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Somerset County Quick Facts

The data presented below is derived from various sources, including the U.S. Census Bureau, 2013 American Community Survey (ACS),the New Jersey Department of Community Affairs 2013 Revised Average and Median New Sales Prices for Homes with New Home Warranties; the Somerset County Park Commission; and the Somerset County Planning Board.

  1. What is the County's population?
    • 330,585 (2013 ACS 1Year Estimates)
  2. What is the total number of dwelling units, and households in the County?
    • Dwelling units – 124,062 (2013 ACS 1 Year Estimates)
    • Households 112,974
  3. What was the racial composition of the County including Hispanic and non-Hispanic in 2013?
    • White – 227,333 (68.8%) Black – 28,834 (8.7%)
    • American Indian – 561 (0.2%) 
    • Asian – 52,662 (15.9%) 
    • Pacific Islander –0 (0.0%) 
    • Other races – 14,043 (4.2%) 
    • Hispanic population, which includes persons of any race –46,094 
      (13.9%) and Non-Hispanic – 284,491 (86.1%) ( 2013 ACS 1 Year Estimates)
  4. What are the County’s median household income, per capita income and poverty rates?
    • Median household income - $97,219 +-4,417 (2013 ACS 1 Year Estimate)
    • Per capita income - $48,041 +-1,858 
    • Poverty rate – 2,824 families countywide
  5. What ancestries do County residents claim?
    • Total number of different ancestries reported – 227,668 +- 42,347 (2013 1 Year Estimate ACS)
  6. What is the County population under 19 and over 65 years of age?
    • 19 years old and under – 85,668+- 5,454 persons (2013 ACS I Year Estimates)
    • Over 65 – 45,165 persons+-2,818 (2013 ACS 1 Year Estimates)
  7. What is the total number of employees working in the private sector covered by unemployment insurance? What is the total number of local, county, state and federal government workers?
    • Private sector employees – 159,123 : Government employees (NJDOLWFD Data Tools Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages 2013 Annual Summary Report)
    • Local government – 14,248
    • State government – 611
    • Federal government – 1,680
  8. What is the land area and population density of the County?
    • Land area - 305.5 square miles
    • Population density – 1,082.1 persons per square mile (2013 ACS 1Year Estimates) 
  9. How much does new housing cost in Somerset County?
    • Average new sales price - $636,262 average (2013)
    • Median new sales price - $585,000 Average (2013)
             (NJ Department of Community Affairs Construction Reporter,
             Average and Median Sales Prices of New Homes issued New Home Warranties
  10. What is the County’s level of educational attainment? How many residents have high school, bachelor and advanced college degrees?
    • Residents held various educational degrees in (ACS 2013 1 Year Estimate)
    • High school - (93.8%) +-0.8
    • Bachelor degree - (52.7%) +-1.9%
    • Advanced college degrees - (22.9% +- 1.4%)
  11. Where can I find statistics describing schools in the County?
  12. How many acres of parkland and preserved farms are in Somerset County?
    • Within the County Park system – approximately 14,200 acres (December 2014) 
    • Preserved farmland – 8,239 acres (2014)
  13.  How many low-and-moderate income qualified housing units are there countywide?
    • Approximately 6,532 total completed and proposed low and moderate income Housing units (2013) Somerset County Low and Moderate Income and Inclusionary Housing Developments in Somerset County Map April 2013
      Additional information on affordable housing can be found at: http://www.cjhrc.org
  14. How long is the average work trip?
    • 31.4 minutes +/-1.1 (ACS 2013 ! Year Estimates)
  15. What percentage of county residents drive alone to work