About Somerset County

When it comes to finding a place to live or visit, it’s been said there are three important factors to consider: location, location and location.

The first inhabitants of the area, the Shawnee, Iroqoi and Delaware, found Somerset County to be a great location. Abundant food, water and space to raise a family were attractions to these people, and are still attractive today.

In the earliest days, Somerset County was crossed by Nemacolin’s Trail later became known as U.S. Route 40. The northern trail became Forbes Road, later U.S. Route 30. These trails today are still primary arteries of commerce.

European hunters and trappers were the leading edge of the exploration of Somerset County. Harmond Husband arrived in 1771. In 1791, Congress placed a tax on whiskey. Commissioned officers were then sent to collect these taxes, causing rebellion. Husband, along with Gen. Robert Philson of Berlin, protested, were arrested and taken to Philadelphia for trial. They were released by order of President George Washington, but Husband died of fever on his way back home.

In 1795, Somerset County was formed from Bedford County. Somerset was officially chosen as a proper place for the seat of justice in the county and the first term of court was held. The first county building is thought to be a temporary jail of logs.

Somerset County has been called the “Roofgarden of Pennsylvania” as well as “The Land of Milk and Maple.” The county is known for its agriculture, coal mining, wind farms and various industries.

Mt. Davis, the highest point in Pennsylvania at 3,213 feet, is centered in Somerset County among the Laurel and Allegheny mountains. Ski resorts, the Great Allegheny Passage and many indoor and outdoor activities offer year-round fun for residents and tourists alike in Somerset County.

The area is the right location for your residential, tourist and economic needs.


Somerset County Top Employers

Somerset County Top 50 Employers


County Facts and Figures

Population - 77,405
Land Area - 1,074.8 square miles
Water Area - 7 square miles
State Forest Lands - 30,638 acres
Average Snowfall - Over 200 inches annually
Average Altitude - 2,200 feet above sea level

Government Links

BUREAU OF THE CENSUS 

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CONSUMER INFORMATION CATALOG 
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COUNTY OF SOMERSET 
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DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE 
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DEPARTMENT OF CONSERVATION AND NATURAL RESOURCES 
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FIRSTGOV 
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PA DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION
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PA DEPARTMENT OF STATE 
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PA DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION
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PATENT AND TRADEMARK OFFICE 
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SOCIAL SECURITY ADMINISTRATION 
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SOMERSET BOROUGH

STATE REP. CARL WALKER METZGAR

STATE REP. MIKE REESE

STATE REP. MATTHEW DOWLING

STATE REP. BRYAN BARBIN

STATE REP. FRANK BURNS

STATE SENATOR PATRICK STEFANO

STATE SENATOR WAYNE LANGERHOLC JR.

U.S. CONGRESSMAN BILL SHUSTER

U.S. CONGRESSMAN KEITH ROTHFUS

U.S. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

U.S. SENATE

U.S. TREASURY DEPARTMENT 

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