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. 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 91.41% 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 (12.18%), teaching (10.53%), and computer science and math (8.79%).
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 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.
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 34.43 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.
Do you have a 4-year college degree or graduate degree? If so, you may feel right at home in Somerville. 64.45% 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 2018 was $49,382, which is upper middle income relative to Massachusetts, and wealthy relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $197,528 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 12.35% of the city’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Somerville include Irish, Italian, German, English, and Portuguese.
In addition, Somerville has a lot of people living here who were born outside of the US (24.98%).
The most common language spoken in Somerville is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Portuguese.