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Somerville, MA
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Living in Somerville


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 81,045 people and 25 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 91.83% 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 (13.03%), teaching (10.10%), and business and financial occupations (9.02%).

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.

One interesting thing about the economy is that relatively large numbers of people worked from their home: 12.67% of the workforce. While this number may seem small overall, as a fraction of the total workforce this is high compared to the rest of the county. These workers are often telecommuters who work in knowledge-based, white-collar professions. For example, Silicon Valley has large numbers of people who telecommute. Other at-home workers may be self-employed people who operate small businesses out of their homes.

One thing noticeable about Somerville, although not a huge city, is that it has a large population of people who are young, single, educated, and upwardly-mobile career starters. That’s because Somerville is full of single people in their 20s and 30s and who have undergraduate or graduate degrees and are starting careers in professional occupations. This makes Somerville a pretty good place for young, educated career starters looking to find many people like themselves, with good opportunities for friendships, socializing, romance, and fun.

One of the nice things about Somerville is that it is nautical, which means that parts of it are somewhat historic and touch the ocean or tidal bodies of water, such as inlets and bays. Because of this, visitors and locals will often go to these areas to take in the scenery or to enjoy waterfront activities.

In Somerville, however, the average commute to work is quite long. On average, people spend 34.25 minutes each day getting to work, which is significantly higher than the national average. One bright side is that local public transit is widely used, so it may be an option to avoid the headache of driving in the heavy traffic by leaving the car at home and taking transit. In addition, the city is also quite pedestrian-friendly, because many neighborhoods are very dense 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 like to read, write and learn? If you move to Somerville, you'll likely find that many of your neighbors like to as well. Somerville is one of the more educated communities in America, with a full 65.65% of its adults having a college degree or even advanced degree, compared to a national average across all communities of 21.84%.

The per capita income in Somerville in 2018 was $53,279, which is upper middle income relative to Massachusetts, and wealthy relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $213,116 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. Somerville also has a sizeable Hispanic population (people of Hispanic origin can be of any race). People of Hispanic or Latino origin account for 11.42% of the city’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Somerville include Irish, Italian, German, English, and Portuguese.

Foreign born people are also an important part of Somerville's cultural character, accounting for 23.94% of the city’s population.

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