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Somerset County, Maryland (MD)


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County population in 2012: 26,253 (54% urban, 46% rural); it was 24,747 in 2000
County owner-occupied with a mortgage or a loan houses and condos in 2010: 3,431
County owner-occupied free and clear houses and condos in 2010: 2,198
County owner-occupied houses and condos in 2000: 5,829
Renter-occupied apartments: 3,159 (it was 2,532 in 2000)
% of renters here:

30%
State:

32%

Land area: 327 sq. mi.
Water area: 283.6 sq. mi.
Population density: 80 people per square mile 
 
 (average).

Mar. 2012 cost of living index in Somerset County: 93.3 (less than average, U.S. average is 100)

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Industries providing employment: Educational,health and social services (28.1%), Retail trade (10.4%).

Type of workers:

  • Private wage or salary: 66%
  • Government: 26%
  • Self-employed, not incorporated: 8%
  • Unpaid family work: 0%
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Races in Somerset County, Maryland:


Median resident age:  36.0 years
Maryland median age:  38.0 years

Males: 14,136  (49.9%)
Females: 12,334  (50.1%)

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Somerset County,MD real estate house value trend



Average household size:
Somerset County:

2.0 people
Maryland:

3 people

Estimated median household income in 2009: $39,181 ($29,903 in 1999)
This county:

$39181
Maryland:

$69272

Median contract rent in 2009 for apartments: $520 (lower quartile is $391, upper quartile is $678)
This county:

$520
State:

$941


Estimated median house or condo value in 2009: $143,390 (it was $76,500 in 2000)
Somerset County:

$143,390
Maryland:

$318,600
Lower value quartile - upper value quartile: $89,992 - $229,733

Mean price in 2009:

Detached houses: $227,985
Here:

$227,985
State:

$429,019

Townhouses or other attached units: $78,017
Here:

$78,017
State:

$253,007

In 2-unit structures: $190,980
Here:

$190,980
State:

$238,355

Mobile homes: $142,734
Here:

$142,734
State:

$45,619
Median monthly housing costs for homes and condos with a mortgage: $1,612
Median monthly housing costs for units without a mortgage: $344

Institutionalized population: 3,527

Crime in 2005 (reported by the sheriff's office or county police, not the county total):


Crime in 2004 (reported by the sheriff's office or county police, not the county total):


Somerset County, MD map from a distance

Single-family new house construction building permits:

Number of permits per 10,000 residents

Average cost (in $1000s)


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Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with mortgages in 2009: $1,051 (0.7%)
Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with no mortgage in 2009: $891 (0.7%)


Somerset County household income distribution in 2009 Somerset County home values distribution


Somerset County contract rent distribution in 2009

Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2009: 18.1%
(11.5% for White Non-Hispanic residents, 35.0% for Black residents, 17.1% for Hispanic or Latino residents, 0.0% for other race residents, 31.1% for two or more races residents)
Median age of residents in 2010: 36 years old
(Males: 36 years old, Females: 36 years old)
(Median age for: White residents: 46 years old, Black residents: 26 years old, American Indian residents: 49 years old, Asian residents: 37 years old, Hispanic or Latino residents: 21 years old, Other race residents: 20 years old)

Residents with income below the poverty level in 2009:
This county:

20.1%
Whole state:

8.5%

Residents with income below 50% of the poverty level in 2009:
This county:

7.1%
Whole state:

4.2%

Fair market rent in 2006 for a 1-bedroom apartment in Somerset County is $451 a month.
Fair market rent for a 2-bedroom apartment is $531 a month.
Fair market rent for a 3-bedroom apartment is $657 a month.

Cities in this county include: Crisfield, Princess Anne, Eden, Mount Vernon, Deal Island, Fairmount, West Pocomoke, Chance, Smith Island, Dames Quarter.

Somerset County has a predicted average indoor radon screening level between 2 and 4 pCi/L (pico curies per liter) - Moderate Potential

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Notable locations in this county outside city limits:

Notable locations in Somerset County: Arden Station (A), Outdoor Sports Complex (B), Camp Somerset (C), Somerset County Landfill (D), Great Hope Golf Course (E), Long Point Light (F), Crisfield Country Club (G), West (H), Kings Creek (I), Somers Cove Lighthouse (J), Eastern Correctional Institution (K), Marion Volunteer Fire Department Station 3 (L), Manokin Manor (M), Maryland State Police Barrack X - Princess Anne (N), Somerset County Sheriff's Department (O), William P Hytche Center (P), WESM Radio Station (Q), Waters Hall (R), Trigg Hall (S), Thomas and Briggs Arts and Technology (T). Display/hide their locations on the map

Churches in Somerset County include: All Saints Church (A), Christ Church (B), Ebenezer Church (C), Grace Church (D), Handy Memorial Church (E), Highway Church (F), Holly Grove Church (G), Liberia Church (H), Moores Chapel (I). Display/hide their locations on the map

Cemeteries: All Saints Cemetery (1), Sunny Ridge Memorial Park (2), Palmetto Cemetery (3), Perryhawkin Cemetery (4), Rehobeth Cemetery (5), Asbury Cemetery (6), Quindocqua Cemetery (7). Display/hide their locations on the map

Lakes and swamps: Rock Pond (A), Great Point Pond (B), Acre Marsh (C), Marumsco Marsh (D), McCormick Swamp (E), Monie Marsh (F), Lawsons Marsh (G), Richardson Marsh (H). Display/hide their locations on the map

Streams, rivers, and creeks: Annemessex Creek (A), Barnes Landing Creek (B), Big Jones Gut (C), Old Ground Gut (D), Saint Peters Creek (E), Colbourn Creek (F), East Creek (G), Makitts Creek (H), Crooked Creek (I). Display/hide their locations on the map

Parks in Somerset County include: Pocomoke Sound Wildlife Management Area (1), Manokin Historic District (2), Cedar Island State Wildlife Management Area (3), Wellington State Wildlife Management Area (4), Janes Island State Park (5), Martin National Wildlife Refuge (6). Display/hide their locations on the map

Beach: Langford Sand (A). Display/hide its location on the map

 

Neighboring counties: Accomack County, Virginia , Wicomico County , Worcester County , Accomack County, Virginia , Dorchester County .

County total employment by year

County average yearly wages by year ($)


Current college students: 2,785
People 25 years of age or older with a high school degree or higher: 69.5%
People 25 years of age or older with a bachelor's degree or higher: 11.6%

Number of foreign born residents: 620 (36% naturalized citizens)

Somerset County:

2.5%
Whole state:

9.8%

Year of entry for the foreign-born population


Mean travel time to work (commute): 25.1 minutes

Percentage of county residents living and working in this county: 57.8%

Somerset County marital status for males
Somerset County marital status for females

Housing units in structures:


Housing units in Somerset County with a mortgage: 2,352 (154 second mortgage, 230 home equity loan, 12 both second mortgage and home equity loan)
Houses without a mortgage: 1,662

Here:

58.6% with mortgage
State:

77.7% with mortgage



Religion statistics:

Percentage of population affiliated with a religious congregations: 29.62%
Here29.6%
USA50.2%
Total adherents: 7,330
Total congregations: 58

Adherents


Breakdown of population affiliated with a religious congregations

NameUnited Methodist ChurchSouthern Baptist ConventionChurch of God (Cleveland, Tennessee)Episcopal ChurchPresbyterian Church (USA)
Adherents4,381 (59.8%)925 (12.6%)801 (10.9%)208 (2.8%)192 (2.6%)
Congregations39 (67.2%)5 (8.6%)2 (3.4%)3 (5.2%)2 (3.4%)
NameMennonite Church USAAssemblies of God The Wesleyan ChurchChurch of the BrethrenOther
Adherents177 (2.4%)160 (2.2%)150 (2.0%)98 (1.3%)238 (3.2%)
Congregations1 (1.7%)1 (1.7%)1 (1.7%)1 (1.7%)3 (5.2%)
Source: Jones, Dale E., et al. 2002. Congregations and Membership in the United States 2000. Nashville, TN: Glenmary Research Center.

Religions in Somerset County - Crisfield, Princess Anne, Eden, Mount Vernon, Deal Island

Food Environment Statistics:

Number of grocery stores: 4
This county:

1.53 / 10,000 pop.
Maryland:

1.96 / 10,000 pop.


Number of convenience stores (no gas): 2
Somerset County:

0.76 / 10,000 pop.
Maryland:

1.22 / 10,000 pop.

Number of convenience stores (with gas): 10
This county:

3.82 / 10,000 pop.
Maryland:

2.05 / 10,000 pop.

Number of full-service restaurants: 9
Somerset County:

3.44 / 10,000 pop.
Maryland:

5.40 / 10,000 pop.

Adult diabetes rate:
Here:

11.6%
Maryland:

9.1%

Adult obesity rate:
Here:

35.4%
Maryland:

26.7%

Low-income preschool obesity rate:
Somerset County:

17.4%
State:

15.5%


Agriculture in Somerset County:

Average size of farms: 188 acres
Average value of agricultural products sold per farm: $422,848
Average value of crops sold per acre for harvested cropland: $255.62
The value of nursery, greenhouse, floriculture, and sod as a percentage of the total market value of agricultural products sold: 0.68%
The value of livestock, poultry, and their products as a percentage of the total market value of agricultural products sold: 93.01%
Average total farm production expenses per farm: $359,264
Harvested cropland as a percentage of land in farms: 61.42%
Irrigated harvested cropland as a percentage of land in farms: 2.80%
Average market value of all machinery and equipment per farm: $60,546
The percentage of farms operated by a family or individual: 84.39%
Average age of principal farm operators: 55 years
Average number of cattle and calves per 100 acres of all land in farms: 4.18
Milk cows as a percentage of all cattle and calves: 0.13%
Corn for grain: 13196 harvested acres
All wheat for grain: 4793 harvested acres
Soybeans for beans: 19175 harvested acres
Vegetables: 399 harvested acres

Tornado activity:

Somerset County historical area-adjusted tornado activity is significantly below Maryland state average. It is 4.9 times below overall U.S. average.

Earthquake activity:

Somerset County-area historical earthquake activity is significantly below Maryland state average. It is 100% smaller than the overall U.S. average.

On 10/23/1990 at 01:34:48, a magnitude 3.2 (2.9 LG, 3.2 MD, Depth: 6.2 mi, Class: Light, Intensity: II - III) earthquake occurred 98.3 miles away from the county center
Magnitude types: regional Lg-wave magnitude (LG), duration magnitude (MD)

Most recent natural disasters:


The number of natural disasters in Somerset County (6) is smaller than the US average (12).
Major Disasters (Presidential) Declared: 4
Emergencies Declared: 2

Class of Workers


Most common industries (%)
Males Females
  • Construction (15%)
  • Public administration (11%)
  • Educational services (9%)
  • Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting (9%)
  • Accommodation and food services (5%)
  • Food (4%)
  • Food and beverage stores (3%)
  • Health care (18%)
  • Educational services (16%)
  • Public administration (11%)
  • Accommodation and food services (8%)
  • Department and other general merchandise stores (4%)
  • Administrative and support and waste management services (4%)
  • Social assistance (3%)
Most common occupations (%)
Males Females
  • Driver/sales workers and truck drivers (8%)
  • Law enforcement workers including supervisors (7%)
  • Electrical equipment mechanics and other installation, maintenance, and repair occupations including supervisors (5%)
  • Building and grounds cleaning and maintenance occupations (5%)
  • Fishing and hunting, and forest and logging workers (4%)
  • Other production occupations including supervisors (4%)
  • Carpenters (4%)
  • Secretaries and administrative assistants (9%)
  • Nursing, psychiatric, and home health aides (6%)
  • Information and record clerks except customer service representatives (5%)
  • Building and grounds cleaning and maintenance occupations (4%)
  • Registered nurses (4%)
  • Other office and administrative support workers including supervisors (4%)
  • Preschool, kindergarten, elementary and middle school teachers (4%)

Most common places of birth for the foreign-born residents (%):




Most common first ancestries reported in Somerset County (%):





Somerset County mode of transportation to work chart

Means of transportation to work:

  • Drove a car alone: 6,895 (76%)
  • Carpooled: 1,294 (14%)
  • Bus or trolley bus: 79 (1%)
  • Subway or elevated: 6 (0%)
  • Taxi: 22 (0%)
  • Motorcycle: 7 (0%)
  • Bicycle: 35 (0%)
  • Walked: 364 (4%)
  • Other means: 142 (2%)
  • Worked at home: 256 (3%)

Owners and renters by unit type in %

Breakdown of mean house values by ages of householders


People in group quarters in Somerset County, Maryland in 2000:

People in group quarters in Somerset County, Maryland in 2010:


Average gross adjusted income of non-migrant taxpayers in this county in 2005 was $38,446.

7.16% of this county's 2006 resident taxpayers lived in other counties in 2005 ($31,727 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

7.16%
Maryland average:

7.95%


10 or fewer of this county's residents moved from foreign countries.
4.79% relocated from other counties in Maryland ($21,519 average AGI)
2.37% relocated from other states ($10,208 average AGI)
Somerset County:

2.37%
Maryland average:

3.62%

Percentage of residents relocating from other counties or countries


Top counties from which taxpayers relocated into this county between 2005 and 2006:
from Wicomico County, MD  2.70% ($31,423 average AGI)
from Worcester County, MD  0.85% ($33,317)
from Accomack County, VA  0.28% ($34,476)
from Sussex County, DE  0.23% ($35,824)
from Anne Arundel County, MD  0.23% ($31,412)
from Baltimore County, MD  0.19% ($28,500)
from Prince George's County, MD  0.17% ($20,923)


6.70% of this county's 2005 resident taxpayers moved to other counties in 2006 ($29,338 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

6.70%
Maryland average:

8.13%


10 or fewer of this county's residents moved to foreign countries.
4.57% relocated to other counties in Maryland ($20,394 average AGI)
2.13% relocated to other states ($8,944 average AGI)
Somerset County:

2.13%
Maryland average:

3.94%

Percentage of residents relocating to other counties or countries


Top counties to which taxpayers relocated from this county between 2005 and 2006:
to Wicomico County, MD  2.84% ($30,218 average AGI)
to Worcester County, MD  0.58% ($40,767)
to Sussex County, DE  0.24% ($33,444)
to Baltimore County, MD  0.24% ($22,556)
to Prince George's County, MD  0.22% ($17,688)
to Montgomery County, MD  0.20% ($29,000)

Births per 1000 population from 1990 to 1999: 10.5
Births per 1000 population from 2000 to 2006: 10.1

Births per 1000 population in Somerset County

Deaths per 1000 population from 1990 to 1999: 11.4
Deaths per 1000 population from 2000 to 2006: 10.1

Deaths per 1000 population in Somerset County

Infant deaths per 1000 live births from 1990 to 1999: 9.0
Infant deaths per 1000 live births from 2000 to 2006: 11.1

Infant deaths per 1000 live births in Somerset County

Persons enrolled in hospital insurance and/or supplemental medical insurance (Medicare) in July 1, 2003: 4,008 (3,387 aged, 621 disabled)
Population without health insurance coverage in 2000: 18%
Children under 18 without health insurance coverage in 2000: 15%

Short term general hospitals per 100,000 population in 2004: 3.87
Short term general hospital admissions per 100,000 population in 2004: 3224.680
Short term general hospital beds per 100,000 population in 2004: 390.520
Emergency room visits per 100,000 population in 2004: 22584.39

General practice office based MDs per 100,000 population in 2005: 1017.600
Medical specialist MDs per 100,000 population in 2005: 1067.900
Dentists per 100,000 population in 1998: 11.61

Total births per 100,000 population, July 2005 - July 2006 : 20.58
Total deaths per 100,000 population, July 2005 - July 2006: 46.43

Limited-service eating places per 100,000 population in 2005 : 3.87

EPA green book nonattainment status in 2004-2006: 1
Crimes per 100,000 population in 1996: 1

Household type by relationship:

Households: 20,819

Size of family households: 2,615 2-persons, 1,323 3-persons, 875 4-persons, 383 5-persons, 186 6-persons, 96 7-or-more-persons.

Size of nonfamily households: 2,771 1-person, 423 2-persons, 60 3-persons, 35 4-persons, 12 5-persons, 1 6-persons, 8 7-or-more-persons.

95.8% of residents of Somerset County speak English at home.
1.4% of residents speak Spanish at home (56% speak English very well, 22% speak English well, 7% speak English not well, 15% don't speak English at all).
1.2% of residents speak other Indo-European language at home (65% speak English very well, 29% speak English well, 7% speak English not well).
0.9% of residents speak Asian or Pacific Island language at home (65% speak English very well, 10% speak English well, 17% speak English not well, 8% don't speak English at all).
0.7% of residents speak other language at home (94% speak English very well, 3% speak English well, 2% don't speak English at all).

In fiscal year 2004:

Federal Government expenditure: $167,178,000 ($6464 per capita)
Department of Defense expenditure: $12,516,000
Federal direct payments to individuals for retirement and disability: $57,969,000
Federal other direct payments to individuals: $36,287,000
Federal direct payments not to individuals: $3,467,000
Federal grants: $52,706,000
Federal procurement contracts: $6,011,000 ($4,456,000 Department of Defense)
Federal salaries and wages: $10,737,000 ($5,427,000 Department of Defense)
Federal Government direct loans: $26,344,000
Federal guaranteed/insured loans: $8,227,000
Federal Government insurance: $156,238,000

Population change from April 1, 2000 to July 1, 2005:

Births: 1,388
Here:

54 per 1000 residents
State:

71 per 1000 residents

Deaths: 1,434
Here:

55 per 1000 residents
State:

41 per 1000 residents

Net international migration: +187
Here:

+7 per 1000 residents
State:

+19 per 1000 residents

Net internal migration: +979
Here:

+38 per 1000 residents
State:

+2 per 1000 residents

Population growth in Somerset County

Total withdrawal of fresh water for public supply: 1.71 millions of gallons per day (all from ground)

Median number of rooms in houses and condos:
Here:

6.1
State:

6.9

Median number of rooms in apartments:
Here:

4.7
State:

4.2

Year house built

Rooms in houses/apartments in Somerset County, Maryland
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
  • 1 room: 0
  • 2 rooms: 49
  • 3 rooms: 77
  • 4 rooms: 587
  • 5 rooms: 1,414
  • 6 rooms: 1,416
  • 7 rooms: 1,056
  • 8 rooms: 620
  • 9+ rooms: 610
  • 1 room: 40
  • 2 rooms: 167
  • 3 rooms: 383
  • 4 rooms: 532
  • 5 rooms: 659
  • 6 rooms: 487
  • 7 rooms: 143
  • 8 rooms: 70
  • 9+ rooms: 51
Bedrooms in houses/apartments in Somerset County, Maryland
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
  • no bedroom: 6
  • 1 bedroom: 150
  • 2 bedrooms: 1,381
  • 3 bedrooms: 3,341
  • 4 bedrooms: 706
  • 5+ bedrooms: 245
  • no bedroom: 46
  • 1 bedroom: 538
  • 2 bedrooms: 981
  • 3 bedrooms: 807
  • 4 bedrooms: 130
  • 5+ bedrooms: 30
Cars and other vehicles available in Somerset County, Maryland in houses/condos/apartments
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
  • no vehicle: 426
  • 1 vehicle: 1,476
  • 2 vehicles: 2,557
  • 3 vehicles: 920
  • 4 vehicles: 361
  • 5+ vehicles: 89
  • no vehicle: 686
  • 1 vehicle: 1,184
  • 2 vehicles: 520
  • 3 vehicles: 119
  • 4 vehicles: 10
  • 5+ vehicles: 13

63% of Somerset County residents lived in the same house 5 years ago.
   Out of people who lived in different houses, 48% lived in this county.
   Out of people who lived in different counties, 65% lived in Maryland.

Somerset County:

62.5%
State average:

57.4%


Place of birth for U.S.-born residents:


Median price asked for vacant for-sale houses in 2000: $55,000


Housing units lacking complete plumbing facilities: 2%

Housing units lacking complete kitchen facilities: 2%

Year Householders Moved Into Unit:

Most commonly used house heating fuel in Somerset County
Houses and condos Apartments
  • Fuel oil, kerosene, etc. (36.9%)
  • Electricity (29.8%)
  • Bottled, tank, or LP gas (26.7%)
  • Wood (4.3%)
  • Utility gas (1.5%)
  • Other fuel (0.6%)
  • Electricity (43.6%)
  • Fuel oil, kerosene, etc. (23.0%)
  • Bottled, tank, or LP gas (19.5%)
  • Utility gas (12.0%)
  • Wood (1.0%)



Private vs. public school enrollment:


Students in private schools in grades 1 to 8 (elementary and middle school): 166
Here:

7.5%
Maryland:

14.8%

Students in private schools in grades 9 to 12 (high school): 99
Here:

6.9%
Maryland:

13.3%

Students in private undergraduate colleges: 429
Here:

16.5%
Maryland:

21.7%

Educational Attainment (%)

School Enrollment by Level of School (%)


Age and Sex of Sensory-Disabled Residents (Noninstitutionalized)

Age and Sex of Physically-Disabled Residents (Noninstitutionalized)

Age and Sex of Mentally-Disabled Residents (Noninstitutionalized)

Age and Sex of Self-Care Disabled Residents (Noninstitutionalized)

Age and Sex of Go-Outside-Home Disabled Residents (Noninstitutionalized)

Age and Sex of Residents with Employment Disability (Noninst.)


Expenditure Revenue Debt

Somerset County government finances - Expenditure in 2002:


Somerset County government finances - Revenue in 2002:


Somerset County government finances - Debt in 2002:


Somerset County government finances - Cash and Securities in 2002:


Supplemental Security Income (SSI) in 2006:



Somerset County Fatal accident statistics for 1975 - 1991
Count Vehicles DUI Fatalities Persons

Fatal accident count (per 100,000 population)

Somerset County Fatal accident statistics for 1992 - 2009
Count Vehicles DUI Fatalities Persons Pedestrians

Fatal accident count (per 100,000 population)




Most common first names in Somerset County, MD among deceased individuals
NameCountLived (average)
William31473.6 years
John27874.6 years
Mary26178.8 years
James21971.5 years
George18975.8 years
Charles16672.6 years
Robert16171.8 years
Margaret9879.5 years
Helen9878.7 years
Edward9572.2 years
Most common last names in Somerset County, MD among deceased individuals
Last nameCountLived (average)
Sterling19777.5 years
Jones19575.8 years
Ward14876.3 years
Evans13975.0 years
Smith11876.9 years
Taylor10973.0 years
Tyler10076.6 years
White9776.9 years
Johnson8876.1 years
Williams7275.2 years
Businesses in Somerset County, MD
NameCountNameCount
Ace Hardware1Pizza Hut1
Econo Lodge1Popeyes1
FedEx3Rite Aid1
GNC1Subway3
H&R Block1U-Haul2
Hardee's1UPS1
McDonald's2
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