Somerset

Somerset County is located atop the Allegheny Mountains in the southwestern portion of Pennsylvania. It borders Cambria County to the north, Bedford County to the east, the state of Maryland to the south and Fayette and Westmoreland counties to the west.

Somerset County gained global notice in 2001 when a hijacked airliner, United Airlines Flight 93, crashed near the town of Shanksville during the September 11th Terrorist Attacks. A year later, in July 2002, Somerset County again made worldwide front-page news when nine coal miners where rescued from several hundred feet underground from the Quecreek mine after an intense multi-day struggle.

An excellent network of US highways (30, 40 and 219), as well as state and local highways, provides easy access to destinations within the county and connections outside. I-76, the Pennsylvania Turnpike runs through central Somerset County and provides East-West access to Philadelphia and Pittsburgh. US Route 219, running north and south, offers access to Johnstown, Central Pennsylvania and Maryland.

Demographics

Land Area: 1,075 square miles
Water Area: 6.5 square miles
Population 77,742
Population Density: 72 people per square mile
Cost of Living Index: 87.6
Industries Providing Employment: 19.3% education, health and social services
16.9% manufacturing
12.2% retail
Median Resident Age: 40.2 years
Average Household Size: 2.5 people
Median Household Income: $39,362
   
  Links
County Government http://www.co.somerset.pa.us/
Chamber of Commerce http://www.somersetcountychamber.com/
Economic Development http://www.scedc.net/
Tourism http://www.laurelhighlands.org/index.asp