Somerville Massachusetts is a city in eastern Middlesex County. The town is directly north of Boston and Cambridge and south of Medford and Malden.
Tufts University is on the northern end of Somerville near its border with Medford. Tufts is home to the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy and has an engineering school affiliated with the Gordon Institute.
ABM Industries is the largest employer in Somerville, hiring about two thousand people every year. ABM is a facility services company that focuses on projects to help buildings acquire Energy Star and LEED certifications. The Gentle Giant Moving Company and Candlewick Press also operate out of Somerville.
The Somerville Theatre hosts concerts and film screenings. The Art Deco theater was built in 1914 as a motion picture and vaudeville house. The theater also hosts the Independent Film Festival Boston every spring.
There are a few MBTA rail stations in and outside the Somerville area. The Assembly and Sullivan Square Orange Line stations are on the eastern end of the city. The Porter station on the Red Line is on the southern end of the city near Somerville Avenue.
The Assembly Row shopping center is on the northeastern section of Somerville. The center is home to various shops and restaurants. The Legoland Discovery Center Boston is also in the complex.
Somerville has a population of about 80,000 within a land area of about 4.1 square miles. Somerville is the most densely populated city in the country outside of the New York, Los Angeles, or Miami metropolitan areas.
Much of Somerville’s northern border is along the Mystic River. The Northern Expressway or I-93 runs through Somerville and leads to Boston to the south and Manchester and Concord, New Hampshire to the north.
Somerville MA was settled in 1630 by John Woolrich. Colony governor John Winthrop acquired 600 acres of land for the region a year later. The city grew as a farming community but would play a role in the star of the Revolutionary War when British soldiers stole gunpowder from the colonists there in 1774. The moment is considered to be a critical event that led up to the war. Somerville grew after the war as a city for farmers and brick makers. Industrialization helped Somerville to grow in the twentieth century, including through the introduction of a Ford Motor Company manufacturing plant in 1926, although that plant shut down in 1958.
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