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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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Cambridge, MA 02139

From $2530

1-2 Beds1-2 Baths

Cambridge, MA (Cambridgeport)

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From $2530

1-2 Beds1-2 Baths
21

Cambridge, MA 02139

From $2519

1-2 Beds1-2 Baths

Cambridge, MA (Cambridgeport)


From $2519

1-2 Beds1-2 Baths
16

Boston, MA 02114

From $2335

Studio-3 Beds1-2 Baths

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(13)

Cambridge, MA 02138

From $2026

Studio-2 Beds1-2 Baths

Cambridge, MA (Cambridge Highlands)

(13)

From $2026

Studio-2 Beds1-2 Baths
33

Cambridge, MA 02140

$2301 - $4113

1-2 Beds1-2 Baths

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Cambridge, MA 02140

From $2406

Studio-3 Beds1-2 Baths

Cambridge, MA (North Cambridge)


From $2406

Studio-3 Beds1-2 Baths
15

Boston, MA 02114

From $2025

Studio-3 Beds1-2 Baths

51

Boston, MA 02114

$2050 - $5435

Studio-3 Beds1-2 Baths

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(82)

Boston, MA 02114

$2559 - $28682

Studio-3 Beds1-2 Baths

Boston, MA (Downtown)

(82)

$2559 - $28682

Studio-3 Beds1-2 Baths
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Chelsea, MA 02150

$1738 - $3945

Studio-3 Beds1-2 Baths

Chelsea, MA (Admirals Hill)

(11)

$1738 - $3945

Studio-3 Beds1-2 Baths
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Boston, MA 02116

$2250 - $2600

1 Bed1 Bath

Boston, MA (Back Bay, Back Bay East)


$2250 - $2600

1 Bed1 Bath
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Cambridge, MA 02138

$2014 - $4448

1-3 Beds1 Bath

Cambridge, MA (Strawberry Hill)


$2014 - $4448

1-3 Beds1 Bath
6

Boston, MA 02115

$1600 - $6500

Studio-4 Beds1-2 Baths

Boston, MA (Back Bay, Back Bay West)


$1600 - $6500

Studio-4 Beds1-2 Baths
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(719)

Boston, MA 02199

From $2460

Studio-3 Beds1-3 Baths

Boston, MA (Back Bay, Prudential - St. Botolph)

(719)

From $2460

Studio-3 Beds1-3 Baths
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Belmont, MA 02478

$2208 - $4144

Studio-3 Beds1-2 Baths

Belmont, MA (North Cambridge)


$2208 - $4144

Studio-3 Beds1-2 Baths
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Boston, MA 02116

From $2920

Studio-3 Beds1-2 Baths

Boston, MA (Back Bay, Prudential - St. Botolph)


From $2920

Studio-3 Beds1-2 Baths
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(56)

Boston, MA 02199

From $2495

Studio-3 Beds1-3 Baths

Boston, MA (Back Bay, Prudential - St. Botolph)

(56)

From $2495

Studio-3 Beds1-3 Baths
18

Boston, MA 02115

From $1919

Studio-2 Beds1 Bath

Boston, MA (Fenway, Fenway - Kenmore - Audubon Circle - Longwood)


From $1919

Studio-2 Beds1 Bath
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(163)

Brighton, MA 02135

$2559 - $7661

2-3 Beds1 Bath

Brighton, MA (Allston, North Allston)

(163)

$2559 - $7661

2-3 Beds1 Bath