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 18,129 people and three constituent neighborhoods, Somerset is the 99th largest community in Massachusetts.
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 town of sales and office workers, professionals, and service providers. There are especially a lot of people living in Somerset who work in sales jobs (14.15%), office and administrative support (12.09%), and management occupations (10.21%).
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.
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. Such areas are often places that visitors and locals go for waterfront activities or taking in the scenery.
In terms of college education, Somerset is somewhat better educated than the 21.84% who have a 4-year degree or higher in the typical US community: 27.46% of adults 25 and older in the town have at least a bachelor's degree.
The per capita income in Somerset in 2018 was $39,568, which is lower middle income relative to Massachusetts, and wealthy relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $158,272 for a family of four.
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 Portuguese, Irish, French, English, and Italian.
The most common language spoken in Somerset is English. Other important languages spoken here include Portuguese and Arabic.