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 81,360 people and 18 constituent neighborhoods, Somerville is the 13th largest community in Massachusetts. Somerville has an unusually large stock of pre-World War II architecture, making it one of the older and more historic cities.

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 91.59% 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 (12.98%), teaching (10.81%), and computer science and math (8.47%).

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 thing that you will notice about Somerville is that there is a good-sized population of people who are young, single, educated, and upwardly-mobile career starters. Many singles consider Somerville a good place to live without being in a really big city, with opportunities for friendships and fun with others like themselves.

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 33.21 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.

Although the majority of commuting trips in the city are by private automobile, Somerville is somewhat unusual for a city of its size for having a substantial number of people who use public transportation. For a lot of people, the subway helps to get to and from their jobs every morning, which benefits everyone in the Somerville area by reducing both traffic and air pollution.

If knowledge is power, Somerville is a pretty powerful place. 61.16% of the adults in Somerville have earned a 4-year college degree, masters degree, MD, law degree, or even PhD. Compare that to the national average of 21.84% for all cities and towns.

The per capita income in Somerville in 2010 was $44,399, which is upper middle income relative to Massachusetts, and wealthy relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $177,596 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 Irish, Italian, German, English, and Portuguese.

Somerville also has a high percentage of its population that was born in another country: 24.45%.

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