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  2. Crime & Safety
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  3. Housing
    C
  4. Nightlife
    A+
  5. Good for Families
    A-
  6. Diversity
    A-
  7. Jobs
    B-
  8. Weather
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  9. Cost of Living
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  10. Health & Fitness
    A+
  11. Outdoor Activities
    A
  12. Commute
    A
Somerville is a suburb of Boston with a population of 79,507. Somerville is in Middlesex County and is one of the best places to live in Massachusetts. Living in Somerville offers residents an urban 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
79,507

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$512,500
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$1,600
National
$949
Area Feel
Urban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    65%
  • Own
    35%
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Somerville Rankings

Niche ranks thousands of places to live based on key statistics from the U.S. Census and and expert insights.

Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
B-
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    162
    283
  • Murder
    1
    6
  • Rape
    19
    41
  • Robbery
    50
    136
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    211
    500
  • Theft
    981
    2,043
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    108
    284
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Residents

Diversity
A-
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Median Household Income
$78,673
National
$55,322
Children
10%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    28%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    31%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    13%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    18%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    10%
    13%
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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!
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Somerville is a safe, vibrant, healthy, and walkable community. It's perfect for young professionals, students, and families alike. There are a variety of restaurants to try and bars to frequent. There are walking/bike paths to a nearby land reservation. Public transportation is easily accessible as is the highway if you commute out of the city for work. There is something for everyone in Somerville and I feel very lucky to live here!
Somerville provides a great cross-section of college students, young families, and young professionals working in and around Boston. This neighborhood has been cleaned up in recent years, especially in the Porter Square, Davis Square, and Tufts University areas. It's a safe area with plenty of elementary schools, nearby colleges, bars, and shopping options. Public transportation is very easily accessed, and street parking is abundant for those with vehicles and no driveway. If you want a laid-back neighborhood with great bars, plenty to do, phenomenal food options, and all the amenities, look no further!