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Overview

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.

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.

People

Total Population 21,073
Male Share of the Population 49.1%
Female Share of the Population 50.9%
Senior Citizens 23.9%
Employed Population 16+ 9,224
Age of the Population 47

Families

% of people married 62.1%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 55.8%
Median Earnings25+ $0
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $0
Median Earnings With High School Degree $0

Wealth

Median Family Income $135,789
% Above Poverty Level 97.7%
% Below Poverty Level 2.3%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 36 minutes
% Working from Home 7.2%
% Walking and Biking to Work 0.9%
% Using Public Transportation 9.5%

Housing

People Living Alone 20.8%
Median Gross Rent $2,136
Median House Value $493,800

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 17.7%
US/American 0.2%
English 6.5%
Irish 21.3%

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

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

Notes:

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

Station YORKTOWN HEIGHTS 1 W
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
Station STORMVILLE
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
Station WESTCHESTER CO AP
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

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 Population Median Family Income
Brewster 2,212 $52,159

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

Somers Public Libraries

Library
Somers Library
"ROUTE 139, REIS PARK"
Somers, New York
(914) 232-5717
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