Introduction to Somerset, Massachusetts

Somerset, Massachusetts, in Bristol county, is 4 miles N of Fall River, Massachusetts (center to center) and 40 miles S of Boston, Massachusetts. Part of the surrounding Providence - Fall River - Warwick metro area, Somerset is home to some 18,234 residents.

Somerset History

The town was settled in 1677 and incorporated in 1790. The name of this town was based upon an area in Boston called Somerset Square. It grew on to become a major shipping center and also became a vital coal port in 1872.

Somerset and nearby Attractions

  • Coles River Family Fun Center
  • Touisset Countyr Club
  • Fall River Heritage State Park
  • Freetown State Forest
  • Marine Museum at Fall River
  • Narrows Center for the Arts

Things To Do In Somerset

Somerset is a waterfront community which has facilities for all amenities that one could expect in a city. The parks and the waterfront are popular areas of recreations. The neighboring town of Fall River also offers numerous opportunities for recreational activities.

Somerset Transportation

Air transportation is available from Boston Logan International

Somerset Higher Education

The local institution providing facilities for higher studies is Bristol Community College.


Total Population 18,262
Male Share of the Population 48.4%
Female Share of the Population 51.6%
Senior Citizens 22.2%
Employed Population 16+ 8,419
Age of the Population 46


% of people married 52.3%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 26.6%
Median Earnings25+ $44,022
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $21,919
Median Earnings With High School Degree $40,064


Median Family Income $85,280
% Above Poverty Level 92.1%
% Below Poverty Level 7.9%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 26 minutes
% Working from Home 2.9%
% Walking and Biking to Work 1.1%
% Using Public Transportation 1.8%


People Living Alone 23.4%
Median Gross Rent $924
Median House Value $278,400


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 5.6%
US/American 0%
English 12.1%
Irish 18.5%

Somerset Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 4 miles N of Fall River, Massachusetts (center to center)
Nearest Large City 40 miles S of Boston, Massachusetts
County Bristol
Metro Area Providence - Fall River - Warwick
Standard Zip Codes 02725, 02726
Phone Area Codes 508
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 41.769
Longitude -71.129

Somerset Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


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

Distance 9.6 miles
Jan Temp 18 to 37 F
Apr Temp 37 to 58 F
Jul Temp 61 to 83 F
Oct Temp 40 to 63 F
Annual Precip 48.3 inches
Distance 11 miles
Jan Temp 19 to 38 F
Apr Temp 37 to 57 F
Jul Temp 62 to 83 F
Oct Temp 42 to 63 F
Annual Precip 49.8 inches
Distance 20.5 miles
Jan Temp 18 to 38 F
Apr Temp 37 to 58 F
Jul Temp 61 to 83 F
Oct Temp 40 to 63 F
Annual Precip 48.2 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Berkley 6,492 $92,885
Dighton 7,173 $95,492
Fall River 88,756 $42,320
Freetown 8,957 $94,646
Rehoboth 11,742 $94,219
Swansea 16,005 $89,625

Somerset Public Libraries

Somerset Public Library
Somerset, Massachusetts
(508) 646-2829
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Somerset High Schools

Serves 1,044 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 11.8

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