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Population (2010 census): 20,434 over 32 square miles
Median Age: 48.6
Median Income: $112,649
% of Population with Bachelor's Degree or Higher: 54.1%
% Households with Children Under 18: 33.7%
The town of Somers offers a country lifestyle in Northern Westchester County, bordering Putnam County. The town is composed of several hamlets: Amawalk, Baldwin Place, Granite Springs, Lincolndale, Lake Purdys, and Shenorock.
While walking through town, you will notice the town symbol is that of an elephant. Somers is considered as the "Cradle of the American Circus". Back in 1805, a Somers farmer named Hachaliah Bailey (yes, of the Barnum and Bailey circus) brought an elephant over from Asia, and started to bring the elephant on tour.
The elephant, named "Old Bet", was well loved. The Elephant Hotel was built in 1825 to honor the elephants (Mr Bailey got more elephants over the years), and the building was purchased by the Town of Somers in 1927. It became the current town office and the Somers Historical Society and museum.
Somers offers many outdoor recreational opportunities. The beautiful lakes and the Amawalk Reservoir for great views and fishing. The 82-acre Reis park is great for picnicking and has fields for soccer, volleyball, basketball, tennis, and a skate park. The most beautiful however, would be the 234-acre Lasdon park, which is also an arboretum. It is stunning with its woods, meadows, and formal gardens, and hosts summer concerts for the town.
There are several local farms in the area. The most diverse one is Muscoot Farm, which is a 19th century farm that is open year-round and offer educational programs, tours, hiking trails, hayrides, and special events.
Somers has been the fastest growing community in Westchester County in recent years. Major employers in town includes IBM, whose office occupies a five-building complex designed by the architect I.M. Pei. PepsiCo, which has its headquarters Armonk, also has offices in Somers.
The major route from Somers to New York City is via Route 684 and the Taconic State Parkway, and takes about an hour. For more amenities outside of Somers, people may go to Yorktown to its West, White Plains by traveling South, or take a 30 minute drive to Danbury, CT via 84.
Commuters can take the Metro North Harlem Line to Manhattan. It takes about 65 minutes from stations in Katonah or Goldens Bridge, both of which are right outside of Somers.
The Somers Central School Districts serves the students in the town and has four schools: Primrose Elementary, with full-day kindergarten and teaches grades 1 and 2, Somers Intermediate for grades 3-5, a middle school and a high school. Some of the students belong to the Lakeland or the North Salem School District.
Please visit our Westchester School Districts page to find out more about all the school districts in the county.
66.8% of the homes in Somers are detached single family homes, and 27.2% are attached single family homes. Many of those townhouses are located in Heritage Hills, a townhouse development. You will find many housing options in Somers, from small single family homes to large estates.
93.1% of the homes are owner occupied, and 6.9% are being rented.
The town of Somers website: www.somersny.com
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