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Somerset, Massachusetts

  •   State: 
    Bristol County
      County FIPS: 
    41°46′10″N 71°07′45″W
      Area total: 
    12.0 sq mi (31.0 km²)
      Area land: 
    8.1 sq mi (21.0 km²)
      Area water: 
    3.9 sq mi (10.0 km²)
    50 ft (15 m)
    1677; Settled 1677; Incorporated 1790
  •   Latitude: 
      Dman name cbsa: 
    Providence-Warwick, RI-MA
    Eastern Standard Time (EST) UTC-5:00; Eastern Daylight Time (EDT) UTC-4:00
      ZIP codes: 

    Somerset, Bristol County, Massachusetts, United States

  •   Population: 
      Population density: 
    1,500 residents per square mile of area (590/km²)
      Household income: 
      Unemployment rate: 
  •   Sales taxes: 
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Somerset was first settled in 1677 on the Shawomet lands, and was officially incorporated in 1790. It was named for Somerset Square in Boston, which was, in turn, named for the county of Somerset in England. The town is bordered by Swansea on the west, Dighton on the north, Fall River on the east (across the Taunton River), and Bristol, Rhode Island, to the south. Cities close to Somerset include Fall River, New Bedford, Attleboro, and Providence, and the town is one hour's drive south of Boston. It is the birthplace and hometown of Clifford Milburn Holland (1883-1924), the chief engineer and namesake of the Holland Tunnel in New York City. According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 12.0 square miles (31 km²), of which 8.1 sq miles (21 km²) is land and 3.9sq miles (10km²), or 32.30%, is water. It borders on Mount Hope Bay and Narragansett Bay, and its east border is formed by the Tauna River, an arm of that bay. The Veterans Memorial Bridge carries U.S. Route 6 and Route 138 across the river. The nearest bus service is in Fall River and the nearest rail service in the nearest town is in Attleborough. It's also connected via the Veterans Memorial bridge, the fourth bridge to cross the Taimon River between the town and city.


Somerset was first settled in 1677 on the Shawomet lands, and was officially incorporated in 1790. It was once a vital shipping point, and after the War of 1812 it was one of America's chief distribution points. In 1872, it became the site of a major coal port, and in the early 20th century a large cannery existed in the town. Today, the town's major industry (other than suburban services) is power generation, with the Montaup Electric Company plant upriver and the Brayton Point Power Station at theTown's southern tip. The Slade's Ferry Bridge connected the two towns, from the current southern terminus of Brayton Avenue in Somerset to Brownell Street in Fall River. The bridge was dismantled after closing in 1970 due to its rapid deterioration and its low height. A new bridge, named the Veterans Memorial Bridge, was partially completed prior to a dedication ceremony held on September 11, 2011. It closed May 31, 2017. The town's population grew during the Great Depression, as many people from Fall River and other localities moved to the suburb. In fact, only the westbound side of the bridge was open to traffic. Since then, both lanes of theBridge have been opened for traffic. At first, only one lane of the Bridge was open, but since then both lanes have been open for traffic, as well as the eastbound lanes of both bridges. The new bridge was completed in September 2011.


Somerset is bordered by Swansea on the west, Dighton on the north, Fall River on the east (across the Taunton River), and Bristol, Rhode Island, to the south. It borders on Mount Hope Bay and Narragansett Bay, and its east border is formed by the Tauna River, an arm of that bay. Cities close to Somerset include Fall River, New Bedford, Attleboro, and Providence, and the town is one hour's drive south of Boston. The town is accessed via Interstate 195, which enters the town via the Braga Bridge from Fall River and has an exit at Route 103. The Veterans Memorial Bridge carries U.S. Route 6 and Route 138 across the river. There are plans in the works to bring commuter rail service to Fall River by 2023, which would give the town rail access to Boston. Until the late 1990s, the nearest airport was in Fall River; however, the airport closed due to various issues. The nearest national airport is T. F. Green Airport in Rhode Island, The nearest international airport is Logan International Airport, 55 miles (89 km) away in Boston. It is located at 41°4454N 71°911W (41.748502, 71.153188). According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 12.0 square miles (31 km²), of which 8.1 sq miles (21 km²) is land.


As of the census of 2000, there were 18,234 people, 6,987 households, and 5,261 families residing in the town. The population density was 2,248.6 inhabitants per square mile (868.2/km²). There were 7,143 housing units at an average density of 880.9 per squaremile (340.1/ km²) The racial makeup of the town was 98.22% White, 0.16% Black or African American,0.12% Native American, 0,53% Asian, 0.,02% Pacific Islander, and 0.79% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.49% of the population. The town's population was spread out, with 20.4% under the age of 18, 6.2% from 18 to 24, 26.2%) and 21.0% who were 65 years of age or older. The median income for a household in the city was $51,770, and $60,067 for a family. The per capita income for the town is $22,420. About 1.8% of those under age 18 and 8.7% of people age 65 or over are living below the poverty line. The average household size is 2.57 and the average family size was 2.98. For every 100 females, there are 90.0 males. For each 100 females age 18 or over, there is 86.6 males.


Somerset is part of Massachusetts's 4th congressional district. On the state level, Somerset is represented as part of the Fifth Bristol state representative district. The town is served by one centralized police and fire headquarters, along with a smaller branch fire station in the Brayton Point area. A sixth park, Slade's Ferry Park, was closed by eminent domain for the right-of-way of the new Brightman Street Bridge being built. There is a town beach, Pierce Beach, located next to Pierce Playground along the Taunton River in the north end of town. The state's senior Senator is Elizabeth Warren, the state's junior Senator is Ed Markey, and the town's historical society operates a museum in the former Village School building. The city's zip codes are 02725 and 02726, although both are now located in the central post office in the heart of town, and both are in the 02724 and 0 2726 ZIP codes, respectively. There are five parks (Buffington Park, Ashton Field, Waterfront Park, Rock Park, and South Complex Baseball/softball fields), as well as a town hospital. There's a town museum, and a town library, which was expanded for more resource and meeting areas in 2000. The old Town Hall, to the north of the library, is still in use for various public gatherings, and is currently used for public gatherings. A small fire station is also trained to handle emergencies at the Brayon Point Power Plant, which is also in the town.


Somerset is served by its own public school system. It has three elementary schools, from north to south they are the North Elementary School, the Chace Street School, and the South Elementary School. Somerset Berkley Regional High School is located along County Street (Route 138). The school's mascot is the "Blue Raider", and its colors are dark blue and white. The town is a member of the Diman Regional Vocational Technical High School system in Fall River, and high school students may also attend Bristol County Agricultural High School in Dighton. There are no private schools in the town. The new (and renamed) regional school opened in late August 2014. Projected costs for the new Somerset-Berkley Regional high School are now at $81.5 million to $83.8 million, notably higher than earlier estimates after planners found that more costs than they had believed wouldn't be reimbursed by the state. The original high school building was set to be demolished in late 2014, and on its former site will be a new series of fields for student use. The school was built just behind the old high school, atop the former location of the soccer fields and tennis courts. The football field and running track were completely refurbished and completed before the start of the school year. The first graduating class will be the class of 2015. The high school is known locally for having two former baseball players play professionally, Greg Gagne and Jerry Remy. Many students of all grades attend private schools, including Bishop Connolly High School.

Air Quality, Water Quality, Superfund Sites & UV Index

The Air Quality index is in Somerset, Bristol County, Massachusetts = 52. These Air Quality index is based on annual reports from the EPA. Higher values are better (100=best). The number of ozone alert days is used as an indicator of air quality, as are the amounts of seven pollutants including particulates, carbon monoxide, sulfur dioxide, lead, and volatile organic chemicals. The Water Quality Index is 47. A measure of the quality of an area’s water supply as rated by the EPA. Higher values are better (100=best). The EPA has a complex method of measuring the watershed quality, using 15 indicators such as pollutants, turbidity, sediments, and toxic discharges. The Superfund Sites Index is 10. Higher is better (100=best). Based upon the number and impact of EPA Superfund pollution sites in the county, including spending on the cleanup efforts. The UV Index in Somerset = 3.5 and is a measure of an area's exposure to the sun's ultraviolet rays. This is most often a combination of sunny weather, altitude, and latitude. The UV Index has been defined by the WHO ( and is uniform worldwide.


The most recent city population of 15,358 individuals with a median age of 45.9 age the population dropped by -0.47% in Somerset, Bristol County, Massachusetts population since 2000 and are distributed over a density of 1,500 residents per square mile of area (590/km²). There are average 2.51 people per household in the 7,124 households with an average household income of $65,114 a year. The unemployment rate in Alabama is 10.30% of the available work force and has dropped -5.31% over the most recent 12-month period and the projected change in job supply over the next decade based on migration patterns, economic growth, and other factors will increase by 19.08%. The number of physicians in Somerset per 100,000 population = 141.2.


The annual rainfall in Somerset = 44.6 inches and the annual snowfall = 34.9 inches. The annual number of days with measurable precipitation (over .01 inch) = 125. The average number of days per year that are predominantly sunny = 204. 82 degrees Fahrenheit is the average daily high temperature for the month of July and 22.2 degrees Fahrenheit is the average daily low temperature for the month of January. The Comfort Index (higher=better) is 53, where higher values mean a more pleasant climate. The Comfort Index measure recognizes that humidity by itself isn't the problem. (Have you noticed nobody ever complains about the weather being 'cold and humid?) It's in the summertime that we notice the humidity the most, when it's hot and muggy. Our Comfort Index uses a combination of afternoon summer temperature and humidity to closely predict the effect that the humidity will have on people.

Median Home Cost

The percentage of housing units in Somerset, Bristol County, Massachusetts which are owned by the occupant = 80.01%. A housing unit is a house, apartment, mobile home, or room occupied as separate living quarters. The average age of homes = 47 years with median home cost = $214,240 and home appreciation of -11.10%. This is the value of the years most recent home sales data. Its important to note that this is not the average (or arithmetic mean). The median home price is the middle value when you arrange all the sales prices of homes from lowest to highest. This is a better indicator than the average, because the median is not changed as much by a few unusually high or low values. The property tax rate of $11.66 shown here is the rate per $1,000 of home value. If for simplification for example the tax rate is $14.00 and the home value is $250,000, the property tax would be $14.00 x ($250,000/1000), or $3500. This is the 'effective' tax rate.


The local school district spends $7,404 per student. There are 12.7 students for each teacher in the school, 954 students for each Librarian and 550 students for each Counselor. 9.22% of the area’s population over the age of 25 with an Associate Degree or other 2-year college degree, 12.52% with a master’s degree, Ph.D. or other advanced college degree and 7.17% with high school diplomas or high school equivalency degrees (GEDs).

  • Somerset's population in Bristol County, Massachusetts of 1,222 residents in 1900 has increased 12,57-fold to 15,358 residents after 120 years, according to the official 2020 census.

    Approximately 52.42% female residents and 47.58% male residents live in Somerset, Bristol County, Massachusetts.

    As of 2020 in Somerset, Bristol County, Massachusetts are married and the remaining 36.71% are single population.

  • 27.1 minutes is the average time that residents in Somerset require for a one-way commute to work. A long commute can have different effects on health. A Gallup poll in the US found that in terms of mental health, long haul commuters are up to 12 percent more likely to experience worry, and ten percent less likely to feel well rested. The Gallup poll also found that of people who commute 61­–90 minutes each day, a whopping one third complained of neck and back pain, compared to less than a quarter of people who only spend ten minutes getting to work.

    86.90% of the working population which commute to work alone in their car, 9.24% of the working population which commutes to work in a carpool, 0.80% of the population that commutes using mass transit, including bus, light rail, subway, and ferry. 2.44% of the population that has their home as their principal place of work.

  • Of the total residential buildings in Somerset, Bristol County, Massachusetts, 80.01% are owner-occupied homes, another 17.52% are rented apartments, and the remaining 2.47% are vacant.

  • The 55.43% of the population in Somerset, Bristol County, Massachusetts who identify themselves as belonging to a religion are distributed among the following most diverse religions.

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