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Somers, Wisconsin
Location of Somers in Kenosha County, Wisconsin
Location of Somers in Kenosha County, Wisconsin
Coordinates: 42°37′17″N 87°52′17″W / 42.62139°N 87.87139°W / 42.62139; -87.87139
Country United States
State Wisconsin
County Kenosha
Area
 • Total 25.30 sq mi (65.53 km2)
 • Land 25.28 sq mi (65.48 km2)
 • Water 0.02 sq mi (0.04 km2)
Elevation
679 ft (207 m)
Population
 (2010)
 • Total 600
 • Estimate 
(2019)
8,371
 • Density 331.09/sq mi (127.83/km2)
Time zone UTC-6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-5 (CDT)
Area code(s) 262
FIPS code 55-74650
GNIS feature ID 1584173

Somers is a village in Kenosha County, Wisconsin, United States. The population in 2018 was an estimated 8,359. Somers has a post office with ZIP code 53171.

The village of Somers was incorporated on April 24, 2015, following a local election that favored incorporation. While the village originally only included the eastern half of the town's former boundaries, it now includes almost all of the original town; the remainder is still a town and is slated to become part of Kenosha by 2035.

History

The community was originally named Pike Grove on April 15, 1843 by an act of the Wisconsin territorial 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 Grove 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.

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.

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.

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
2019 (est.) 8,371
U.S. Decennial Census

Education

  • Shoreland Lutheran High School is a private Christian high school of the Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod (WELS).

Notable people

  • William H. Flett, Wisconsin legislator
  • Margaret Landon, author of Anna and the King of Siam
  • Drue Leyton, actress, writer, member of the French Resistance
  • Conrad Shearer, Wisconsin legislator
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