Fenwick Island, DE Profile: Facts, Map & Data


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Fenwick Island, Delaware - Basic Facts

The Town of Fenwick Island had a population of 413 as of July 1, 2017. 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 38.4598 and longitude -75.0533 in Sussex County. The formal boundaries for the Town of Fenwick Island (see map below) 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 3 feet.

The Town of Fenwick Island (GNIS ID: 2390182) 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.

Beneath the boundary map are tables with Fenwick Island population, income and housing data, five-year growth projections and peer comparisons for key demographic data. The estimates are for July 1, 2017.

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

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Fenwick Island, DE Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2017)


Total Population 413
Daytime Population: Workers 516
Daytime Population: Residents 213
Total Daytime Population (TDP) 729
Ratio TDP/Total Population1 1.77
Population in Households 413
Population in Familes 304
Population in Group Qrtrs 0
Population Density2 1,255
Diversity Index3 8


Median Household Income $64,430
Average Household Income $106,980
Per Capita Income $58,270


Total Housing Units 828 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 188 (22.7%)
Renter Occupied HU 32 ( 3.9%)
Vacant Housing Units 609 (73.6%)
Median Home Value $659,574
Average Home Value $672,207


Total Households 219
Average Household Size 1.89
Family Households 130
Average Family Size 2
  1. If the ratio of the TDP to Total Population is greater than 1, the location gains population during the day when commuting workers are present. If the ratio is less than 1, the location is more of a bedroom community where people commute to another place for work.
  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.


2010-2017 2017-2022
Population 1.19% 1.14%
Households 1.19% 1.16%
Families 0.32% 1.05%
Median Household Income   1.28%
Per Capita Income   1.67%

Fenwick Island, DE - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Fenwick Island to the other 77 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs in Delaware by rank and percentile using July 1, 2017 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 # 62 21st
Population Density # 47 40th
Diversity Index # 76 3rd
Median Household Income # 29 64th
Per Capita Income # 7 92nd

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