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Somerset West

Quick Fact ......
  • 55,166

  • 18,873

  • 44,7%

  • 92%

  • 98,3%

  • 94,4%

Somerset West was named after Lord Charles Somerset, Governor of the Cape Colony from 1814 to 1826. The town was established in 1822. (GPS coordinates: 34.0801 S, 18.842 E).

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  • Raper PE. 2004. New dictionary of South African Place Names. Jonathan Ball Publishers.

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Key Statistics 2011

Total population55,166
Young (0-14)19,2%
Working Age (15-64)64,3%
Elderly (65+)16,5%
Dependency ratio55,4
Sex ratio91,3
Population density899 persons/km2
No schooling aged 20+1%
Higher education aged 20+44,7%
Matric aged 20+29,2%
Number of households18,873
Average household size2,7
Female headed households32,6%
Formal dwellings93%
Housing owned/paying off65,6%
Flush toilet connected to sewerage94,4%
Weekly refuse removal95,3%
Piped water inside dwelling92%
Electricity for lighting98,3%

Place names

City of Cape Town Municipality