Somers, Wisconsin

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Somers is a town in Kenosha County, Wisconsin, United States. The population was 9,059 at the 2000 census. The unincorporated community of Somers is located within the town at Kenosha County Highway E (12th Street) at the former Milwaukee Road (now Canadian Pacific/Amtrak main railroad line north of Chicago).

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Geography

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 30.5 square miles (79.1 km²), of which, 30.5 square miles (79.0 km²) of it is land and 0.04 square miles (0.1 km²) of it (0.07%) is water.

History

The community was originally named Pike on April 15, 1843 by an act of the Wisconsin legislature, and became Somers in 1851. One story tells of a wealthy Englishman by that name whom the residents were hoping to entice into financing a rail line from Pike to Chicago. Another transient nickname for Somers at about that time was Aurora, where for a time a post office operated with that name from the Willis Tavern.

Berryville is a residential and business community located in the town of Somers, Wisconsin along the intersections of Kenosha County Highway A (7th Street) and Highway 32 (Sheridan Road). The community was named for the proliferation of strawberry farms in the area. The Berryville School was a community fixture into the 1980s, when it was demolished for new housing. Adjacent to the school to the south was the Mid-City Outdoor Theatre (1948-1984), one of Wisconsin's first drive-in theatres.[3]

Demographics

As of the census[2] of 2000, there were 9,059 people, 3,399 households, and 2,226 families residing in the town. The population density was 296.9 people per square mile (114.6/km²). There were 3,552 housing units at an average density of 116.4/sq mi (45.0/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 91.57% White, 3.23% African American, 0.28% Native American, 1.24% Asian, 0.04% Pacific Islander, 1.92% from other races, and 1.72% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 4.10% of the population.

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