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Overview

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. Somerset is part of the surrounding Providence - Fall River - Warwick metro area.

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.

Demographics

People

Total Population18,279
Male Share of the Population49.3%
Female Share of the Population50.7%
Senior Citizens23.3%
Employed Population 16+8,354
Age of the Population47

Families

% of people married52.3%
Average household size3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher23.7%
Median Earnings25+$41,848
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$35,022
Median Earnings With High School Degree$36,365

Wealth

Median Family Income$82,176
% Above Poverty Level92.7%
% Below Poverty Level7.3%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time26 minutes
% Working from Home3.1%
% Walking and Biking to Work1.1%
% Using Public Transportation0.6%

Housing

People Living Alone24.8%
Median Gross Rent$965
Median House Value$270,000

Ancestry

Portuguese43.8%
Irish18.3%
French Except Basque15.9%
English11%
Italian7.5%
Canadian5.5%
Polish3.6%
Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)3.5%
Lebanese2%
Arab2%
German1.8%
Scottish1.1%
African0.8%
Swedish0.7%
Cape Verdean0.7%
Greek0.6%
Ukrainian0.6%
Dutch0.5%
Lithuanian0.3%
Swiss0.2%
Austrian0.2%
Ghanaian0.1%
Hungarian0.1%
Albanian0.1%
Danishn0.1%
Romanian0.1%
Russian0.1%
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Somerset Almanac

CategoryValue
County Bristol County
Standard Zip Codes2725, 2726
Phone Area Codes508
Time ZoneAmerica/New_York
Approximate Latitude41.72
Approximate Longitude-71.19

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)

StationTAUNTON
Distance9.6 miles
Jan Temp18 to 37 F
Apr Temp37 to 58 F
Jul Temp61 to 83 F
Oct Temp40 to 63 F
Annual Precip48.3 inches
StationROCHESTER
Distance11 miles
Jan Temp19 to 38 F
Apr Temp37 to 57 F
Jul Temp62 to 83 F
Oct Temp42 to 63 F
Annual Precip49.8 inches
StationBROCKTON
Distance20.5 miles
Jan Temp18 to 38 F
Apr Temp37 to 58 F
Jul Temp61 to 83 F
Oct Temp40 to 63 F
Annual Precip48.2 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income
Berkley6,589$107,941
Dighton7,320$99,801
Fall River88,902$45,780
Freetown9,111$100,341
Rehoboth11,914$99,776
Swansea16,249$91,344

Somerset Public Libraries

Somerset Public Library
1464 COUNTY ST.
Somerset, Massachusetts
(508) 646-2829

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Somerset Public Schools

Wilbur
816 Brayton Point Rd
ZIP: 2725
(508) 324-3190
Chace Street
538 Chace Street
ZIP: 2726
(508) 324-3160
Primary
Total Enrollment 407
North Elementary
580 Whetstone Hill Road
ZIP: 2726
(508) 324-3170
Primary
Total Enrollment 497
Somerset Berkley Regional High School
625 County Street
ZIP: 2726
(508) 324-3115
High
Total Enrollment 925
Somerset Middle School
1141 Brayton Avenue
ZIP: 2726
(508) 324-3140
Middle
Total Enrollment 633
South
700 Read Street
ZIP: 2726
(508) 324-3180
Primary
Total Enrollment 294
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