Somerset, Pennsylvania


As of the census
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of 2000, there were 6,762 people, 3,035 households, and 1,717 families residing in the borough. The population density
Population density
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 was 2,466.0 people per square mile (952.9/km²). There were 3,313 housing units at an average density of 1,208.2 per square mile (466.8/km²). The racial makeup of the borough was 97.80% White, 0.70% African American, 0.09% Native American, 0.70% Asian, 0.03% Pacific Islander, 0.19% from other races
Race (United States Census)
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, and 0.50% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.55% of the population.

There were 3,035 households out of which 26.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 40.5% were married couples
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 living together, 12.6% had a female householder with no husband present, and 43.4% were non-families. 38.6% of all households were made up of individuals and 17.6% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.12 and the average family size was 2.82.

In the borough the population was spread out with 21.9% under the age of 18, 8.5% from 18 to 24, 26.2% from 25 to 44, 21.9% 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 82.2 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 79.2 males.

The median income for a household in the borough was $29,050, and the median income for a family was $41,831. Males had a median income of $28,339 versus $19,492 for females. The per capita income
Per capita income
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 for the borough was $18,310. About 7.8% of families and 11.6% of the population were below the poverty line, including 15.7% of those under age 18 and 5.6% of those age 65 or over.


  • Somerset was a central stage for the Whiskey Rebellion
    Whiskey Rebellion
    The Whiskey Rebellion, or Whiskey Insurrection, was a tax protest in the United States in the 1790s, during the presidency of George Washington. Farmers who sold their corn in the form of whiskey had to pay a new tax which they strongly resented...

     of 1794. Several rebellion leaders, including Harmon Husband
    Herman Husband
    Herman Husband , also known as Harmon Husband, was a farmer, radical, pamphleteer, and preacher. He was born in Cecil County, Maryland and raised as an Anglican...

    , lived in Somerset. The federal militia sent to put down the rebellion worked from its headquarters in the nearby town of Berlin. The Whiskey Rebellion was the first severe test of the federal authority under the newly adopted U.S. Constitution and under President George Washington.
  • On September 11, 2001, United Airlines Flight 93
    United Airlines Flight 93
    United Airlines Flight 93 was United Airlines' scheduled morning transcontinental flight across the United States from Newark International Airport in Newark, New Jersey, to San Francisco International Airport in California. On Tuesday, September 11, 2001, the Boeing 757–222 aircraft operating the...

    , bound from Newark, New Jersey
    Newark, New Jersey
    Newark is the largest city in the American state of New Jersey, and the seat of Essex County. As of the 2010 United States Census, Newark had a population of 277,140, maintaining its status as the largest municipality in New Jersey. It is the 68th largest city in the U.S...

    , to San Francisco and one of the four planes hijacked that day by al-Qaeda
    Al-Qaeda is a global broad-based militant Islamist terrorist organization founded by Osama bin Laden sometime between August 1988 and late 1989. It operates as a network comprising both a multinational, stateless army and a radical Sunni Muslim movement calling for global Jihad...

     operatives, crashed near Shanksville
    Shanksville, Pennsylvania
    Shanksville is a borough in Somerset County, Pennsylvania, United States, with a population of 245, as of the 2000 census. It is part of the Johnstown, Pennsylvania Metropolitan Statistical Area and is approximately 60 miles southeast from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania...

    , killing all 45 persons on board. It is believed that hijackers intended to fly this plane into the White House
    White House
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     or the U.S. Capitol.
  • In July 2002, nine miners were trapped for 77 hours, 240 feet (73.2 m) underground, by flooding in the Quecreek coal mine, just outside of Somerset. All nine miner
    A miner is a person whose work or business is to extract ore or minerals from the earth. Mining is one of the most dangerous trades in the world. In some countries miners lack social guarantees and in case of injury may be left to cope without assistance....

    s were rescued. The Quecreek Mine Rescue
    Quecreek Mine Rescue
    The Quecreek Mine Rescue took place in Somerset County, Pennsylvania, when nine miners were trapped underground for over 78 hours, from July 24 to 28, 2002...

     was chronicled by journalists from around the world and was televised globally.
  • Somerset Crater on Mars
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     is named after Somerset.

Notable people

  • Notable Somersetians include Jeremiah S. Black
    Jeremiah S. Black
    Jeremiah Sullivan Black was an American statesman and lawyer. He was the son of Representative Henry Black, and the father of writer and Lieutenant Governor of Pennsylvania Chauncey Forward Black....

    , Attorney General of the United States (1857–1860) and U.S. Secretary of State (1860–1861), under President James Buchanan
    James Buchanan
    James Buchanan, Jr. was the 15th President of the United States . He is the only president from Pennsylvania, the only president who remained a lifelong bachelor and the last to be born in the 18th century....

  • Transportation pioneer George Chorpenning
    George Chorpenning
    George W. Chorpenning Jr. was a pioneer in the transportation of mail, freight, and passengers through the arid and undeveloped western regions of the United States...


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