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Somerville, Massachusetts - Basic Facts

The City of Somerville had a population of 78,719 as of July 1, 2016. Somerville ranks in the upper quartile for Population Density and Diversity Index when compared to the other cities, towns and Census Designated Places (CDPs) in Massachusetts. See peer rankings below.

The primary coordinate point for Somerville is located at latitude 42.3904 and longitude -71.101 in Middlesex County. The formal boundaries for the City of Somerville (see map below) encompass a land area of 4.12 sq. miles and a water area of 0.1 sq. miles. Middlesex County is in the Eastern time zone (GMT -5). The elevation is 95 feet.

The City of Somerville (GNIS ID: 619409) has a C5 Census Class Code which indicates an active incorporated place that is independent of any county subdivision and serves as a county subdivision equivalent. It also has a Functional Status Code of "A" which identifies an active government providing primary general-purpose functions.

Beneath the boundary map are tables with Somerville population, income and housing data, five-year growth projections and peer comparisons for key demographic data. The estimates are for July 1, 2016.


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Somerville, MA Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2016)

POPULATION

Total Population 78,719
Population in Households 76,414
Population in Familes 40,372
Population in Group Qrtrs 2,305
Population Density1 19,097
Diversity Index2 62
 

HOUSEHOLDS

Total Households 33,238
Average Household Size 2.3
Family Households 13,773
Average Family Size 3

HOUSING

Total Housing Units 35,085 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 10,002 (28.5%)
Renter Occupied HU 23,236 (66.2%)
Vacant Housing Units 1,847 ( 5.3%)
Median Home Value $498,263
Average Home Value $516,889
 

INCOME

Median Household Income $65,455
Average Household Income $89,079
Per Capita Income $37,839
  (Compound Annual Growth Rates)

GROWTH RATES

2010-2015 2015-2020
Population 0.62% 0.86%
Households 0.56% 0.83%
Families 0.44% 0.76%
Median Household Income   2.8%
Per Capita Income   1.54%
1) Population Density = Total Population per square mile.
2) The Diversity Index is a scale of 0 to 100 that represents the likelyhood that two persons, chosen at random from the same area, belong to different race or ethnic groups. If an area's entire population belongs to one race AND one ethnic group, then the area has zero diversity. An area's diversity index increases to 100 when the population is evenly divided into two or more race/ethnic groups.
Based on Census 2010 counts, the Diversity Index for the United States was 60.6 and it is expected to increase to 64.8 by July 1, 2018.

Somerville, MA - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Somerville to the other 246 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs in Massachusetts by rank and percentile using July 1, 2016 data. The location Ranked # 1 has the highest value. A location that ranks higher than 75% of its peers would be in the 75th percentile of the peer group.

Variable Description Rank Percentile
Total Population # 13 95th
Population Density1 # 1 100th
Diversity Index2 # 24 91st
Median Household Income # 139 44th
Per Capita Income # 117 53rd

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