Somers, Montana

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Somers, Montana
Census-designated place
Location of Somers, Montana
Location of Somers, Montana
Coordinates: 48°4′47″N 114°13′40″W / 48.07972°N 114.22778°W / 48.07972; -114.22778Coordinates: 48°4′47″N 114°13′40″W / 48.07972°N 114.22778°W / 48.07972; -114.22778
Country United States
State Montana
County Flathead
 • Mayor Eugene Paterson
 • Total 3.00 sq mi (7.78 km2)
 • Land 2.95 sq mi (7.64 km2)
 • Water 0.05 sq mi (0.14 km2)
Elevation 2,917 ft (889 m)
Population (2010)
 • Total 1,109
 • Density 373/sq mi (144.2/km2)
Time zone Mountain (MST) (UTC-7)
 • Summer (DST) MDT (UTC-6)
ZIP code 59932
Area code(s) 406
FIPS code 30-69475
GNIS feature ID 0790849

Somers is an unincorporated community and census-designated place (CDP) in Flathead County, Montana, United States. The population was 1,109 at the 2010 census,[1] up from 556 at the 2000 census.


In 1909, the Industrial Worker, a newspaper published out of Seattle by the Industrial Workers of the World, described Somers thus:[2]

The nearest approach to hell on earth is at Somers, Mont. The principal industry at Somers is sawing railroad ties for Jim Hill. Jimmy owns everything around Somers including the water, docks, sawmills, county roads, and all the land that the town is situated on. Jimmy also owns the United States postoffice and nearly all the judges and lawyers in Flathead county.

— F. W. Heslewood

The IWW at the time was in dispute with Jim Hill in connection with strike waves throughout the Flathead Valley, especially centered in Kalispell.[3] Sawmill workers organized with the IWW struck at the Somers Lumber Company, with company management quickly hiring scab labor and blacklisting union members as a result. Tensions reached their peak in late July 1909, when the IWW warned unemployed workers to stay away from Somers to avoid the conditions there.[4]


Somers is located in south-central Flathead County at 48°4′47″N 114°13′40″W / 48.07972°N 114.22778°W / 48.07972; -114.22778 (48.079826, -114.227722),[5] at the north end of Flathead Lake. It is bordered to the south by Lakeside. U.S. Route 93 passes through the community, leading north 9 miles (14 km) to Kalispell and south 42 miles (68 km) to Polson at the other end of the lake.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the Somers CDP has a total area of 3.0 square miles (7.8 km2), of which 2.9 square miles (7.6 km2) is land and 0.04 square miles (0.1 km2), or 1.86%, is water.[1]


As of the census[6] of 2000, there were 556 people, 233 households, and 158 families residing in the CDP. The population density was 269.6 people per square mile (104.2/km²). There were 263 housing units at an average density of 127.5 per square mile (49.3/km²). The racial makeup of the CDP was 96.04% White, 0.36% African American, 1.08% Native American, 1.08% from other races, and 1.44% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 3.96% of the population.

There were 233 households out of which 29.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 54.9% were married couples living together, 8.2% had a female householder with no husband present, and 31.8% were non-families. 23.6% of all households were made up of individuals and 5.6% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.38 and the average family size was 2.85.

In the CDP, the population was spread out with 23.6% under the age of 18, 8.8% from 18 to 24, 28.8% from 25 to 44, 24.3% from 45 to 64, and 14.6% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 39 years. For every 100 females there were 109.0 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 103.3 males.

The median income for a household in the CDP was $30,625, and the median income for a family was $34,286. Males had a median income of $33,125 versus $17,500 for females. The per capita income for the CDP was $13,786. About 7.9% of families and 7.6% of the population were below the poverty line, including 9.0% of those under age 18 and 4.3% of those age 65 or over.


  1. ^ a b "Geographic Identifiers: 2010 Census Summary File 1 (G001), Somers CDP, Montana". American FactFinder. U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved June 9, 2016. 
  2. ^ Heslewood, F. W. (29 July 1909). "The Somers Strike". Industrial Worker. 1 (20). p. 1. 
  3. ^ Janders, Oliver. "IWW Yearbook 1909". IWW History Project. University of Washington. Retrieved 18 April 2016. 
  4. ^ Duddy, Joe (15 July 1909). "Conditions in Flathead Valley". Industrial Worker. 1 (18). p. 3. 
  5. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23. 
  6. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.