Somerset was put on the map with the arrival of the New Brunswick Marconi station, which was built in 1913 and is recognized as the first Marconi Wireless stations in the United States. During this time, it served as an radio transmitter facility. However, there was a later partial failure of the lines, and the U.S. Navy confiscated it. It was then used for communications during World War, and Woodrow Wilson broadcast his Fourteen Points speech from the location in 1918. Today, very little of the original site remains, as the area has been replaced by a mall with a Kmart, and storage facilities. Only one original building remains, and some residents hope to pursue restoration of the landmark adding it to the range of historical sites in the larger township.

Located in Franklin Township, Somerset, New Jersey is an unincorporated community in Somerset County, and the region possesses a population of 22,083. Real estate prices are rather high compared to the rest of the nation. However, they are relatively reasonably for the state. The largest percentage of housing is made up of single-family homes, and there is a sprinkling of apartments and attached homes.

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