A town located in Massachusetts, Somerville has a population of slightly more than 80,000. Young professionals account for a higher percentage of the population here (33%) than nationally (15%), making it a great place to set out on your own, while retirees figure less prominently in the demographics. With an average age of just over 36, the city's residents are notably younger than most cities in Massachusetts. Most residents rent in Somerville, and 35% of residents are homeowners despite a relatively high average rent of $1,592/month, considerably higher than the state average of $1,218.
Compared to the national average (7%), Somerville has a large percentage of residents older than 25 with advanced degrees, as 19% have earned a Master's or a Doctorate. Further, 24% have a Bachelor's degree, which also outpaces the national average. There are five primary industries in Somerville: education, scientific, healthcare, entertainment, and retail. Together, these industries account for 44% of the workforce in the city. Meanwhile, in terms of job function, many of the city's residents work in management, which ranks as the top field in the city. With an average annual income of about $98K, Somerville workers earn around $14,000 more than their peers elsewhere in the state. Somerville's average income also compares favorably to the national average ($73,345).
With an average commute time of about 35 minutes, slower than most cities in Massachusetts, Somerville residents have found that traveling to work takes some patience. Driving a car or truck is the most common mode of getting to work, selected by 29% of workers, while public transportation is used by just 22% of the population. Not many residents (8%) walk to work, though the number is well above the national average.