Somerville started as a small township in the mid 1800's consisting mainly of orchardists. It has progressed to a population today of approximately 14,000.
Somerville is predominately a young family area where people tend to move from the inner suburbs out to a rural lifestyle. It has a diversified mix of units, family homes, small hobby farms and large acreage.
There are three primary schools and two kindergartens. The town is serviced by light rail and bus and has a range of facilities including supermarkets, specialty shops, sports oval and aquatic centre.