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Somerville is a city in Middlesex County, in the Boston-Cambridge-Quincy metro area.
The community was named for Capt. Richard Somers, naval hero.
The latitude of Somerville is 42.387N. The longitude is -71.1W.It is in the Eastern Standard time zone. Elevation is 92 feet.
The estimated population, in 2003, was 76,296.
In 1842, Somerville, formerly a part of Charlestown, became an independent community. Whereas much of Charlestown was urban, Somerville, at that time, remained largely rural.
Soil heavy in clay helped make Somerville a 19th-century brickmaking center; later industries included meat packing and bakery products.
Sections below provide additional information and links about Somerville demographics, travel and tourism, nearby airports, cemeteries, the Middlesex County economy, education, environment, genealogy, government, historic sites, Boston area jobs, libraries, maps, museums, newspapers and other media, nonprofit groups, real estate, recreation, religion, transportation, and weather in the 02143 ZIP code.
5% of Somerville residents report German ancestry, and 17% report Irish. For more info on local ancestry groups, see the Somerville ancestry & family history guide.
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At the time of the 2000 census, the per capita income in Somerville was $23,628, compared with $21,587 nationally.
41% of Somerville residents age 25 and older have a bachelor's or advanced college degree.
Median rent in Somerville, at the time of the 2000 Census, was $797. Monthly homeowner costs, for people with mortgages, were $1,395.
Libraries in Somerville include East Branch Library, Somerville Public Library, West Branch Library ... View libraries
Newspapers in Somerville include Somerville Journal
Somerville restaurants taking online reservations include Gargoyles on the Square ... View restaurants
The average commute time for Somerville workers is 28 minutes, compared with 26 minutes nationwide.
A total of 6 fatal motor vehicle accidents occurred in Somerville between 2001 and 2003, according to reports gathered by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
This is a rate of .8 fatal crashes per 10,000 population, which was lower than the national norm.
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