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Overview of Somerset

Known as the hub of central New Jersey, the city of Somerset is one of America's oldest communities with a diverse choice of landscape, population and housing for Jersey residents seeking Somerset apartments for rent. According to information from the U.S. Census Bureau, this charming city has more than 22,000 residents, the perfect for size for families wanting to raise their kids in a warm, welcoming community with all the perks of being near the country's largest metropolitan area.

Living in Somerset, NJ

Somerset established its county charter on May 22, 1688, and became one of the most important areas during the colonial period and Revolutionary War. Ever since, the community has maintained an eclectic mix of urban, suburban and rural landscapes, so citizens here have a wide variety of housing options and lifestyle choices.

Somerset became famous during the turn of the 20th century for its early endeavors in radio transmitting. The New Brunswick Marconi Station located in Somerset sent one of the first radio signals in 1914. After Woodrow Wilson's inaugural address was also transmitted here, every home in the country had a radio due to the innovative success of the technology seen in the Somerset area.

With only 5 percent of the city living below the poverty line, this quaint Jersey community has always been an attractive option for people wanting to be near the opportunities in New York, but away from the hustle and bustle of city life.

Somerset Work and Study

There are a few secondary institutions in the area, including Raritan Valley Community College, a 2-year school that has been honoring degrees to students in Somerset since 1965. With over 90 degrees and certificate programs, there are plenty of ways to get a great education here. Another popular college in the area is Somerset Christian College, a private institution that offers undergraduate degrees in the Wesleyan Methodist tradition. Whether you are studying nearby or commuting to the New York area, finding Somerset apartments near commuter trains are the best idea to get to and from class.

Common occupations in the area are in management, professional and related occupations, according to However, there are careers available in production, transportation and material moving. According to the census, the median household income in the area was more than $92,000 per year, so whether you are staying in Somerset or commuting to surrounding areas for work, you can take comfort in the fact that you are living in a thriving economic community.

Rentals in Somerset, NJ and Cost of Living

Somerset is nestled in one of the most expensive housing markets in the country, so it is no surprise that the cost of living index here is more than the U.S. average. However, since the median household income is higher than the state's average, you should be able to afford a rental that is best suited for you. According to information from, the 2009 median gross rent was $1,167 per month.

Somerset Attractions and Special Events

One of the places in Somerset that the community takes great pride in is North Branch Park. The park is home to many community events, including the city's Independence Day Festival and fireworks display, the town's 4-H Fair and various dog shows and circus. The most unique feature of this park is the flying field. Anyone holding an AMA license is permitted to fly small model aircraft for a small operating fee.

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