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Overview

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 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.

Demographics

People

Total Population12,207
Male Share of the Population52.7%
Female Share of the Population47.3%
Senior Citizens12.6%
Employed Population 16+6,314
Age of the Population36

Families

% of people married47.5%
Average household size3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher38.3%
Median Earnings25+$42,722
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$27,857
Median Earnings With High School Degree$32,120

Wealth

Median Family Income$82,321
% Above Poverty Level93.1%
% Below Poverty Level6.9%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time24 minutes
% Working from Home4.6%
% Walking and Biking to Work7.2%
% Using Public Transportation3.1%

Housing

People Living Alone30.2%
Median Gross Rent$1,243
Median House Value$286,200

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)40.2%
Irish12.4%
Italian10.9%
Polish6.8%
English5.4%
Dutch1.8%
Scottish1.3%
Russian1.1%
Slovak1%
French Except Basque1%
Ukrainian0.9%
Hungarian0.9%
West Indian0.8%
Guyanese0.5%
Czech0.5%
Jamaican0.5%
Finnish0.4%
African0.4%
Welsh0.4%
Swiss0.3%
Romanian0.3%
Nigerian0.3%
Norwegian0.3%
Portuguese0.2%
Austrian0.2%
Haitian0.2%
Greek0.2%
Swedish0.2%
Serbian0.2%
Lithuanian0.2%
Latvian0.2%
Trinidad Tobago0.1%
Bulgarian0.1%
Arab0.1%
Canadian0.1%
German0.1%
Danishn0.1%
Turkish0.1%
Slovene0.1%
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Somerville Almanac

CategoryValue
County Somerset County
Standard Zip Codes8876
Phone Area Codes732,908
Time ZoneAmerica/New_York
Approximate Latitude40.57
Approximate Longitude-74.61

Somerville Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

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

StationSOMERVILLE 4 NW
Distance3.6 miles
Jan Temp19 to 37 F
Apr Temp37 to 60 F
Jul Temp62 to 84 F
Oct Temp41 to 64 F
Annual Precip47.7 inches
StationNEW BRUNSWICK 3 SE
Distance11.9 miles
Jan Temp21 to 38 F
Apr Temp40 to 61 F
Jul Temp64 to 85 F
Oct Temp43 to 65 F
Annual Precip48.7 inches
StationFLEMINGTON 5 NNW
Distance14.4 miles
Jan Temp18 to 37 F
Apr Temp37 to 61 F
Jul Temp62 to 85 F
Oct Temp40 to 64 F
Annual Precip49.3 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income
Bound Brook10,512$69,142
Branchburg14,665$139,340
Bridgewater45,097$136,966
Manville10,448$76,403
Raritan22,026$138,672
South Bound Brook4,613$81,035

Somerville Hospitals

Somerset Medical Center
(Government - State)
110 Rehill Avenue
(908) 685-2200
Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Somerset
(Proprietary)
110 Rehill Ave
(908) 685-2200

Somerville Public Schools

Somerville High School
222 Davenport St
ZIP: 8876
(908) 218-4108
High
Total Enrollment 1159
Somerville Middle School
51 West Cliff Street
ZIP: 8876
(908) 218-4107
Middle
Total Enrollment 349
Van Derveer Elementary School
Union Avenue
ZIP: 8876
(908) 218-4105
Primary
Total Enrollment 913

Somerville Private Schools

Ethicon Family Center
Us Highway 22 W
ZIP: 8876
Elementary
Total Enrollment 10
Immaculata High School
240 Mountain Ave
ZIP: 8876
Secondary
Total Enrollment 769
Immaculate Conception School
41 Mountain Ave
ZIP: 8876
Elementary
Total Enrollment 435
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