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Somerton /ˈsʌmərtən/ is a small town and civil parish in the English county of Somerset. It gave its name to the county, and was briefly, around the start of the 14th century, the county town, and around 900 AD was possibly the capital of Wessex. It has held a weekly market since the Middle Ages, and the main square with its market cross is today an attractive location for visitors. Situated on the River Cary, approximately 8.8 miles (14.2 km) north-west of Yeovil, Somerton has its own town council serving a population of 4,697 as of 2011. Residents are often referred to locally as Somertonians. The civil parish includes the hamlets of Etsome, Hurcot, Catsgore, and Catcombe. The history of Somerton dates back to the Anglo-Saxon era, when it was an important political and commercial centre. After the Norman conquest of England the importance of the town declined, despite being the county town of Somerset in the late thirteenth century and early fourteenth century. Having lost county town status, Somerton then became a market town in the Middle Ages, whose economy was supported by transport systems using the River Parrett, and later rail transport via the Great Western Railway, and by light industries including glove making and gypsum mining. In the centre of Somerton the wide market square, with its octagonal roofed market cross, is surrounded by old houses, while close by is the 13th century Church of St Michael and All Angels. Somerton also had links with Muchelney Abbey in the Middle Ages. The BBC drama The Monocled Mutineer was filmed in Somerton from 1985 to 1986.

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Facts and Stats for Somerton*

  • Pollution Statistics in Somerton

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    • Unattended dirt and garbage 25 (Low)
    • Dissatisfaction with Garbage Disposal 25 (Low)
  • Somerton: Crime and Safety

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    • Safety walking alone during daylight 100 (Very High)
    • Safety walking alone during night 100 (Very High)
  • Living in Somerton - Quality of Life

    • Safety Index 96.88 (Very High)
    • Pollution Index 3.45 (Very Low)
    • Cost of Living Index 73.82 (Moderate)
    • Property Price to Income Ratio 15 (High)
    • Purchasing Power Index 41.07 (Very Low)
    • Indices such as Quality of life, Climate & Healthcare index are good to be high whereas others such as Property price, Traffic & Cost of living Index are good to be low.

  • Cost for Essentials in Somerton

    Here's how much it will cost to shop in Somerton

    • Local calling per minute on Prepaid mobile 0.07 USD
    • International Movie per seat 6.62 USD
    • Summer clothing in a chain store 30.91 USD
    • Pair of Basic Nike Shoes 79.48 USD
    • Pair of Basic Levis Jeans 110.39 USD

*Stats and figures mentioned are crowd-sourced ​and subjected to change without notice.

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