Somerset County, Maryland
Seal of Somerset County, Maryland
Map of Maryland highlighting Somerset County
Location in the state of Maryland
Map of the U.S. highlighting Maryland
Maryland's location in the U.S.
Founded 1666
Seat Princess Anne
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

611 sq mi (1,582 km²)
327 sq mi (847 km²)
284 sq mi (736 km²), 46.4%
 - (2000)
 - Density

75/sq mi (29/km²)

Somerset County is the southernmost county in the U.S. state of Maryland, located on the state's Eastern Shore. It was named for Mary, Lady Somerset, the wife of Sir John Somerset and daughter of Thomas Arundell. She was the sister of Anne Calvert, née Anne Arundell, the wife of Cæcilius Calvert, who lent her name to Anne Arundel County. The county seat is Princess Anne. As of 2000, the population was 24,747.


Somerset County was created in 1666 by an Order in Council. In 1742 Worcester County was created from Somerset County. In 1867 portions of Somerset and Worcester Counties were taken to create Wicomico County.

Law and government[]

Somerset County is governed by county commissioners, the traditional form of county government in Maryland. Commissioners are elected to four-year terms; all commissioners' terms will expire in 2010.

Current Somerset county commissioners:

District Name Party
1 James N. Ring Democrat
2 Rex Simpkins Democrat
3 Michael K. McCready Democrat
4 C. Samuel Boston Democrat
5 Paul T. Ward Republican

Boston is the President of the County Commission; Ring is the Vice President.


According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 1,582 km² (611 sq mi). 847 km² (327 sq mi) of it is land and 736 km² (284 sq mi) of it (46.4%) is water.

Adjacent Counties[]


As of the census² of 2000, there were 24,747 people, 8,361 households, and 5,444 families residing in the county. The population density was 29/km² (76/sq mi). There were 10,055 housing units at an average density of 12/km² (31/sq mi). The racial makeup of the county was 56.4% White, 41.1% Black or African American, 0.4% Native American, 0.5% Asian, 0% Pacific Islander, 0.5% from other races, and 1.2% from two or more races. 1.3% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 17.4% were of American, 15.4% English, 7.3% German and 5.4% Irish ancestry according to Census 2000.

There were 8,361 households out of which 38.30% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 46.1% were married couples living together, 15.1% had a female householder with no husband present, and 34.9% were non-families. 15.3% of all households were made up of individuals and 7.2% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.37 and the average family size was 2.92.

In the county the population was spread out with 18.5% under the age of 18, 15.7% from 18 to 24, 29.5% from 25 to 44, 22.2% from 45 to 64, and 14.2% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36.5 years. For every 100 females there were 114.6 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 119.1 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $29,903, and the median income for a family was $37,643. Males had a median income of $27,496 versus $23,035 for females. The per capita income for the county was $15,965. About 15.0% of families and 20.1% of the population were below the poverty line, including 28.4% of those under age 18 and 19.1% of those age 65 or over.

Cities and towns[]

This county contains the following incorporated municipalities:

Unincorporated areas are also considered as towns by many people and listed in many collections of towns, but they lack local government. Various organizations, such as the United States Census Bureau, the United States Postal Service, and local chambers of commerce, define the communities they wish to recognize differently, and since they are not incorporated, their boundaries have no official status outside the organizations in question. The Census Bureau recognizes the following census-designated places in the county:

  1. Chance
  2. Dames Quarter
  3. Deal Island
  4. Eden
  5. Fairmount
  6. Frenchtown-Rumbly (a combination of the communities of Frenchtown and Rumbly recognized as a unit by the Census Bureau)
  7. Mount Vernon
  8. Smith Island
  9. West Pocomoke

Other unincorporated places not listed as CDP's include:

  1. Ewell
  2. Kingston
  3. Manokin
  4. Marion Station
  5. Oriole
  6. Rhodes Point
  7. Rohobeth
  8. Tylerton
  9. Upper Fairmont
  10. Upper Falls
  11. Wenona
  12. Westover

Colleges and universities[]


  • Stephen Horsey
  • Ambrose Dixon
  • Randall Revell
  • John Elzey
  • William Thorne
  • John Ober
  • Thomas Price
  • George Johnson
  • Henry Boston
  • William Colebourne
  • William Bosman
  • William Stevens
  • James Jones
  • John White
  • John Winder
  • Edmund Beauchamp


  • Frances Carsley (c1630-aft1679), migrant from Northampton County, Virginia
  • Sheriff Donogh Dennis, Esq. (c1638-1716/17), immigrant from Ireland
  • John Henderson (1648-1743), immigrant from Scotland
  • Charles Henderson (c1687-1762)
  • Jesse Henderson (c1712-1787)
  • James Henderson (c1727-c1783)
  • Nehemiah Holland (1681-1720)
  • Elizabeth Holland (1716-1784)
  • William Lister (c1695-1732)
  • Abigail Lister (c1720-1773)
  • Maj. Ambrose London (c1618-1706), immigrant from England
  • Abigail London (1660-1692), migrant from Northampton County, Virginia
  • Samuel Long (1645-1696), immigrant from England
  • Daniel Long II (1677-1741)
  • David Long II (c1711-1756)
  • William Moore Merrill (c1645-1710)
  • Joseph Merrill (c1698-1783)
  • Sarah Merrill (c1740-1808)
  • Jeffery Minshall (1620-1675), immigrant from England
  • Jane Stockdale (c1700-1756)
  • Hope Taylor (c1664-1696)
  • Elizabeth Taylor (1684-1720)
  • Benjamin Summers (c1635-bef1715), immigrant from England, proprietor of 300 acres of what is now known as Crisfield, Maryland



  • Old Somerset on the Eastern Shore of Maryland, by Clayton Torrence, ps. 297-301, 302-306-310-312-314, 315, 316-319-322-325,326-329-330, 331-332-333-334.

External links[]

Coordinates: 38°05′N 75°52′W / 38.08, -75.86

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