Somerset is a somewhat small city located in the state of Kentucky. With a population of 11,439 people and eight constituent neighborhoods, Somerset is the 35th largest community in Kentucky.
Somerset is neither predominantly blue-collar nor white-collar, instead having a mixed workforce of both blue-collar and white-collar jobs. Overall, Somerset is a city of sales and office workers, professionals, and service providers. There are especially a lot of people living in Somerset who work in office and administrative support (17.44%), sales jobs (13.94%), and food service (9.34%).
Of important note, Somerset is also a city of artists. Somerset has more artists, designers and people working in media than 90% of the communities in America. This concentration of artists helps shape Somerset’s character.
Also of interest is that Somerset has more people living here who work in computers and math than 95% of the places in the US.
One of the benefits of Somerset is that there is very little traffic. The average commute to work is 13.86 minutes, which is substantially less than the national average. Not only does this mean that the drive to work is less aggravating, but noise and pollution levels are lower as a result.
Being a small city, Somerset does not have a public transit system used by locals to get to and from work.
In terms of college education, the citizens of Somerset rank slightly lower than the national average. 16.24% of adults 25 and older in Somerset have a bachelor's degree or advanced degree, while 21.84% of adults have a 4-year degree or higher in the average American community.
The per capita income in Somerset in 2010 was $16,990, which is lower middle income relative to Kentucky, and low income relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $67,960 for a family of four. Somerset also has one of the higher rates of people living in poverty in the nation, with 34.36% of its population below the federal poverty line.
The people who call Somerset home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Somerset residents report their race to be White, followed by Black or African-American. Important ancestries of people in Somerset include English, German, Italian, and Scots-Irish.
The most common language spoken in Somerset is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and French.