Somerville, Massachusetts

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Population in 2014: 78,901 (100% urban, 0% rural). Population change since 2000: +1.8%
 
Males: 39,228  (49.7%)
Females: 39,673  (50.3%)
Median resident age:  33.9 years
Massachusetts median age:  39.4 years

Zip codes: 02143, 02144.

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Estimated median household income in 2013: $70,729 (it was $46,315 in 2000)
Somerville:

$70,729
MA:

$66,768

Estimated per capita income in 2013: $38,400 (it was $23,628 in 2000)

Somerville city income, earnings, and wages data

Estimated median house or condo value in 2013: $454,300 (it was $262,000 in 2000)
Somerville:

$454,300
MA:

$327,200

Mean prices in 2013: All housing units: $455,238; Detached houses: $500,943; Townhouses or other attached units: $445,696; In 2-unit structures: $450,060; In 3-to-4-unit structures: $441,548; In 5-or-more-unit structures: $389,385

Median gross rent in 2013: $1,502.

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  • Races in Somerville, MA (2013)

    Somerville races chart
    • 54,49269.4%White alone
    • 8,75311.1%Hispanic
    • 7,5529.6%Asian alone
    • 4,9196.3%Black alone
    • 2,0582.6%Two or more races
    • 7941.0%Other race alone
    • 980.1%American Indian alone

Races in Somerville detailed stats: ancestries, foreign born residents, place of birth

Mar. 2016 cost of living index in Somerville: 143.4 (very high, U.S. average is 100)
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Ancestries: Irish (14.2%), Italian (12.2%), German (5.9%), English (5.8%), Portuguese (4.9%), Polish (3.0%).

Current Local Time: EST time zone

Elevation: 12 feet

Land area: 4.11 square miles.

Population density: 19,215 people per square mile   (very high).

Somerville,MA real estate house value index trend

Somerville, Massachusetts map

For population 25 years and over in Somerville:

  • High school or higher: 87.8%
  • Bachelor's degree or higher: 52.3%
  • Graduate or professional degree: 25.9%
  • Unemployed: 3.5%
  • Mean travel time to work (commute): 29.8 minutes

For population 15 years and over in Somerville city:

  • Never married: 53.1%
  • Now married: 32.8%
  • Separated: 2.0%
  • Widowed: 5.1%
  • Divorced: 7.1%

19,878 residents are foreign born (9.4% Latin America, 5.8% Europe, 5.4% Asia).

This city:

25.2%
Massachusetts:

15.6%



According to our research of Massachusetts and other state lists there were 8 registered sex offenders living in Somerville, Massachusetts as of August 23, 2016.
The ratio of number of residents in Somerville to the number of sex offenders is 9,638 to 1.
The number of registered sex offenders compared to the number of residents in this city is a lot smaller than the state average.


Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with mortgages in 2013: $3,970 (0.9%)
Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with no mortgage in 2013: $4,077 (0.9%)

Somerville satellite photo by USGS

Nearest city with pop. 200,000+: Boston, MA (4.8 miles , pop. 589,141).

Nearest city with pop. 1,000,000+: Bronx, NY (178.6 miles , pop. 1,332,650).

Nearest cities: Cambridge, MA (1.1 miles ), Medford, MA (1.4 miles ), Everett, MA (1.7 miles ), Malden, MA (1.9 miles ), Chelsea, MA (1.9 miles ), Belmont, MA (1.9 miles ), Arlington, MA (1.9 miles ), Watertown, MA (2.1 miles ).

Single-family new house construction building permits:

  • 1997: 6 buildings, average cost: $55,000
  • 2003: 12 buildings, average cost: $166,700
  • 2004: 8 buildings, average cost: $166,700
  • 2005: 10 buildings, average cost: $166,700
  • 2006: 6 buildings, average cost: $166,700
  • 2007: 4 buildings, average cost: $166,700
  • 2008: 3 buildings, average cost: $166,700
  • 2009: 2 buildings, average cost: $166,700
  • 2010: 1 building, cost: $166,700

Number of permits per 10,000 residents

Average cost (in $1000s)

Latitude: 42.39 N, Longitude: 71.10 W

Daytime population change due to commuting: -23,647 (-30.0%)
Workers who live and work in this city: 7,251 (15.5%)

Area codes: 617, 857

Somerville household income distribution Somerville home values distribution

Crime rates in Somerville by Year
Type 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014
Murders 3031212300001
per 100,000 3.80.03.91.32.71.32.74.00.00.00.00.01.3
Rapes 271113719172071217231810
per 100,000 34.414.317.19.325.222.927.09.315.922.329.823.112.5
Robberies 125981141391291191121047190825158
per 100,000 159.4127.3149.8184.3171.1160.5151.3138.593.9118.1106.265.672.7
Assaults 193149128115172152170198155175164122144
per 100,000 246.1193.5168.2152.5228.1205.0229.7263.6205.1229.6212.4156.9180.5
Burglaries 427378468521434436450494486415348426192
per 100,000 544.4491.0615.0690.9575.5587.9608.0657.7643.0544.5450.8547.8240.6
Thefts 1,3619081,0028331,2041,5331,6141,3011,2741,1781,248998923
per 100,000 1,735.11,179.41,316.81,104.61,596.52,067.32,180.71,732.11,685.51,545.61,616.61,283.31,156.7
Auto thefts 433521359319316283249160165149128101109
per 100,000 552.0676.7471.8423.0419.0381.6336.4213.0218.3195.5165.8129.9136.6
Arson N/AN/AN/A36274533214
per 100,000 N/AN/AN/A4.08.02.79.55.36.63.93.927.05.0
City-data.com crime index (higher means more crime, U.S. average = 287.5) 295.0232.8242.7231.0270.2274.9285.8251.5220.1223.2215.8176.3150.1

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City-data.com crime index counts serious crimes more heavily. It adjusts for the number of visitors and daily workers commuting into cities.

Crime rate in Somerville detailed stats: murders, rapes, robberies, assaults, burglaries, thefts, arson
Full-time law enforcement employees in 2014, including police officers: 137 (127 officers).
Officers per 1,000 residents here:

1.59
Massachusetts average:

2.55

Somerville tourist attractions:

Unemployment in September 2015:
Here:

3.1%
Massachusetts:

4.5%

Unemployment by year (%)

Historical population

Historical housing units


Population change in the 1990s: +1,183 (+1.6%).
Most common industries in 2013 (%)
Males Females
  • Professional, scientific, and technical services (17%)
  • Educational services (16%)
  • Manufacturing (9%)
  • Administrative and support and waste management services (8%)
  • Retail trade (7%)
  • Accommodation and food services (7%)
  • Health care and social assistance (7%)
  • Educational services (28%)
  • Health care and social assistance (22%)
  • Professional, scientific, and technical services (13%)
  • Accommodation and food services (6%)
  • Other services, except public administration (5%)
  • Administrative and support and waste management services (5%)
  • Retail trade (4%)
Most common occupations in 2013 (%)
Males Females
  • Computer and mathematical occupations (12%)
  • Management occupations (11%)
  • Education, training, and library occupations (8%)
  • Business and financial operations occupations (8%)
  • Office and administrative support occupations (8%)
  • Life, physical, and social science occupations (7%)
  • Sales and related occupations (6%)
  • Office and administrative support occupations (17%)
  • Education, training, and library occupations (14%)
  • Management occupations (12%)
  • Arts, design, entertainment, sports, and media occupations (6%)
  • Health diagnosing and treating practitioners and other technical occupations (6%)
  • Building and grounds cleaning and maintenance occupations (6%)
  • Business and financial operations occupations (5%)

Work and jobs in Somerville: detailed stats about occupations, industries, unemployment, workers, commute

Average climate in Somerville, Massachusetts

Based on data reported by over 4,000 weather stations

Somerville, Massachusetts average temperatures Somerville, Massachusetts average precipitation Somerville, Massachusetts humidity Somerville, Massachusetts wind speed Somerville, Massachusetts snowfall Somerville, Massachusetts sunshine Somerville, Massachusetts clear and cloudy days

Tornado activity:

Somerville-area historical tornado activity is near Massachusetts state average. It is 43% smaller than the overall U.S. average.

On 6/9/1953, a category F4 (max. wind speeds 207-260 mph) tornado 22.2 miles away from the Somerville city center killed 90 people and injured 1228 people and caused between $50,000,000 and $500,000,000 in damages.

On 9/29/1974, a category F3 (max. wind speeds 158-206 mph) tornado 15.9 miles away from the city center injured one person and caused between $50,000 and $500,000 in damages.

Earthquake activity:

Somerville-area historical earthquake activity is near Massachusetts state average. It is 90% smaller than the overall U.S. average.

On 10/7/1983 at 10:18:46, a magnitude 5.3 (5.1 MB, 5.3 LG, 5.1 ML, Class: Moderate, Intensity: VI - VII) earthquake occurred 195.8 miles away from the city center
On 1/19/1982 at 00:14:42, a magnitude 4.7 (4.5 MB, 4.7 MD, 4.5 LG, Class: Light, Intensity: IV - V) earthquake occurred 80.7 miles away from Somerville center
On 4/20/2002 at 10:50:47, a magnitude 5.2 (5.2 MB, 4.2 MS, 5.2 MW, 5.0 MW, Depth: 6.8 mi) earthquake occurred 195.6 miles away from the city center
On 8/22/1992 at 12:20:32, a magnitude 4.8 (4.8 MB, 3.8 MS, 4.7 LG, Depth: 6.2 mi) earthquake occurred 230.9 miles away from the city center
On 10/2/1994 at 11:27:22, a magnitude 3.7 (3.5 LG, 3.7 LG, Depth: 6.2 mi, Class: Light, Intensity: II - III) earthquake occurred 60.0 miles away from Somerville center
On 7/22/2003 at 11:41:15, a magnitude 3.6 (3.6 LG, Depth: 6.8 mi) earthquake occurred 61.0 miles away from the city center
Magnitude types: regional Lg-wave magnitude (LG), body-wave magnitude (MB), duration magnitude (MD), local magnitude (ML), surface-wave magnitude (MS), moment magnitude (MW)

Natural disasters:

The number of natural disasters in Middlesex County (24) is a lot greater than the US average (12).
Major Disasters (Presidential) Declared: 14
Emergencies Declared: 10

Causes of natural disasters: Floods: 10, Storms: 7, Hurricanes: 4, Snowstorms: 3, Winter Storms: 3, Blizzards: 2, Snows: 2, Heavy Rain: 1, Snowfall: 1, Water Main Break: 1, Wind: 1 (Note: Some incidents may be assigned to more than one category).
Somerville topographic map

Birthplace of: Ralph Waldo Christie - Rear Admiral of the Navy during World War II, Kenneth W. Rendell - Businessman, Alan Hovhaness - (1911-2000), composer, Harold L. George - Air Force general, Richard Tisei - Politician, Alfred M. Pride - Navy admiral, Andrew P. Iosue - Air Force general, Hal Clement - Novelist, Harry Nelson Pillsbury - Chess player, Niko Dimitrakos - Ice hockey player.

Main business address for: CENTRAL BANCORP INC /MA/ (STATE COMMERCIAL BANKS), BEACON ROOFING SUPPLY INC (WHOLESALE-LUMBER & OTHER CONSTRUCTION MATERIALS).

Hospitals and medical centers in Somerville:

  • HERITAGE HOSPITAL (26 CENTRAL ST)
  • CLARENDON HILL NURSING HOME, INC (1323 BROADWAY)
  • JEANNE JUGAN RESIDENCE (186 HIGHLAND AVENUE)
  • MARY ELLEN NURSING HOME (170 HIGHLAND AVE)
  • PROSPECT HILL MANOR NH (37 MUNROE ST)
  • SUNRISE N H, INC (26 ADAMS ST)
  • WINTER HILL N H (50 EVERGREEN AVE)
  • DCI BALL SQUARE (643 BROADWAY)
  • NIZHONI HEALTH SYSTEMS (5 MIDDLESEX AVE, 4TH FL, ASSEMBLY SQ OFFICE PARK)
  • VNA OF EASTERN MASSACHUSETTS (259 LOWELL STREET)

Heliports located in Somerville:

Amtrak stations near Somerville:

  • 3 miles: BOSTON, NORTH STATION (BOSTON, 126 CAUSEWAY ST.) . Services: ticket office, enclosed waiting area.
  • 4 miles: BACK BAY (BOSTON, 145 DARTMOUTH ST.) . Services: ticket office, partially wheelchair accessible, enclosed waiting area, public restrooms, public payphones, vending machines, ATM, paid short-term parking, paid long-term parking, call for car rental service, taxi stand, public transit connection.
  • 4 miles: BOSTON (SO. STA) (BOSTON, ATLANTIC AVE. & SUMMER ST.) . Services: ticket office, fully wheelchair accessible, enclosed waiting area, public restrooms, public payphones, full-service food facilities and snack bar, ATM, paid short-term parking, paid long-term parking, call for car rental service, taxi stand, intercity bus service, public transit connection.

College/University in Somerville:

  • Lincoln Technical Institute-Somerville (Full-time enrollment: 251; Location: 5 Middlesex Ave; Private, for-profit; Website: www.lincolntech.com)

Colleges/universities with over 2000 students nearest to Somerville:

  • Lesley University (about 2 miles; Cambridge, MA; Full-time enrollment: 4,317)
  • Harvard University (about 2 miles; Cambridge, MA; FT enrollment: 20,857)
  • Tufts University (about 2 miles; Medford, MA; FT enrollment: 9,041)
  • Cambridge College (about 2 miles; Cambridge, MA; FT enrollment: 2,782)
  • Bunker Hill Community College (about 3 miles; Boston, MA; FT enrollment: 8,814)
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology (about 3 miles; Cambridge, MA; FT enrollment: 13,548)
  • Boston University (about 3 miles; Boston, MA; FT enrollment: 29,780)

Public high schools in Somerville:

Public elementary/middle schools in Somerville:

Private elementary/middle school in Somerville:

  • ST CATHERINE OF GENOA SCHOOL (Students: 268, Location: 192 SUMMER ST, Grades: PK-8)
See full list of schools located in Somerville

Library in Somerville:

  • SOMERVILLE PUBLIC LIBRARY (Operating income: $2,122,474; Location: 79 HIGHLAND AVENUE; 163,096 books; 11,879 audio materials; 7,984 video materials; 8 local licensed databases; 31 state licensed databases; 3 other licensed databases; 1,082 print serial subscriptions; 1 electronic serial subscriptions)

User submitted facts and corrections:

  • Temple B'nai Brith is located at 201 Central Street Somerville, MA 02145 617-625-0333, Havurat Shalom (also Jewish) located at 113 College Avenue, Somerville MA 02144 617 666 7339

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Notable locations in Somerville: Union Square (A), Wilson Square (B), House Square (C), Davis Square (D), Trum Field (E), Inner Belt Industrial Park (F), Innerbelt Industrial Park (G), Somerville City Hall (H), Cataldo Ambulance Service (I), Somerville Fire Department Station 3 (J), Somerville Fire Department Station 6 (K), Veterans Memorial Rink (L), Alumnae Hall (M), Anthony House (N), Balch Arena Theater (O), Baronian Field House (P), Bartol House (Q), Somerville Public Library (R), Somerville Fire Department Station 1 Headquarters (S), Blakeley Hall (T). Display/hide their locations on the map

Shopping Center: Assembly Square Mall Shopping Center (1). Display/hide its location on the map

Main business address in Somerville include: CENTRAL BANCORP INC /MA/ (A), BEACON ROOFING SUPPLY INC (B). Display/hide their locations on the map

Churches in Somerville include: Temple Bnai Brith (A), Saint Catherines Church (B), Saint James Episcopal Church (C), Mission Church of Our Lord (D), Korean Methodist Church (E), Greek Orthodox Church (F), Full Gospel Restoration Church (G), Evangelical-Haitian Church (H), Community Baptist Church (I). Display/hide their locations on the map

Cemeteries: Somerville Cemetery (1), Veterans Cemetery (2), Somerville Cemetery (3). Display/hide their locations on the map

Streams, rivers, and creeks: Alewife Brook (A). Display/hide its location on the map

Parks in Somerville include: Inman Square (1), Palmacci Playground (2), Perry Pond (3), Spring Hill Historic District (4), Matignon High School Athletic Field (5), Lincoln Park (6), Conway Playground (7), Tufts Park (8), Bailey Park (9). Display/hide their locations on the map

Hotels: Holiday Inn - Inns (30 Washington Street), La Quinta Inn Somerville - Tage (23 Cummings Street).

Middlesex County has a predicted average indoor radon screening level greater than 4 pCi/L (pico curies per liter) - Highest Potential

Air pollution and air quality trends
(lower is better)

Air Quality Index (AQI) level in 2013 was 91.8. This is worse than average.

City:

91.8
U.S.:

74.7

Carbon Monoxide (CO) [ppm] level in 2013 was 0.296. This is about average. Closest monitor was 0.9 miles away from the city center.

City:

0.296
U.S.:

0.293

Nitrogen Dioxide (NO2) [ppb] level in 2013 was 13.7. This is significantly worse than average. Closest monitor was 0.9 miles away from the city center.

City:

13.7
U.S.:

6.4

Sulfur Dioxide (SO2) [ppb] level in 2013 was 1.30. This is significantly better than average. Closest monitor was 0.9 miles away from the city center.

City:

1.30
U.S.:

1.91

Ozone [ppb] level in 2013 was 25.8. This is better than average. Closest monitor was 0.9 miles away from the city center.

City:

25.8
U.S.:

32.0

Particulate Matter (PM10) [µg/m3] level in 2013 was 16.0. This is better than average. Closest monitor was 2.5 miles away from the city center.

City:

16.0
U.S.:

20.0

Particulate Matter (PM2.5) [µg/m3] level in 2013 was 9.14. This is about average. Closest monitor was 2.5 miles away from the city center.

City:

9.14
U.S.:

9.35
Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2013: 13.1%
(11.9% for White Non-Hispanic residents, 36.6% for Black residents, 26.0% for Hispanic or Latino residents, 2.6% for American Indian residents, 23.8% for other race residents, 18.4% for two or more races residents)
Average household size:
This city:  2.3 people
Massachusetts:  2.5 people

Percentage of family households:
This city:  41.8%
Whole state:  63.0%

Percentage of households with unmarried partners:
This city:  10.2%
Whole state:  7.0%

Likely homosexual households (counted as self-reported same-sex unmarried-partner households)
  • Lesbian couples: 0.9% of all households
  • Gay men: 0.7% of all households

People in group quarters in Somerville in 2010:

  • 1,879 people in college/university student housing
  • 114 people in emergency and transitional shelters (with sleeping facilities) for people experiencing homelessness
  • 95 people in other noninstitutional facilities
  • 74 people in group homes intended for adults
  • 70 people in residential treatment centers for adults
  • 22 people in nursing facilities/skilled-nursing facilities
  • 15 people in correctional facilities intended for juveniles

People in group quarters in Somerville in 2000:

  • 1,825 people in college dormitories (includes college quarters off campus)
  • 280 people in nursing homes
  • 126 people in other noninstitutional group quarters
  • 94 people in homes for the mentally retarded
  • 52 people in religious group quarters
  • 40 people in other nonhousehold living situations
  • 38 people in homes or halfway houses for drug/alcohol abuse
  • 24 people in homes for the mentally ill
  • 20 people in mental (psychiatric) hospitals or wards
  • 16 people in unknown juvenile institutions

Somerville, Massachusetts environmental map by EPA

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Banks with most branches in Somerville (2011 data):

  • RBS Citizens, National Association: Union Square Branch, Winter Hill Branch, Davis Square Branch, Somerville Stop & Shop Branch. Info updated 2007/09/19: Bank assets: $106,940.6 mil, Deposits: $75,690.2 mil, headquarters in Providence, RI, positive income, 1135 total offices, Holding Company: Uk Financial Investments Limited
  • Winter Hill Bank, FSB: Broadway Branch, Cutter Avenue Branch, Winter Hill Bank, Fsb. Info updated 2012/02/16: Bank assets: $256.4 mil, Deposits: $222.8 mil, local headquarters, positive income, Commercial Lending Specialization, 4 total offices
  • Middlesex Federal Savings, F.A.: at 1 College Ave, branch established on 1890/01/01; 1196 Broadway Branch at 1196 Broadway, branch established on 1890/01/01. Info updated 2011/11/28: Bank assets: $354.3 mil, Deposits: $285.8 mil, local headquarters, negative income in the last year, 3 total offices
  • Sovereign Bank, National Association: Davis Square Branch at 403 Highland Avenue, branch established on 1947/11/24; Broadway Branch at 125 Broadway, branch established on 1954/02/08. Info updated 2012/01/31: Bank assets: $78,146.9 mil, Deposits: $48,042.9 mil, headquarters in Wilmington, DE, positive income, Commercial Lending Specialization, 718 total offices, Holding Company: Banco Santander, S.A.
  • Eastern Bank: Davis Square Branch at 250 Elm Street, branch established on 2002/02/19. Info updated 2011/03/30: Bank assets: $7,812.9 mil, Deposits: $6,295.8 mil, headquarters in Boston, MA, positive income, Commercial Lending Specialization, 94 total offices, Holding Company: Eastern Bank Corporation
  • East Cambridge Savings Bank: Highland Branch at 285 Highland Avenue, branch established on 1976/08/02. Info updated 2007/04/09: Bank assets: $803.6 mil, Deposits: $690.6 mil, headquarters in Cambridge, MA, positive income, 9 total offices
  • Citibank, National Association: Somerville Branch at 337 Broadway, branch established on 2007/11/26. Info updated 2012/01/10: Bank assets: $1,288,658.0 mil, Deposits: $882,541.0 mil, headquarters in Sioux Falls, SD, positive income, International Specialization, 1048 total offices, Holding Company: Citigroup Inc.
  • Central Co-operative Bank: Central Co-Operative Bank at 399 Highland Avenue, branch established on 1915/01/01. Info updated 2008/06/25: Bank assets: $520.7 mil, Deposits: $335.1 mil, local headquarters, positive income, Commercial Lending Specialization, 11 total offices, Holding Company: Central Bancorp, Inc.
  • Bank of America, National Association: Somerville Branch at 406 Highland Avenue, branch established on 1947/11/01. Info updated 2009/11/18: Bank assets: $1,451,969.3 mil, Deposits: $1,077,176.8 mil, headquarters in Charlotte, NC, positive income, 5782 total offices, Holding Company: Bank Of America Corporation

Educational Attainment (%) in 2013

School Enrollment by Level of School (%) in 2013

Education Gini index (Inequality in education)
Here:

15.0
Massachusetts average:

12.9

Somerville travel time to work - commute Somerville mode of transportation to work chart

Presidential Elections Results

1996 2000 2008 2012

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Neighborhoods in Somerville:

(Somerville, Massachusetts Neighborhood Map)

Religion statistics for Somerville city (based on Middlesex County data)

ReligionAdherentsCongregations
Catholic718,209107
Mainline Protestant70,053269
Other68,480199
Evangelical Protestant41,270304
Orthodox23,64128
Black Protestant2,2768
None579,156-
Source: Clifford Grammich, Kirk Hadaway, Richard Houseal, Dale E.Jones, Alexei Krindatch, Richie Stanley and Richard H.Taylor. 2012. 2010 U.S.Religion Census: Religious Congregations & Membership Study. Association of Statisticians of American Religious Bodies. Jones, Dale E., et al. 2002. Congregations and Membership in the United States 2000. Nashville, TN: Glenmary Research Center. Graphs represent county-level data

Food Environment Statistics:

Number of grocery stores: 251
Middlesex County:

1.71 / 10,000 pop.
Massachusetts:

1.98 / 10,000 pop.
Number of supercenters and club stores: 5
This county:

0.03 / 10,000 pop.
State:

0.05 / 10,000 pop.
Number of convenience stores (no gas): 314
Middlesex County:

2.14 / 10,000 pop.
Massachusetts:

2.22 / 10,000 pop.
Number of convenience stores (with gas): 203
Middlesex County:

1.38 / 10,000 pop.
State:

1.77 / 10,000 pop.
Number of full-service restaurants: 1,153
Here:

7.84 / 10,000 pop.
State:

8.76 / 10,000 pop.
Adult diabetes rate:
This county:

7.8%
Massachusetts:

8.1%
Adult obesity rate:
Middlesex County:

21.5%
Massachusetts:

22.5%
Low-income preschool obesity rate:
This county:

18.0%
State:

16.5%

Health and Nutrition:

Healthy diet rate:
This city:

51.2%
Massachusetts:

49.9%

Average overall health of teeth and gums:
Somerville:

50.6%
Massachusetts:

47.1%

Average BMI:
This city:

27.7
Massachusetts:

28.5

People feeling badly about themselves:
This city:

19.2%
Massachusetts:

21.0%

People not drinking alcohol at all:
Somerville:

9.8%
State:

10.6%

Average hours sleeping at night:
This city:

6.9
State:

6.8

Overweight people:
Somerville:

28.7%
State:

33.4%

General health condition:
Here:

60.2%
Massachusetts:

56.4%

Average condition of hearing:
Here:

82.4%
Massachusetts:

78.9%

More about Health and Nutrition of Somerville, MA Residents
Local government employment and payroll (March 2013)
Function Full-time employees Monthly full-time payroll Average yearly full-time wage Part-time employees Monthly part-time payroll
Financial Administration 35$182,718$62,64668$56,038
Other Government Administration 35$192,542$66,0143$6,647
Judicial and Legal 8$54,189$81,2841$920
Police Protection - Officers 129$1,013,005$94,2330$0
Police - Other 23$99,630$51,9811$1,630
Firefighters 161$1,104,601$82,3310$0
Fire - Other 2$7,915$47,4902$3,751
Streets and Highways 29$180,934$74,8690$0
Welfare 4$17,353$52,0595$13,897
Health 39$176,416$54,28210$20,225
Sewerage 4$26,007$78,0210$0
Parks and Recreation 9$48,790$65,05326$22,860
Housing and Community Development(Local) 35$180,482$61,8803$4,637
Natural Resources 2$13,287$79,7220$0
Water Supply 13$75,359$69,5620$0
Elementary and Secondary - Instruction 630$5,253,351$100,064119$144,707
Elementary and Secondary - Other Total 135$313,667$27,882127$86,902
Local Libraries 28$125,806$53,91711$6,869
Other and Unallocable 156$720,142$55,39613$25,920
Totals for Government 1,477$9,786,194$79,509389$395,003

Somerville government finances - Expenditure in 2006 (per resident):

  • Current Operations - Elementary and Secondary Education: $62,919,000 ($797.44)
    General - Other: $31,863,000 ($403.84)
    Police Protection: $13,874,000 ($175.84)
    Local Fire Protection: $11,015,000 ($139.61)
    General Public Buildings: $9,258,000 ($117.34)
    Housing and Community Development: $4,611,000 ($58.44)
    Solid Waste Management: $4,246,000 ($53.81)
    Regular Highways: $4,075,000 ($51.65)
    Libraries: $2,083,000 ($26.40)
    Financial Administration: $2,079,000 ($26.35)
    Central Staff Services: $1,653,000 ($20.95)
    Protective Inspection and Regulation, NEC: $1,126,000 ($14.27)
    Water Utilities: $1,098,000 ($13.92)
    Health - Other: $1,044,000 ($13.23)
    Parks and Recreation: $714,000 ($9.05)
    Judicial and Legal Services: $540,000 ($6.84)
    Sewerage: $505,000 ($6.40)
    Public Welfare - Other: $245,000 ($3.11)
    Natural Resources - Other: $27,000 ($0.34)
  • Employee Retirement - Corporate Stocks: $70,185,000 ($889.53)
    Other Investments - Other: $18,407,000 ($233.29)
    Benefit Payments: $13,949,000 ($176.79)
    Corporate Bonds: $10,947,000 ($138.74)
    Total Cash and Deposits: $8,492,000 ($107.63)
    Withdrawals: $1,435,000 ($18.19)
  • General - Interest on Debt: $3,048,000 ($38.63)
  • Intergovernmental to Local NEC - Elementary and Secondary Education: $786,000 ($9.96)
    Central Staff Services: $21,000 ($0.27)
    Health - Other: $18,000 ($0.23)
    Transit Utilities: $1,000 ($0.01)
  • Intergovernmental to State - General - Other: $15,646,000 ($198.30)
    Transit Utilities: $4,275,000 ($54.18)
  • Other Capital Outlay - Elementary and Secondary Education: $3,413,000 ($43.26)
    Water Utilities: $2,079,000 ($26.35)
    Regular Highways: $1,457,000 ($18.47)
    General - Other: $814,000 ($10.32)
    Housing and Community Development: $761,000 ($9.64)
    Sewerage: $743,000 ($9.42)
    Protective Inspection and Regulation, NEC: $295,000 ($3.74)
  • Total Salaries and Wages: $77,126,000 ($977.50)
  • Water Utilities - Interest on Debt: $63,000 ($0.80)

Somerville government finances - Revenue in 2006 (per resident):

  • Charges - Sewerage: $12,854,000 ($162.91)
    All Other: $1,739,000 ($22.04)
    Elementary and Secondary Education School Lunch: $1,736,000 ($22.00)
    Parking Facilities: $1,042,000 ($13.21)
    Elementary and Secondary Education School Tuition and Transportation: $289,000 ($3.66)
    Housing and Community Development: $25,000 ($0.32)
    Elementary and Secondary Education - Other: $16,000 ($0.20)
  • Employee Retirement - Earnings on Investments (calculated): $20,080,000 ($254.50)
    From Parent Local Government: $10,854,000 ($137.56)
    Local Employee Contribution: $4,965,000 ($62.93)
    From Other Governments: $1,290,000 ($16.35)
  • Federal Intergovernmental - Housing and Community Development: $4,872,000 ($61.75)
    Education: $721,000 ($9.14)
    All Other: $711,000 ($9.01)
  • Miscellaneous - Fines and Forfeits: $6,797,000 ($86.15)
    General Revenue, NEC: $1,732,000 ($21.95)
    Interest Earnings: $1,444,000 ($18.30)
  • Revenue - Water Utilities: $7,717,000 ($97.81)
  • State Intergovernmental - Education: $29,686,000 ($376.24)
    General Local Government Support: $28,753,000 ($364.42)
    All Other: $3,086,000 ($39.11)
    Highways: $1,503,000 ($19.05)
    Housing and Community Development: $441,000 ($5.59)
    Public Welfare: $120,000 ($1.52)
  • Tax - Property: $82,957,000 ($1051.41)
    Other License: $2,505,000 ($31.75)
    Other Selective Sales: $986,000 ($12.50)

Somerville government finances - Debt in 2006 (per resident):

  • Long Term Debt - Beginning Outstanding - Unspecified Public Purpose: $69,038,000 ($875.00)
    Outstanding Unspecified Public Purpose: $66,511,000 ($842.97)
    Retired Unspecified Public Purpose: $5,242,000 ($66.44)
    Issue, Unspecified Public Purpose: $2,715,000 ($34.41)
  • Short Term Debt Outstanding - End of Fiscal Year: $13,505,000 ($171.16)
    Beginning: $6,162,000 ($78.10)

Somerville government finances - Cash and Securities in 2006 (per resident):

  • Bond Funds - Cash and Securities: $6,208,000 ($78.68)
  • Employee Retirement - Total Other Securities: $58,758,000 ($744.71)
  • Other Funds - Cash and Securities: $31,555,000 ($399.93)

6.30% of this county's 2011 resident taxpayers lived in other counties in 2010 ($59,805 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

6.30%
Massachusetts average:

5.61%

0.08% of residents moved from foreign countries ($940 average AGI)
Middlesex County:

0.08%
Massachusetts average:

0.06%

Top counties from which taxpayers relocated into this county between 2010 and 2011:
from Suffolk County, MA  1.36% ($60,625 average AGI)
from Essex County, MA  0.56% ($52,127)
from Norfolk County, MA  0.55% ($79,480)


6.42% of this county's 2010 resident taxpayers moved to other counties in 2011 ($63,821 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

6.42%
Massachusetts average:

5.85%

0.19% of residents moved to foreign countries ($1,531 average AGI)
Middlesex County:

0.19%
Massachusetts average:

0.11%

Top counties to which taxpayers relocated from this county between 2010 and 2011:
to Suffolk County, MA  1.21% ($55,257 average AGI)
to Essex County, MA  0.64% ($62,521)
to Norfolk County, MA  0.50% ($78,357)

Strongest AM radio stations in Somerville:

  • WEZE (590 AM; 5 kW; BOSTON, MA; Owner: NEW ENGLAND CONTINENTAL MEDIA, INC.)
  • WWZN (1510 AM; 50 kW; BOSTON, MA; Owner: ROSE CITY RADIO CORPORATION)
  • WXKS (1430 AM; 5 kW; EVERETT, MA; Owner: AMFM RADIO LICENSES, L.L.C.)
  • WILD (1090 AM; daytime; 5 kW; BOSTON, MA; Owner: RADIO ONE OF BOSTON LICENSES, LLC)
  • WRKO (680 AM; 50 kW; BOSTON, MA; Owner: ENTERCOM BOSTON LICENSE, LLC)
  • WEEI (850 AM; 50 kW; BOSTON, MA; Owner: ENTERCOM BOSTON LICENSE, LLC)
  • WRCA (1330 AM; 25 kW; WALTHAM, MA; Owner: WRCA LICENSE, LLC)
  • WBZ (1030 AM; 50 kW; BOSTON, MA; Owner: INFINITY BROADCASTING OPERATIONS, INC.)
  • WUNR (1600 AM; 20 kW; BROOKLINE, MA; Owner: CHAMPION BROADCASTING SYSTEMS, INC.)
  • WBPS (1150 AM; 5 kW; BOSTON, MA; Owner: MEGA COMMUNICATIONS OF BOSTON LICENSEE, L.L.C.)
  • WKOX (1200 AM; 50 kW; FRAMINGHAM, MA; Owner: CAPSTAR TX LIMITED PARTNERSHIP)
  • WROL (950 AM; 5 kW; BOSTON, MA; Owner: SCA LICENSE CORPORATION)
  • WNTN (1550 AM; 10 kW; NEWTON, MA; Owner: COLT COMMUNICATIONS, LLC)

Strongest FM radio stations in Somerville:

  • WXKS-FM (107.9 FM; MEDFORD, MA; Owner: AMFM RADIO LICENSES, L.L.C.)
  • WMJX (106.7 FM; BOSTON, MA; Owner: GREATER BOSTON RADIO, INC.)
  • WBCN (104.1 FM; BOSTON, MA; Owner: HEMISPHERE BROADCASTING CORPORATION)
  • WZLX (100.7 FM; BOSTON, MA; Owner: INFINITY BROADCASTING CORPORATION OF BOSTON)
  • W267AI (101.3 FM; BOSTON, MA; Owner: MCC BROADCASTING COMPANY, INC.)
  • WERS (88.9 FM; BOSTON, MA; Owner: EMERSON COLLEGE)
  • WHRB (95.3 FM; CAMBRIDGE, MA; Owner: HARVARD RADIO BROADCASTING CO., INC.)
  • WFNX (101.7 FM; LYNN, MA; Owner: MCC BROADCASTING COMPANY, INC.)
  • WMBR (88.1 FM; CAMBRIDGE, MA; Owner: TECHNOLOGY BROADCASTING CORPORATION)
  • WMFO (91.5 FM; MEDFORD, MA; Owner: TUFTS UNIVERSITY)
  • WBMX (98.5 FM; BOSTON, MA; Owner: INFINITY RADIO OPERATIONS INC.)
  • WJMN (94.5 FM; BOSTON, MA; Owner: AMFM RADIO LICENSES, L.L.C.)
  • WCRB (102.5 FM; WALTHAM, MA; Owner: CHARLES RIVER BROADCASTING WCRB LICE)
  • WTKK (96.9 FM; BOSTON, MA; Owner: GREATER BOSTON RADIO, INC.)
  • WBOS (92.9 FM; BROOKLINE, MA; Owner: GREATER BOSTON RADIO, INC.)
  • WROR-FM (105.7 FM; FRAMINGHAM, MA; Owner: GREATER BOSTON RADIO, INC.)
  • WBUR-FM (90.9 FM; BOSTON, MA; Owner: TRUSTEES OF BOSTON UNIVERSITY)
  • WGBH (89.7 FM; BOSTON, MA; Owner: WGBH EDUCATIONAL FOUNDATION)
  • WODS (103.3 FM; BOSTON, MA; Owner: INFINITY BROADCASTING OPERATIONS, INC.)
  • WQSX (93.7 FM; LAWRENCE, MA; Owner: ENTERCOM BOSTON LICENSE, LLC)

TV broadcast stations around Somerville:

  • WBPX (Channel 68; BOSTON, MA; Owner: PAXSON BOSTON-68 LICENSE, INC.)
  • WTMU-LP (Channel 32; BOSTON, MA; Owner: ZGS BOSTON, INC.)
  • WCEA-LP (Channel 58; BOSTON, MA; Owner: CHANNEL 19 TV CORPORATION)
  • WCVB-TV (Channel 5; BOSTON, MA; Owner: WCVB HEARST-ARGYLE TV, INC.)
  • WGBH-TV (Channel 2; BOSTON, MA; Owner: WGBH EDUCATIONAL FOUNDATION)
  • WHDH-TV (Channel 7; BOSTON, MA; Owner: WHDH-TV)
  • WMFP (Channel 62; LAWRENCE, MA; Owner: WSAH LICENSE, INC.)
  • WSBK-TV (Channel 38; BOSTON, MA; Owner: VIACOM INC.)
  • WLVI-TV (Channel 56; CAMBRIDGE, MA; Owner: WLVI, INC.)
  • WBZ-TV (Channel 4; BOSTON, MA; Owner: VIACOM INC.)
  • WGBX-TV (Channel 44; BOSTON, MA; Owner: WGBH EDUCATIONAL FOUNDATION)
  • WFXT (Channel 25; BOSTON, MA; Owner: FOX TELEVISION STATIONS INC.)
  • W40BO (Channel 40; BOSTON, MA; Owner: PAXSON COMMUNICATIONS LPTV, INC.)
  • WUTF (Channel 66; MARLBOROUGH, MA; Owner: TELEFUTURA BOSTON LLC)
  • WWDP (Channel 46; NORWELL, MA; Owner: NORWELL TELEVISION, LLC)
  • WUNI (Channel 27; WORCESTER, MA; Owner: ENTRAVISION HOLDINGS, LLC)
  • WFXZ-CA (Channel 24; BOSTON, MA; Owner: BOSTON BROADCASTING CORP.)
  • WLNE-TV (Channel 6; NEW BEDFORD, MA; Owner: FREEDOM BROADCASTING OF SOUTHERN NEW ENGLAND, INC.)
  • WPRI-TV (Channel 12; PROVIDENCE, RI; Owner: TVL BROADCASTING OF RHODE ISLAND, LLC)
  • WNAC-TV (Channel 64; PROVIDENCE, RI; Owner: WNAC, LLC)
  • WJAR (Channel 10; PROVIDENCE, RI; Owner: OUTLET BROADCASTING, INC.)
  • WHDN-LP (Channel 26; BOSTON, MA; Owner: GUENTER MARKSTEINER)
  • WSBE-TV (Channel 36; PROVIDENCE, RI; Owner: RHODE ISLAND PUBLIC TELECOM. AUTHORITY)
  • WNDS (Channel 50; DERRY, NH; Owner: CTV OF DERRY, INC)

Fatal accident count (per 100,000 population)

See more detailed statistics of Somerville fatal car crashes and road traffic accidents for 1975 - 2014 here
  • National Bridge Inventory (NBI) Statistics
  • 27Number of bridges
  • 224m735ftTotal length
  • $189,485,000Total costs
  • 706,366Total average daily traffic
  • 66,175Total average daily truck traffic
  • 1,121,793Total future (year 2031) average daily traffic

New bridges - Historical Statistics

  • 3Before 1900
  • 41900-1909
  • 41910-1919
  • 11920-1929
  • 11930-1939
  • 31950-1959
  • 81970-1979
  • 11980-1989
  • 11990-1999
  • 12000-2009
See Full National Bridge Inventory Statistics for Somerville, MA
Home Mortgage Disclosure Act Aggregated Statistics For Year 2009
(Based on 15 full tracts)
A) FHA, FSA/RHS & VA
Home Purchase Loans
B) Conventional
Home Purchase Loans
C) Refinancings
D) Home Improvement Loans
E) Loans on Dwellings For 5+ Families
F) Non-occupant Loans on
< 5 Family Dwellings (A B C & D)
NumberAverage ValueNumberAverage ValueNumberAverage ValueNumberAverage ValueNumberAverage ValueNumberAverage Value
LOANS ORIGINATED65$354,554550$295,4561,350$288,81555$162,43627$979,741170$320,382
APPLICATIONS APPROVED, NOT ACCEPTED1$296,00030$322,067111$313,7846$51,1673$5,115,66711$318,273
APPLICATIONS DENIED27$399,81570$271,443328$311,52130$144,5004$509,75046$328,217
APPLICATIONS WITHDRAWN18$379,16777$290,753216$305,79213$175,2312$550,00040$310,200
FILES CLOSED FOR INCOMPLETENESS3$276,00013$294,92364$298,4845$115,6000$08$260,750

Detailed mortgage data for all 15 tracts in Somerville, MA

Private Mortgage Insurance Companies Aggregated Statistics For Year 2009
(Based on 15 full tracts)
A) Conventional
Home Purchase Loans
B) Refinancings
C) Non-occupant Loans on
< 5 Family Dwellings (A & B)
NumberAverage ValueNumberAverage ValueNumberAverage Value
LOANS ORIGINATED71$317,91539$303,0261$154,000
APPLICATIONS APPROVED, NOT ACCEPTED20$337,55013$318,9231$311,000
APPLICATIONS DENIED11$320,36421$315,4761$288,000
APPLICATIONS WITHDRAWN6$339,8335$320,6000$0
FILES CLOSED FOR INCOMPLETENESS1$390,0001$333,0000$0

Conventional Home Purchase Loans

Conventional Home Purchase Loans - Value

Drinking water stations with addresses in Somerville and their reported violations in the past:

SOMERVILLE WATER DEPT. (MWRA) (Population served: 75,754, Purch surface water):
Past health violations:
  • MCL, Monthly (TCR) - In NOV-2010, Contaminant: Coliform. Follow-up actions: St AO (w/o penalty) issued (DEC-13-2010)
  • MCL, Monthly (TCR) - In OCT-2009, Contaminant: Coliform. Follow-up actions: St AO (w/o penalty) issued (NOV-10-2009)
  • Lead Service Line Replacement (LSLR) - In JAN-01-2008, Contaminant: Lead and Copper Rule. Follow-up actions: St AO (w/o penalty) issued (JAN-30-2009), St Compliance achieved (FEB-12-2009)

2006 National Fire Incident Reporting System Incidents:

  • Fire: 75
  • Hazardous Condition: 3

Incident types - Somerville

See full 2006 National Fire Incident Reporting System statistics for Somerville, MA
Most common first names in Somerville, MA among deceased individuals
NameCountLived (average)
Mary1,40380.2 years
John1,06973.8 years
Joseph68673.2 years
William52973.4 years
Margaret51579.8 years
James50772.6 years
Helen36679.0 years
George34874.4 years
Charles33473.2 years
Anna33280.3 years
Most common last names in Somerville, MA among deceased individuals
Last nameCountLived (average)
Murphy18475.1 years
Sullivan16477.2 years
Smith13476.0 years
Obrien12676.9 years
Mccarthy12074.9 years
Walsh8274.5 years
Silva7474.8 years
Collins6973.7 years
Mahoney6874.5 years
Doherty6778.7 years

Most commonly used house heating fuel:

  • Utility gas (67%)
  • Fuel oil, kerosene, etc. (15%)
  • Electricity (13%)
  • Bottled, tank, or LP gas (3%)
  • No fuel used (1%)
Businesses in Somerville, MA
NameCountNameCount
7-Eleven1Men's Wearhouse1
Advance Auto Parts1Nike3
AutoZone1Papa John's Pizza1
Bed Bath & Beyond1Penske1
Burger King1Rite Aid4
CVS2Shaw's2
Chipotle1Staples1
Domino's Pizza1Starbucks2
Dunkin Donuts13Stop & Shop2
FedEx6Subway2
GNC1T-Mobile2
H&R Block2T.J.Maxx1
Holiday Inn1Taco Bell1
Home Depot1Target1
Jones New York1U-Haul3
KFC1UPS7
Kmart1Vans1
La Quinta1Walgreens2
Marshalls1YMCA1
McDonald's1

Somerville compared to Massachusetts state average:

  • Unemployed percentage significantly below state average.
  • Median age below state average.
  • Foreign-born population percentage above state average.
  • Renting percentage above state average.
  • Length of stay since moving in above state average.
  • House age above state average.
  • Percentage of population with a bachelor's degree or higher above state average.

Somerville on our top lists:

  • #6 on the list of "Top 101 cities with largest percentage of males in occupations: Life, physical, and social science occupations (population 50,000+)"
  • #9 on the list of "Top 101 cities with fewest building permits per 10,000 residents (population 50,000+)"
  • #9 on the list of "Top 100 cities with old houses but young residents (pop. 50,000+)"
  • #9 on the list of "Top 101 cities with the smallest differences between morning and afternoon humidity (population 50,000+)"
  • #9 on the list of "Top 101 cities with the smallest humidity differences during a year (population 50,000+)"
  • #10 on the list of "Top 101 cities with the smallest percentage of one, detached housing units in structures (20,000+ housing units)"
  • #11 on the list of "Top 101 cities with largest percentage of females in occupations: Arts, design, entertainment, sports, and media occupations (population 50,000+)"
  • #11 on the list of "Top 101 cities with the largest percentage of likely lesbian couples (counted as self-reported female-female unmarried-partner households) (population 50,000+)"
  • #11 on the list of "Top 100 cities with oldest houses (pop. 50,000+)"
  • #13 on the list of "Top 101 cities with largest percentage of females in occupations: Community and social service occupations (population 50,000+)"
  • #14 on the list of "Top 101 cities with largest percentage of females in industries: Educational services (population 50,000+)"
  • #14 on the list of "Top 101 cities with largest percentage of females in occupations: Life, physical, and social science occupations (population 50,000+)"
  • #16 on the list of "Top 101 cities with the largest percentage of unmarried partner households (population 50,000+)"
  • #21 on the list of "Top 101 cities with the highest housing density (population 2,000+)"
  • #23 on the list of "Top 101 cities with the largest percentage of likely homosexual households (counted as self-reported same-sex unmarried-partner households) (population 50,000+)"
  • #23 on the list of "Top 100 cities with highest percentage of renters (pop. 50,000+)"
  • #23 on the list of "Top 101 larger cities with the highest increase in household income from 2000 (population 50,000+)"
  • #24 on the list of "Top 101 cities with the smallest precipitation differences during a year (population 50,000+)"
  • #24 on the list of "Top 101 cities with the lowest number of murders per 100,000 residents (population 50,000+)"
  • #25 on the list of "Top 101 cities with the highest average wind speeds (population 50,000+)"
  • #4 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the most Orthodox adherents"
  • #7 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the most Catholic adherents"
  • #7 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the most Mainline Protestant congregations"
  • #7 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the most Orthodox congregations"
  • #8 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the lowest percentage of residents that keep firearms around their homes"
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