Recently, the City worked with the Metropolitan Area Planning Council and Somerville Community Corporation to complete “The Dimensions of Displacement,” a report that looks at potential displacement risks along the Green Line Extension corridor and gathered current demographic information to help track future changes. So, what did the data reveal about diversity in Somerville?
Somerville is more diverse than the Boston-Cambridge-Quincy census statistical area it is part of. People of color make up 31% of Somerville’s population, versus 25% in the census area. Somerville saw a large increase in its population of color from 1980 to 2000. Since 2000, Somerville has continued to grow more diverse, but at a slower rate.
What about socioeconomic diversity? Households earning over $40,000 per year are leaving the City at higher rates than they are moving in, while households making under $40,000 per year are moving into Somerville at a higher rate.
This snapshot of Somerville's current demographics gives us a baseline to compare future populations to, allowing us to see how policies and projects (especially the GLX) are affecting people. Did any of this data debunk any notions you had about Somerville or did it confirm what you already knew?