Somerville : Massachusetts


What It Is Like to Retire in Somerville

Somerville, Massachusetts, a growing and vibrant Boston suburb has attracted young residents and workers since the telecommunication and biotechnology boom of the mid-to-late 90's, which helped to spur its growth and redevelopment. Covering just 4.2 square miles and with population of approximately 75,000, it is one of the most densely populated municipalities in the country, but is a very walkable community and is also popular with bikers. Somerville is home to a thriving arts community and has one of the highest number of artists per capita in the U.S., and in the late 90's was recognized as one of the hippest places to live. In 2015, the city received the All-American City Award. Photo of The Hobbs Building, with the Somerville Theatre entrance at the right courtesy of Wikipedia and Magicpiano (public domain); Photo of Martha Perry Lowe School (1904) courtesy of Wikipedia (public domain).




Where to Retire in Somerville and Home Prices

Somerville is made up several neighborhood squares that are centers for business and entertainment and offer many types of housing. Zillow reports the median home value to be at $757,780, in early 2020.


What Is Special about Somerville

Somerville is a diverse town, and as a suburb of Boston is surrounded by several schools of higher education including Tufts, Harvard, MIT and Boston University. Somerville is a walkable community but is also served by two rapid transit stations, and is bike friendly. The many neighborhoods feature restaurants, shopping, museums, and businesses. Somerville boasts more than 80 sites on the National Register of Historic Places.


What Is Not Special about Somerville

Very high cost of living 


Who Will Like Retirement in Somerville

Retirees who want to live in a suburban community with transportation, health care and a cultural center all nearby. Somerville is both walkable and bike friendly.


Local Economy Is Driven by

Professional, Scientific, Technical Services, and Education


Climate and Physical Environment

January's average temperature is 31 degrees, July's average is 73. Somerville gets about 50 inches of snow annually.


Restaurants & Cultural Scene

Somerville has several squares that offer restaurants, pubs, and shops.  Boston is just three miles away and offers a plethora of cultural venues.



The crime rate is below the national average.


Medical Facilities

Somerville Hospital is part of Cambridge Health Alliance, and is a teaching site for Harvard Medical School. In Boston and surrounding area there are medical services of every kind.



 No car is needed here as there are buses, rapid transit, and is bike friendly. The nearest international airport is in Boston, about 6 miles away.


Valuable Links

City of Somerville

Somerville Chamber of Commerce


What people are saying about Somerville

No Comments

Leave a Comment

To comment you must be a registered member of

Login Here


Create Your Free Membership Account

Suggest a community we want to know about your top retirement spots
Please note that all contributions to Topretirements may be edited, altered, or removed by other contributors. If you don't want your writing to be edited mercilessly, then don't submit it here. By submitting content and/or photographs here you agree to give the rights to use them in any manner without cost or attribution.You are also promising us that you wrote this yourself, or copied it from a public domain or similar free resource (see Project:Copyrights for details). DO NOT SUBMIT COPYRIGHTED WORK WITHOUT PERMISSION!

Copyright © 2006-2021 All Rights Reserved.