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Town: Somerville

Zip Codes: 02129, 02141, 02143, 02144, 02145 

Counties: Middlesex 

Municipalities: Acton, Ashby, Ashland, Ayer, Bedford, Belmont, Billerica, Boxborough, Burlington, Cambridge, Carlisle, Chelmsford, Concord, Dracut, Dunstable, Everett, Framingham, Groton, Holliston, Hopkinton, Hudson, Lexington, Lincoln, Littleton, Lowell, Malden, Marlborough, Maynard, Medford, Melrose, Natick, Newton, North Reading, Pepperell, Reading, Sherborn, Shirley, Somerville, Stoneham, Stow, Sudbury, Tewksbury, Townsend, Tyngsborough, Wakefield, Waltham, Watertown, Wayland, Westford, Weston, Wilmington, Winchester, Woburn 

Area: 4.12 sq. mi. 

Population: 81,045 (2020) 

Demographics: The breakdown of racial and ethnic groups are: White (74.3%); Hispanic (12.3%); Asian (9.4%). The median age for residents is 31.5. In 2017-2021, the median household income of households was $108,896. 

Brief History: Somerville was first settled in 1630, as part of Charlestown. Charleston became a town in 1842 and Somerville was incorporated in 1872. Somerville’s close proximity to Boston made it strategically significant during the American Revolution. 

Area Info: The City of Somerville is located directly northwest of Boston and has a rich cultural heritage. Somerville is perhaps best known for a resident that began selling a marshmallow paste door to door at the turn of the 20th century. The confectionery was so popular, the recipe was sold to two local candy makers. Today, people all over the world know the treat as Marshmallow Fluff. To honor this heritage and accomplishment, every year the city celebrates this sweet delicacy with an annual celebration at Union Square called “What the Fluff?”. 

Historic Places & Cultural Places of Interest: Dilboy Stadium, Somerville Museum, Crystal Ballroom at Somerville Theater, 83 National Register of Historic Places sites 

Amenities: Residents of Somerville enjoy shopping at Assembly Row, which features unique shops and over 50 national brand shops. 

Parks and Recreation: The City of Somerville has over five dozen parks. Residents enjoy the use of the Somerville Community Path, a 1.3-mile paved rail trail. The path is being updated with a 1.9-mile extension as part of the Green Line Extension project. When complete it will be part of a 48-mile network of paths. These will connect 11 cities and towns in the Greater Boston Area.

Public Transportation: The City of Somerville is served by the MBTA. There are seven subway stations. One on the red line, one on the green line, and five on the green line (part of the Green Line Extension project which opened in 2022). 

Education: Private NS-PK and PK-8 schools including Davis Square KinderCare and St. Theresa of the Child Jesus School or institutions of higher education at Lincoln Tech®.

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