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Somerset, Massachusetts
Brightman Street Bridge, taken from the Somerset side of the Taunton River
Brightman Street Bridge, taken from the Somerset side of the Taunton River

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Location in Massachusetts
Coordinates: 41°46′10″N 71°07′45″W / 41.76944, -71.12917
Country United States
State Massachusetts
County Bristol County
Settled 1677
Incorporated 1790
Government
 - Type Open town meeting
Area
 - Town  12.0 sq mi (31.0 km²)
 - Land  8.1 sq mi (21.0 km²)
 - Water  3.9 sq mi (10.0 km²)
Elevation  50 ft (15 m)
Population (2000)
 - Town 18,234
 - Density 2,248.6/sq mi (868.2/km²)
Time zone Eastern (UTC-5)
 - Summer (DST) Eastern (UTC-4)
ZIP code 02726
Area code(s) 508 / 774
Website: http://www.somersetmassachusetts.com

Somerset is a town in Bristol County, Massachusetts, United States. The population was 18,234 at the 2000 census. It is the birthplace and hometown of Clifford Milburn Holland (1883 - 1924), the chief engineer and namesake of the Holland Tunnel in New York City. Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Image File history File links Somerset_ma_highlight. ... This article is about the U.S. State. ... Bristol County is a county located in the U.S. state of Massachusetts. ... An Open Town Meeting is a form of municipal legislature, typical in the New England region of the United States. ... Area is a physical quantity expressing the size of a part of a surface. ... The system of local government in use in New England is very different from that found throughout the rest of the United States. ... 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. ... Square kilometre (U.S. spelling: square kilometer), symbol km², is a decimal multiple of SI unit of surface area square metre, one of the SI derived units. ... Elevation histogram of the surface of the Earth – approximately 71% of the Earths surface is covered with water. ... A foot (plural: feet or foot;[1] symbol or abbreviation: ft or, sometimes, ′ – a prime) is a unit of length, in a number of different systems, including English units, Imperial units, and United States customary units. ... ‹ The template below (Unit of length) is being considered for deletion. ... The system of local government in use in New England is very different from that found throughout the rest of the United States. ... Population density by country, 2006 Population density is a measurement of population per unit area or unit volume. ... A time zone is a region of the Earth that has adopted the same standard time, usually referred to as the local time. ... The Eastern Standard Time Zone is a geographic region that keeps time by subtracting five hours from Coordinated Universal Time (UTC). ... -12 | -11 | -10 | -9:30 | -9 | -8 | -7 | -6 | -5 | -4 | -3:30 | -3 | -2:30 | -2 | -1 | -0:25 | UTC (0) | +0:20 | +0:30 | +1 | +2 | +3 | +3:30 | +4 | +4:30 | +4:51 | +5 | +5:30 | +5:40 | +5:45 | +6 | +6:30 | +7 | +7:20 | +7... Though DST is common in Europe and North America, most of the worlds people do not use it. ... The Eastern Standard Time Zone is a geographic region that keeps time by subtracting five hours from Coordinated Universal Time (UTC). ... −12 | −11 | −10 | −9:30 | −9 | −8 | −7 | −6 | −5 | −4 | −3:30 | −3 | −2:30 | −2 | −1 | −0:25 | UTC (0) | +0:20 | +0:30 | +1 | +2 | +3 | +3:30 | +4 | +4:30 | +4:51 | +5 | +5:30 | +5:40 | +5:45 | +6 | +6:30 | +7 | +7:20 | +7... Area code 508 was split from area code 617 on July 16, 1988. ... Area code 774 is an overlay of parts of area code 508. ... The system of local government in use in New England is very different from that found throughout the rest of the United States. ... Bristol County is a county located in the U.S. state of Massachusetts. ... This article is about the U.S. State. ... Clifford Milburn Holland (March 13, 1883 - October 7, 1924) was born in Somerset, Massachusetts. ... Look up engineer in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... Clifford Milburn Holland, 1919 Traveling through the Holland Tunnel, from Manhattan to New Jersey. ... New York, New York and NYC redirect here. ...

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History

Somerset was first settled in 1677 on the Shawomet lands, and was officially incorporated in 1790. It was named for Somerset Square in Boston, which was, in turn, named for the county of Somerset, England. It was once a vital shipping point, and after the War of 1812 it was one of America's chief distribution points. In 1872, it became the site of a major coal port, and in the early 20th century a large cannery existed in the town. However, as neighboring Fall River's industry grew, it absorbed much of Somerset's, and the town took on more of a suburban character. In fact, the town's population grew during the Great Depression, as many people from Fall River and other localities moved to the suburb. Today, the town's major industry (other than suburban services) is power generation, with the Montaup Electric Company plant upriver (founded in 1923) and the Brayton Point Power Plant at the town's southern tip (founded in 1963). Brayton Point has been the target of much criticism for its pollution problems, which it has worked to clean up. 1677 (MDCLXXVII) was a common year starting on Friday of the Gregorian calendar (or a common year starting on Monday of the 10-day slower Julian calendar). ... Year 1790 (MDCCXC) was a common year starting on Friday (link will display the full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar (or a common year starting on Monday of the 11-day slower Julian calendar). ... This article is about the county of Somerset in England. ... Combatants United States British Empire: United Kingdom Upper Canada Lower Canada Newfoundland Nova Scotia Bermuda Eastern Woodland Indians Commanders James Madison Henry Dearborn Jacob Brown Winfield Scott Andrew Jackson George Prevost Isaac Brock† Tecumseh† Strength •United States Regular Army: 35,800 •Rangers: 3,049 •Militia: 458,463* •US Navy & US... Nickname: Motto: Well Try Location in Massachusetts Coordinates: , Country State County Bristol County Settled 1656 Incorporated 1803 Government  - Type Mayor-council city  - Mayor Edward M. Lambert, Jr. ... For other uses, see The Great Depression (disambiguation). ...


Historically, the town has had a connective relationship with Fall River. Originally, Slade's Ferry ran across the Taunton River to connect the two towns since the late 18th century. In the late 19th century, the Slade's Ferry Bridge connected the two towns, from the current southern terminus of Brayton Avenue in Somerset to Brownell Street in Fall River, and was double-decked, with a railroad section on the top level. The bridge was dismantled after closing in 1970 due to its rapid deterioration and its low height. Its replacement, the Brightman Street Bridge, was opened in 1908. (The path of the old bridge is still somewhat visible; two large sets of power lines cross the river at the same point.) Currently, a new bridge is in construction to replace the deteriorating Brightman Street Bridge. Completion is expected in 2011. The Slades Ferry Bridge was a steel swing double layered truss bridge that spanned the Taunton River between Somerset, Massachusetts and Fall River, Massachusetts. ... The Brightman Street Bridge. ...


Geography

Somerset is located at 41°44′54″N, 71°9′11″W (41.748502, -71.153188).GR1 According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 31.0 km² (12.0 mi²). 21.0 km² (8.1 mi²) of it is land and 10.0 km² (3.9 mi²) of it (32.30%) is water. It borders on the Mount Hope Bay and Narragansett Bay, and its east border is formed by the Taunton River, an arm of that bay. 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. ... Narragansett Bay, shown in pink. ... Narragansett Bay, shown in pink. ... The Taunton River, historically also called the Taunton Great River, is a river in southern Massachusetts in the United States. ...


Somerset is bordered by Swansea on the west, Dighton on the north, Fall River on the east (across the Taunton River, and Bristol, Rhode Island to the south. The border with Bristol is located in the middle of the bay. Cities close to Somerset include Fall River, New Bedford, Providence, and the town is one hour's drive south of Boston. Swansea is a town located in Bristol County in southeastern Massachusetts. ... Dighton is a town located in Bristol County, Massachusetts, USA. As of the 2000 census, the town had a total population of 6,175. ... Nickname: Motto: Well Try Location in Massachusetts Coordinates: , Country State County Bristol County Settled 1656 Incorporated 1803 Government  - Type Mayor-council city  - Mayor Edward M. Lambert, Jr. ... The Taunton River, historically also called the Taunton Great River, is a river in southern Massachusetts in the United States. ... Nickname: Motto: Official website: http://www. ... “RI” redirects here. ... Nickname: Location in Massachusetts Coordinates: , Country United States State Massachusetts County Bristol County Settled 1640 Incorporated 1787 Government  - Type Mayor-council  - Mayor Scott W. Lang (Dem)  - City Council President/Ward 6: Leo R. Pimental. ... “Providence” redirects here. ... Nickname: City on the Hill, Beantown, The Hub (of the Universe)1, Athens of America, The Cradle of Revolution, Puritan City, Americas Walking City Location in Massachusetts, USA Counties Suffolk County Mayor Thomas M. Menino(D) Area    - City 232. ...


The town is accessed via Interstate 195, which enters the town via the Braga Bridge from Fall River. It is also connected to Fall River via the Brightman Street Bridge, a 100-year old bascule bridge which US Route 6 crosses. Currently, a replacement bridge is being built which has been hampered by problems, and was at one point the third largest construction project in the state (after the Big Dig and the widening of Route 3). Recently, the controversy in Fall River over the proposed building of an LNG terminal has caused officials to consider keeping the old bridge open, as the tankers would not fit through it, and the terminal's proposed site is upriver of the bridges. Route 138 and Route 103 also pass through the town. // Major cities Bolded cities are officially-designated control cities for signs. ... At just over a mile long, the Charles M. Braga Jr. ... Salmon Bay Bridge, Seattle, USA; a single leaf through truss with an above-deck counterweight A bascule bridge is a drawbridge with a counterweight that continuously balances the span, or leaf, throughout the entire upward swing in providing clearance for boat traffic. ... U.S. Highway 6 is a largely east-west United States Highway that connects Bishop, California with Provincetown, Massachusetts on Cape Cod. ... Metropolitan Highway System Big Dig is the unofficial name of the Central Artery/Tunnel Project (CA/T), a megaproject which rerouted the Central Artery (Interstate 93), the chief controlled-access highway through the heart of Boston, Massachusetts, into a 3. ... Massachusetts Route 3 is a southward continuation of U.S. Highway 3, connecting Boston, Massachusetts with Cape Cod. ... Liquefied natural gas or LNG is natural gas that has been cooled until it becomes liquid, and it is stored in tanks. ... Massachusetts Route 138, is a north-south state highway in Massachusetts. ... Route 103 is a west-east state highway in Massachusetts that is a continuation of R.I. Route 103 passing through the Ocean Grove section of Swansea and ending at the intersection of U.S. Route 6 and Route 138 in Somerset. ...


Somerset has bus service along Route 6 provided by the Southeastern Regional Transit Authority (SRTA). The nearest regional bus service is in Fall River, and the nearest rail service is in Providence. There are plans in the works to bring commuter rail service to Fall River, which would give the town rail access to Boston. The town's nearest regional airport is in New Bedford, 18 miles away. Until the late 1980s, the nearest airport was in Fall River; however, the airport closed due to various issues, and is now the site of a trash dump. The nearest national airport is T.F. Green Airport in Rhode Island, 27 miles away. The nearest international airport is Logan International Airport, 55 miles away. T. F. Green Airport is an airport in Warwick, Rhode Island, near Providence. ... For the Logan airport in Billings, Montana, see Billings Logan International Airport. ...


Demographics

As of the censusGR2 of 2000, there were 18,234 people, 6,987 households, and 5,261 families residing in the town. The population density was 868.1/km² (2,248.6/mi²). There were 7,143 housing units at an average density of 340.1/km² (880.9/mi²). The racial makeup of the town was 98.22% White, 0.16% Black or African American, 0.12% Native American, 0.53% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 0.15% from other races, and 0.79% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.49% of the population. 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. ... 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. ... 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 6,987 households out of which 28.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 62.4% were married couples living together, 9.8% had a female householder with no husband present, and 24.7% were non-families. 21.5% of all households were made up of individuals and 12.9% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.57 and the average family size was 2.98. “Matrimony” redirects here. ...


In the town the population was spread out with 20.4% under the age of 18, 6.2% from 18 to 24, 26.2% from 25 to 44, 26.2% from 45 to 64, and 21.0% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 43 years. For every 100 females there were 90.0 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 86.6 males.


The median income for a household in the town was $51,770, and the median income for a family was $60,067. Males had a median income of $42,036 versus $29,851 for females. The per capita income for the town was $22,420. About 3.2% of families and 4.0% of the population were below the poverty line, including 1.8% of those under age 18 and 8.7% 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. ...


Government

On the state level, Somerset is represented as part of the Fifth Bristol state representative district, which includes Dighton and parts of Swansea and Taunton. In the state senate, Somerset is part of the First Bristol and Plymouth district, which includes Fall River, Freetown, Lakeville, Rochester, Swansea and Westport. Somerset is patrolled by Troop D (Southeast District), 3rd (Dartmouth) Barracks of the Massachusetts State Police. On the national level, the town is part of Massachusetts's 3rd congressional district, which is represented by Jim McGovern. The state's senior (Class I) Senator, re-elected in 2006, is Ted Kennedy, and the state's junior (Class II) Senator, up for re-election in 2008, is John Kerry. The Massachusetts State Police (MSP) is an agency of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Executive Office of Public Safety responsible for criminal law enforcement and traffic vehicle regulation across the state. ... Massachusetts Congressional District 3 is a congessional district in central Massachusetts. ... Rep. ... Edward Moore Ted Kennedy (born February 22, 1932) is the senior United States Senator from Massachusetts and a member of the Democratic Party. ... John Forbes Kerry (born December 11, 1943) is the junior United States Senator from Massachusetts, in his fourth term of office. ...


The town's library is located north of the town hall in the center of town, and was recently expanded for more resource and meeting areas. The town's historical society is located in the north end of town, and also operates a museum in that location (in the former Village School building). The old Town Hall, to the north of the library is still in use for various public gatherings. The town is served by one centralized police and fire headquarters, along with a smaller branch fire station in the Brayton Point area which is also trained to handle emergencies at the Brayton Point Power Plant. The town's zip codes are 02725 and 02726, although both are now located in the central post office in the heart of town. The town maintains five parks, as well as a town beach, Pierce Beach, located next to Pierce Playground along the Taunton River in the north end of town. A sixth park, Slade's Ferry Park, was closed by eminent domain for the right-of-way of the new Brightman Street Bridge being built.


Education

Somerset High School
Somerset High School

Somerset is served by its own public school system. It has four elementary schools, from north to south they are the North Elementary School, the Chace Street School, the South Elementary School and the Wilbur Elementary School. Somerset Junior High School is located adjacent to South Elementary along Brayton Avenue, and handles grades 6 through 8. Somerset High School is located along County Street (Route 138). Its nickname is the "Blue Raiders," its mascot is a mounted knight, and its colors are dark blue and white. The school is known locally for having two former baseball players play professionally, Greg Gagne and Jerry Remy. The town is a member of the Diman Regional Vocational Technical High School system in Fall River, and high school students may also attend Bristol County Agricultural High School in Dighton. Many students of all grades attend religious schools in Fall River, including Bishop Connolly High School. There are no private schools in the town. Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Greg Gagne (GAG-ne) (born November 12, 1961 in Fall River, MA), was a Major League Baseball Second baseman. ... Gerald Peter Remy (b. ... Bishop Connolly High School is a co-educational Catholic high school in Fall River, Massachusetts. ...


Notable residents

Greg Gagne (GAG-ne) (born November 12, 1961 in Fall River, MA), was a Major League Baseball Second baseman. ... Major league affiliations American League (1901–present) Central Division (1994–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 3, 6, 14, 29, 34, 42 Name Minnesota Twins (1961–present) Washington Nationals/Senators (1901-1960) Other nicknames The Twinkies Ballpark Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome 1982-present Metropolitan Stadium (1961-1981) Griffith Stadium (1903-1960... Gerald Peter Remy (b. ... Major league affiliations American League (1961–present) West Division (1969–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 11, 26, 29, 30, 42, 50 Name Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim (2005–present) Anaheim Angels (1997-2004) California Angels (1965-1996) Los Angeles Angels (1961-1965) Other nicknames The Halos, The Wings, The Seraphs... Major league affiliations American League (1901–present) East Division (1969–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 1, 4, 8, 9, 27, 42 Name Boston Red Sox (1908–present) Boston Americans (1901-1907) Other nicknames The BoSox, The Olde Towne Team, The Sox Ballpark Fenway Park (1912–present) Huntington Avenue Baseball Grounds... A color commentator (colour commentator in Canada), sometimes known as a color analyst, is a member of the broadcasting team for a sporting event who assists the play-by-play announcer by filling in any time when play is not in progress. ... The New England Sports Network is a regional cable television network that covers the six New England states. ... Clifford Milburn Holland (March 13, 1883 - October 7, 1924) was born in Somerset, Massachusetts. ... Nancy Marie Pimental is one of the writers of South Park and the movie The Sweetest Thing. ... For the Juice Newton song, see The Sweetest Thing (Ive Ever Known). ...

External links


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Somerset, Massachusetts - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (542 words)
Somerset was first settled in 1677 and was officially incorporated in 1790.
Somerset is now the home of two fossil-fuel electric generating plants.
Somerset borders Swansea, Dighton and Fall River, Massachusetts, and Portsmouth, Rhode Island.
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