Somers, New York

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Somers, New York

Introduction to Somers, New York

Somers, New York, in Westchester county, is 13 miles W of Danbury, Connecticut and 43 miles N of New York, New York. The town is in the New York area. There are 18,346 residents in Somers.

Somers History

Somers was founded in 1788 and was then known as Stephentown. The name was changed to Somerstown as there was already another town of the same name in New York. In 1808 the town was renamed Somers in honor of Captain Richard Somers, the naval hero of the Tripolitan War. IBM and Pepsi established large corporate facilities in the town in the 1980s and 1990s. Somers is also known as the 'cradle of the American circus.'

Somers and nearby Attractions

  • John Jay Homestead State Historic Site
  • Southeast Museum
  • Clarence Fahnestock State Park
  • Ward Pound Ridge Reservation
  • Hammond Museum and Japanese Stroll Garden
  • Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk

Things To Do In Somers

Somers offers a number of recreational facilities for both its residents and visitors. You can visit the Angle Fly Preserve, Lasdon Park and Arboretum, Van Tassel Memorial Park, Old Stone House, Koegel Park, Mildred B Lasdon Sanctuary, Reis Park and the Wright Reis Homestead. Fishing and boating can be enjoyed on Lake Lincolndale and Lake Shenorock as well.

Somers Transportation

Westchester County Airport is the nearest airport.

Somers Higher Education

Higher educational facilities are offered by Pace University- Pleasantville Briarcliff, Western Connecticut State University, the United States Military Academy and Iona College.

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High Points

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

Category Trophy
People in Middle Class or Better
(vs. Peers)
Top 2% trophy Somers People in Middle Class or Better
Well-Paid Single Women
(vs. Peers)
Top 4% trophy Somers Well-Paid Single Women
Median Family Income
(vs. Peers)
Top 4% trophy Somers Median Family Income
Low Rate of Poverty
(vs. Peers)
Top 4% trophy Somers Low Rate of Poverty
Well-Paid Single Men
(vs. Peers)
Top 4% trophy Somers Well-Paid Single Men
Public Transportation Use
(vs. Peers)
Top 8% Somers Public Transportation Use
College Educated Adults
(vs. Peers)
Top 8% Somers College Educated Adults

Comparative Profile of Somers, New York

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

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

The People

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Well-Paid Single Men 10 10
Well-Paid Single Women 10 10
Age of the Population 10 9
Senior Citizens 9 9
Female Share of the Population 6 7
Children Under 5 Years Old 6 7
Male Share of the Population 5 5
Racial Diversity 5 6


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Portion of People Married 10 9
Average Household Size 7 7


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
People in Middle Class or Better 10 10
Median Family Income 10 10
People Above Poverty 10 10
College Educated Adults 10 9

Commute & Sprawl

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Working at Home 10 9
Public Transportation Use 10 8
Walking and Biking to Work 4 6
Short Commute Times 1 1


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Seasonal and Vacation Housing 10 9
Housing Recently Built 9 10
People Living Alone 3 4
Affordability of Property Taxes 1 3
Studio & One-Bedroom Rentals 1 2
Affordability of Rents 1 1

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Somers Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 13 miles W of Danbury, Connecticut (center to center)
Nearest Large City 43 miles N of New York, New York
County Westchester
Standard Zip Codes 10589
Phone Area Codes 914
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 41.33
Longitude -73.69

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 7.2 miles
Jan Temp 18 to 34 F
Apr Temp 38 to 58 F
Jul Temp 63 to 82 F
Oct Temp 42 to 62 F
Annual Precip 51.1 inches
Distance 14.2 miles
Jan Temp 16 to 33 F
Apr Temp 37 to 60 F
Jul Temp 62 to 82 F
Oct Temp 42 to 62 F
Annual Precip 49.9 inches
Distance 18.3 miles
Jan Temp 21 to 36 F
Apr Temp 40 to 58 F
Jul Temp 65 to 83 F
Oct Temp 45 to 62 F
Annual Precip 50.4 inches
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Somers Population (2000)

Category Count Percent
Total Population 18,346 100%
Male 8,757 47.7%
Female 9,589 52.3%
Under 18 4,523 24.7%
18+ 13,823 75.3%
65+ 3,531 19.2%
Median Age 42.4
Average Family Size 3.06
White 17,400 94.8%
African-American 313 1.7%
Asian 341 1.9%
American Indian & Alaskan 9 0%
Other 109 0.6%
Mixed Race 173 0.9%
Hispanic (included in categories above) 543 3%

Estimated Somers Population Growth 2000-2005

Category Value
Est. 2005 Population 19,720
Growth 1,374
Growth % 7.5%

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
Italian 29.7%
Irish 15.2%
German 10.3%
Other (often includes Hispanic and African American) 9.7%
English 5.3%
US/American 4.3%
Russian 3.9%
Polish 3.6%
Austrian 1.6%
Norwegian 1.2%
Swedish 1%
Scottish 0.9%
Scotch-Irish 0.9%
Greek 0.8%
Eastern European 0.7%
Hungarian 0.7%
French Canadian 0.7%
European 0.7%
French (except Basque) 0.7%
British 0.6%
Ukrainian 0.5%
Czech 0.5%
Dutch 0.5%
Swiss 0.4%
Lithuanian 0.4%
Portuguese 0.4%
Scandinavian 0.4%
Canadian 0.4%
Maltese 0.3%
Iranian 0.3%
Armenian 0.3%
Finnish 0.3%
Brazilian 0.3%
Romanian 0.2%
Albanian 0.2%
Serbian 0.2%
Danish 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:

Somers Town (10589)

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

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Pop. Median Family
Income (2000)
Somers 18,346 $103,950
Brewster 2,162 $48,393
Lincolndale 2,018 $96,290
Mahopac 8,478 $78,091
Shenorock 1,887 $79,534
Shrub Oak 1,812 $87,226
Yorktown Heights 7,972 $97,580

Somers Public Libraries

Somers Library
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(914) 232-5717
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