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Overview

Introduction to Somerset, Kentucky

Somerset, Kentucky, in Pulaski county, is 62 miles S of Lexington, Kentucky.

Somerset History

This city was originally settled by Thomas Hansford and many Jasper family members in 1798. Somerset derived its named from the Somerset County in New Jersey. The city became the county seat of Pulaski County and was incorporated in 1887.

Somerset and nearby Attractions

  • Mountain Life Museum
  • Finley's Fun Center
  • Mount Olive Church
  • General Burnside Island State Park

Things To Do In Somerset

Visitors of Somerset can visit the Mountain Life Museum. General Burnside Island State Park comes with a number of recreational facilities. One can also visit the Mount Olive Church. Every year, the city of Somerset hosts various festivals such as the Archery Festival, Pulaski County Fair, and Sheltowee Art Fair.

Somerset Transportation

Air transportation opportunities are provided by the Louisville International - Standiford Field Airport.

Somerset Higher Education

Somerset Community College and Somerset Technical College are located in the city of Somerset. There are other higher education institutes that can be attended from the city including Eastern Kentucky University, Lexington Community College, and University of Kentucky.

People

Total Population 11,358
Male Share of the Population 46.4%
Female Share of the Population 53.6%
Senior Citizens 18%
Employed Population 16+ 4,393
Age of the Population 39

Families

% of people married 33.1%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 16.2%
Median Earnings25+ $23,364
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $20,679
Median Earnings With High School Degree $21,897

Wealth

Median Family Income $33,698
% Above Poverty Level 65.6%
% Below Poverty Level 34.4%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 13 minutes
% Working from Home 0.8%
% Walking and Biking to Work 3.6%
% Using Public Transportation %

Housing

People Living Alone 39.6%
Median Gross Rent $528
Median House Value $100,900

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 21.1%
US/American 0%
English 8.3%
Irish 9.5%

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Somerset Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Large City 62 miles S of Lexington, Kentucky
County Pulaski
Standard Zip Codes 42501, 42503
P.O. Box Zip Codes 42502, 42564
Phone Area Codes 606
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 37.091
Longitude -84.604

Somerset Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)

Station SOMERSET 2 N
Distance 1.8 miles
Jan Temp 25 to 44 F
Apr Temp 43 to 68 F
Jul Temp 65 to 86 F
Oct Temp 44 to 69 F
Annual Precip 50.7 inches
Station WAYNESBURG 7 NE
Distance 22.5 miles
Jan Temp 24 to 43 F
Apr Temp 44 to 68 F
Jul Temp 64 to 85 F
Oct Temp 45 to 69 F
Annual Precip 52.1 inches
Station MOUNT VERNON
Distance 23.3 miles
Jan Temp 24 to 42 F
Apr Temp 43 to 66 F
Jul Temp 66 to 86 F
Oct Temp 44 to 68 F
Annual Precip 52.4 inches

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

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

Acorn (42501)

Alcalde (42501)

Elihu (42501)

Poplarville (42501)

Public (42501)

Ruth (42501)

Stab (42501)

Walnut Grove (42501)

West Somerset (42503, 42564)

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

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Burnside 888 $45,909
Eubank 317 $28,750
Ferguson 1,090 $43,542
Monticello 6,141 $32,636
Mount Vernon 2,814 $32,063
Science Hill 610 $34,444

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Somerset Public Libraries

Library
Pulaski County Public Library District
107 NORTH MAIN STREET
Somerset, Kentucky
(606) 679-8401
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Somerset Hospitals

LAKE CUMBERLAND REGIONAL HOSPITAL
(Proprietary)
305 LANGDON STREET
(606) 679-7441
Emergency Service: Yes

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Somerset High Schools

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SOUTHWESTERN PULASKI COUNTY HIGH SCHOOL
1765 WTLO RD
606-678-9000
Serves 1,090 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 18.8

PULASKI COUNTY HIGH SCHOOL
511 UNIVERSITY DR
606-679-1574
Serves 1,003 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 17.6

SOMERSET HIGH SCHOOL
301 COLLEGE ST
606-678-4721
Serves 506 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 16.5

PULASKI CENTRAL ALTERNATIVE SCHOOL
500 CHANDLER ST
606-677-9986
A Non-traditional School
Serves 175 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 13.1

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67 PARKERS MILL RD
606-679-1303
A Non-traditional School
Serves 66 students.

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