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Bethany Beach, Delaware - Basic Facts

The Town of Bethany Beach had a population of 1,357 as of July 1, 2020. 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, 2020)

POPULATION

Total Population 1,357 (100%)
Population in Households 1,357 (100.0%)
Population in Families 1,057 (77.9%)
Population in Group Quarters1 0
Population Density 1,182
Diversity Index2 6
 
 

INCOME

Median Household Income $81,325
Average Household Income $128,628
% of Income for Mortgage4 28%
Per Capita Income $67,958
Wealth Index5 267
 

HOUSING

Total HU (Housing Units) 3,130 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 664 (21.2%)
Renter Occupied HU 69 ( 2.2%)
Vacant Housing Units 2,397 (76.6%)
Median Home Value $543,478
Average Home Value $671,197
Housing Affordability Index3 96
 

HOUSEHOLDS

Total Households 733
Average Household Size 1.85
Family Households 468
Average Family Size 2
NOTES
  1. Group Quarters - a place where people live or stay in a group living arrangement. Includes college residents halls, nursing facilities, military barracks, and correctional facilities.
  2. 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 races 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.
  3. The Housing Affordability Index base is 100 and represents a balance point where a resident with a median household income can normally qualify to purchase a median price home. Values above 100 indicate increased affordability, while values below 100 indicate decreased affordability.
  4. The % of Income for Mortgage quantifies the percentage of median household income dedicated to mortgage payments on a home priced at the median value (assuming a 30-year mortgage and a 20% down payment).
  5. The Wealth Index is based on a number of indicators of affluence including average household income and average net worth, but it also includes the value of material possessions and resources. It represents the wealth of the area relative to the national level. Values above or below 100 represent above-average wealth or below-average wealth compared to the national level.

GROWTH RATE / YEAR

2010-2020 2020-2025
Population 2.44% 1.97%
Households 2.55% 1.99%
Families 2.9% 1.89%
Median Household Income   0.62%
Per Capita Income   1.57%
Owner Occupied HU   1.94%

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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, 2020 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 # 48 39th
Population Density # 51 35th
Median Household Income # 14 83rd
Housing Affordability Index # 13 17th
Per Capita Income # 4 96th
Diversity Index # 77 1st

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