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My sentiments exactly!

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One of the google feeds I have set up at work turned up that story last week.

I had to laugh. Somerville is something like the 3rd or 4th most densely populated municipality in the US. Heck, most of Meffid is more densly populated than my parents' neighborhood quite near downtown Portland, Oregon.

The story wasn't in a local paper - it was in the Washington Post or Baltimore Moon or something like that.

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Huh?

Somerville is something like the 3rd or 4th most densely populated municipality in the US.

What's your source?

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US Census 2000

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Okay, so it was #5 in 2000. Off by 1. Happy?

Somerville is EXTREMELY densely populated for a US area, in case you didn't realize that. It is the most densely populated city or town in New England.

Maybe you thought it was the most densely populated and that is why you ask?

According to the US Census 2000, here are the rankings:
http://www.demographia.com/db-2000city50kdens.htm

Somerville #5
Cambridge #10
Boston #23
Malden #34
Lawrence #39
Lynn #61
Lowell #69

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what makes Somerville so densely populated

isn't so much the large apartment buildings (we don't have a lot of those) but the lack of open space. The populated parts of Cambridge are about as dense as those in Somerville, but Cambridge also has several large parks, a golf course, a lake, and a large cemetery, none of which Somerville has.

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Meffuh = Somerville with woods

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I noticed that Meffid was number 85, but I know from doing some work with the census layers in ArcGIS that 1/3 of the 8.5 or so square miles is completely uninhabited due to either the fells or the floodplains of the Mystic River and Lakes. If we didn't have so much woodland included in the boundaries, we would have 55,000 in just under 5 square miles (judging from the sum of the census block areas), and that would push us up by Malden, which makes sense.

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I also tend to agree with the above sentiment.

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Somervile, to me, provides the feeling of being right in Boston, even though it's technically not, at least in part because it's within walking/bicycling distance from downtown Boston.

The same thing can be said, imo, for the part of Brookline north of Route 9, and for Cambridge.

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But not the part of

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But not the part of Brookline that abuts Roxbury, or any of Watertown or Newton?

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