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  1. Public Schools
    B+
  2. Crime & Safety
    C+
  3. Housing
    C
  4. Nightlife
    A+
  5. Good for Families
    A
  6. Diversity
    A-
  7. Jobs
    B
  8. Weather
    B-
  9. Cost of Living
    C-
  10. Health & Fitness
    A+
  11. Outdoor Activities
    A+
  12. Commute
    A
Somerville is a suburb of Boston with a population of 80,434. Somerville is in Middlesex County and is one of the best places to live in Massachusetts. Living in Somerville offers residents an urban suburban mix feel and most residents rent their homes. In Somerville there are a lot of bars, restaurants, coffee shops, and parks. Many young professionals live in Somerville and residents tend to be liberal. The public schools in Somerville are above average.
About Somerville...
Population
80,434

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$616,100
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$1,763
National
$949
Area Feel
Urban Suburban Mix
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    66%
  • Own
    34%
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Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
C+
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    137.5
    282.7
  • Murder
    0
    6.1
  • Rape
    25.6
    40.7
  • Robbery
    52.3
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    194.7
    500.1
  • Theft
    912.8
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    133.9
    284

Residents

Diversity
A-
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Age
  • <10 years
    7%
  • 10-17 years
    4%
  • 18-24 years
    14%
  • 25-34 years
    33%
  • 35-44 years
    14%
  • 45-54 years
    9%
  • 55-64 years
    8%
  • 65+ years
    9%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    30%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    34%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    12%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    15%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    9%
    13%

Working in Somerville

Jobs
B
Based on employment rates, job and business growth, and cost of living.
Median Household Income
$91,168
National
$55,322
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Somerville is highly populated and extremely expensive! The schools here are pretty average, there is however a lot of job opportunities because of how many places there are here. You can find many commute systems, bus stops and subway. Overall Somerville is pretty average.
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I like living in Somerville as it is a very active and inclusive community. The restaurants around town are very good and sometimes family-owned which is nice. Overall, the residents are from various ethnic backgrounds and many different walks of life so you can run into someone from anywhere!
Somerville is an affordable, safe and unique suburb just minutes outside of Boston. It is easy to access the city and Cambridge via the redline for an easy commute or a fun day of city activities. It also has plenty to do! Great shops, restaurants, and activities (Legoland, Somerville Theatre and so much more). The suburb is bike friendly with most streets having bike lanes and a convenient bike/pedestrian path connecting Somerville to Arlington. Great area to raise families, meet friends or simply stay under the radar!