Somerset County, New Jersey, home buying primer
Somerset County in located in Central New Jersey. It is part of the New York Metropolitan Area and it’s county seat is Somerville.
Somerset County is the seventh wealthiest county in the US by per capita income and the highest in New Jersey. The county also ranks sixth in the US in terms of median income. Somerset County was created on May 14, 1688 from portions of Middlesex County.
The county has a total area of 305 square miles and the highest point is on Mine Mountain in Bernardsville. The adjacent counties are: Morris County to the North. Union County to the East, Middlesex County to the South-east. Mercer County to the South and Hunterdon County to the West.
Somerset County is one of America’s oldest counties. The area was first settled in 1681 and was established by charter on May 22, 1688. General George Washington both marched through and slept in Somerset County on several occasions. For much of its history, it was primarily an agricultural county.
In the late 19th century, the Somerset Hills area became a popular country home for wealthy industrialists and still to this day is home of some pharmaceutical industrialists.
In the 1960s, townships such as Warren, Watchung and Bridgewater were quickly transformed into suburban communities. More recently, there has been an influx of New York City commuters who use New Jersey Transit’s Raritan Valley Line and Gladstone Branch and also Interstate 78.
For more information about Somerset County real estate, please choose from the following townships/boroughs:
Bridgewater homes 08807, 08836 | Hillsborough real estate 08844 | Somerville listings 08876 | Warren real estate 07059 | Watchung homes 07069
Map of Somerset County, New Jersey
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