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. Somerville has a large stock of pre-World War II architecture, 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 is that it can take a long time to commute to work. In Somerville, the average commute to work is 31.57 minutes, which is quite a bit higher than the national average. On the other hand, local public transit is widely used in the city, so leaving the car at home and taking transit is often a viable alternative. In addition, it is also a pedestrian-friendly city. Many of Somerville’s neighborhoods are dense enough and have amenities close enough together that people find it feasible to get around on foot.

For the size of the city, public transportation in Somerville is quite heavily used. Mostly, people who use it for their daily commute are taking the subway. For Somerville, the benefits are reduced air pollution and congestion on the highways.

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.

Foreign born people are also an important part of Somerville's cultural character, accounting for 24.68% of the city’s population.

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