Somerset County is the
southernmost county in the U.S. state of Maryland, located on
the state's Eastern
It was named for Mary,
, the wife of Sir John
and daughter of Thomas Arundell,
1st Baron Arundell of Wardour
. She was the sister of Anne Calvert, Baroness
Baltimore, née Anne Arundell, the wife of Cæcilius Calvert, 2nd
Baron Baltimore, who lent her name to Anne Arundel
County. The county seat is
As of 2000, the population was 24,747.
included in the Salisbury, Maryland, Metropolitan Statistical
Somerset County was created in 1666 by an Order in Council
.In 1742 Worcester
County was created from Somerset County.
portions of Somerset and Worcester Counties were taken to create
The county has a number of properties on the
National Register of Historic Places
Law and government
Somerset County is governed by county commissioners, the
traditional form of county government in Maryland. Commissioners
are elected to four-year terms; all commissioners' terms will
expire in 2010.
Current Somerset county commissioners:
Boston is the President of the County Commission; Ring is the Vice
According to the U.S.
county has a total area of 611 square
), of which,
327 square miles (847 km²) of it is land and
284 square miles (736 km²) of it (46.4%) is water.
State protected area
The State of Maryland Deal Island Wildlife
, a protected
, is in the northwest quadrant of the county. It
encorporates not only Deal Island but the tributaries of the
Chesapeake Bay. It is . It has over of flat trails.
As of the census
of 2000, there were 24,747
people, 8,361 households, and 5,444 families residing in the
county. The population density
was 76 people per square mile (29/km²). There were 10,055 housing
units at an average density of 31 per square mile (12/km²).
The racial makeup of the county was 56.4% White
, 41.1% Black
or African American
, 0.4% Native American
, 0.5% Asian
, 0% Pacific Islander
, 0.5% from
, and 1.2%
from two or more races. 1.3% of the population were Hispanic
of any race. 17.4% were of
American, 15.4% English, 7.3%
German and 5.4% Irish ancestry according to Census 2000.
There were 8,361 households out of which 38.30% had children under
the age of 18 living with them, 46.1% were married couples
living together, 15.1% had a female
householder with no husband present, and 34.9% were non-families.
15.3% of all households were made up of individuals and 7.2% had
someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average
household size was 2.37 and the average family size was 2.92.
In the county the population was spread out with 18.5% under the
age of 18, 15.7% from 18 to 24, 29.5% from 25 to 44, 22.2% from 45
to 64, and 14.2% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age
was 36.5 years. For every 100 females there were 114.6 males. For
every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 119.1 males.
The median income for a household in the county was $29,903, and
the median income for a family was $37,643. Males had a median
income of $27,496 versus $23,035 for females. The per capita income
for the county was
$15,965. About 15.0% of families and 20.1% of the population were
below the poverty line
, including 28.4%
of those under age 18 and 19.1% of those age 65 or over.
Cities and towns
This county contains the following incorporated municipalities:
Unincorporated areas are also considered as towns by many people
and listed in many collections of towns, but they lack local
government. Various organizations, such as the United States Census Bureau
United States Postal
, and local chambers of commerce, define the communities
they wish to recognize differently, and since they are not
incorporated, their boundaries have no official status outside the
organizations in question. The Census Bureau recognizes the
in the county:
- Dames Quarter
- Deal Island
- Frenchtown-Rumbly (a combination of the communities of Frenchtown and Rumbly recognized as a unit by the Census
- Mount Vernon
- Smith Island
- West Pocomoke
Other unincorporated places not listed as CDP's include:
- Marion Station
- Rhodes Point
- Upper Fairmount
Colleges and universities