Losing Ground Fifth Edition Statistics for the Town of Somerville

Land Use

These statistics describe changes in land use between 2005 and 2013. Estimates of acres of land converted from a natural state to a developed state can be found here, as well as the rate of development in comparison to other areas. Natural land consists of forest, wetland, and water; open land consists or agricultural areas, bare soil, or low vegetation; development includes low density residential and commercial/industrial/high density residential development. Percentage calculations are based on the state's total land area, excluding major waterbodies.
Rank in relation to other towns/cities is shown in parentheses.
There are 351 towns/cities in Massachusetts.

Rank in state

Total area of developed land (acres)2,588170
Total area of natural land (acres)2351
Total area of open land (acres)52350
Percent developed land98%1
Percent natural land0%351
Percent open land2%338
Total area (acres)2,644344
Total area (square miles)4344

Recent Development

Development trends between 2005 and 2013 are summarized below. Natural land consists of forest, wetland, and water; open land consists or agricultural areas, bare soil, or low vegetation; development includes low density residential and commercial/industrial/high density residential development.
Rank in relation to other towns/cities is shown in parentheses.
There are 351 towns/cities in Massachusetts.

Rank in state

Total area of new development (acres)6324
Natural land converted to development (acres)0343
Open land converted to development (acres)6257
Total development (acres per square mile)1247
Natural land converted to development (acres per square mile)0343
Open land converted to development (acres per square mile)1141
Total area (acres)2,644344
Total area (square miles)4344

Protection

The level of protection for the area is summarized below. We also consider the proportion of important conservation resources that are protected in the area, including BioMap2 Core Habitat and Critical Natural Landscape, and relatively climate change resilient land. Percentage calculations are based on the state's total land area, excluding major waterbodies.
Rank in relation to other towns/cities is shown in parentheses.
There are 351 towns/cities in Massachusetts.

Rank in state

Overall area protected (acres)122347
Overall percent protected5%340
Area protected 2005 - 2013 (acres)0307
Percent BioMap2 Core Habitat protected0% 
Percent BioMap2 Critical Natural Landscape protected0% 
Percent TNC resilient land protected0% 
Total area (acres)2,644344
Total area (square miles)4344