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Bethany Beach, Delaware - Basic Facts

The Town of Bethany Beach had a population of 1,253 as of July 1, 2018. Bethany Beach ranks in the lower quartile for Diversity Index when compared to the other cities, towns and Census Designated Places (CDPs) in Delaware. See peer rankings below.

The primary coordinate point for Bethany Beach is located at latitude 38.5396 and longitude -75.0552 in Sussex County. The formal boundaries for the Town of Bethany Beach encompass a land area of 1.15 sq. miles and a water area of 0.01 sq. miles. Sussex County is in the Eastern time zone (GMT -5). The elevation is 7 feet.

The Town of Bethany Beach (GNIS ID: 2390726) has a C1 Census Class Code which indicates an active incorporated place that does not serve as a county subdivision equivalent. It also has a Functional Status Code of "A" which identifies an active government providing primary general-purpose functions.

Delaware is one of 20 states where Census County Divisions (CCDs) are used for statistical tracking of subdivisions within each county. The Town of Bethany Beach is located within Selbyville-Frankford Division of Sussex County.

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Bethany Beach, DE Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2018)


Total Population 1,253
Population in Households 1,253
Population in Familes 986
Population in Group Qrtrs 0
Population Density2 1,088
Diversity Index3 6


Median Household Income $70,774
Average Household Income $103,378
Per Capita Income $53,682


Total Housing Units 3,049 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 597 (19.6%)
Renter Occupied HU 65 ( 2.1%)
Vacant Housing Units 2,387 (78.3%)
Median Home Value $549,731
Average Home Value $613,842


Total Households 662
Average Household Size 1.89
Family Households 426
Average Family Size 2
  1. Demographics are point estimates for July 1st of the current year and each for the forecast years. See References for more information.
  2. Population Density = Total Population per square mile.
  3. The Diversity Index is a scale of 0 to 100 that represents the likelihood that two persons, chosen at random from the same area, belong to different race or ethnic groups. If an area's entire population belongs to one race AND one ethnic group, then the area has zero diversity. An area's diversity index increases to 100 when the population is evenly divided into two or more race/ethnic groups.


2010-2018 2018-2023
Population 2.05% 1.99%
Households 1.92% 1.86%
Families 2.45% 1.85%
Median Household Income   1.82%
Per Capita Income   1.56%

Bethany Beach, DE - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Bethany Beach to the other 77 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs in Delaware by rank and percentile using July 1, 2018 data. The location Ranked # 1 has the highest value. A location that ranks higher than 75% of its peers would be in the 75th percentile of the peer group.

Variable Description Rank Percentile
Total Population # 49 38th
Population Density # 55 30th
Diversity Index # 77 1st
Median Household Income # 23 71st
Per Capita Income # 9 90th

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