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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.

People

Total Population 18,271
Male Share of the Population 50.1%
Female Share of the Population 49.9%
Senior Citizens 22%
Employed Population 16+ 8,302
Age of the Population 45

Families

% of people married 54.3%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 25.7%
Median Earnings25+ $42,744
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $24,545
Median Earnings With High School Degree $39,426

Wealth

Median Family Income $81,727
% Above Poverty Level 92%
% Below Poverty Level 8%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 26 minutes
% Working from Home 3.7%
% Walking and Biking to Work 1.2%
% Using Public Transportation 0.3%

Housing

People Living Alone 23.8%
Median Gross Rent $967
Median House Value $270,500

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 4.2%
US/American 0%
English 10.7%
Irish 18%

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

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

Notes:

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

Station TAUNTON
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
Station ROCHESTER
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
Station BROCKTON
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 6,547 $94,688
Dighton 7,221 $90,625
Fall River 88,727 $44,023
Freetown 9,031 $96,053
Rehoboth 11,835 $97,792
Swansea 16,142 $87,087

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

Somerset Public Libraries

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Somerset Public Library
1464 COUNTY ST.
Somerset, Massachusetts
(508) 646-2829
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SOMERSET HIGH
GRANDVIEW AVE EXT
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Serves 1,044 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 11.8

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