Somerset, Wisconsin

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Somerset, Wisconsin
Village
Location of Somerset, Wisconsin
Location of Somerset, Wisconsin
Coordinates: 45°8′30″N 92°42′9″W / 45.14167°N 92.70250°W / 45.14167; -92.70250Coordinates: 45°8′30″N 92°42′9″W / 45.14167°N 92.70250°W / 45.14167; -92.70250
Country United States
State Wisconsin
County St. Croix
Area[1]
 • Total 2.75 sq mi (7.12 km2)
 • Land 2.75 sq mi (7.12 km2)
 • Water 0 sq mi (0 km2)
Elevation[2] 961 ft (293 m)
Population (2010)[3]
 • Total 2,635
 • Estimate (2012[4]) 2,656
 • Density 958.2/sq mi (370.0/km2)
Time zone Central (CST) (UTC-6)
 • Summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
Area code(s) 715 & 534
FIPS code 55-74700[5]
GNIS feature ID 1584175[2]

Somerset is a village in St. Croix County, Wisconsin, along the Apple River. The population was 2,635 at the 2010 census. The village is located within the Town of Somerset.

Government[edit]

Somerset's current Village President is Jeffrey Johnson.[6]

Geography[edit]

Somerset is located at 45°7′30″N 92°40′30″W / 45.12500°N 92.67500°W / 45.12500; -92.67500 (45.125189, -92.6752).[7]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the village has a total area of 2.75 square miles (7.12 km2), all of it land.[1] The Apple River runs through Somerset.

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
1980 860
1990 1,072 24.7%
2000 1,556 45.1%
2010 2,635 69.3%
Est. 2012 2,656 0.8%

2010 census[edit]

As of the census[3] of 2010, there were 2,635 people, 990 households, and 654 families residing in the village. The population density was 958.2 inhabitants per square mile (370.0 /km2). There were 1,102 housing units at an average density of 400.7 per square mile (154.7 /km2). The racial makeup of the village was 93.1% White, 1.0% African American, 0.6% Native American, 0.8% Asian, 2.0% from other races, and 2.5% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 5.1% of the population.

There were 990 households of which 44.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 43.8% were married couples living together, 14.8% had a female householder with no husband present, 7.4% had a male householder with no wife present, and 33.9% were non-families. 23.8% of all households were made up of individuals and 6% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.64 and the average family size was 3.15.

The median age in the village was 29.6 years. 32.1% of residents were under the age of 18; 8.7% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 36.3% were from 25 to 44; 17.4% were from 45 to 64; and 5.5% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the village was 48.9% male and 51.1% female.

2000 census[edit]

As of the census[5] of 2000, there were 1,556 people, 635 households, and 391 families residing in the village. The population density was 844.1 people per square mile (326.5/km²). There were 659 housing units at an average density of 357.5 per square mile (138.3/km²). The racial makeup of the village was 96.85% White, 0.77% Black or African American, 0.45% Native American, 0.06% Asian, 0.45% from other races, and 1.41% from two or more races. 1.16% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 635 households out of which 39.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 40.8% were married couples living together, 14.3% had a female householder with no husband present, and 38.4% were non-families. 26.8% of all households were made up of individuals and 8.2% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.45 and the average family size was 2.99.

In the village the population was spread out with 30.1% under the age of 18, 13.4% from 18 to 24, 36.8% from 25 to 44, 12.9% from 45 to 64, and 6.9% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 27 years. For every 100 females there were 93.3 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 94.8 males.

The median income for a household in the village was $45,194, and the median income for a family was $47,426. Males had a median income of $36,827 versus $25,605 for females. The per capita income for the village was $19,170. About 6.3% of families and 7.3% of the population were below the poverty line, including 7.8% of those under age 18 and 29.0% of those age 65 or over.

Education[edit]

  • Somerset High School is the local high school. Students in grades ninth through twelfth go here. The current principal is Chris Moore. Somerset Middle School is the local middle school. Students in grades fifth through eighth attend the middle school. The current principal is Sarah Eichten. Somerset Elementary School is the local elementary school, in which students starting in junior kindergarten up through fourth grade attend. The current principal is Darren Kern.

Sports[edit]

Somerset High School offers the following sports: Baseball, Boys Basketball, Boys Golf, Boys Hockey, Boys Soccer, Boys Tennis, Cheerleading, Cross Country, Football, Girls Basketball, Girls Golf, Girls Hockey, Girls Soccer, Softball, Track, Volleyball, Wrestling [8]

Activities[edit]

Somerset High School offers the following activities: Academic Decathlon, Destination Imagination, Danceline, Drama, Dynamics, FBLA,Forensics, Marching Band, Mock Trial, Pep Band, Jazz Band, NHS, STAND, Show Choir, and Yearbook. [8]

History[edit]

Somerset has a lengthy and colorful history. Before the turn of the century Somerset was bordered on the south by cranberry bogs. The terrain naturally lent itself to the production of cranberries as a result of the hilliness of the area, which is dotted with ponds, sloughs, swamps and bogs. These wet areas became of greater interest to the local population during Prohibition. These same low spots where water collected became ideal for collecting water for the production of moonshine (homemade alcoholic beverages). Indeed Somerset already had a history of being a rough logging town, and it was only a natural progression to become the supplier of bootlegged alcohol to the twin cities of Saint Paul and Minneapolis. After Prohibition ended, the citizens of Somerset returned to the more humble activities of logging and farming.

Tourism[edit]

Somerset has several camping establishments along the Apple River.Outfitters in and around Somerset provide rentals and transportation for this popular tubing river. The first half of the trip offers relaxed family floating. The last half features a wild rapids area with a walkway along the side for the less adventurous.[9] Every summer concerts are held at the Somerset Amphitheater. The Avett Brothers, Slipknot, and Pretty Lights are previous headliners at these concerts. Somerset also holds other events such as Tough Mudder and The Border Battle Beer Fest. Highlight of our famous visitors, came Charles Kuralt, of the famous "On the Road Show," of the Walter Cronkite hour, on June 13, 1972.[10] The campsites and concerts bring thousands of people to Somerset every summer, which brings business to the growing town.

Culture[edit]

  • On the Mystery Science Theater 3000 episode, Alien from LA, Tom mentions to Mike, that Mike grew up in Somerset.
  • On an episode from Pinky and the Brain, they fly over a map of the U.S. with Somerset being the only highlighted city.
  • During the 2002-2003 Season, Somerset High School's Football Team, led by longtime coach Bruce Larson, won the WIAA Division 5 State Championship, the first state title the school had ever won in football. Since then, the Somerset Football team has been to the state championship game four times, winning the WIAA Division 4 title over the Big Foot Chiefs, in 2012.
  • The TV Show 'Wife Swap' featured the Schachtner family from Somerset, Wisconsin, switching with a family from Florida. (Schachtner/Martincak). The show aired in 2006, and is shown in re-runs.

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