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Encyclopedia > Somerset, Kentucky

Somerset is a city in Pulaski County, Kentucky, United States. The city population was 11,352 at the 2000 census; over 60,000 including the county residents. Somerset was first settled in 1798 by Thomas Hansford and several members of the family Jasper and it received its name from Somerset County New Jersey, the place where they once lived. Somerset became the county seat of Pulaski County, Kentucky in 1802 and was incorporated as a city in 1887. The completion of Lake Cumberland in the 1950's transformed Somerset from a sleepy rural community into one of the largest commercial centers in Kentucky drawing more than 300,000 visitors yearly, the bulk of which during the time between Memorial and Labor Day holidays. Additionally, Somerset is poised to become the largest urban area in the south-central region of Kentucky, due largely in part for being just close enough to neighboring Lexington, Kentucky - over an hour north - and Knoxville, Tennessee - over two hours south - but still far enough away to provide principally for citizens of surrounding counties both work and leisure. Likewise, the highly-anticipated arrival of Interstate 66 - to be built east to west across the state and to run in close proximity - will bring more traffic into Somerset and continue its city growth. Today, Somerset contains the longest continuous commercial strip outside of Kentucky's golden triangle (Louisville, Lexington, and Northern Kentucky) with US 27, the main 'artery' through the community, being lined with restaurants, hotels, and boat shops for 10 miles. Somerset is also close to Cumberland Falls and the Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area. GR6. Pulaski County is a county located in the state of Kentucky. ... Official language(s) English[1] Capital Frankfort Largest city Louisville Area  Ranked 37th  - Total 40,444 sq mi (104,749 km²)  - Width 140 miles (225 km)  - Length 379 miles (610 km)  - % water 1. ... Somerset County is a county located in the U.S. state of New Jersey. ... It has been suggested that this article be split into multiple articles. ... Pulaski County is a county located in the state of Kentucky. ... Map of Lake Cumberland Aerial composite of Lake Cumberland Lake Cumberland is an artificial lake in South-Central Kentucky created by the construction of the Wolf Creek Dam in 1950 at a cost of $80. ... Nickname: Athens of the West Horse Capital of the World Location in the Commonwealth of Kentucky Coordinates: Country United States State Kentucky Counties Fayette  - Mayor Jim Newberry (D) Area    - City 739. ... Nickname: Location within the U.S. State of Tennessee Coordinates: Cities in Tennessee Tennessee Government  - Mayor Bill Haslam (R) Area  - City 254. ... Cumberland Falls by day. ... The Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area preserves the Big South Fork of the Cumberland River in northern Tennessee and southern Kentucky. ...

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Geography

Somerset is located at 37°4′59″N, 84°36′34″W (37.082966, -84.609387)GR1. Image File history File links Adapted from Wikipedias KY county maps by Seth Ilys. ...


According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 29.2 km² (11.3 mi²). 29.2 km² (11.3 mi²) of it is land and 0.09% is water. The United States Census Bureau (officially Bureau of the Census as defined in Title ) is a part of the United States Department of Commerce. ... A square metre (US spelling: square meter) is by definition the area enclosed by a square with sides each 1 metre long. ... A square mile is an English unit of area equal to that of a square with sides each 1 statute mile (≈1,609 m) in length. ...


Demographics

As of the censusGR2 of 2000, there were 11,352 people, 4,831 households, and 2,845 families residing in the city. The population density was 388.9/km² (1,007.1/mi²). There were 5,428 housing units at an average density of 186.0/km² (481.5/mi²). The racial makeup of the city was 94.16% White, 3.66% African American, 0.18% Native American, 0.71% Asian, 0.26% from other races, and 1.02% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.99% of the population. However, there is a growing influx of immigrants from Mexico and Central America, many of whom are undocumented and not counted in this census. 1870 US Census for New York City A census is the process of obtaining information about every member of a population (not necessarily a human population). ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ... It has been suggested that Ethnicity (United States Census) be merged into this article or section. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ...


There were 4,831 households out of which 26.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 41.3% were married couples living together, 15.0% had a female householder with no husband present, and 41.1% were non-families. 37.8% of all households were made up of individuals and 18.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.13 and the average family size was 2.80. This article or section needs copy editing for grammar, style, cohesion, tone and/or spelling. ...


In the city the population was spread out with 20.6% under the age of 18, 8.5% from 18 to 24, 27.8% from 25 to 44, 21.7% from 45 to 64, and 21.4% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 40 years. For every 100 females there were 82.5 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 78.5 males.


The median income for a household in the city was $22,362, and the median income for a family was $31,226. Males had a median income of $28,536 versus $20,194 for females. The per capita income for the city was $14,048. About 16.4% of families and 22.1% of the population were below the poverty line, including 31.3% of those under age 18 and 18.9% of those age 65 or over. The per capita income for a group of people may be defined as their total personal income, divided by the total population. ... Map of countries showing percentage of population who have an income below the national poverty line The poverty line is the level of income below which one cannot afford to purchase all the resources one requires to live. ...


Local Schools

There are several schools in the county, served by two main school systems - Somerset Independent and Pulaski County. Students living within the city limits typically fall under the Somerset Independent school district. Due to continued growth, Pulaski County High School (PCHS) - once covering the whole county - split into halves, forming Southwestern County High School (SWHS) in 1993. Students residing in the north and eastern parts of the county remained at PCHS. Another system, the Science Hill Independent School System, includes pre-school through eighth grade. After grade eight completion, students typically choose between the SHS and PCHS districts for the remainder of high school. There are several other smaller schools, including Somerset Christian School and other Christian schools. The four main high schools are Southwestern, Pulaski County, Somerset, and Somerset Christian. As the region continues to grow, it is anticipated that a fifth major high school will be developed. All schools are usually around state averages, although a slight increase at SHS and Somerset Christian may be noted due to smaller classroom sizes. Additionally, there is a local two-year college, Somerset Community College and technical college. The term southwest, when used by itself, can refer to: Southwest, the ordinal direction halfway between south and west, the opposite of northeast The Southwest United States Southwest Airlines The Southwest Biosphere Reserve in Australia; see List of Biosphere Reserves in Australia Southwest England, principally the counties of Dorset, Somerset... Southwestern High School is located in Pulaski County, Kentucky, USA. As of 2006 the school currently enrolls some 1337 students and is the largest among the countys four high schools. ... Somerset Community College[1], located in south-central Kentucky, is a publicly controlled comprehensive community and technical college. ...


Famous Citizens

John Sherman Cooper (August 23, 1901 - February 21, 1991) was a Republican United States senator from Kentucky who served a total of 20 years (1946-1949, 1952-1955, 1956-1973). ... Warren Commission report cover page The Presidents Commission on the Assassination of President Kennedy, known unofficially as The Warren Commission, was established on November 29, 1963, by Lyndon B. Johnson to investigate the assassination of U.S. President John F. Kennedy on November 22, 1963. ... Edwin Porch Morrow (November 28, 1877 – June 15, 1835) was a Republican Governor of Kentucky from 1919 – 1923. ... Harold Dallas Hal Rogers (born December 31, 1937), American politician, has been a Republican member of the United States House of Representatives since 1981, representing the 5th District of Kentucky. ... Sam Catron ( May 11, 1953-April 13, 2002) was sheriff of Pulaski County, Kentucky. ...

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