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The Cities and communities of Somerset County, Maryland *

Chance, Crisfield

Dames Quarter, Deal Island

Eden, Ewell

Fairmount, Frenchtown-Rumbly

Kingston

Manokin, Marion Station, Mount Vernon

Oriole

Princess Anne (County Seat)

Rehobeth, Rhodes Point

Smith Island

Tylerton

Upper Fairmont, Upper Falls

Wenona, West Pocomoke, Westover

*This list of cities may not be complete. The list may contain towns, cities, villages, boroughs, neighborhoods, townships, ghost towns and other populated places.

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Government

Somerset County Official Website

Somerset County Commissioners Office
11916 Somerset Ave., Room 101
Princess Anne, MD 21871
Phone: 410-651-0320

The county is governed by a board of county commissioner who are elected to four year terms.

Department of Tourism

As of 2009 there are only two municipalities in the county, Crisfield and Princess Anne.

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Population:

1990 - 23,440
2000 - 24,747
2007 - 26,016

Density:
2000 - 75 persons per square mile
2007 - 80 persons per square mile

Median age:
2000 - 36.5 years

Housing Units:
2000 - 10,055

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Location:

Somerset County is the most southern of all counties in the state.

Neighboring areas:
West - Chesapeake Bay
North - Wicomico County
East - Worcester County
South - Accomack County, Virginia

Use map links for the area

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Climate:

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Other Facts and Figures:

Median household income:
2000 - $29,903
2007 - $38,507

Per Capita Income:
2000 - $15,965

Median House or condo value
2000 - $76,500
2007 - $183,565

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History:

Somerset County was established in 1666 by Cecil Calvert. The county was named for his wife's sister, Lady Mary Somerset. The original boundary of Somerset County went from the bay to the sea and from Virginia to the Nanticoke River, taking in part of what is now southern Delaware. 76 years after it was made, it was divided into two counties - Worcester County and the existing Somerset County. Princess Anne was named the county seat in 1744. In 1867 another division was made when part of Somerset and part of Worcester were carved out to create Wicomico County.

Here are some history articles for the county
An Architectural history for Somerset County
A page of history links for the county

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Geography:

Total area: 611 square miles
Total land area: 327 square miles
Total water area: 284 square miles

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Genealogy:

Register of Wills

US GenWeb project page for Somerset County
The Political Graveyard for the county
Kindred Trails page for Somerset County
Linkpendium page for Somerset County

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Libraries:

Somerset County Library
11767 Beechwood St.
Princess Anne, MD 21853
Phone: (410) 651-0852

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Schools:

Somerset County Public Schools
Board of Education
7982A Crisfield Highway
Westover, MD 21871
Phone: (410) 651-1616

University of Maryland Eastern Shore
Princess Anne, MD 21853
Phone: 410-651-2200

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Economy:

Somerset County Economic Development Commission

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Organizations & Groups

Somerset County Tourism
PO Box 243,
Princess Anne, MD 21853
Phone: 410-651-2968
Toll-free: 800-521-9189

Crisfield Area Chamber of Commerce
906 W. Main Street
P.O. Box 292
Crisfield, MD 21817
Phone: 410-968-2500

Somerset County Historical Trust

Lower Eastern Shore Heritage
to preserve, protect and promote the cultural, natural and historical heritage of Somerset, Wicomico and Worcester counties.

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Attractions & Other Information

Somerset County Tourism

Crisfield-Somerset County Airport
4784 Jacksonville Road
Crisfield, MD 21817
Phone: (410) 968-3062

Janes Island State Park

Annual Hard Crab Derby at Crisfield each Labor Day Weekend


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