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Overview of Somerville

Tucked between Cambridge and the Mystic River in the historic and grand city of Boston, Somerville is one of Massachusetts' most sought-after cities. Boasting a diverse population, unique multicultural heritage, and thriving economic base, it is no wonder that so many people are calling Somerville apartments for rent their new home. According to 2010 data from the U.S. Census Bureau, the city is home to more than 75,000 residents, even though Somerville may appear small on the map.

Living in Somerville, MA

Somerville was largely a wilderness across the Mystic River from Charlestown, so early Massachusetts Bay Colony settlers didn't come into the area until around 1621. As Boston expanded and began to flourish in the years leading up to the American Revolution, the areas around Somerville quickly changed from wilderness into an independent city. After it was incorporated in 1842, Somerville only had slightly more than 1,000 citizens. Because of everything that this great city has to offer, the town has grown into one of the fastest-growing and densely populated areas of Boston. According to City-Data, people who live in Somerville enjoy a high median household income and low unemployment rate, based on 2012 data.

Somerville Attractions and Special Events

One of the biggest events that is held in the city is the Fluff Festival, sponsored by the Somerville Arts Festival. The sweet marshmallow spread was invented here by Archibald Query in 1917, and the city celebrates this piece of Americana by hosting a wide range of games, plenty of food featuring fluff, and fun activities like roller derby.

Another popular attraction is the Union Square Farmers Market, a great place for residents to get local and seasonal produce in the heart of the city. 

To find a Somerville apartment or rental, check out our apartment listings. Rent.com® is happy to help you find your next home.

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Somerville, MA 02145

From $2795

Studio-3 Beds1-2 Baths

Somerville, MA (Mystic River, Somerville)


From $2795

Studio-3 Beds1-2 Baths
32

Somerville, MA 02145

From $2175

Studio-2 Beds1-2 Baths

Somerville, MA (Mystic River, Somerville)


From $2175

Studio-2 Beds1-2 Baths
24

Somerville, MA 02145

$2210 - $4850

Studio-3 Beds1-2 Baths

Somerville, MA (Mystic River, Somerville)


$2210 - $4850

Studio-3 Beds1-2 Baths
16

Somerville, MA 02143

$2700 - $4536

Studio-2 Beds1-2 Baths

Somerville, MA (Inner Belt, Somerville)


$2700 - $4536

Studio-2 Beds1-2 Baths
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45

Cambridge, MA 02142

$2469 - $21578

Studio-2 Beds1-2 Baths

Cambridge, MA (Cambridge, East Cambridge)

(45)

$2469 - $21578

Studio-2 Beds1-2 Baths
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168

Boston, MA 02114

$2539 - $16738

Studio-3 Beds1-2 Baths

Boston, MA (Downtown)

(168)

$2539 - $16738

Studio-3 Beds1-2 Baths
6

Malden, MA 02148

$1925 - $3195

Studio-2 Beds1-2 Baths

Malden, MA (Malden, Malden Center)


$1925 - $3195

Studio-2 Beds1-2 Baths
22

Watertown, MA 02477

From $2425

1-3 Beds1-2 Baths

Watertown, MA (East Watertown, Watertown Town)


From $2425

1-3 Beds1-2 Baths

Cambridge, MA 02138

From $1950

Studio-3 Beds1 Bath

Cambridge, MA (Cambridge, Neighborhood Nine)


From $1950

Studio-3 Beds1 Bath

Charlestown, MA 02129

From $2196

Studio-3 Beds1-2 Baths

Charlestown, MA (Charlestown, Medford Street - The Neck)


From $2196

Studio-3 Beds1-2 Baths
28

Cambridge, MA 02140

From $4299

2-3 Beds2 Baths

Cambridge, MA (Cambridge, North Cambridge)


From $4299

2-3 Beds2 Baths
31

Cambridge, MA 02139

$2300 - $3700

1-3 Beds1-2 Baths

Cambridge, MA (Cambridge, Cambridgeport)


$2300 - $3700

1-3 Beds1-2 Baths
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52

Cambridge, MA 02141

From $2530

Studio1 Bath

Cambridge, MA (Cambridge, East Cambridge)

(52)

From $2530

Studio1 Bath
22
9

Cambridge, MA 02141

From $2430

Studio-3 Beds1-2 Baths

Cambridge, MA (Cambridge, East Cambridge)

(9)

From $2430

Studio-3 Beds1-2 Baths
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234

Cambridge, MA 02141

From $2418

Studio-3 Beds1-2 Baths

Cambridge, MA (Cambridge, East Cambridge)

(234)

From $2418

Studio-3 Beds1-2 Baths
13

Medford, MA 02155

From $2326

Studio-3 Beds1-2 Baths

Medford, MA (Medford, Wellington)


From $2326

Studio-3 Beds1-2 Baths
12
11

Cambridge, MA 02139

From $3143

1-2 Beds1-2 Baths

Cambridge, MA (Cambridge, Cambridgeport)

(11)

From $3143

1-2 Beds1-2 Baths
18

Medford, MA 02155

From $2215

Studio-3 Beds1-2 Baths

Medford, MA (Medford, Wellington)


From $2215

Studio-3 Beds1-2 Baths
10

Charlestown, MA 02129

From $3575

Studio-2 Beds1-2 Baths

Charlestown, MA (Charlestown, Thompson Square - Bunker Hill)


From $3575

Studio-2 Beds1-2 Baths
11
290

Cambridge, MA 02142

From $2940

1-2 Beds1-2 Baths

Cambridge, MA (Cambridge, Kendall Square)

(290)

From $2940

1-2 Beds1-2 Baths