Somers, Connecticut is a town of fairly modest size, bounded on the north by the Massachusetts border. Springfield, Massachusetts lies only 9 miles distant and the town’s economy is more heavily involved with this city than that of Hartford. A large hill, Bald Mountain, thrusts its rounded summit above the surrounding countryside and forms a notable landmark. It is owned by the town itself rather than any private individual.
Somers is a mix of woodland and farmland, with a relatively small suburban-style center clustered around a few of the main roads. Farmland predominates in the west, and forested land in the eastern half of the township. Although there are some streams and a small lake, as well as several ponds, Somers is a fairly dry area of Connecticut as far as watercourses and open water are concerned. The main road is Springfield Road, indicating once again the town’s close ties to the Massachusetts city.
As might be expected from a town with only ten thousand people, Somers has relatively few schools, with only one for each level of education. Students pass through Somers Elementary, then on to Mabelle B. Avery Middle School, and finally to Somers High School. Collegiate or university education must be sought elsewhere – most likely in Springfield.
The two prisons located in Somers provide a number of local jobs, as well as economic activity from the purchase of necessary items, food, and so on from the town’s suppliers. In the main, however, Somers is a bedroom community for Springfield and, to a less extent, Hartford. Analysts note that the town has actual job opportunities, making it a sought after place by those who want to make a fresh start in Connecticut.
There is still a bit of manufacturing in Somers, though the retail trade is by far the largest sector of the local economy. The farms in the west of the township are still active, with several hundred people involved in agriculture even in our modern, service-centered economy.
The town has a remarkably high African-American population, with this race making up 9.82% of the people found in Somers. Whites make up 82.97% of the racial composition, and the third most populous group are Hispanics of any race, at 8.1% of the population. The town’s median income is $65,273 from the perspective of household rather than individual income, while 4.6% of the people in Somers are below the poverty line and the unemployment rate is 6.8%.
There are two prisons in Somers, including the state’s death row facility and execution chamber. The median age is 37, and of the 2,925 households in the town, 70% are married couples living together and 37% have dependent children. If the prison population is not counted, the town is 98.15% white.
Location within State
Somers is found on the northern border of Connecticut, directly below Springfield, Massachusetts. It is the northwestern township in Tolland County, in the northeast quadrant of the state. The town’s ties are stronger with Springfield, which is only 9 miles away, than with Hartford, which is almost twice as distant at 16 miles (though both are extremely close by Midwestern standards).
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