Somerset is a medium-sized town located in the state of New Jersey. With a population of 23,373 people and eight constituent neighborhoods, Somerset is the 88th largest community in New Jersey.
Housing costs in Somerset are among some of the highest in the nation, although real estate prices here don't compare to real estate prices in the most expensive communities in New Jersey.
Somerset is a decidedly white-collar town, with fully 88.98% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, Somerset is a town of professionals, sales and office workers, and managers. There are especially a lot of people living in Somerset who work in office and administrative support (14.35%), computer science and math (10.40%), and management occupations (10.39%).
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 downside of living in Somerset is that it can take a long time to commute to work. In Somerset, the average commute to work is 33.04 minutes, which is quite a bit higher than the national average. On the other hand, local public transit is widely used in the town, so leaving the car at home and taking transit is often a viable alternative.
For the size of the town, public transportation in Somerset is quite heavily used. Mostly, people who use it for their daily commute are taking the train. For Somerset, the benefits are reduced air pollution and congestion on the highways.
The education level of Somerset ranks among the highest in the nation. Of the 25-and-older adult population in Somerset, 49.73% have at least a bachelor's degree. The typical US community has just 21.84% of its adults holding a bachelor's degree or graduate degree.
The per capita income in Somerset in 2010 was $39,490, which is middle income relative to New Jersey, and wealthy relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $157,960 for a family of four.
Somerset is an extremely ethnically-diverse town. 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. Somerset also has a sizeable Hispanic population (people of Hispanic origin can be of any race). People of Hispanic or Latino origin account for 10.34% of the town’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Somerset include Irish, German, Polish, and English.
Somerset also has a high percentage of its population that was born in another country: 25.80%.
The most common language spoken in Somerset is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Other Asian languages.