Somerset County, Maryland

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Somerset County is the southernmost county in the U.S. state of Maryland, located on the state's Eastern Shore. It was named for Mary, Lady Somerset, the wife of Sir John Somerset and daughter of Thomas Arundell, 1st Baron Arundell of Wardour. She was the sister of Anne Calvert, Baroness Baltimore, née Anne Arundell, the wife of Cæcilius Calvert, 2nd Baron Baltimore, who lent her name to Anne Arundel County. The county seat is Princess Anne. As of 2000, the population was 24,747. It is included in the Salisbury, Maryland, Metropolitan Statistical Area.



Somerset County was created in 1666 by an Order in Council. In 1742 Worcester County was created from Somerset County. In 1867 portions of Somerset and Worcester Counties were taken to create Wicomico County.

The county has a number of properties on the National Register of Historic Places.[1]

Law and government

Somerset County is governed by county commissioners, the traditional form of county government in Maryland. Commissioners are elected to four-year terms; all commissioners' terms will expire in 2010.

Current Somerset county commissioners:

Boston is the President of the County Commission; Ring is the Vice President.


According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 611 square miles (1,582 km²), of which 327 square miles (847 km²) is land and 284 square miles (736 km²) (46.4%) is water.

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