spoken in Somerville is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Portuguese.