Somerset is a very small town located in the state of Maryland. With a population of 1,278 people and just one neighborhood, Somerset is the 215th largest community in Maryland.
Real Estate Prices
Somerset home prices are not only among the most expensive in Maryland, but Somerset real estate also consistently ranks among the most expensive in America.
Occupations and Workforce
Somerset is a decidedly white-collar town, with fully 99.45% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, Somerset is a town of professionals, managers and sales and office workers. There are especially a lot of people living in Somerset who work in management occupations (21.82%), legal occupations (18.36%) and business and financial occupations (10.00%).
And if you like science, one thing you'll find is that Somerset has lots of scientists living in town - whether they be life scientists, physical scientists (like astronomers), or social scientists (like geographers!). So, if you're scientific-minded, you might like it here too.
Of important note, Somerset is also a town 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.
Telecommuters are a relatively large percentage of the workforce: 18.08% of people work from home. While this number may seem small overall, as a fraction of the total workforce it is high relative to the nation. These workers are often telecommuters who work in knowledge-based, white-collar professions. For example, Silicon Valley has large numbers of people who telecommute. Other at-home workers may be self-employed people who operate small businesses out of their homes.
Setting & Lifestyle
In addition, Somerset is home to many people who could be described as "urban sophisticates". Urban sophisticates are educated, wealthy, executives and professionals, who have urbane tastes in books, food, and travel, whether they actually live in a big city, or choose to reside in a small town. In big or medium-sized cities, urban sophisticates tend to frequent art institutions such as opera, symphonies, ballet, live theatre, and museums.
Because of many things, Somerset is a very good place for families to consider. With an enviable combination of good schools, low crime, college-educated neighbors who tend to support education because of their own experiences, and a high rate of home ownership in predominantly single-family properties, Somerset really has some of the features that families look for when choosing a good community to raise children. Is Somerset perfect? Of course not, and if you like frenetic nightlife, it will be far from your cup of tea. But overall this is a solid community, with many things to recommend it as a family-friendly place to live.
In Somerset, however, the average commute to work is quite long. On average, people spend 33.38 minutes each day getting to work, which is significantly higher than the national average. One bright side is that local public transit is widely used, so it may be an option to avoid the headache of driving in the heavy traffic by leaving the car at home and taking transit.
Despite being a small town, Somerset has a lot of people using the subway to get to and from work every day. Most of these people on the subway are using it to get to good jobs in other cities.