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Somerset County, Maine (ME)

County population in 2019: 50,849 (20% urban, 80% rural); it was 50,888 in 2000
County owner-occupied with a mortgage or a loan houses and condos in 2010: 9,946
County owner-occupied free and clear houses and condos in 2010: 6,831
County owner-occupied houses and condos in 2000: 15,968
Renter-occupied apartments: 5,150 (it was 4,528 in 2000)
% of renters here:

22%
State:

29%

Land area: 3926 sq. mi.

Water area: 168.9 sq. mi.

Population density: 13 people per square mile   (low).

March 2019 cost of living index in Somerset County: 86.4 (less than average, U.S. average is 100)

Industries providing employment: Educational, health and social services (25.8%), Retail trade (12.7%), Manufacturing (11.9%), Construction (10.5%).

Type of workers:

  • Private wage or salary: 56%
  • Government: 7%
  • Self-employed, not incorporated: 35%
  • Unpaid family work: 1%
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  • Races in Somerset County, ME (2019)
    • 48,47295.6%White Non-Hispanic Alone
    • 8621.7%Two or more races
    • 5781.1%Hispanic or Latino
    • 3470.7%Black Non-Hispanic Alone
    • 2720.5%American Indian and Alaska Native alone
    • 1870.4%Asian alone
    • 40.01%Some other race alone
Median resident age:

46.8 years
Maine median age:

45.1 years
Males: 25,111  (49.4%)
Females: 25,738  (50.6%)
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Average household size:
Somerset County:

2.0 people
Maine:

2 people

Estimated median household income in 2019: $45,024 ($30,731 in 1999)
This county:

$45,024
Maine:

$58,924

Median contract rent in 2019 for apartments: $616 (lower quartile is $420, upper quartile is $787)
This county:

$616
State:

$766


Estimated median house or condo value in 2019: $121,837 (it was $67,000 in 2000)
Somerset:

$121,837
Maine:

$200,500
Lower value quartile - upper value quartile: $77,791 - $185,856

Mean price in 2019:

Detached houses: $154,913
Here:

$154,913
State:

$259,950

Townhouses or other attached units: $138,699
Here:

$138,699
State:

$300,718

In 2-unit structures: $118,751
Here:

$118,751
State:

$265,102

In 3-to-4-unit structures: $241,110
Here:

$241,110
State:

$278,220

In 5-or-more-unit structures: $143,978
Here:

$143,978
State:

$260,833

Mobile homes: $83,616
Here:

$83,616
State:

$87,621

Occupied boats, RVs, vans, etc.: $357,586
Here:

$357,586
State:

$88,000

Median monthly housing costs for homes and condos with a mortgage: $1,046
Median monthly housing costs for units without a mortgage: $396

Institutionalized population: 437

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

  • Murders: 0
  • Rapes: 4
  • Robberies: 1
  • Assaults: 10
  • Burglaries: 85
  • Thefts: 185
  • Auto thefts: 18

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

  • Murders: 0
  • Rapes: 0
  • Robberies: 0
  • Assaults: 11
  • Burglaries: 148
  • Thefts: 178
  • Auto thefts: 32
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Single-family new house construction building permits:

  • 1997: 75 buildings, average cost: $67,200
  • 1998: 82 buildings, average cost: $75,200
  • 1999: 67 buildings, average cost: $60,000
  • 2000: 82 buildings, average cost: $75,700
  • 2001: 63 buildings, average cost: $71,000
  • 2002: 95 buildings, average cost: $73,000
  • 2003: 106 buildings, average cost: $76,500
  • 2004: 124 buildings, average cost: $83,100
  • 2005: 155 buildings, average cost: $106,600
  • 2006: 115 buildings, average cost: $144,400
  • 2007: 100 buildings, average cost: $140,600
  • 2008: 86 buildings, average cost: $148,100
  • 2009: 67 buildings, average cost: $132,300
  • 2010: 56 buildings, average cost: $117,200
  • 2011: 45 buildings, average cost: $123,900
  • 2012: 47 buildings, average cost: $132,300
  • 2013: 40 buildings, average cost: $133,700
  • 2014: 37 buildings, average cost: $128,800
  • 2015: 48 buildings, average cost: $109,000
  • 2016: 52 buildings, average cost: $133,600
  • 2017: 61 buildings, average cost: $120,500
  • 2018: 83 buildings, average cost: $147,800
  • 2019: 87 buildings, average cost: $135,100
Number of permits per 10,000 Somerset, ME residents
Average permit cost in Somerset, ME
Presidential Elections Results

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Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with mortgages in 2019: $1,669 (1.2%)
Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with no mortgage in 2019: $1,396 (1.3%)

Distribution of median household income in Somerset, ME in 2019
Distribution of house value in Somerset, ME in 2019
Distribution of rent paid by renters in Somerset, ME in 2019
Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2019: 18.8%
Somerset County:

18.8%
Maine:

10.9%
(18.5% for White Non-Hispanic residents, 16.3% for Black residents, 22.2% for Hispanic or Latino residents, 58.7% for American Indian residents, 69.6% for Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander residents, 11.5% for other race residents, 19.1% for two or more races residents)

Median age of residents in 2019: 46.8 years old
(Males: 46.0 years old, Females: 47.5 years old)
(Median age for: White residents: 47.3 years old, Black residents: 40.7 years old, American Indian residents: 40.3 years old, Asian residents: 57.9 years old, Hispanic or Latino residents: 35.8 years old, Other race residents: 24.6 years old)

Area name: Somerset County, ME
Fair market rent in 2006 for a 1-bedroom apartment in Somerset County is $446 a month.
Fair market rent for a 2-bedroom apartment is $529 a month.
Fair market rent for a 3-bedroom apartment is $747 a month.

Cities in this county include: Skowhegan, Pittsfield, Madison, Fairfield, Canaan, Palmyra, St. Albans, Norridgewock, Cornville, Harmony.

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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Notable locations in this county outside city limits:

Notable locations in Somerset County: Number One Camp (A), Black Brook Farm (B), Abbot Village Station (C), Abol Campsite (D), Upper Ferry (E), Libby Camp (F), Strout Camp (G), Finn Hall (H), Butlers Camp (I), Ambajejus Camps (J), Arnold Camps (K), Camp Phoenix (L), Atkinson Corners (M), Camp Twelve (N), Folsom Farm (O), Saint Regis Depot Camp (P), Indian Carry (Q), Chamberlain Farm (R), Chesuncook Dam (S), Fowler Green (T). Display/hide their locations on the map

Churches in Somerset County include: Guilford Center Baptist Church (A), Saint Augustines Episcopal Church (B), Monson Community Church (C), Sebec Village Community Christian Church (D), Shirley United Methodist Church (E), Atkinson Church (F), Parkman Baptist Church (G), First Unitarian Universalist Church of Sangerville (H). Display/hide their locations on the map

Cemeteries: Taylor Cemetery (1), North Atkinson Cemetery (2), Parkman Corner Cemetery (3), Town House Cemetery (4), Small Philbrick Cemetery (5), Pine Grove Cemetery (6), Old Cemetery (7). Display/hide their locations on the map

Lakes, reservoirs, and swamps: Tilly Pond (A), Tom Young Pond (B), Abbee Pond (C), Towne Pond (D), Tracy Pond (E), Traveler Pond (F), Abol Pond (G), Trout Pond (H). Display/hide their locations on the map

Streams, rivers, and creeks: Hanson Brook (A), Abol Stream (B), Alder Stream (C), Allagash Stream (D), Norway Brook (E), Annis Brook (F), Aroostook Brook (G), Ashworth Brook (H), Atkins Brook (I). Display/hide their locations on the map

Parks in Somerset County include: The Hermitage Preserve (1), Baxter State Park (2), Baxter Game Preserve (3), Katahdin Iron Works Historic Site (4), Lily Bay State Park (5), Peaks-Kenny State Park (6), Allagash State Wilderness Waterway (7). Display/hide their locations on the map

Neighboring counties: Iron County, Wisconsin , Keweenaw County, Michigan , Pine County, Minnesota .

Unemployment in November 2020:
Here:

6.0%
Maine:

4.7%

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

Current college students: 1,445
People 25 years of age or older with a high school degree or higher: 88.3%
People 25 years of age or older with a bachelor's degree or higher: 17.2%

Number of foreign born residents: 930 (60.1% naturalized citizens)

Somerset County:

1.8%
Whole state:

3.9%
Year of entry for the foreign-born population
  • Year of entry for the foreign-born population
  • 962010 or later
  • 1732000 to 2009
  • 961990 to 1999
  • 1041980 to 1989
  • 521970 to 1979
  • 534Before 1970

Mean travel time to work (commute): 24.2 minutes

Percentage of county residents living and working in this county: 65.6%

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

Housing units in structures:

  • One, detached: 23,357
  • One, attached: 233
  • Two: 930
  • 3 or 4: 1,082
  • 5 to 9: 386
  • 10 to 19: 149
  • 20 to 49: 556
  • 50 or more: 88
  • Mobile homes: 4,435
  • Boats, RVs, vans, etc.: 44

Housing units in Somerset County with a mortgage: 8,427 (59 second mortgage, 800 home equity loan, 5 both second mortgage and home equity loan)
Houses without a mortgage: 8,265

Here:

50.0% with mortgage
State:

60.5% with mortgage

Religion statistics for Somerset County

Religions Adherents in 2010
Religions Adherents - Change between 2000 and 2010
ReligionAdherentsCongregations
Catholic3,6947
Mainline Protestant3,09428
Evangelical Protestant2,55232
Other5013
None42,387-
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: 13
Somerset County:

2.52 / 10,000 pop.
State:

2.80 / 10,000 pop.

Number of supercenters and club stores: 1
Here:

0.19 / 10,000 pop.
Maine:

0.14 / 10,000 pop.

Number of convenience stores (no gas): 14
This county:

2.71 / 10,000 pop.
Maine:

2.20 / 10,000 pop.

Number of convenience stores (with gas): 48
Somerset County:

9.31 / 10,000 pop.
Maine:

5.75 / 10,000 pop.

Number of full-service restaurants: 42
This county:

8.14 / 10,000 pop.
State:

11.02 / 10,000 pop.

Adult diabetes rate:
Somerset County:

10.2%
Maine:

8.2%

Adult obesity rate:
Somerset County:

31.7%
State:

25.0%

Agriculture in Somerset County:

Average size of farms: 219 acres
Average value of agricultural products sold per farm: $48,200
Average value of crops sold per acre for harvested cropland: $225.80
The value of nursery, greenhouse, floriculture, and sod as a percentage of the total market value of agricultural products sold: 2.69%
The value of livestock, poultry, and their products as a percentage of the total market value of agricultural products sold: 73.68%
Average total farm production expenses per farm: $39,232
Harvested cropland as a percentage of land in farms: 25.71%
Average market value of all machinery and equipment per farm: $66,063
The percentage of farms operated by a family or individual: 89.29%
Average age of principal farm operators: 55 years
Average number of cattle and calves per 100 acres of all land in farms: 11.94
Milk cows as a percentage of all cattle and calves: 45.65%
Corn for grain: 743 harvested acres
Vegetables: 108 harvested acres
Land in orchards: 231 acres

Tornado activity:

Somerset County historical area-adjusted tornado activity is significantly below Maine state average. It is 67598912.0 times below overall U.S. average.

Earthquake activity:

Somerset County-area historical earthquake activity is significantly above Maine state average. It is 80% smaller than the overall U.S. average.

On 4/20/2002 at 10:50:47, a magnitude 5.3 (5.3 ML, Depth: 3.0 mi, Class: Moderate, Intensity: VI - VII) earthquake occurred 193.4 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 194.8 miles away from the county center
On 10/16/2012 at 23:12:25, a magnitude 4.7 (4.7 ML, Depth: 10.0 mi, Class: Light, Intensity: IV - V) earthquake occurred 113.4 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 235.8 miles away from the county center
On 1/19/1982 at 00:14:42, a magnitude 4.7 (4.5 MB, 4.7 MD, 4.5 LG) earthquake occurred 142.2 miles away from Somerset County center
On 2/26/1999 at 03:38:43, a magnitude 3.8 (3.8 LG, Depth: 2.0 mi, Class: Light, Intensity: II - III) earthquake occurred 48.0 miles away from the county center
Magnitude types: regional Lg-wave magnitude (LG), body-wave magnitude (MB), duration magnitude (MD), local magnitude (ML), surface-wave magnitude (MS), moment magnitude (MW)

Most recent natural disasters:

  • Maine Covid-19 Pandemic, Incident Period: January 20, 2020, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared DR-4522-ME: April 4, 2020, FEMA Id: 4522, Natural disaster type: Other
  • Maine Severe Storm And Flooding, Incident Period: October 29, 2017 - November 1, 2017, FEMA Id: 4354, Natural disaster type: Storm, Flood
  • Maine Severe Storms, Flooding, and Landslides, Incident Period: June 18, 2009 to July 08, 2009, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared DR-1852: July 30, 2009, FEMA Id: 1852, Natural disaster type: Storm, Landslide, Flood
  • Maine Severe Storms and Flooding, Incident Period: April 28, 2008 to May 14, 2008, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared DR-1755: May 09, 2008, FEMA Id: 1755, Natural disaster type: Storm, Flood
  • Maine Severe Storms and Inland and Coastal Flooding, Incident Period: April 15, 2007 to April 23, 2007, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared DR-1693: April 25, 2007, FEMA Id: 1693, Natural disaster type: Storm, Flood
  • Maine Hurricane Katrina Evacuation, Incident Period: August 29, 2005 to October 01, 2005, Emergency Declared EM-3256: September 19, 2005, FEMA Id: 3256, Natural disaster type: Hurricane
  • Maine Severe Storms, Flooding, Snow Melts, and Ice Jams, Incident Period: March 29, 2005 to May 03, 2005, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared DR-1591: June 29, 2005, FEMA Id: 1591, Natural disaster type: Storm, Flood, Snow
  • Maine Snow, Incident Period: March 09, 2005, Emergency Declared EM-3209: April 01, 2005, FEMA Id: 3209, Natural disaster type: Snow
  • Maine Snow, Incident Period: February 10, 2005 to February 11, 2005, Emergency Declared EM-3206: March 14, 2005, FEMA Id: 3206, Natural disaster type: Snow
  • Maine Snow, Incident Period: December 14, 2003 to December 15, 2003, Emergency Declared EM-3194: January 26, 2004, FEMA Id: 3194, Natural disaster type: Snow
  • 14 other natural disasters have been reported since 1953.

The number of natural disasters in Somerset County (24) is greater than the US average (15).
Major Disasters (Presidential) Declared: 16
Emergencies Declared: 7

Causes of natural disasters: Floods: 14, Storms: 13, Snows: 7, Heavy Rains: 2, Hurricanes: 2, Blizzard: 1, Ice Storm: 1, Landslide: 1, Snowfall: 1, Wind: 1, Winter Storm: 1, Other: 1 (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: 14,801 (80.6%)
  • Carpooled: 1,577 (8.6%)
  • Bus: 10 (0.1%)
  • Taxicab, motorcycle, or other means: 248 (1.4%)
  • Walked: 509 (2.8%)
  • Worked at home: 1,214 (6.6%)
Class of Workers in 2019
Most common industries in 2019 (%)
Males Females
Most common industries for males in 2019


  • Health care and social assistance (25%)
  • Educational services (14%)
  • Retail trade (11%)
  • Accommodation and food services (7%)
  • Manufacturing (5%)
  • Finance and insurance (4%)
  • Other services, except public administration (4%)

Most common industries for females in 2019


  • Health care and social assistance (28%)
  • Educational services (15%)
  • Retail trade (12%)
  • Accommodation and food services (8%)
  • Manufacturing (6%)
  • Finance and insurance (4%)
  • Other services, except public administration (4%)

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


  • Construction and extraction occupations (13%)
  • Production occupations (12%)
  • Sales and related occupations (9%)
  • Transportation occupations (8%)
  • Installation, maintenance, and repair occupations (8%)
  • Management occupations (8%)
  • Office and administrative support occupations (6%)

Most common occupations for females in 2019


  • Office and administrative support occupations (19%)
  • Educational instruction, and library occupations (10%)
  • Sales and related occupations (9%)
  • Food preparation and serving related occupations (8%)
  • Healthcare support occupations (7%)
  • Health diagnosing and treating practitioners and other technical occupations (7%)
  • Management occupations (6%)

Most common places of birth for foreign-born residents


  • Canada (41%)
  • China, excluding Hong Kong and Taiwan (11%)
  • Germany (8%)
  • England (6%)
  • United Kingdom, excluding England and Scotland (5%)
  • Philippines (4%)
  • Jamaica (2%)

Most common first ancestries reported in Somerset County


  • American (16%)
  • English (15%)
  • French (except Basque) (11%)
  • French Canadian (10%)
  • Irish (8%)
  • Scottish (4%)
  • German (3%)

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

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

  • 349 people in nursing homes
  • 189 people in other group homes
  • 97 people in college dormitories (includes college quarters off campus)
  • 75 people in other noninstitutional group quarters
  • 69 people in homes for the mentally retarded
  • 60 people in local jails and other confinement facilities (including police lockups)
  • 23 people in other nonhousehold living situations
  • 15 people in schools, hospitals, or wards for the intellectually disabled
  • 6 people in homes or halfway houses for drug/alcohol abuse
  • 6 people in other workers' dormitories
  • 4 people in unknown juvenile institutions

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

  • 257 people in nursing facilities/skilled-nursing facilities
  • 163 people in local jails and other municipal confinement facilities
  • 142 people in college/university student housing
  • 68 people in group homes intended for adults
  • 37 people in emergency and transitional shelters (with sleeping facilities) for people experiencing homelessness
  • 16 people in other noninstitutional facilities
  • 15 people in residential treatment centers for adults
  • 10 people in residential treatment centers for juveniles (non-correctional)
  • 7 people in group homes for juveniles (non-correctional)
Average gross adjusted income of non-migrant taxpayers in this county in 2010 was $49,291.

6.10% of this county's 2011 resident taxpayers lived in other counties in 2010 ($36,104 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

6.10%
Maine average:

5.91%


10 or fewer of this county's residents moved from foreign countries.
4.46% relocated from other counties in Maine ($24,717 average AGI)
1.64% relocated from other states ($11,387 average AGI)
Somerset County:

1.64%
Maine average:

2.80%

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

Top counties from which taxpayers relocated into this county between 2010 and 2011:
from Kennebec County, ME  1.88% ($35,563 average AGI)
from Penobscot County, ME  0.98% ($30,652)
from Franklin County, ME  0.42% ($28,182)
from Cumberland County, ME  0.26% ($33,918)
from Waldo County, ME  0.17% ($25,438)
from Androscoggin County, ME  0.14% ($28,423)
from Piscataquis County, ME  0.13% ($40,280)


6.17% of this county's 2010 resident taxpayers moved to other counties in 2011 ($36,633 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

6.17%
Maine average:

5.73%


10 or fewer of this county's residents moved to foreign countries.
4.44% relocated to other counties in Maine ($24,825 average AGI)
1.73% relocated to other states ($11,808 average AGI)
Somerset County:

1.73%
Maine average:

2.61%

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

Top counties to which taxpayers relocated from this county between 2010 and 2011:
to Kennebec County, ME  1.91% ($35,189 average AGI)
to Penobscot County, ME  0.95% ($32,551)
to Cumberland County, ME  0.35% ($42,953)
to Franklin County, ME  0.25% ($29,319)
to Waldo County, ME  0.24% ($34,644)
to Androscoggin County, ME  0.15% ($28,481)
to York County, ME  0.13% ($27,800)

Births per 1000 population from 1990 to 1999: 12.0
Births per 1000 population from 2000 to 2006: 10.7

Births per 1000 population in Somerset County

Deaths per 1000 population from 1990 to 1999: 9.6
Deaths per 1000 population from 2000 to 2006: 10.0
Deaths per 1000 population from 2007 to 2019: 11.2

Deaths per 1000 population in Somerset County

Infant deaths per 1000 live births from 1990 to 1999: 6.7
Infant deaths per 1000 live births from 2000 to 2006: 5.5

Infant deaths per 1000 population in Somerset County
Population without health insurance coverage in 2018: 11.7%
Persons under 19 years old without health insurance coverage in 2018: 6.0%
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: 9,518 (7,048 aged, 2,470 disabled)
Children under 18 without health insurance coverage in 2007: 1,140 (10%)
Persons enrolled in Medicare
Aged persons enrolled in Medicare
Disabled persons enrolled in Medicare

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

  • Bronchus or lung, unspecified - Malignant neoplasms (865)
  • Atherosclerotic heart disease (771)
  • Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, unspecified (719)
  • Acute myocardial infarction, unspecified (638)
  • Unspecified dementia (316)
  • Stroke, not specified as haemorrhage or infarction (291)
  • Alzheimer disease, unspecified (231)
  • Atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease, so described (215)
  • Congestive heart failure (156)
  • Unspecified diabetes mellitus, without complications (133)

Population without health insurance coverage in 2000: 12%
Children under 18 without health insurance coverage in 2000: 9%

Short term general hospitals per 100,000 population in 2004: 3.88
Short term general hospital admissions per 100,000 population in 2004: 6,960
Short term general hospital beds per 100,000 population in 2004: 174
Emergency room visits per 100,000 population in 2004: 71,815

General practice office based MDs per 100,000 population in 2005: 1,074
Medical specialist MDs per 100,000 population in 2005: 854
Dentists per 100,000 population in 1998: 6

Total births per 100,000 population, July 2005 - July 2006 : 27
Total deaths per 100,000 population, July 2005 - July 2006: 70

Limited-service eating places per 100,000 population in 2005 : 12

Suicides per 1,000,000 population from 2000 to 2006: 159.9. This is more than state average.

Mechanisms of suicide
Deaths per 1,000,000 population:
  • Firearm - 112.2
  • Other - 47.7

Household type by relationship:

Households: 50,849
  • Male householders: 10,642 (3,019 living alone), Female householders: 11,199 (3,382 living alone)
  • 10,063 spouses (9,921 opposite-sex spouses), 2,290 unmarried partners, (2,235 opposite-sex unmarried partners), 11,691 children (10,624 natural, 415 adopted, 650 stepchildren), 1,045 grandchildren, 239 brothers or sisters, 223 parents, 122 foster children, 724 other relatives, 1,881 non-relatives
  • In group quarters: 770

Size of family households: 7,449 2-persons, 2,853 3-persons, 1,911 4-persons, 840 5-persons, 349 6-persons, 178 7-or-more-persons.

Size of nonfamily households: 6,113 1-person, 1,869 2-persons, 124 3-persons, 24 4-persons, 37 6-persons.

5,256 married couples with children.
2,984 single-parent households (812 men, 2,172 women).

96.7% of residents of Somerset speak English at home.
0.7% of residents speak Spanish at home (89% speak English very well, 3% speak English well, 8% speak English not well).
2.1% of residents speak other Indo-European language at home (80% speak English very well, 13% speak English well, 6% speak English not well).
0.3% of residents speak Asian or Pacific Island language at home (33% speak English very well, 67% speak English not well).
0.1% of residents speak other language at home (32% speak English very well, 68% speak English well).

In fiscal year 2004:

Federal Government expenditure: $323,464,000 ($6,271 per capita)
Department of Defense expenditure: $7,720,000
Federal direct payments to individuals for retirement and disability: $140,656,000
Federal other direct payments to individuals: $58,173,000
Federal direct payments not to individuals: $514,000
Federal grants: $100,444,000
Federal procurement contracts: $12,430,000 ($1,806,000 Department of Defense)
Federal salaries and wages: $11,248,000 ($64,000 Department of Defense)
Federal Government direct loans: $491,000
Federal guaranteed/insured loans: $11,721,000
Federal Government insurance: $26,229,000

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

Births: 2,808
Here:

54 per 1000 residents
State:

54 per 1000 residents

Deaths: 2,694
Here:

52 per 1000 residents
State:

49 per 1000 residents

Net international migration: +63
Here:

+1 per 1000 residents
State:

+4 per 1000 residents

Net internal migration: +670
Here:

+13 per 1000 residents
State:

+28 per 1000 residents
Population growth in Somerset County

Total withdrawal of fresh water for public supply: 3.16 millions of gallons per day (52% from ground, 48% from surface)

Median number of rooms in houses and condos:
Here:

5.8
State:

6.1

Median number of rooms in apartments:
Here:

4.4
State:

4.2

Year house built in Somerset County, Maine
  • Year house built in Somerset County, Maine
  • 5562014 or later
  • 7842010 to 2013
  • 3,3412000 to 2009
  • 4,3861990 to 1999
  • 4,7161980 to 1989
  • 4,5591970 to 1979
  • 1,8361960 to 1969
  • 1,8231950 to 1959
  • 1,2881940 to 1949
  • 7,7951939 or earlier
Rooms in houses/apartments in Somerset County, Maine
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
Rooms in owner-occupied houses in Somerset County, Maine
  • Rooms in owner-occupied houses in Somerset County, Maine
  • 1131 room
  • 3332 rooms
  • 7103 rooms
  • 2,6504 rooms
  • 3,5115 rooms
  • 3,3466 rooms
  • 2,1247 rooms
  • 1,7778 rooms
  • 2,1019+ rooms
Rooms in renter-occupied apartments in Somerset County, Maine
  • Rooms in renter-occupied apartments in Somerset County, Maine
  • 2111 room
  • 2982 rooms
  • 7933 rooms
  • 1,4894 rooms
  • 9745 rooms
  • 9066 rooms
  • 2887 rooms
  • 1148 rooms
  • 2209+ rooms
Bedrooms in houses/apartments in Somerset County, Maine
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
Bedrooms in owner-occupied houses in Somerset County, Maine
  • Bedrooms in owner-occupied houses in Somerset County, Maine
  • 145no bedroom
  • 1,0291 bedroom
  • 4,5852 bedrooms
  • 7,3743 bedrooms
  • 2,7184 bedrooms
  • 7695+ bedrooms
Bedrooms in renter-occupied apartments in Somerset County, Maine
  • Bedrooms in renter-occupied apartments in Somerset County, Maine
  • 208no bedroom
  • 1,1651 bedroom
  • 1,9852 bedrooms
  • 1,4983 bedrooms
  • 2624 bedrooms
  • 1705+ bedrooms
Cars and other vehicles available in Somerset County, Maine 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
  • 723no vehicle
  • 4,5981 vehicle
  • 7,0422 vehicles
  • 3,1483 vehicles
  • 8594 vehicles
  • 2355+ 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
  • 1,075no vehicle
  • 2,4511 vehicle
  • 1,3352 vehicles
  • 2633 vehicles
  • 354 vehicles
  • 225+ vehicles

86.8% of Somerset County residents lived in the same house 1 years ago.
   Out of people who lived in different houses, 36% lived in this county.
   Out of people who lived in different counties, 72% lived in Maine.

Somerset County:

86.8%
State average:

86.6%

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

  • This state: 36,051
  • Other state: 13,169
  • Northeast: 9,356
  • Midwest: 943
  • South: 1,890
  • West: 952
Year householders moved into unit in Somerset County, ME
Most commonly used house heating fuel in Somerset County
Houses and condos Apartments
Most commonly used house heating fuel in houses and condos
  • 61.8%Fuel oil, kerosene, etc.
  • 24.8%Wood
  • 7.2%Bottled, tank, or LP gas
  • 2.7%Other fuel
  • 2.7%Electricity
  • 0.5%Utility gas
  • 0.2%No fuel used
  • 0.2%Coal or coke
  • 0.1%Solar energy
Most commonly used house heating fuel in apartments
  • 61.9%Fuel oil, kerosene, etc.
  • 12.9%Electricity
  • 11.5%Bottled, tank, or LP gas
  • 6.9%Wood
  • 3.9%Utility gas
  • 2.0%No fuel used
  • 0.6%Other fuel
  • 0.3%Solar energy

Private vs. public school enrollment:


Students in private schools in grades 1 to 8 (elementary and middle school): 483
Here:

11.7%
Maine:

10.0%

Students in private schools in grades 9 to 12 (high school): 362
Here:

14.5%
Maine:

13.7%

Students in private undergraduate colleges: 243
Here:

16.3%
Maine:

30.2%

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:

  • Charges - Other: $2,299,000
    Parks and Recreation: $13,000
  • Construction - Correctional Institutions: $135,000
    General - Other: $124,000
    General Public Buildings: $3,000
  • Current Operations - Correctional Institutions: $10,138,000
    General - Other: $4,563,000
    Police Protection: $2,935,000
    Judicial and Legal Services: $822,000
    Financial Administration: $697,000
    Central Staff Services: $413,000
    General Public Buildings: $212,000
    Parks and Recreation: $21,000
    Elementary and Secondary Education: $4,000
  • Federal Intergovernmental - Other: $44,000
  • General - Interest on Debt: $772,000
  • Long Term Debt - Beginning Outstanding - Unspecified Public Purpose: $16,630,000
    Outstanding Unspecified Public Purpose: $15,115,000
    Retired Unspecified Public Purpose: $1,515,000
  • Miscellaneous - General Revenue - Other: $71,000
    Interest Earnings: $13,000
  • Other Capital Outlay - General - Other: $26,000
    Correctional Institutions: $14,000
  • Other Funds - Cash and Securities: $2,683,000
  • State Intergovernmental - Other: $1,334,000
  • Tax - Property: $12,123,000

Somerset County government finances - Revenue in 2018:

  • Charges - Other: $2,299,000
    Parks and Recreation: $13,000
  • Construction - Correctional Institutions: $135,000
    General - Other: $124,000
    General Public Buildings: $3,000
  • Current Operations - Correctional Institutions: $10,138,000
    General - Other: $4,563,000
    Police Protection: $2,935,000
    Judicial and Legal Services: $822,000
    Financial Administration: $697,000
    Central Staff Services: $413,000
    General Public Buildings: $212,000
    Parks and Recreation: $21,000
    Elementary and Secondary Education: $4,000
  • Federal Intergovernmental - Other: $44,000
  • General - Interest on Debt: $772,000
  • Long Term Debt - Beginning Outstanding - Unspecified Public Purpose: $16,630,000
    Outstanding Unspecified Public Purpose: $15,115,000
    Retired Unspecified Public Purpose: $1,515,000
  • Miscellaneous - General Revenue - Other: $71,000
    Interest Earnings: $13,000
  • Other Capital Outlay - General - Other: $26,000
    Correctional Institutions: $14,000
  • Other Funds - Cash and Securities: $2,683,000
  • State Intergovernmental - Other: $1,334,000
  • Tax - Property: $12,123,000

Somerset County government finances - Debt in 2018:

  • Charges - Other: $2,299,000
    Parks and Recreation: $13,000
  • Construction - Correctional Institutions: $135,000
    General - Other: $124,000
    General Public Buildings: $3,000
  • Current Operations - Correctional Institutions: $10,138,000
    General - Other: $4,563,000
    Police Protection: $2,935,000
    Judicial and Legal Services: $822,000
    Financial Administration: $697,000
    Central Staff Services: $413,000
    General Public Buildings: $212,000
    Parks and Recreation: $21,000
    Elementary and Secondary Education: $4,000
  • Federal Intergovernmental - Other: $44,000
  • General - Interest on Debt: $772,000
  • Long Term Debt - Beginning Outstanding - Unspecified Public Purpose: $16,630,000
    Outstanding Unspecified Public Purpose: $15,115,000
    Retired Unspecified Public Purpose: $1,515,000
  • Miscellaneous - General Revenue - Other: $71,000
    Interest Earnings: $13,000
  • Other Capital Outlay - General - Other: $26,000
    Correctional Institutions: $14,000
  • Other Funds - Cash and Securities: $2,683,000
  • State Intergovernmental - Other: $1,334,000
  • Tax - Property: $12,123,000

Somerset County government finances - Cash and Securities in 2018:

  • Charges - Other: $2,299,000
    Parks and Recreation: $13,000
  • Construction - Correctional Institutions: $135,000
    General - Other: $124,000
    General Public Buildings: $3,000
  • Current Operations - Correctional Institutions: $10,138,000
    General - Other: $4,563,000
    Police Protection: $2,935,000
    Judicial and Legal Services: $822,000
    Financial Administration: $697,000
    Central Staff Services: $413,000
    General Public Buildings: $212,000
    Parks and Recreation: $21,000
    Elementary and Secondary Education: $4,000
  • Federal Intergovernmental - Other: $44,000
  • General - Interest on Debt: $772,000
  • Long Term Debt - Beginning Outstanding - Unspecified Public Purpose: $16,630,000
    Outstanding Unspecified Public Purpose: $15,115,000
    Retired Unspecified Public Purpose: $1,515,000
  • Miscellaneous - General Revenue - Other: $71,000
    Interest Earnings: $13,000
  • Other Capital Outlay - General - Other: $26,000
    Correctional Institutions: $14,000
  • Other Funds - Cash and Securities: $2,683,000
  • State Intergovernmental - Other: $1,334,000
  • Tax - Property: $12,123,000

Supplemental Security Income (SSI) in 2006:

  • Total number of recipients: 1,772
  • Number of aged recipients: 121
  • Number of blind and disabled recipients: 1,651
  • Number of recipients under 18: 164
  • Number of recipients between 18 and 64: 1,304
  • Number of recipients older than 64: 304
  • Number of recipients also receiving OASDI: 759
  • Amount of payments (thousands of dollars): 733
Most common first names in Somerset County, ME among deceased individuals
NameCountLived (average)
John23274.8 years
Robert22270.2 years
Mary20879.5 years
Charles19475.8 years
William19274.0 years
George19075.1 years
Joseph18074.4 years
Alice13983.7 years
James13371.8 years
Harold12374.9 years
Most common last names in Somerset County, ME among deceased individuals
Last nameCountLived (average)
Smith16378.3 years
Brown11577.8 years
Corson10073.2 years
Davis9077.3 years
Perkins6975.9 years
Clark6879.4 years
Poulin6073.7 years
Adams6077.5 years
Moody5577.3 years
Taylor5575.7 years
Businesses in Somerset County, ME
NameCountNameCount
Advance Auto Parts1New Balance1
Burger King2Nike2
Chevrolet2Pizza Hut1
Circle K3RadioShack1
ColorTyme1Rite Aid3
Dunkin Donuts7Subway4
FedEx4T-Mobile1
Ford1Taco Bell1
GNC3True Value7
H&R Block1U-Haul4
KFC1U.S. Cellular1
La-Z-Boy1UPS2
MasterBrand Cabinets7Walmart2
McDonald's1

Somerset County on our top lists:

  • #37 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the smallest number of people without health insurance coverage in 2000 (pop. 50,000+)"
  • #37 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the smallest number of children under 18 without health insurance coverage in 2000 (pop. 50,000+)"
  • #50 on the list of "Top 101 counties with highest percentage of residents voting for 3rd party candidates in the 2012 Presidential Election (pop. 50,000+)"
  • #52 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the lowest total withdrawal of fresh water for public supply (pop. 50,000+)"
  • #79 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the lowest surface withdrawal of fresh water for public supply (pop. 50,000+)"