Somerville  is situated two miles northwest of Boston. As of 2010, the United States Census has the city with a total population of 75,754 people, and is the most densely populated municipality in New England. As of the year 2000, it was the 15th most densely populated city in the country. Somerville was established as a town in 1842, when it was separated from Charlestown. In 2006, the town was named the best run city in Massachusetts by the Boston Globe. In 1972, in 2009, and again in 2015, the city was awarded the All-America City Award.


Somerville has a number of squares that are centers for business and entertainment, as well as a number of other neighborhoods:

  • Assembly Square
  • Ball Square
  • Brickbottom (north of McGrath Highway, south of Inner Belt District)
  • Davis Square (considered West Somerville)
  • East Somerville (East of McGrath Highway, between Washington and Broadway Streets)
  • Gilman Square (consisting of Medford Street and Pearl Street)
  • Inner Belt District
  • Magoun Square
  • Nunnery Grounds (Mount Benedict)
  • Powder House Square
  • Prospect Hill (part of Union Square)
  • Spring Hill
  • Teele Square
  • Ten Hills
  • Tufts
  • Union Square
  • Wilson Square (Elm Street and Somerville Avenue)
  • Winter Hill


Sullivan Square, in the Charlestown neighborhood of Boston, is just over the border from East Somerville; Inman Square and Lechmere Square, all in Cambridge, are also just outside Somerville. Porter Square is in both Somerville and Cambridge.