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Overview

Introduction to Somerville, Massachusetts

Somerville Massachusetts is an industrial city located northwest of Boston and adjacent to the city of Cambridge. A population of well over 70,000 living within an area comprising slightly over 4 square miles makes Somerville the most densely populated city in New England. Once part of neighboring Charlestown, Somerville became incorporated as a separate town in 1842 and in 1872 the town was incorporated as a city. The ensuing years saw the city's population grow in leaps and bounds, aided by the establishment of street car lines and a burgeoning prominence of heavy industry which took root in the city. Like its neighbor Cambridge, Somerville is defined by its city squares, which mark the neighborhood boundaries and also house unique centers of business and entertainment. Among these are Davis Square, Ball Square, Union Square, Teele Square, and Magoun Square.

Attractions in the Somerville Area

Home to a thriving arts community, Somerville hosts a series of arts-related events throughout the year. ArtBeat takes place in the midst of the summer heat (third weekend in July), when artists and patrons converge on Davis Square to celebrate one of the area's largest arts festivals. Featured are music, crafts, dance, food, and much more. The Somerville Arts Council hosts events which showcase community involvement in homegrown arts. One example is the Illuminations Tour, an annual trolley tour of holiday light displays. One of Somerville's most notable cultural sites is the Somerville Museum, which chronicles Somerville's roots with historical exhibits and artistic displays.

Neighboring Cambridge, home to both Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), is rich in cultural attractions of its own. Among them are the Longfellow House (former home of the famed poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow), the Museum of Science, Harvard's Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology, and the Busch-Reisinger Museum. The greater Boston metropolitan area boasts many world-class attractions, including the following:

  • The Freedom Trail
  • Old North Church
  • Faneuil Hall
  • Fenway Park (home of the Boston Red Sox)
  • The New England Aquarium
  • The USS Constitution
  • The Museum of Fine Arts
  • The Boston Children's Museum
  • Franklin Park Zoo
  • John Hancock Tower
  • John Fitzgerald Kennedy Library
  • Paul Revere House
  • Prudential Center

Boston is also a world-class center for professional sports. Major league teams resident in the city include the Boston Celtics, holders of numerous NBA basketball championships; baseball's Boston Red Sox (MLB), and the National Hockey League's Boston Bruins. Also in the city are the Boston Cannons of Major League Lacrosse (MLL) and the Boston Lobsters of World Team Tennis (WTT). The town of Foxboro (30 miles to the southwest) is the home of the NFL's New England Patriots and Major League Soccer's New England Revolution.

Demographics

People

Total Population79,507
Male Share of the Population49.5%
Female Share of the Population50.5%
Senior Citizens9.8%
Employed Population 16+51,134
Age of the Population32

Families

% of people married31.3%
Average household size2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher58.6%
Median Earnings25+$46,632
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$22,087
Median Earnings With High School Degree$30,581

Wealth

Median Family Income$84,896
% Above Poverty Level86.7%
% Below Poverty Level13.3%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time31 minutes
% Working from Home4%
% Walking and Biking to Work17.4%
% Using Public Transportation33%

Housing

People Living Alone30.7%
Median Gross Rent$1,600
Median House Value$512,500

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)26%
Irish17.8%
Italian13.4%
German7.8%
English7.2%
Portuguese4.7%
Polish3.4%
West Indian3.1%
French Except Basque3%
Brazilian2.8%
Haitian2.6%
Scottish2.2%
Canadian2%
Russian2%
African1.9%
Greek1.5%
Swedish1.1%
US/American0.9%
Dutch0.8%
Arab0.8%
Ukrainian0.6%
Lithuanian0.6%
Norwegian0.5%
Welsh0.5%
Austrian0.4%
Hungarian0.4%
Albanian0.4%
Cape Verdean0.4%
Czech0.3%
Ghanaian0.3%
Danishn0.3%
Jamaican0.3%
Finnish0.2%
Lebanese0.2%
Turkish0.2%
Romanian0.2%
Ethiopian0.2%
Bulgarian0.2%
Iranian0.2%
Barbadian0.1%
Swiss0.1%
Egyptian0.1%
Nigerian0.1%
Belgian0.1%
Croatian0.1%
Slovak0.1%
Latvian0.1%
Sudanese0.1%
South African0.1%
Syrian0.1%
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Somerville Almanac

CategoryValue
Nearest Large City2 miles NW of Boston, Massachusetts
County Middlesex County
Standard Zip Codes2143, 2144, 2145
Phone Area Codes617,857
Time ZoneAmerica/New_York
Daylight SavingsThe city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude42.387
Longitude-71.1

Somerville Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)

StationBOSTON LOGAN INTL AP
Distance4.5 miles
Jan Temp22 to 37 F
Apr Temp41 to 56 F
Jul Temp66 to 82 F
Oct Temp46 to 62 F
Annual Precip42.5 inches
StationREADING
Distance9.1 miles
Jan Temp16 to 35 F
Apr Temp35 to 58 F
Jul Temp60 to 83 F
Oct Temp39 to 62 F
Annual Precip48.3 inches
StationHINGHAM
Distance14.2 miles
Jan Temp20 to 37 F
Apr Temp38 to 57 F
Jul Temp62 to 81 F
Oct Temp42 to 62 F
Annual Precip49.8 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income
Arlington44,408$132,692
Boston658,279$65,238
Cambridge108,757$107,897
Chelsea38,244$53,219
Everett44,636$56,211
Medford57,180$97,422

Somerville Public Libraries

Somerville Public Library
79 HIGHLAND AVENUE
Somerville, Massachusetts
(617) 623-5000

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Somerville Hospitals

Cambridge Health Alliance - Somerville Campus
(Government - District/authority)
230 Highland Avenue
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Somerville Public Schools

Benjamin G Brown
201 Willow Ave
(617) 625-6600
Primary
Total Enrollment 278
John F Kennedy
5 Cherry St
(617) 625-6600
Primary
Total Enrollment 445
Full Circle High School
11 Otis St
(617) 625-6600
High
Total Enrollment 56
E Somerville Community
42 Prescott St
(617) 625-6600
Primary
Total Enrollment 504
Somerville High
81 Highland Ave
(617) 625-6600
High
Total Enrollment 1324
West Somerville Neighborhood
177 Powderhouse Blvd
(617) 625-6600
Primary
Total Enrollment 331
Arthur D Healey
5 Meacham St
(617) 625-6600
Primary
Total Enrollment 526
Albert F. Argenziano School At Lincoln Park
290 Washington St
(617) 625-6600
Primary
Total Enrollment 555
Winter Hill Community
115 Sycamore St
(617) 625-6600
Primary
Total Enrollment 395
Next Wave Junior High
8 Bonair St
(617) 625-6600
Middle
Total Enrollment 27
Capuano Early Childhood Center
150 Glen St
(617) 625-6600
Primary
Total Enrollment 436

Somerville Private Schools

St Catherine Of Genoa School
192 Summer St
Elementary
Total Enrollment 186
Tufts Educational Daycare Center
165 Holland St
Elementary
Total Enrollment 24
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Old powder house (North Somerville) between 1890 and 1901
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