|NEIGHBORING COUNTY||Uninsured Adults|
Around 7% of the total adult residents in Somerset County do not have adequate health insurance coverage. This rate is lower than the average in New Jersey State (11%). Among Somerset County’s surrounding neighbors, Union County posts the highest uninsured adult rate, while Hunterdon County reports the lowest rate in the region and across New Jersey State, at under 6%.
With Hunterdon County posting the lowest uninsured adult rate in the State of New Jersey, the highest rate statewide is in Passaic County, averaging 17%.
|Health Factors||% of Population|
|Adults who smoke||12%|
|Higher than average alcohol consumption||21%|
|Lack sufficient sleep||36%|
Additionally, around 21% of the Somerset County population do not engage in physical activities, which is a contributing factor as to why 26% of the adult residents are considered obese (with a BMI of 30 or more).
|NEIGHBORING COUNTY||Obesity Rate|
In 2022, 59,962 Somerset County residents were enrolled in Medicare.
|MEDICARE PLAN TYPE||Usage Among Eligible Users|
|Original Medicare Part A and Part B||55%|
|Medicare Advantage and Other Health Plan Part A and Part B Beneficiaries||32%|
|Medicare Part D (Medigap)||84%|
|Medicare Advantage Prescription Drug Plan||60%|
At least 4 health insurance companies offer affordable and frequently subsidized ACA health insurance to the residents of Somerset County, on and off the state-operated New Jersey’s official health insurance marketplace.
There are around 229,818 personal and business-used automobiles in Somerset County, which accounts for nearly 4% of all the vehicles in the State of New Jersey.
Around 3 out of 4 adult drivers in Somerset County drive to their place of employment by themselves, and less than half of those drivers are stuck on the road for more than an hour a day.
In Somerset County, vehicular fatalities happen at a rate of 5 per 100,000 vehicles on the road. Roughly 17% of motor vehicle fatalities in Somerset County are caused by drunk driving.
According to the New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT), in 2020, there were 6,766 crashes recorded in Somerset County, and according to the New Jersey State Police (NJSP), 14 of those incidents were fatal incidents that led to 14 deaths.
|Almost 230 thousand cars registered in Somerset County need insurance coverage
Auto Insurance Required in Somerset County
|Liability Coverage||Pays damages for causing the accident|
|Personal Injury Protection (PIP)||Pays your and your passenger's medical expenses|
|Uninsured Motorist Coverage||Protects the insured in an accident with uninsured or underinsured vehicle|
Somerset County’s estimated 128,645 dwelling units are mostly made up of homeowners (76%) as opposed to renters (24%). This homeownership rate is higher than the New Jersey State average.
Looking at its surrounding neighbors, Union County has the lowest owner-occupied rate, while Hunterdon County reports the highest homeownership proportion, both in the region and across the state.
While Hunterdon County leads with the most owner-occupied homes in the state, Hudson County, on the other hand, has the most rental units (≈68%).
In Somerset County, housing problems are present in around 1 in 6 housing units. Some examples are overcrowding, inadequate plumbing, or issues with the kitchen. In about 15% of homes, residents allocate more than 50% of their income to housing expenses.
|Nearly 129 thousand housing units in Somerset County need insurance coverage:|
|≈ 98,000 Homeowner
|HOMEOWNERS Insurance||All owners of residential properties should have at least property insurance to protect the underlying financial investment from possible loss or damage.|
|COMMERCIAL PROPERTY Insurance (for multi-unit properties)|
|MANUFACTURED HOME Insurance|
|≈ 31,000 Rental Units||LANDLORDS Insurance||Landlords obtain insurance which covers the property itself and from the possible liability claims arising from the tenants and their guests.
If you rent out your home, basic homeowners insurance is not enough.
|RENTERS Insurance in Franklin||Tenants buy renters insurance coverage to protect their belongings from possible damage or loss while residing in a rented space. Average renters’ insurance is inexpensive and usually covers the tenant's property from theft and damages caused by fire, smoke, water, and vandalism.
Most landlords in Somerset County require Renters insurance as a condition of the lease.
|Largest Job-Creating Sectors in Somerset County|
|Health Care and Social Assistance|
|Professional, Scientific & Technical Services|
Somerset County is home to nearly 10 thousand business establishments, each with varying commercial insurance needs.
|NEIGHBORING COUNTY||Average Life Expectancy|
Somerset County residents have an average life expectancy of 81.9 years, which is longer than the New Jersey State average (79.5). Among the surrounding neighbors, the shortest average life span is seen in Mercer County, while the longest in the region and statewide is in Hunterdon County.
With Hunterdon County reporting the longest average in the entire state of New Jersey, the shortest, on the other hand, is in Salem County, at 74 years.
In 2022, there were over 55,000 seniors (65 and older) residing in Somerset County.
Somerset County residents tend to spend around $6,200 on funeral expenses. This average cost is lower than the New Jersey State average of $6,900 and is the lowest among its adjacent neighbors. Among the counties in the region, Mercer County averages the highest funeral cost, at $8,000, followed by Hunterdon County ($7,900).
In the entire State of New Jersey, Salem County has been observed to have the most affordable funerals, at $5,300, while Cape May County, on the other hand, records the highest average, at $8,300.
|Typical Use||Life Insurance Policy Type|
(Death Benefit of up to $50,000)
|Final Expense Insurance|
|Death benefit of over $50,000 - $500,000 at the lowest cost||Term Life|
|Lifelong protection, Retirement Planning, Living Benefits, Cash Value accumulation, Tax-free access to CV, and Death Benefit||Indexed Universal Life (IUL)|