Somerville is a city located in Middlesex County, Massachusetts, just north of Boston. As of the 2000 census, the city had a total population of 77,478. With only slightly over 4 square miles (10 kmē) of land, this makes it the most densely populated community in New England. It was established as a town in 1842, when it was separated from the urbanizing Charlestown because it was still largely rural.
Somerville has a mix of blue collar families, who tend to be concentrated in the area known as East Somerville, and college students and young professionals, many of whom live in sections that border Cambridge's Harvard Square and Porter Square and Medford's Tufts University.
Somerville also has a number of squares that are bustling business and entertainment centers, among them Davis Square, Union Square, Ball Square, Teele Square and Magoun Square.
The city also has a wealth of trees on almost every street, which allowed Somerville, for several years, to earn the moniker "Tree City USA" from the National Arbor Day Foundation. A popular and tree-lined rail trail (http://www.pathfriends.org/scp/) runs through the heart of Davis Square.
Colloquially referred to as 'Slumahville'. A play on the words 'slum' and 'Somerville' and exagerating the Boston area dialect. The expression dates back long before the gentrification period it has gone through since the late 1990's.
Web Sites and Links
City of SomervilleOfficial city Web site.
Somerville Community Profile (Boston.com)The Boston Globe's online Somerville section has a comparitive city profile, real estate and school information, lists of events, maps, and death notices.
Somerville Town OnlineContent from the Somerville Journal newspaper