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Somerset, Texas. Somerset was named for a settlement that had been begun in 1848, in what is now Atascosa County, by a group of Baptist families from Somerset, Kentucky. The present site was named Somerset when the First Town site Company was formed on the Artesian Belt Railroad on May 25, 1909.

In 1913, while drilling for artesian water, oil was discovered. A boom followed. The Somerset oilfield extended from Somerset to below Pleasanton and was the largest known shallow field in the world at that time. Two oil refineries in the field and a pipeline into San Antonio handled the high-gravity crude.

The town grew rapidly from fifty residents in 1925 to 700 in 1928; it was served by a state bank, a hotel, and several machine and blacksmith shops. A post office opened there in 1920. During the 1920s farmers turned from cotton to fruit and vegetable farming. In 1931 the Somerset Fruit Growers Exchange building was dedicated, and between truck farming, oil, and coal, the town prospered.

In 1920 the Somerset Independent School District was formed from at least five other school districts: Wildman, Senior, Bexar, Old Rock, and Oak Island. Somerset was incorporated in 1973. Somerset Texas was established in 1848 and is located less than 20 miles south of San Antonio. This close proximity to the areas largest city allows residents to enjoy a small town atmosphere, while only minutes away from the conveniences of San Antonio.

Elementary
Somerset Elementary
7840 E. 6th St
Somerset, TX

Somerset Veteran's Elementary
4135 Smith Road,
Von Ormy, TX


Middle

Somerset Jr High
7790 East 3rd Street
Somerset, TX

High

Somerset High School
7650 S. Loop 1604 West
Somerset, TX

Demographics

zip code: 78069

County Average

State Average

National Average

Neighborhood type Suburban
Population 4,581 1,643,626 22,118,509 290,809,777
Pop. density 99.9 1,796.8 79.6 79.6
Percent male 48.9% 49.3% 49.6% 49.1%
Percent female 51.1% 50.7% 50.4% 50.9%
Median age 32.2 33.4 34.0 36.5
People per household 3.2 2.9 2.8 2.6
Median household income $36,415 $37,025 $39,927 $41,994
Average income per capita $13,204 $18,375 $19,617 $21,587
 

Crime

Violent crime risk index 4.0 4.4 3.1 3.0
Property crime risk index 4.0 4.9 3.1 3.2
 

Housing

Median home value $68,352 $92,900 $94,300 $170,800
Median age of homes 32.2 19.5 23.4 27.8
Home appreciation 4.8% 4.7% 2.3% 7.7%
Homes - owned 76.7% 60.6% 57.8% 63.4%
Homes - rented 17.2% 29.3% 32.8% 21.7%
Homes - vacant 6.1% 10.0% 9.4% 14.8%
Commuting by bus 0.0% 3.3% 1.9% 2.0%
Commuting by carpool 17.6% 14.6% 14.5% 14.6%
Commuting by auto 75.7% 73.2% 77.8% 71.6%
Working at home 2.2% 3.2% 2.8% 5.6%
 

Family Facts

Currently married 59.3% 55.3% 56.5% 58.3%
Never married 23.6% 25.7% 25.6% 23.8%
Divorced 6.5% 9.3% 9.8% 7.7%
Widowed 6.2% 5.9% 5.7% 7.4%
Separated 4.5% 3.8% 2.5% 2.8%
Married - w/ children 37.3% 32.3% 38.1% 28.5%
Married - no children 27.9% 27.1% 37.9% 31.3%
Single - w/ children 11.2% 12.2% 13.8% 9.3%
Single - no children 23.7% 28.4% 10.2% 30.7%

Education

High school graduates 64.4% 75.1% 75.7% 80.4%
College degree - 2 year 5.9% 8.4% 5.2% 8.2%
College degree - 4 year 3.9% 18.4% 15.6% 14.9%
Graduate degree 2.7% 9.7% 7.6% 7.0%
Expenditures per student $4,534 $5,268 $6,218 $5,896
Students per teacher 15.5 15.5 12.4 16.0
Students per librarian 831 918 995 934
Students per guidance counselor 628 918 995 560
 

Economy

Unemployment rate 5.2% 5.1% 6.0% 5.7%
Recent job growth 2.0% 2.0% 0.9% 1.4%
Future job growth 19.2% 2.0% 0.9% 10.5%
Sales tax 8.25% 6.27% 7.77% 5.63%
Income tax 0.00% 0.00% 0.00% 5.02%
Cost of living index 72.8 77.9 80.0 100.0
 

Health

Air quality 5 16 63 48
Watershed quality 70 74 71 54
Physicians per capita 327.5 269.7 81.7 168.5
Health cost index 85.8 87.5 96.1 100.0
Superfund site index 82 84 93 71
UV index 6.3 6.3 5.8 4.3
 

Climate

Altitude 667 809 1,371 1,058
Rainfall (inches annually) 29.6 32.1 31.3 38.8
Snowfall (inches annually) 0.2 0.3 2.5 24.4
January avg. low temp 40.5 40.3 33.0 21.6
July avg. high temp 95.5 95.3 94.6 86.4
Days of precipitation annually 82 82 77 112
Days mostly sunny annually 224 224 235 205
Comfort index (during hot weather) 23 23 27 44
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