Somerset is a medium-sized coastal town (i.e. on the ocean, a bay, or inlet) located in the state of Massachusetts. With a population of 18,288 people and three constituent neighborhoods, Somerset is the 99th largest community in Massachusetts.
Unlike some towns where white-collar or blue-collar occupations dominate the local economy, Somerset is neither predominantly one nor the other. Instead, it has a mixed workforce of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Somerset is a town 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 (16.56%), sales jobs (11.30%), and management occupations (8.18%).
Because of many things, Somerset is a great place for families with children to consider. First of all, many other families with children live here, making Somerset a place where both parents and children are more likely to develop social ties with other families, as well as find family-oriented services and community. The town’s good public school district and large population of college-educated adults provide an environment conducive to academic values. With regard to real estate, Somerset has a high rate of owner-occupied single family homes, which tends to reflect stability in the local community. Finally, Somerset’s overall crime rate is lower than average for the country.
Somerset is also nautical, which means that parts of it are somewhat historic and touch the ocean or tidal bodies of water, such as inlets and bays. Quite often, nautical areas such as these attract visitors and locals who come to enjoy the scenery and various waterfront activities.
The overall education level of Somerset is somewhat higher than in the average US city of 21.84%: 25.67% of adults 25 and older in the town have at least a bachelor's degree.
The per capita income in Somerset in 2010 was $31,789, which is lower middle income relative to Massachusetts, and upper middle income relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $127,156 for a family of four. However, Somerset contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.
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 Asian. Important ancestries of people in Somerset include Irish, French , English, and Italian.
The most common language spoken in Somerset is English. Other important languages spoken here include Portuguese and Arabic.