Introduction to Somerville, New Jersey

Somerville, New Jersey, in Somerset county, is 11 miles W of Edison, New Jersey and 25 miles SW of Newark, New Jersey. The town benefits from easy access to the nearby cities and towns with which it shares the Middlesex - Somerset - Hunterdon metropolitan area. Somerville contains a population of approximately 12,423.

Somerville History

In colonial times, the area now known as Somerville was settled in by the Dutch. They purchased the land from English proprietors. A church was established, and the village grew around this. The place has been called Somerville since the 1800s. The community was initially an agriculture based one, but this changed with the advent of the railroad and the development of water power in the mid 19th century. Somerville was officially incorporated as a town on April 16, 1909.

Somerville and nearby Attractions

  • Somerset County Courthouse
  • Environmental Education Center
  • Somerset County Jail
  • Somerville Borough - Fire Museum
  • Northlandz
  • Cora Hartshorn Arboretum & Bird Sanctuary

Things To Do In Somerville

Travelers to Somerville can pay a visit to the various historical sites and museums around the town, like the Somerset County Courthouse, the Somerset County Jail, the Somerset County Administration Building and the Fire Museum. The Buccleuch Mansion is another place of interest nearby. The Northlandz is an indoor miniature train display that will find favor with young children. The Cora Hartshorn Arboretum & Bird Sanctuary and the Rutgers Gardens are also ideal for family outings. Enthusiastic shoppers can also browse through the stores at the Downtown Somerville Shopping Center.

Somerville Transportation

Newark Liberty International Airport is nearby.

Somerville Higher Education

The nearest institute offering higher educational opportunities is the Raritan Valley Community College. Apart from this, residents of Somerville can also enroll at the Devry Institute, Rutgers University-New Brunswick or at Princeton University.


Total Population 12,212
Male Share of the Population 52.8%
Female Share of the Population 47.2%
Senior Citizens 12.9%
Employed Population 16+ 6,491
Age of the Population 37


% of people married 48%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 38%
Median Earnings25+ $42,773
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $31,974
Median Earnings With High School Degree $30,077


Median Family Income $82,964
% Above Poverty Level 93.6%
% Below Poverty Level 6.4%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 23 minutes
% Working from Home 5.7%
% Walking and Biking to Work 7%
% Using Public Transportation 2.3%


People Living Alone 29.8%
Median Gross Rent $1,232
Median House Value $284,300


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 42.8%
US/American 0%
English 4.5%
Irish 12.7%

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

Somerville Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 11 miles W of Edison, New Jersey (center to center)
Nearest Large City 25 miles SW of Newark, New Jersey
County Somerset
Standard Zip Codes 08876
Phone Area Codes 908
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 40.574
Longitude -74.61

Somerville Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


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

Distance 3.6 miles
Jan Temp 19 to 37 F
Apr Temp 37 to 60 F
Jul Temp 62 to 84 F
Oct Temp 41 to 64 F
Annual Precip 47.7 inches
Distance 11.9 miles
Jan Temp 21 to 38 F
Apr Temp 40 to 61 F
Jul Temp 64 to 85 F
Oct Temp 43 to 65 F
Annual Precip 48.7 inches
Distance 14.4 miles
Jan Temp 18 to 37 F
Apr Temp 37 to 61 F
Jul Temp 62 to 85 F
Oct Temp 40 to 64 F
Annual Precip 49.3 inches

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

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

Finderne (08876)

North Branch (08876)

South Branch (08876)

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

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Bound Brook 10,515 $64,223
Branchburg 14,673 $137,555
Bridgewater 45,120 $130,814
Manville 10,454 $74,361
Raritan 22,048 $132,969
South Bound Brook 4,612 $78,138

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

Somerville Public Libraries

Somerville Public Library
Somerville, New Jersey
(908) 725-1336

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Somerville Hospitals

(Voluntary non-profit - Private)
(908) 685-2200
Emergency Service: Yes

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Student/teacher ratio: 12.6

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