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Somerset County, New Jersey (NJ)

County population in 2019: 328,934 (94% urban, 6% rural); it was 297,490 in 2000
County owner-occupied with a mortgage or a loan houses and condos in 2010: 68,996
County owner-occupied free and clear houses and condos in 2010: 21,434
County owner-occupied houses and condos in 2000: 84,153
Renter-occupied apartments: 27,329 (it was 24,831 in 2000)
% of renters here:

23%
State:

35%

Land area: 305 sq. mi.

Water area: 0.4 sq. mi.

Population density: 1080 people per square mile   (very high).

March 2019 cost of living index in Somerset County: 120.8 (high, U.S. average is 100)

Industries providing employment: Professional, scientific, management, administrative, and waste management services (36.8%), Finance, insurance, real estate, and rental and leasing (18.8%), Retail trade (11.4%), Educational, health and social services (10.4%).

Type of workers:

  • Private wage or salary: 81%
  • Government: 3%
  • Self-employed, not incorporated: 16%
  • Unpaid family work: 0%
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  • Races in Somerset County, NJ (2019)
    • 176,22559.2%White Non-Hispanic Alone
    • 60,76120.4%Asian alone
    • 50,06116.8%Hispanic or Latino
    • 31,23210.5%Black Non-Hispanic Alone
    • 6,0532.0%Some other race alone
    • 4,3881.5%Two or more races
    • 2140.07%American Indian and Alaska Native alone
Median resident age:

42.2 years
New Jersey median age:

40.2 years
Males: 161,761  (49.2%)
Females: 167,173  (50.8%)
Average household size:
Somerset County:

2.0 people
New Jersey:

3 people

Estimated median household income in 2019: $111,587 ($76,933 in 1999)
This county:

$111,587
New Jersey:

$85,751

Median contract rent in 2019 for apartments: $1,479 (lower quartile is $1,178, upper quartile is $1,898)
This county:

$1479
State:

$1228


Estimated median house or condo value in 2019: $440,800 (it was $222,400 in 2000)
Somerset:

$440,800
New Jersey:

$348,800
Lower value quartile - upper value quartile: $306,600 - $656,700

Mean price in 2019:

Detached houses: $549,410
Here:

$549,410
State:

$433,865

Townhouses or other attached units: $334,676
Here:

$334,676
State:

$299,752

In 2-unit structures: $267,469
Here:

$267,469
State:

$377,644

In 3-to-4-unit structures: $270,361
Here:

$270,361
State:

$336,923

In 5-or-more-unit structures: $284,223
Here:

$284,223
State:

$336,746

Mobile homes: $120,606
Here:

$120,606
State:

$77,853

Median monthly housing costs for homes and condos with a mortgage: $2,722
Median monthly housing costs for units without a mortgage: $1,163

Institutionalized population: 2,523
Somerset County, NJ map from a distance

Health of residents in Somerset County based on CDC Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System Survey Questionnaires from 2003 to 2012:

General health status score of residents in this county from 1 (poor) to 5 (excellent) is 3.8. This is significantly better than average.
77.5% of residents exercised in the past month. This is about average.
40.3% of residents smoked 100+ cigarettes in their lives. This is less than average.
81.2% of adult residents drank alcohol in the past 30 days. This is more than average.
82.8% of residents visited a dentist within the past year. This is more than average.
Average weight of males is 191 pounds. This is about average.
Average weight of females is 155 pounds. This is less than average.
11.6% of residents keep firearms around their homes. This is less than average.

Single-family new house construction building permits:

  • 1997: 2030 buildings, average cost: $119,400
  • 1998: 1910 buildings, average cost: $128,300
  • 1999: 1808 buildings, average cost: $136,800
  • 2000: 1227 buildings, average cost: $161,300
  • 2001: 1103 buildings, average cost: $155,700
  • 2002: 869 buildings, average cost: $175,500
  • 2003: 890 buildings, average cost: $168,800
  • 2004: 797 buildings, average cost: $183,900
  • 2005: 818 buildings, average cost: $199,700
  • 2006: 623 buildings, average cost: $174,600
  • 2007: 593 buildings, average cost: $199,200
  • 2008: 411 buildings, average cost: $201,000
  • 2009: 358 buildings, average cost: $162,200
  • 2010: 442 buildings, average cost: $175,400
  • 2011: 347 buildings, average cost: $206,200
  • 2012: 404 buildings, average cost: $198,800
  • 2013: 589 buildings, average cost: $174,500
  • 2014: 595 buildings, average cost: $163,000
  • 2015: 422 buildings, average cost: $192,200
  • 2016: 370 buildings, average cost: $227,200
  • 2017: 344 buildings, average cost: $250,300
  • 2018: 290 buildings, average cost: $219,200
  • 2019: 326 buildings, average cost: $199,600
Number of permits per 10,000 Somerset, NJ residents
Average permit cost in Somerset, NJ
Presidential Elections Results

Graphs represent county-level data. Detailed 2008 Election Results

Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with mortgages in 2019: $9,558 (2.2%)
Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with no mortgage in 2019: $9,406 (2.1%)

Distribution of median household income in Somerset, NJ in 2019
Distribution of house value in Somerset, NJ in 2019
Distribution of rent paid by renters in Somerset, NJ in 2019
Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2019: 5.7%
Somerset County:

5.7%
New Jersey:

9.2%
(2.8% for White Non-Hispanic residents, 8.8% for Black residents, 16.2% for Hispanic or Latino residents, 17.8% for other race residents, 7.3% for two or more races residents)

Median age of residents in 2019: 42.2 years old
(Males: 40.1 years old, Females: 43.6 years old)
(Median age for: White residents: 49.5 years old, Black residents: 41.1 years old, American Indian residents: 30.8 years old, Asian residents: 40.1 years old, Hispanic or Latino residents: 31.7 years old, Other race residents: 26.8 years old)

Area name: Middlesex-Somerset-Hunterdon, NJ HUD Metro FMR Area
Fair market rent in 2006 for a 1-bedroom apartment in Somerset County is $1009 a month.
Fair market rent for a 2-bedroom apartment is $1187 a month.
Fair market rent for a 3-bedroom apartment is $1490 a month.

Cities in this county include: Somerset, North Plainfield, Bradley Gardens, Somerville, Martinsville, Manville, Bound Brook, East Franklin, Bernardsville, Raritan.

Somerset County has a predicted average indoor radon screening level greater than 4 pCi/L (pico curies per liter) - Highest Potential

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Neighboring counties: Bedford County, Pennsylvania , Columbiana County, Ohio , De Witt County, Illinois , Larimer County, Colorado , Phillips County, Colorado , Suffolk County, New York , Tipton County, Indiana , Schuyler County, Illinois .

Unemployment in November 2020:
Here:

8.3%
New Jersey:

9.9%

Unemployment by year in Somerset, NJ
County total employment by year in Somerset, NJ
County average yearly wages by year in Somerset, NJ

Current college students: 14,627
People 25 years of age or older with a high school degree or higher: 94.5%
People 25 years of age or older with a bachelor's degree or higher: 56.0%

Number of foreign born residents: 85,951 (63.4% naturalized citizens)

Somerset County:

26.1%
Whole state:

23.4%
Year of entry for the foreign-born population
  • Year of entry for the foreign-born population
  • 17,1872010 or later
  • 20,4952000 to 2009
  • 20,3271990 to 1999
  • 14,3091980 to 1989
  • 7,4281970 to 1979
  • 9,246Before 1970

Mean travel time to work (commute): 30.1 minutes

Percentage of county residents living and working in this county: 43.9%

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

Housing units in structures:

  • One, detached: 77,981
  • One, attached: 16,872
  • Two: 4,236
  • 3 or 4: 5,362
  • 5 to 9: 6,847
  • 10 to 19: 5,168
  • 20 to 49: 3,168
  • 50 or more: 7,651
  • Mobile homes: 241

Housing units in Somerset County with a mortgage: 61,371 (925 second mortgage, 8,559 home equity loan, 0 both second mortgage and home equity loan)
Houses without a mortgage: 30,143

Here:

67.0% with mortgage
State:

65.6% with mortgage

Religion statistics for Somerset County

Religions Adherents in 2010
Religions Adherents - Change between 2000 and 2010
ReligionAdherentsCongregations
Catholic98,95129
Mainline Protestant27,47268
Other15,07833
Evangelical Protestant13,15853
Orthodox1,2006
Black Protestant1,0767
None166,509-
Somerset County Religion Details
Source: Clifford Grammich, Kirk Hadaway, Richard Houseal, Dale E.Jones, Alexei Krindatch, Richie Stanley and Richard H.Taylor. 2012. 2010 U.S.Religion Census: Religious Congregations & Membership Study. Association of Statisticians of American Religious Bodies. Jones, Dale E., et al. 2002. Congregations and Membership in the United States 2000. Nashville, TN: Glenmary Research Center.

Food Environment Statistics:

Number of grocery stores: 69
Somerset County:

2.14 / 10,000 pop.
State:

2.90 / 10,000 pop.

Number of supercenters and club stores: 3
Here:

0.09 / 10,000 pop.
New Jersey:

0.06 / 10,000 pop.

Number of convenience stores (no gas): 53
This county:

1.65 / 10,000 pop.
New Jersey:

1.76 / 10,000 pop.

Number of convenience stores (with gas): 18
Somerset County:

0.56 / 10,000 pop.
New Jersey:

0.81 / 10,000 pop.

Number of full-service restaurants: 256
This county:

7.96 / 10,000 pop.
State:

7.15 / 10,000 pop.

Adult diabetes rate:
Somerset County:

6.7%
New Jersey:

8.3%

Adult obesity rate:
Somerset County:

20.4%
State:

23.3%

Low-income preschool obesity rate:
Here:

24.0%
State:

18.0%

Agriculture in Somerset County:

Average size of farms: 82 acres
Average value of agricultural products sold per farm: $34,081
Average value of crops sold per acre for harvested cropland: $518.73
The value of nursery, greenhouse, floriculture, and sod as a percentage of the total market value of agricultural products sold: 40.42%
The value of livestock, poultry, and their products as a percentage of the total market value of agricultural products sold: 45.14%
Average total farm production expenses per farm: $32,243
Harvested cropland as a percentage of land in farms: 43.96%
Irrigated harvested cropland as a percentage of land in farms: 1.47%
Average market value of all machinery and equipment per farm: $50,486
The percentage of farms operated by a family or individual: 81.45%
Average age of principal farm operators: 56 years
Average number of cattle and calves per 100 acres of all land in farms: 7.83
Milk cows as a percentage of all cattle and calves: 21.42%
Corn for grain: 1823 harvested acres
All wheat for grain: 2043 harvested acres
Soybeans for beans: 1640 harvested acres
Vegetables: 159 harvested acres
Land in orchards: 166 acres

Earthquake activity:

Somerset County-area historical earthquake activity is significantly above New Jersey state average. It is 68% smaller than the overall U.S. average.

On 8/23/2011 at 17:51:04, a magnitude 5.8 (5.8 MW, Depth: 3.7 mi, Class: Moderate, Intensity: VI - VII) earthquake occurred 257.1 miles away from Somerset County center
On 1/16/1994 at 01:49:16, a magnitude 4.6 (4.6 MB, 4.6 LG, Depth: 3.1 mi, Class: Light, Intensity: IV - V) earthquake occurred 78.4 miles away from the county center
On 10/7/1983 at 10:18:46, a magnitude 5.3 (5.1 MB, 5.3 LG, 5.1 ML) earthquake occurred 234.5 miles away from the county center
On 4/20/2002 at 10:50:47, a magnitude 5.3 (5.3 ML, Depth: 3.0 mi) earthquake occurred 276.6 miles away from the county center
On 1/16/1994 at 00:42:43, a magnitude 4.2 (4.2 MB, 4.0 LG, Depth: 3.1 mi) earthquake occurred 76.9 miles away from Somerset County center
On 4/20/2002 at 10:50:47, a magnitude 5.2 (5.2 MB, 4.2 MS, 5.2 MW, 5.0 MW) earthquake occurred 274.7 miles away from the county center
Magnitude types: regional Lg-wave magnitude (LG), body-wave magnitude (MB), local magnitude (ML), surface-wave magnitude (MS), moment magnitude (MW)

Most recent natural disasters:

  • New Jersey Covid-19 Pandemic, Incident Period: January 20, 2020, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared DR-4488-NJ: March 25, 2020, FEMA Id: 4488, Natural disaster type: Other
  • New Jersey Severe Winter Storm And Snowstorm, Incident Period: March 6, 2018 - March 7, 2018, FEMA Id: 4368, Natural disaster type: Snowstorm, Winter Storm
  • New Jersey Severe Winter Storm and Snowstorm, Incident Period: January 22, 2016 to January 24, 2016, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared DR-4264: March 14, 2016, FEMA Id: 4264, Natural disaster type: Snowstorm, Winter Storm
  • New Jersey Hurricane Sandy, Incident Period: October 26, 2012 to November 08, 2012, Emergency Declared EM-3354: October 28, 2012, FEMA Id: 3354, Natural disaster type: Hurricane
  • New Jersey Hurricane Sandy, Incident Period: October 26, 2012 to November 08, 2012, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared DR-4086: October 30, 2012, FEMA Id: 4086, Natural disaster type: Hurricane
  • New Jersey Severe Storm, Incident Period: October 29, 2011, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared DR-4048: November 30, 2011, FEMA Id: 4048, Natural disaster type: Storm
  • New Jersey Hurricane Irene, Incident Period: August 27, 2011 to September 05, 2011, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared DR-4021: August 31, 2011, FEMA Id: 4021, Natural disaster type: Hurricane
  • New Jersey Hurricane Irene, Incident Period: August 26, 2011 to September 05, 2011, Emergency Declared EM-3332: August 27, 2011, FEMA Id: 3332, Natural disaster type: Hurricane
  • New Jersey Severe Winter Storm and Snowstorm, Incident Period: December 26, 2010 to December 27, 2010, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared DR-1954: February 04, 2011, FEMA Id: 1954, Natural disaster type: Snowstorm, Winter Storm
  • New Jersey Severe Storms and Flooding, Incident Period: March 12, 2010 to April 15, 2010, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared DR-1897: April 02, 2010, FEMA Id: 1897, Natural disaster type: Storm, Flood
  • 17 other natural disasters have been reported since 1953.

The number of natural disasters in Somerset County (27) is a lot greater than the US average (15).
Major Disasters (Presidential) Declared: 17
Emergencies Declared: 9

Causes of natural disasters: Floods: 7, Hurricanes: 7, Storms: 6, Heavy Rains: 4, Snowstorms: 4, Winter Storms: 3, Blizzards: 2, Water Shortages: 2, Tornado: 1, Wind: 1, Other: 3 (Note: some incidents may be assigned to more than one category).
Means of transportation to work in 2019 - Somerset

Means of transportation to work:

  • Drove a car alone: 169,681 (83.6%)
  • Carpooled: 12,300 (6.1%)
  • Bus: 1,246 (0.6%)
  • Subway or elevated rail: 269 (0.1%)
  • Long-distance train or commuter rail: 896 (0.4%)
  • Light rail, streetcar or trolley: 109 (0.1%)
  • Taxicab, motorcycle, or other means: 3,760 (1.9%)
  • Bicycle: 349 (0.2%)
  • Walked: 2,840 (1.4%)
  • Worked at home: 11,544 (5.7%)
Class of Workers in 2019
Most common industries in 2019 (%)
Males Females
Most common industries for males in 2019


  • Health care and social assistance (18%)
  • Educational services (13%)
  • Manufacturing (10%)
  • Professional, scientific, and technical services (9%)
  • Retail trade (8%)
  • Finance and insurance (7%)
  • Other services, except public administration (4%)

Most common industries for females in 2019


  • Health care and social assistance (20%)
  • Educational services (15%)
  • Manufacturing (12%)
  • Professional, scientific, and technical services (10%)
  • Retail trade (9%)
  • Finance and insurance (8%)
  • Other services, except public administration (5%)

Most common occupations in 2019 (%)
Males Females
Most common occupations for males in 2019


  • Management occupations (19%)
  • Sales and related occupations (9%)
  • Computer and mathematical occupations (9%)
  • Business and financial operations occupations (9%)
  • Construction and extraction occupations (6%)
  • Architecture and engineering occupations (6%)
  • Transportation occupations (5%)

Most common occupations for females in 2019


  • Office and administrative support occupations (13%)
  • Management occupations (13%)
  • Educational instruction, and library occupations (12%)
  • Sales and related occupations (10%)
  • Business and financial operations occupations (9%)
  • Health diagnosing and treating practitioners and other technical occupations (7%)
  • Computer and mathematical occupations (6%)

Most common places of birth for foreign-born residents


  • India (24%)
  • China, excluding Hong Kong and Taiwan (9%)
  • Philippines (4%)
  • Colombia (4%)
  • Mexico (3%)
  • Dominican Republic (3%)
  • Ecuador (3%)

Most common first ancestries reported in Somerset County


  • Italian (9%)
  • Irish (4%)
  • American (4%)
  • Polish (4%)
  • German (3%)
  • English (1%)
  • European (1%)

Owners and renters by unit type
Breakdown of mean house values by ages of householders

People in group quarters in Somerset County, New Jersey in 2000:

  • 2,103 people in nursing homes
  • 460 people in other noninstitutional group quarters
  • 308 people in mental (psychiatric) hospitals or wards
  • 263 people in local jails and other confinement facilities (including police lockups)
  • 213 people in religious group quarters
  • 194 people in wards in general hospitals for patients who have no usual home elsewhere
  • 178 people in homes for the mentally retarded
  • 124 people in residential treatment centers for emotionally disturbed children
  • 118 people in other nonhousehold living situations
  • 111 people in schools, hospitals, or wards for the intellectually disabled
  • 102 people in hospitals or wards for drug/alcohol abuse
  • 86 people in orthopedic wards and institutions for the physically handicapped
  • 66 people in college dormitories (includes college quarters off campus)
  • 65 people in homes for the mentally ill
  • 39 people in other group homes
  • 31 people in wards in military hospitals for patients who have no usual home elsewhere
  • 23 people in homes for the physically handicapped
  • 11 people in unknown juvenile institutions
  • 10 people in homes or halfway houses for drug/alcohol abuse
  • 4 people in agriculture workers' dormitories on farms

People in group quarters in Somerset County, New Jersey in 2010:

  • 1,810 people in nursing facilities/skilled-nursing facilities
  • 479 people in college/university student housing
  • 313 people in group homes intended for adults
  • 273 people in local jails and other municipal confinement facilities
  • 242 people in residential schools for people with disabilities
  • 220 people in other noninstitutional facilities
  • 200 people in emergency and transitional shelters (with sleeping facilities) for people experiencing homelessness
  • 124 people in residential treatment centers for adults
  • 111 people in workers' group living quarters and job corps centers
  • 106 people in residential treatment centers for juveniles (non-correctional)
  • 71 people in mental (psychiatric) hospitals and psychiatric units in other hospitals
  • 21 people in group homes for juveniles (non-correctional)
Average gross adjusted income of non-migrant taxpayers in this county in 2010 was $147,210.

6.88% of this county's 2011 resident taxpayers lived in other counties in 2010 ($99,878 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

6.88%
New Jersey average:

5.43%


0.05% of residents moved from foreign countries ($2,109 average AGI)
Somerset County:

0.05%
New Jersey average:

0.04%

4.77% relocated from other counties in New Jersey ($65,417 average AGI)
2.06% relocated from other states ($32,351 average AGI)
Somerset County:

2.06%
New Jersey average:

2.27%

Residents relocating <b>from</b> other counties or countries

Top counties from which taxpayers relocated into this county between 2010 and 2011:
from Middlesex County, NJ  1.86% ($84,038 average AGI)
from Union County, NJ  0.79% ($77,768)
from Morris County, NJ  0.44% ($154,513)
from Essex County, NJ  0.28% ($89,832)
from Mercer County, NJ  0.27% ($128,510)
from Hudson County, NJ  0.25% ($111,897)
from Hunterdon County, NJ  0.25% ($93,717)


7.61% of this county's 2010 resident taxpayers moved to other counties in 2011 ($110,999 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

7.61%
New Jersey average:

6.14%


0.10% of residents moved to foreign countries ($3,010 average AGI)
Somerset County:

0.10%
New Jersey average:

0.07%

4.24% relocated to other counties in New Jersey ($45,558 average AGI)
3.27% relocated to other states ($62,431 average AGI)
Somerset County:

3.27%
New Jersey average:

2.98%

Residents relocating <b>to</b> other counties or countries

Top counties to which taxpayers relocated from this county between 2010 and 2011:
to Middlesex County, NJ  1.35% ($54,961 average AGI)
to Union County, NJ  0.59% ($62,161)
to Hunterdon County, NJ  0.46% ($101,740)
to Morris County, NJ  0.36% ($115,547)
to Hudson County, NJ  0.25% ($102,226)
to Mercer County, NJ  0.25% ($148,006)
to Monmouth County, NJ  0.19% ($113,858)

Births per 1000 population from 1990 to 1999: 15.7
Births per 1000 population from 2000 to 2006: 13.9
Births per 1000 population from 2007 to 2019: 10.4

Births per 1000 population in Somerset County

Deaths per 1000 population from 1990 to 1999: 6.8
Deaths per 1000 population from 2000 to 2006: 6.6
Deaths per 1000 population from 2007 to 2019: 6.9

Deaths per 1000 population in Somerset County

Infant deaths per 1000 live births from 1990 to 1999: 4.9
Infant deaths per 1000 live births from 2000 to 2006: 3.1
Infant deaths per 1000 live births from 2007 to 2018: 3.2

Infant deaths per 1000 population in Somerset County
Population without health insurance coverage in 2018: 5.4%
Persons under 19 years old without health insurance coverage in 2018: 2.4%
Percentage of population without health insurance coverage in Somerset County
All 18-64 40-64 50-64 Under 19
Population without health insurance coverage in Somerset County
18-64 population without health insurance coverage in Somerset County
40-64 population without health insurance coverage in Somerset County
50-64 population without health insurance coverage in Somerset County
Population under 19 years without health insurance coverage in Somerset County

Persons enrolled in hospital insurance and/or supplemental medical insurance (Medicare) in July 1, 2007: 39,041 (35,082 aged, 3,959 disabled)
Children under 18 without health insurance coverage in 2007: 6,035 (7%)
Persons enrolled in Medicare
Aged persons enrolled in Medicare
Disabled persons enrolled in Medicare

Most common underlying causes of death in Somerset County, New Jersey in 1999 - 2019:

  • Atherosclerotic heart disease (3,909)
  • Bronchus or lung, unspecified - Malignant neoplasms (2,370)
  • Acute myocardial infarction, unspecified (2,294)
  • Unspecified dementia (1,886)
  • Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, unspecified (1,369)
  • Stroke, not specified as haemorrhage or infarction (1,326)
  • Alzheimer disease, unspecified (1,127)
  • Congestive heart failure (1,069)
  • Pneumonia, unspecified (1,056)
  • Septicaemia, unspecified (1,006)

Population without health insurance coverage in 2000: 9%
Children under 18 without health insurance coverage in 2000: 7%

Short term general hospitals per 100,000 population in 2004: 0.63
Short term general hospital admissions per 100,000 population in 2004: 8,140
Short term general hospital beds per 100,000 population in 2004: 185
Emergency room visits per 100,000 population in 2004: 22,627

General practice office based MDs per 100,000 population in 2005: 1,275
Medical specialist MDs per 100,000 population in 2005: 611
Dentists per 100,000 population in 1998: 14

Total births per 100,000 population, July 2005 - July 2006 : 83
Total deaths per 100,000 population, July 2005 - July 2006: 88

Limited-service eating places per 100,000 population in 2005 : 26
Beer, wine & liquor stores per 100,000 population in 2005: 1

Suicides per 1,000,000 population from 2000 to 2006: 58.8. This is less than state average.

Mechanisms of suicide
Deaths per 1,000,000 population:
  • Suffocation - 19.4
  • Poisoning - 15.3
  • Firearm - 13.9
  • Other - 10.2

Household type by relationship:

Households: 328,934
  • Male householders: 66,452 (12,627 living alone), Female householders: 56,154 (15,911 living alone)
  • 72,311 spouses (71,745 opposite-sex spouses), 6,079 unmarried partners, (5,843 opposite-sex unmarried partners), 100,598 children (96,918 natural, 2,074 adopted, 1,606 stepchildren), 5,464 grandchildren, 2,050 brothers or sisters, 5,606 parents, 0 foster children, 5,032 other relatives, 4,736 non-relatives
  • In group quarters: 4,452

Size of family households: 32,541 2-persons, 24,133 3-persons, 20,179 4-persons, 8,243 5-persons, 2,442 6-persons, 1,002 7-or-more-persons.

Size of nonfamily households: 28,538 1-person, 4,567 2-persons, 517 3-persons, 444 4-persons.

53,767 married couples with children.
10,087 single-parent households (1,983 men, 8,104 women).

64.8% of residents of Somerset speak English at home.
13.2% of residents speak Spanish at home (66% speak English very well, 15% speak English well, 12% speak English not well, 7% don't speak English at all).
12.2% of residents speak other Indo-European language at home (80% speak English very well, 15% speak English well, 4% speak English not well, 1% don't speak English at all).
8.1% of residents speak Asian or Pacific Island language at home (70% speak English very well, 22% speak English well, 7% speak English not well, 2% don't speak English at all).
1.6% of residents speak other language at home (72% speak English very well, 27% speak English well, 1% speak English not well).

In fiscal year 2004:

Federal Government expenditure: $1,138,636,000 ($3,595 per capita)
Department of Defense expenditure: $61,219,000
Federal direct payments to individuals for retirement and disability: $569,588,000
Federal other direct payments to individuals: $221,738,000
Federal direct payments not to individuals: $1,325,000
Federal grants: $140,306,000
Federal procurement contracts: $92,316,000 ($44,110,000 Department of Defense)
Federal salaries and wages: $113,363,000 ($6,969,000 Department of Defense)
Federal Government direct loans: $221,000
Federal guaranteed/insured loans: $210,399,000
Federal Government insurance: $485,888,000

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

Births: 22,824
Here:

71 per 1000 residents
State:

69 per 1000 residents

Deaths: 10,816
Here:

34 per 1000 residents
State:

44 per 1000 residents

Net international migration: +11,830
Here:

+37 per 1000 residents
State:

+33 per 1000 residents

Net internal migration: -918
Here -3 per 1000 residents
State -22 per 1000 residents
Population growth in Somerset County

Total withdrawal of fresh water for public supply: 142.22 millions of gallons per day (6% from ground, 94% from surface)

Median number of rooms in houses and condos:
Here:

7.4
State:

6.8

Median number of rooms in apartments:
Here:

4.2
State:

4.0

Year house built in Somerset County, New Jersey
  • Year house built in Somerset County, New Jersey
  • 3,7322014 or later
  • 2,1402010 to 2013
  • 12,9022000 to 2009
  • 21,3511990 to 1999
  • 25,3661980 to 1989
  • 11,8451970 to 1979
  • 15,3461960 to 1969
  • 14,0911950 to 1959
  • 6,5071940 to 1949
  • 14,2461939 or earlier
Rooms in houses/apartments in Somerset County, New Jersey
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
Rooms in owner-occupied houses in Somerset County, New Jersey
  • Rooms in owner-occupied houses in Somerset County, New Jersey
  • 421 room
  • 2052 rooms
  • 1,2493 rooms
  • 7,7624 rooms
  • 10,6065 rooms
  • 12,8016 rooms
  • 15,3047 rooms
  • 16,2388 rooms
  • 27,3079+ rooms
Rooms in renter-occupied apartments in Somerset County, New Jersey
  • Rooms in renter-occupied apartments in Somerset County, New Jersey
  • 1,1481 room
  • 1,8392 rooms
  • 7,3833 rooms
  • 7,7544 rooms
  • 6,7985 rooms
  • 3,9126 rooms
  • 1,2347 rooms
  • 3248 rooms
  • 7009+ rooms
Bedrooms in houses/apartments in Somerset County, New Jersey
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
Bedrooms in owner-occupied houses in Somerset County, New Jersey
  • Bedrooms in owner-occupied houses in Somerset County, New Jersey
  • 42no bedroom
  • 1,7281 bedroom
  • 17,6882 bedrooms
  • 28,4033 bedrooms
  • 32,7084 bedrooms
  • 10,9455+ bedrooms
Bedrooms in renter-occupied apartments in Somerset County, New Jersey
  • Bedrooms in renter-occupied apartments in Somerset County, New Jersey
  • 1,223no bedroom
  • 9,8711 bedroom
  • 14,0432 bedrooms
  • 3,8613 bedrooms
  • 1,6994 bedrooms
  • 3955+ bedrooms
Cars and other vehicles available in Somerset County, New Jersey in houses/condos/apartments
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
Cars and other vehicles available in Somerset County in owner-occupied houses/condos
  • Cars and other vehicles available in Somerset County in owner-occupied houses/condos
  • 2,168no vehicle
  • 20,8081 vehicle
  • 38,7162 vehicles
  • 20,1493 vehicles
  • 7,2914 vehicles
  • 2,3825+ vehicles
Cars and other vehicles available in Somerset County in renter-occupied apartments
  • Cars and other vehicles available in Somerset County in renter-occupied apartments
  • 3,857no vehicle
  • 14,4681 vehicle
  • 9,7412 vehicles
  • 2,4603 vehicles
  • 5034 vehicles
  • 635+ vehicles

90.8% of Somerset County residents lived in the same house 1 years ago.
   Out of people who lived in different houses, 28% lived in this county.
   Out of people who lived in different counties, 74% lived in New Jersey.

Somerset County:

90.8%
State average:

89.8%

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

  • This state: 161,924
  • Other state: 76,139
  • Northeast: 51,103
  • Midwest: 6,268
  • South: 13,917
  • West: 4,851
Year householders moved into unit in Somerset County, NJ
Most commonly used house heating fuel in Somerset County
Houses and condos Apartments
Most commonly used house heating fuel in houses and condos
  • 86.2%Utility gas
  • 7.1%Fuel oil, kerosene, etc.
  • 4.9%Electricity
  • 1.1%Bottled, tank, or LP gas
  • 0.3%No fuel used
  • 0.2%Wood
  • 0.1%Other fuel
  • 0.1%Solar energy
Most commonly used house heating fuel in apartments
  • 65.8%Utility gas
  • 27.3%Electricity
  • 2.5%Fuel oil, kerosene, etc.
  • 1.8%Bottled, tank, or LP gas
  • 1.3%No fuel used
  • 0.7%Other fuel
  • 0.3%Wood
  • 0.2%Solar energy

Private vs. public school enrollment:


Students in private schools in grades 1 to 8 (elementary and middle school): 2,847
Here:

8.9%
New Jersey:

10.0%

Students in private schools in grades 9 to 12 (high school): 3,178
Here:

15.9%
New Jersey:

12.3%

Students in private undergraduate colleges: 4,205
Here:

29.6%
New Jersey:

26.8%

Educational Attainment
School Enrollment by Level of School
Age and Sex of Sensory-Disabled Noninstitutionalized Residents
Age and Sex of Physically-Disabled Noninstitutionalized Residents
Age and Sex of Mentally-Disabled Noninstitutionalized Residents
Age and Sex of Self-Care Disabled Noninstitutionalized Residents
Age and Sex of Go-Outside-Home Disabled Noninstitutionalized Residents
Age and Sex of Noninstitutionalized Residents with Employment Disability

Somerset County government finances - Expenditure in 2018:

  • Assistance and Subsidies - Public Welfare, Federal Categorical Assistance Programs: $3,627,000
  • Bond Funds - Cash and Securities: $18,559,000
  • Charges - Other: $5,058,000
    Higher Education - Other: $1,097,000
    Elementary and Secondary Education School Lunch: $87,000
    Higher Education Auxiliary Enterprises: $22,000
    Elementary and Secondary Education - Other: $16,000
  • Construction - General - Other: $18,229,000
    Elementary and Secondary Education: $2,830,000
    Other Higher Education: $1,798,000
  • Current Operations - General - Other: $61,755,000
    Other Higher Education: $58,410,000
    Health - Other: $34,879,000
    Elementary and Secondary Education: $16,178,000
    Correctional Institutions: $13,619,000
    Regular Highways: $11,032,000
    Parks and Recreation: $8,042,000
    Higher Education Auxiliary Enterprises: $2,980,000
    Central Staff Services: $2,018,000
  • Federal Intergovernmental - Education: $1,064,000
  • General - Interest on Debt: $3,418,000
  • Intergovernmental to Local - Other - Elementary and Secondary Education: $19,000
  • Intergovernmental to State - Hospitals: $4,079,000
    Elementary and Secondary Education: $20,000
  • Local Intergovernmental - Education: $982,000
  • Long Term Debt - Beginning Outstanding - Unspecified Public Purpose: $283,121,000
    Outstanding Unspecified Public Purpose: $248,926,000
    Retired Unspecified Public Purpose: $34,296,000
    Beginning Outstanding - Public Debt for Private Purpose: $13,000,000
    Outstanding Nonguaranteed - Industrial Revenue: $12,500,000
    Retired Nonguaranteed - Public Debt for Private Purpose: $500,000
  • Miscellaneous - General Revenue - Other: $65,815,000
    Interest Earnings: $1,000
  • Other Capital Outlay - Other Higher Education: $1,629,000
    Elementary and Secondary Education: $427,000
  • Other Funds - Cash and Securities: $67,615,000
  • Short Term Debt Outstanding - Beginning: $101,000
    End of Fiscal Year: $101,000
  • Sinking Funds - Cash and Securities: $20,473,000
  • State Intergovernmental - Education: $16,134,000
    Other: $15,675,000
  • Tax - Property: $189,167,000
  • Total Salaries and Wages: $46,771,000

Somerset County government finances - Revenue in 2018:

  • Assistance and Subsidies - Public Welfare, Federal Categorical Assistance Programs: $3,627,000
  • Bond Funds - Cash and Securities: $18,559,000
  • Charges - Other: $5,058,000
    Higher Education - Other: $1,097,000
    Elementary and Secondary Education School Lunch: $87,000
    Higher Education Auxiliary Enterprises: $22,000
    Elementary and Secondary Education - Other: $16,000
  • Construction - General - Other: $18,229,000
    Elementary and Secondary Education: $2,830,000
    Other Higher Education: $1,798,000
  • Current Operations - General - Other: $61,755,000
    Other Higher Education: $58,410,000
    Health - Other: $34,879,000
    Elementary and Secondary Education: $16,178,000
    Correctional Institutions: $13,619,000
    Regular Highways: $11,032,000
    Parks and Recreation: $8,042,000
    Higher Education Auxiliary Enterprises: $2,980,000
    Central Staff Services: $2,018,000
  • Federal Intergovernmental - Education: $1,064,000
  • General - Interest on Debt: $3,418,000
  • Intergovernmental to Local - Other - Elementary and Secondary Education: $19,000
  • Intergovernmental to State - Hospitals: $4,079,000
    Elementary and Secondary Education: $20,000
  • Local Intergovernmental - Education: $982,000
  • Long Term Debt - Beginning Outstanding - Unspecified Public Purpose: $283,121,000
    Outstanding Unspecified Public Purpose: $248,926,000
    Retired Unspecified Public Purpose: $34,296,000
    Beginning Outstanding - Public Debt for Private Purpose: $13,000,000
    Outstanding Nonguaranteed - Industrial Revenue: $12,500,000
    Retired Nonguaranteed - Public Debt for Private Purpose: $500,000
  • Miscellaneous - General Revenue - Other: $65,815,000
    Interest Earnings: $1,000
  • Other Capital Outlay - Other Higher Education: $1,629,000
    Elementary and Secondary Education: $427,000
  • Other Funds - Cash and Securities: $67,615,000
  • Short Term Debt Outstanding - Beginning: $101,000
    End of Fiscal Year: $101,000
  • Sinking Funds - Cash and Securities: $20,473,000
  • State Intergovernmental - Education: $16,134,000
    Other: $15,675,000
  • Tax - Property: $189,167,000
  • Total Salaries and Wages: $46,771,000

Somerset County government finances - Debt in 2018:

  • Assistance and Subsidies - Public Welfare, Federal Categorical Assistance Programs: $3,627,000
  • Bond Funds - Cash and Securities: $18,559,000
  • Charges - Other: $5,058,000
    Higher Education - Other: $1,097,000
    Elementary and Secondary Education School Lunch: $87,000
    Higher Education Auxiliary Enterprises: $22,000
    Elementary and Secondary Education - Other: $16,000
  • Construction - General - Other: $18,229,000
    Elementary and Secondary Education: $2,830,000
    Other Higher Education: $1,798,000
  • Current Operations - General - Other: $61,755,000
    Other Higher Education: $58,410,000
    Health - Other: $34,879,000
    Elementary and Secondary Education: $16,178,000
    Correctional Institutions: $13,619,000
    Regular Highways: $11,032,000
    Parks and Recreation: $8,042,000
    Higher Education Auxiliary Enterprises: $2,980,000
    Central Staff Services: $2,018,000
  • Federal Intergovernmental - Education: $1,064,000
  • General - Interest on Debt: $3,418,000
  • Intergovernmental to Local - Other - Elementary and Secondary Education: $19,000
  • Intergovernmental to State - Hospitals: $4,079,000
    Elementary and Secondary Education: $20,000
  • Local Intergovernmental - Education: $982,000
  • Long Term Debt - Beginning Outstanding - Unspecified Public Purpose: $283,121,000
    Outstanding Unspecified Public Purpose: $248,926,000
    Retired Unspecified Public Purpose: $34,296,000
    Beginning Outstanding - Public Debt for Private Purpose: $13,000,000
    Outstanding Nonguaranteed - Industrial Revenue: $12,500,000
    Retired Nonguaranteed - Public Debt for Private Purpose: $500,000
  • Miscellaneous - General Revenue - Other: $65,815,000
    Interest Earnings: $1,000
  • Other Capital Outlay - Other Higher Education: $1,629,000
    Elementary and Secondary Education: $427,000
  • Other Funds - Cash and Securities: $67,615,000
  • Short Term Debt Outstanding - Beginning: $101,000
    End of Fiscal Year: $101,000
  • Sinking Funds - Cash and Securities: $20,473,000
  • State Intergovernmental - Education: $16,134,000
    Other: $15,675,000
  • Tax - Property: $189,167,000
  • Total Salaries and Wages: $46,771,000

Somerset County government finances - Cash and Securities in 2018:

  • Assistance and Subsidies - Public Welfare, Federal Categorical Assistance Programs: $3,627,000
  • Bond Funds - Cash and Securities: $18,559,000
  • Charges - Other: $5,058,000
    Higher Education - Other: $1,097,000
    Elementary and Secondary Education School Lunch: $87,000
    Higher Education Auxiliary Enterprises: $22,000
    Elementary and Secondary Education - Other: $16,000
  • Construction - General - Other: $18,229,000
    Elementary and Secondary Education: $2,830,000
    Other Higher Education: $1,798,000
  • Current Operations - General - Other: $61,755,000
    Other Higher Education: $58,410,000
    Health - Other: $34,879,000
    Elementary and Secondary Education: $16,178,000
    Correctional Institutions: $13,619,000
    Regular Highways: $11,032,000
    Parks and Recreation: $8,042,000
    Higher Education Auxiliary Enterprises: $2,980,000
    Central Staff Services: $2,018,000
  • Federal Intergovernmental - Education: $1,064,000
  • General - Interest on Debt: $3,418,000
  • Intergovernmental to Local - Other - Elementary and Secondary Education: $19,000
  • Intergovernmental to State - Hospitals: $4,079,000
    Elementary and Secondary Education: $20,000
  • Local Intergovernmental - Education: $982,000
  • Long Term Debt - Beginning Outstanding - Unspecified Public Purpose: $283,121,000
    Outstanding Unspecified Public Purpose: $248,926,000
    Retired Unspecified Public Purpose: $34,296,000
    Beginning Outstanding - Public Debt for Private Purpose: $13,000,000
    Outstanding Nonguaranteed - Industrial Revenue: $12,500,000
    Retired Nonguaranteed - Public Debt for Private Purpose: $500,000
  • Miscellaneous - General Revenue - Other: $65,815,000
    Interest Earnings: $1,000
  • Other Capital Outlay - Other Higher Education: $1,629,000
    Elementary and Secondary Education: $427,000
  • Other Funds - Cash and Securities: $67,615,000
  • Short Term Debt Outstanding - Beginning: $101,000
    End of Fiscal Year: $101,000
  • Sinking Funds - Cash and Securities: $20,473,000
  • State Intergovernmental - Education: $16,134,000
    Other: $15,675,000
  • Tax - Property: $189,167,000
  • Total Salaries and Wages: $46,771,000

Supplemental Security Income (SSI) in 2006:

  • Total number of recipients: 2,370
  • Number of aged recipients: 820
  • Number of blind and disabled recipients: 1,550
  • Number of recipients under 18: 270
  • Number of recipients between 18 and 64: 1,059
  • Number of recipients older than 64: 1,041
  • Number of recipients also receiving OASDI: 649
  • Amount of payments (thousands of dollars): 1,035
Home Mortgage Disclosure Act Aggregated Statistics For Year 2009
(Based on 62 full tracts)
A) FHA, FSA/RHS & VA
Home Purchase Loans
B) Conventional
Home Purchase Loans
C) Refinancings
D) Home Improvement Loans
E) Loans on Dwellings For 5+ Families
F) Non-occupant Loans on
< 5 Family Dwellings (A B C & D)
G) Loans On Manufactured
Home Dwelling (A B C & D)
NumberAverage ValueNumberAverage ValueNumberAverage ValueNumberAverage ValueNumberAverage ValueNumberAverage ValueNumberAverage Value
LOANS ORIGINATED1,003$272,6202,268$335,49610,469$304,730392$155,9319$2,668,000215$248,6564$115,500
APPLICATIONS APPROVED, NOT ACCEPTED71$261,817267$378,610930$303,10364$110,5312$712,00024$210,7081$137,000
APPLICATIONS DENIED152$265,579323$336,4093,122$310,689240$96,7382$12,000133$201,33114$105,643
APPLICATIONS WITHDRAWN112$280,411334$348,1472,048$300,61784$150,5482$299,50061$207,4431$235,000
FILES CLOSED FOR INCOMPLETENESS53$258,18973$370,164493$310,11426$140,1150$012$258,0830$0
Private Mortgage Insurance Companies Aggregated Statistics For Year 2009
(Based on 59 full tracts)
A) Conventional
Home Purchase Loans
B) Refinancings
C) Non-occupant Loans on
< 5 Family Dwellings (A & B)
NumberAverage ValueNumberAverage ValueNumberAverage Value
LOANS ORIGINATED260$292,181145$320,8970$0
APPLICATIONS APPROVED, NOT ACCEPTED81$301,07489$331,0902$203,500
APPLICATIONS DENIED47$313,10643$304,4652$136,000
APPLICATIONS WITHDRAWN15$293,40029$341,0690$0
FILES CLOSED FOR INCOMPLETENESS12$427,5838$355,3750$0
Conventional Home Purchase Loans in Somerset, NJ
Conventional Home Purchase Loans in Somerset, NJ - Value
Most common first names in Somerset County, NJ among deceased individuals
NameCountLived (average)
John1,23973.8 years
Mary1,15180.2 years
Joseph87673.7 years
William61573.0 years
Anna60281.6 years
Helen51080.4 years
George46973.2 years
Charles42373.5 years
Margaret40579.5 years
Frank40175.5 years
Most common last names in Somerset County, NJ among deceased individuals
Last nameCountLived (average)
Smith17175.6 years
Johnson10072.2 years
Jones9371.9 years
Miller8174.2 years
Brown7872.6 years
Williams7771.4 years
Davis5471.9 years
Moore5174.9 years
Thompson5174.9 years
Hall5076.1 years
Businesses in Somerset County, NJ
NameCountNameCount
7-Eleven6J. Jill1
A&P1J.Crew1
ALDO1JoS. A. Bank1
AT&T6Jones New York6
Abercrombie & Fitch1Journeys1
Abercrombie Kids1Justice2
Advance Auto Parts2KFC5
Aeropostale1Kmart3
American Eagle Outfitters1Kohl's2
Ann Taylor2Kroger1
Apple Store1La Quinta1
Applebee's2La-Z-Boy1
Arby's2Lane Bryant1
Audi1Lane Furniture1
AutoZone3LensCrafters2
Avenue1Lowe's1
BMW1Macy's1
Baja Fresh Mexican Grill1Marriott5
Banana Republic1Marshalls2
Barnes & Noble1MasterBrand Cabinets24
Baskin-Robbins5McDonald's8
Bath & Body Works1Men's Wearhouse2
Bed Bath & Beyond2Motherhood Maternity2
Blockbuster3New Balance6
Brooks Brothers1New York & Co1
Brookstone1Nike7
Budget Car Rental1Nissan2
Buffalo Wild Wings1Office Depot1
Burger King8Old Country Buffet1
Buybuy BABY1Old Navy2
CVS5Olive Garden1
Cache1Pac Sun1
Casual Male XL1Panera Bread3
Chevrolet2Payless5
Chico's1Penske4
Chipotle1PetSmart2
Clarks1Pier 1 Imports2
Coldwater Creek1Pizza Hut3
Costco1Pottery Barn1
Crate & Barrel1Quiznos3
Curves1RadioShack7
DHL1Raymour & Flanigan2
Dairy Queen3Red Lobster1
Days Inn2Rite Aid9
Decora Cabinetry2Ruby Tuesday2
Domino's Pizza3Sears5
DressBarn3Sephora1
Dressbarn3Skechers USA1
Dunkin Donuts27Soma Intimates1
Econo Lodge1Spencer Gifts1
Eddie Bauer1Sprint Nextel2
Express1Staples3
Extended Stay America1Starbucks7
Famous Footwear1Stop & Shop6
Fashion Bug1Subaru1
FedEx71Subway20
Foot Locker3Super 81
Ford2T-Mobile12
Forever 211T.G.I. Driday's2
GNC9T.J.Maxx2
GameStop6Taco Bell2
Gap1Talbots1
Goodwill3Target2
Gymboree1The Cheesecake Factory1
H&R Block6The Limited1
Haagen-Dazs1The Room Place2
Harmon Face Values1Toys"R"Us3
Haworth1True Value2
Hilton4U-Haul8
Holiday Inn6UPS79
Hollister Co.1Verizon Wireless4
Home Depot3Victoria's Secret1
Honda2Volkswagen2
Hot Topic1Walgreens6
Houlihan's1Walmart3
Howard Johnson1Wendy's7
Hyatt2Wet Seal1
Hyundai1White Castle1
IHOP4YMCA6

Somerset County on our top lists:

  • #12 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the highest percentage of residents that visited a dentist within the past year"
  • #16 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the best general health status score of residents (1-5), 3 years of data"
  • #16 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the largest decrease in the number of births per 1000 residents 2000-2006 to 2007-2013 (pop 50,000+)"
  • #27 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the lowest percentage of residents that keep firearms around their homes"
  • #34 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the largest number of children under 18 without health insurance coverage in 2000 (pop. 50,000+)"
  • #36 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the largest number of people without health insurance coverage in 2000 (pop. 50,000+)"
  • #41 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the highest surface withdrawal of fresh water for public supply (pop. 50,000+)"
  • #42 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the highest surface withdrawal of fresh water for public supply"
  • #57 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the highest total withdrawal of fresh water for public supply (pop. 50,000+)"
  • #58 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the highest total withdrawal of fresh water for public supply"
  • #59 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the lowest average weight of females"
  • #65 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the lowest percentage of residents that smoked 100+ cigarettes in their lives"