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The Town of Fenwick Island had a population of 442 as of July 1, 2022. Fenwick Island 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 Fenwick Island is located at latitude 38.4623 and longitude -75.0513 in Sussex County. The formal boundaries for the Town of Fenwick Island encompass a land area of 0.33 sq. miles and a water area of 0.16 sq. miles. Sussex County is in the Eastern time zone (GMT -5). The elevation is 7 feet.

The Town of Fenwick Island 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 Fenwick Island is located within Selbyville-Frankford Division of Sussex County.

Alternate Unofficial Names for Fenwick Island: Assawoman Beach, Fenwicks Island.

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Fenwick Island, DE Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2022)


Total Population 442 (100%)
Population in Households 442 (100.0%)
Population in Families 322 (72.9%)
Population in Group Quarters1 0
Population Density 1,334
Diversity Index2 14


Median Household Income $95,294
Average Household Income $134,943
% of Income for Mortgage4 44%
Per Capita Income $57,862
Wealth Index5 214


Total HU (Housing Units) 732 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 172 (23.5%)
Renter Occupied HU 11 ( 1.5%)
Vacant Housing Units 549 (75.0%)
Median Home Value $800,000
Average Home Value $975,727
Housing Affordability Index3 61


Total Households 183
Average Household Size 2.42
Family Households 106
Average Family Size 3.00
  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.


2020-2022 2022-2027
Population 11.93% 1.11%
Households 0.99% 1.17%
Families   1.29%
Median Household Income   1.98%
Per Capita Income   2.66%
Owner Occupied HU   1.25%

Fenwick Island, DE - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Fenwick Island to the other 79 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs in Delaware by rank and percentile using July 1, 2022 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 # 61 24th
Population Density # 40 51st
Median Household Income # 20 76th
Housing Affordability Index # 8 10th
Per Capita Income # 16 81st
Diversity Index # 77 4th

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