Somers, Connecticut

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Somers, Connecticut

Introduction to Somers, Connecticut

Somers, Connecticut, in Tolland county, is 10 miles SE of Springfield, Massachusetts and 75 miles W of Boston, Massachusetts. The town is in the Hartford area. There are 10,417 residents in Somers.

Somers History

The modern day town of Somers was initially a part of Enfield, Massachusetts. At that time, the area was known as East Enfield. It was first settled in by Benjamin Jones in 1706. Edward Kibbe, Timothy Roote, John McGregory and James Pease were some of the other early settlers in the area. Somers was officially incorporated as a town in 1734. It was named after Lord John Somers of England. The area was annexed to Connecticut in 1749.

Somers and nearby Attractions

  • Shenipsit State Forest
  • Somers Mountain Indian Museum
  • Civilian Conservation Corps Museum
  • Six Flags New England
  • Somers Historical Museum
  • Nellie McKnight Museum

Things To Do In Somers

During your stay in Somers, you can visit the James F. King Indian Museum, the Somers Mountain Museum and the Somers Historical Museum to learn about the history of the town. Leisure time can also be spent at the Field Road Park. The town also has a skate park. The Shady Lake and Hurds Lake offer facilities for fishing and boating. The Town of Somers also organizes a number of recreational activities and programs all throughout the year.

Somers Transportation

Air transportation is available from Westover ARB Metropolitan Airport.

Somers Higher Education

Western New England College, Springfield Technical Community College and Springfield College are some of the nearby colleges.

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High Points

Somers strengths, compared to Peers (similar size places nationally) or State (other places in Connecticut):

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Racial Diversity
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Top 9% Somers Racial Diversity

Comparative Profile of Somers, Connecticut

Comparing Somers to similar size places nationwide (Peers) and to other places in Connecticut (State):

Ratings range from 1 (lowest) to 10 (highest).

The People

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Male Share of the Population 10 10
Racial Diversity 9 10
Age of the Population 6 3
Senior Citizens 3 2
Children Under 5 Years Old 1 1
Female Share of the Population 1 1


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Portion of People Married 10 9
Average Household Size 8 9


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
College Educated Adults 6 3


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Seasonal and Vacation Housing 8 4

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Somers Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 10 miles SE of Springfield, Massachusetts (center to center)
Nearest Large City 75 miles W of Boston, Massachusetts
County Tolland
Metro Area Hartford
Standard Zip Codes 06071
Phone Area Codes 860
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 41.985
Longitude -72.446

Somers Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)
Distance 12.7 miles
Jan Temp 17 to 34 F
Apr Temp 38 to 60 F
Jul Temp 62 to 85 F
Oct Temp 41 to 63 F
Annual Precip 46.1 inches
Station STORRS
Distance 16.3 miles
Jan Temp 17 to 34 F
Apr Temp 37 to 56 F
Jul Temp 61 to 80 F
Oct Temp 41 to 61 F
Annual Precip 51.6 inches
Distance 20.3 miles
Jan Temp 16 to 36 F
Apr Temp 38 to 59 F
Jul Temp 63 to 84 F
Oct Temp 40 to 63 F
Annual Precip 44.2 inches
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Somers Population (2000)

Category Count Percent
Total Population 10,417 100%
Male 6,325 60.7%
Female 4,092 39.3%
Under 18 2,169 20.8%
18+ 8,248 79.2%
65+ 1,051 10.1%
Median Age 37.4
Average Family Size 3.11
White 8,643 83%
African-American 1,023 9.8%
Asian 65 0.6%
American Indian & Alaskan 57 0.5%
Other 417 4%
Mixed Race 206 2%
Hispanic (included in categories above) 844 8.1%

Estimated Somers Population Growth 2000-2005

Category Value
Est. 2005 Population 10,877
Growth 460
Growth % 4.4%

Somers Ancestry

(From 2000 Census, as reported by individuals)

Note: This is national, not racial, ancestry, so, e.g., the Census doesn't have categories for Hispanic and African-American people. CityTownInfo is currently gathering additional ancestry data for this site.
Ancestry Percent
Irish 15.5%
Other (often includes Hispanic and African American) 13.6%
Italian 12.3%
English 9.9%
Polish 9%
French (except Basque) 8.5%
German 6.4%
French Canadian 5.6%
US/American 3.4%
Scottish 2.4%
Swedish 1.7%
Scotch-Irish 1.7%
African 1.6%
Greek 0.9%
Portuguese 0.8%
Russian 0.7%
European 0.7%
Hungarian 0.5%
Lithuanian 0.5%
Jamaican 0.5%
West Indian 0.4%
Dutch 0.4%
British 0.4%
Norwegian 0.3%
Ukrainian 0.3%
Armenian 0.3%
Canadian 0.3%
Cape Verdean 0.2%
Croatian 0.2%
Swiss 0.2%
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Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

According to the US Postal Service, Somers, its neighborhoods, and/or surrounding areas are also referred to as:

Connecticut State Prison (06071)

Note that not all alternate names are acceptable for use in US Post Office addresses.

Somers Public Libraries

Somers Public Library
Somers, Connecticut
(860) 763-3501
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Student/teacher ratio: 12.1

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Student/teacher ratio: 2.6

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Student/teacher ratio: 17.3

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