Most Expensive Somerville Neighborhoods
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 78,901 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 90.84% 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 teaching (11.27%), management occupations (11.09%) and office and administrative support (10.20%).
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.
Another interesting thing about Somerville, despite not being a huge city, is that there is a relatively high proportion of people living here who are young, single, and upwardly-mobile professionals. This makes it a good choice for other relocating single professionals. Here, these young singles will find many others like themselves, with opportunities for friendships, socializing, romance, and fun.
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.
In Somerville, however, the average commute to work is quite long. On average, people spend 30.90 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.
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. 55.50% 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 $36,229, which is middle income relative to Massachusetts, and wealthy relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $144,916 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, Portuguese and Brazilian.
Foreign born people are also an important part of Somerville's cultural character, accounting for 24.31% of the city’s population.
The languages spoken by people in Somerville are also diverse. These are tabulated as the languages people preferentially speak when they are at home with their families. The most common language spoken in Somerville is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish, Portuguese, Indic languages and Chinese.
|NUMBER OF HOMES AND APARTMENTS||31,784|
|SOMERVILLE HOME OWNERSHIP|
|% OWNER OCCUPIED||32.95%|
|% RENTER OCCUPIED||67.05%|
|TYPE OF SOMERVILLE HOMES|
|SINGLE FAMILY DETACHED||11.28%|
|ROWHOUSES AND ATTACHED HOMES||3.92%|
|SMALL APARTMENT BUILDINGS||59.46%|
|COMPLEXES OR HIGH RISE APARTMENTS||25.34%|
|SIZE OF SOMERVILLE HOMES|
|5 OR MORE BEDROOMS||3.94%|
|AGE OF SOMERVILLE HOMES|
|NEWER HOMES (2000 OR LATER)||4.44%|
|ESTABLISHED, BUT NOT OLD HOMES (1970-1999)||12.44%|
|WELL-ESTABLISHED, OLD HOMES (1940-1969)||18.01%|
|HISTORIC (1939 OR BEFORE)||65.11%|
|SOMERVILLE REAL ESTATE INFORMATION||DETAILS|
|MEDIAN HOME VALUE||$510,540|
|MEDIAN RENTAL PRICE||$1,733|
|HOME VALUE RANGE|
|$0 - $58,000||1.72%|
|$58,001 - $117,000||0.72%|
|$117,001 - $234,000||4.53%|
|$234,001 - $350,000||10.85%|
|$350,001 - $467,000||23.04%|
|$467,001 - $584,000||18.64%|
|$584,001 - $876,000||32.07%|
|$876,001 - $1,168,000||6.32%|
|PEOPLE OF SOMERVILLE||DETAILS|
|UNDER 5 YEARS||5.35%|
|5 TO 17||8.21%|
|18 TO 24||14.45%|
|25 TO 34||31.05%|
|35 TO 54||24.02%|
|55 TO 64||7.77%|
|65 YEARS AND OVER||9.16%|
|EDUCATIONAL ATTAINMENT OF ADULTS|
|HIGH SCHOOL GRADUATES||88.95%|
|MEDIAN HOUSEHOLD INCOME||$66,866|
|PER CAPITA INCOME||$36,229|
|INDIVIDUALS BELOW POVERTY LEVEL||15.55%|
|INDUSTRIES PEOPLE WORK IN||Education (20.31%)
Professional, scientific, and technical services (14.78%)
Information Technology (3.98%)
Public Service (3.04%)
|BLACK OR AFRICAN AMERICAN||7.47%|
|AMERICAN INDIAN AND ALASKA NATIVE||0.29%|
|NATIVE HAWAIIAN AND OTHER PACIFIC ISLANDERS||0.02%|
|SOME OTHER RACE ALONE||3.23%|
|TWO OR MORE RACES||3.29%|
|HISPANIC OR LATINO (OF ANY RACE)||9.46%|
|ETHNICITIES PRESENT||Irish (17.67%)
French Canadian (2.39%)
|LANGUAGES SPOKEN||English (68.76%)
Indic languages (2.51%)
French Creole (2.07%)
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