Somerset Township, Washington County, Pennsylvania

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Somerset Township
Cerl Wright Covered Bridge
Location of Somerset Township in Washington County
Location of Somerset Township in Washington County
Location of Washington County in Pennsylvania
Location of Washington County in Pennsylvania
Country United States
State Pennsylvania
County Washington County
 • Total 32.2 sq mi (83 km2)
 • Land 32.1 sq mi (83 km2)
 • Water 0.1 sq mi (0.3 km2)
Population (2010)
 • Total 2,684
 • Density 83/sq mi (32/km2)
Time zone EST (UTC-4)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-5)
Area code(s) 724
Historical population
Census Pop.
2000 2,701
2010 2,684 −0.6%

Somerset Township is a township in Washington County, Pennsylvania, United States. The population was 2,684 at the 2010 census.[1]


The Huffman Distillery and Chopping Mill and Cerl Wright Covered Bridge are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.[2]


According to the United States Census Bureau, the township has a total area of 32.2 square miles (83.3 km²), of which, 32.1 square miles (83.1 km²) of it is land and 0.1 square miles (0.2 km²) of it (0.25%) is water.


As of the census[3] of 2000, there were 2,701 people, 1,051 households, and 810 families residing in the township. The population density was 84.2 people per square mile (32.5/km²). There were 1,126 housing units at an average density of 35.1/sq mi (13.6/km²). The racial makeup of the township was 99.04% White, 0.19% African American, 0.07% Asian, 0.26% from other races, and 0.44% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.41% of the population.

There were 1,051 households out of which 29.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 64.5% were married couples living together, 8.8% had a female householder with no husband present, and 22.9% were non-families. 19.1% of all households were made up of individuals and 9.0% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.57 and the average family size was 2.94.

In the township the population was spread out with 21.3% under the age of 18, 6.7% from 18 to 24, 28.5% from 25 to 44, 28.0% from 45 to 64, and 15.5% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 42 years. For every 100 females there were 100.4 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 98.3 males.

The median income for a household in the township was $43,594, and the median income for a family was $52,102. Males had a median income of $37,100 versus $22,481 for females. The per capita income for the township was $20,146. About 7.0% of families and 9.5% of the population were below the poverty line, including 18.3% of those under age 18 and 4.9% of those age 65 or over.