Located just north of Boston, Somerville has a population near 75,000, and it maintains its reputation as the most densely populated area in New England and the most dense in the whole US outside of the New York/New Jersey metro area. Anyone moving to Somerville can look forward to summers that are not overly hot, 70s and 80s, and very cool winters, mostly in the 30s. A healthy amount of precipitation throughout the year contributes to a greener landscape.
While the unemployment rate in Somerville, Massachusetts stays below the national average, the cost of living runs quite high compared to most cities in the United States. Education and health are leading industries with job opportunities at Faulkner Hospital and Harvard University. Other top employers are Staples, Boston Scientific and IBM. Both Charleston and Boston are very close for employment as well. The median cost of a home is close to $420,000, with the average income for fulltime workers sitting at just under $40,000. About two thirds of the homes are renter occupied with the average monthly rent sitting at $1225.00.
In its early history, the land in Somerville was used more for grazing than residing. One of the few residents was Governor Winthrop who had an estate at Ten Hills where the Blessing of the Bay was built; it was the first ship built in the New England colonies. In 1842 the town was official and over the next several decades many Irish immigrants helped build the agriculture and dairy industries along with the production of brick, pottery and slate. Meat packing was also a major force in Somerville. Because of the proximity to Prospect Hill, a significant place in the Revolution, Somerville was a major military position during that time period. Later in the 20th century, partly as a result of jobs available at the Ford Motor Company, the population hit its peak during World War II when it increased to over 100,000 residents, a fact that contributed to building homes close together with two, and even three, stories.
One of the most popular attractions in Somerville, for visitors and residents alike, is Davis Square. It is well know as a great destination for shopping, eating and the arts in all areas near Boston. The area is also considered a very trendy place to live, even boasting the first million dollar condo sale in 2005. The Somerville Theatre, built in 1914, offers many events and movies including the Independent Film Festival of Boston. The Washington Street Art Center, with exhibitions, performances and open studios, is also a wonderful attraction. For those with a more historical interest, there is an abundance of landmarks and buildings to explore.