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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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Boston, MA 02199

From $2695

Studio-3 Beds1-3 Baths

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

(56)

From $2695

Studio-3 Beds1-3 Baths
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Boston, MA 02115

From $1808

Studio-2 Beds1 Bath

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


From $1808

Studio-2 Beds1 Bath
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Brighton, MA 02135

$2359 - $5726

2-3 Beds1 Bath

Brighton, MA (Allston, North Allston)

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$2359 - $5726

2-3 Beds1 Bath
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Boston, MA 02115

From $3750

1-3 Beds1-3 Baths

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


From $3750

1-3 Beds1-3 Baths
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Boston, MA 02115

$1600 - $3600

Studio-2 Beds1 Bath

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

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$1600 - $3600

Studio-2 Beds1 Bath
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Boston, MA 02111

From $3225

Studio-3 Beds1-2 Baths

Boston, MA (Chinatown - Leather District)


From $3225

Studio-3 Beds1-2 Baths
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Boston, MA 02115

$2500 - $5500

1-3 Beds1-2 Baths

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


$2500 - $5500

1-3 Beds1-2 Baths
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Malden, MA 02148

From $2365

Studio-2 Beds1-2 Baths

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Boston, MA 02116

From $3805

1-3 Beds1-2 Baths

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

(173)

From $3805

1-3 Beds1-2 Baths
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Boston, MA 02111

From $3530

Studio-2 Beds1-2 Baths

Boston, MA (Chinatown - Leather District)

(107)

From $3530

Studio-2 Beds1-2 Baths
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(130)

Boston, MA 02116

From $2394

Studio-2 Beds1-2 Baths

Boston, MA (Chinatown - Leather District)

(130)

From $2394

Studio-2 Beds1-2 Baths
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Boston, MA 02111

From $2600

Studio-3 Beds1-2 Baths

Boston, MA (Downtown)

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From $2600

Studio-3 Beds1-2 Baths
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Boston, MA 02210

$2725 - $5275

Studio-2 Beds1-2 Baths

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Chelsea, MA 02150

$1795 - $3478

Studio-3 Beds1-2 Baths

Chelsea, MA (Addison-Orange)


$1795 - $3478

Studio-3 Beds1-2 Baths
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Boston, MA 02118

From $2411

Studio-3 Beds1-2 Baths

Boston, MA (Shawmut, South End)


From $2411

Studio-3 Beds1-2 Baths
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(3)

Boston, MA 02118

From $2300

1-3 Beds1-2 Baths

Boston, MA (Lower Roxbury, Roxbury)

(3)

From $2300

1-3 Beds1-2 Baths
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Boston, MA 02118

$2639 - $4359

Studio-2 Beds1-2 Baths

Boston, MA (Shawmut, South End)


$2639 - $4359

Studio-2 Beds1-2 Baths
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Boston, MA 02118

$2975 - $7170

1-3 Beds1-2 Baths

Boston, MA (Harrison Lenox, South End)


$2975 - $7170

1-3 Beds1-2 Baths
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Chelsea, MA 02150

From $1540

Studio-2 Beds1-2 Baths

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Boston, MA 02120

From $2395

Studio-3 Beds1-2 Baths