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South Bethany, Delaware - Basic Facts

The Town of South Bethany had a population of 488 as of July 1, 2017. South Bethany ranks in the lower quartile for Population Density and 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 South Bethany is located at latitude 38.5169 and longitude -75.0583 in Sussex County. The formal boundaries for the Town of South Bethany (see map below) encompass a land area of 0.52 sq. miles and a water area of 0.02 sq. miles. Sussex County is in the Eastern time zone (GMT -5). The elevation is 0 feet.

The Town of South Bethany (GNIS ID: 2391420) 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 South Bethany is located within Selbyville-Frankford Division of Sussex County.

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

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South Bethany, DE Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2017)


Total Population 488
Daytime Population: Workers 22
Daytime Population: Residents 340
Total Daytime Population (TDP) 362
Ratio TDP/Total Population1 0.74
Population in Households 488
Population in Familes 388
Population in Group Qrtrs 0
Population Density2 946
Diversity Index3 9


Median Household Income $81,306
Average Household Income $120,936
Per Capita Income $65,021


Total Housing Units 1,387 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 250 (18.0%)
Renter Occupied HU 18 ( 1.3%)
Vacant Housing Units 1,119 (80.7%)
Median Home Value $683,696
Average Home Value $730,622


Total Households 268
Average Household Size 1.82
Family Households 173
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 1.16% 1.04%
Households 1.13% 0.95%
Families 1.44% 0.91%
Median Household Income   0.62%
Per Capita Income   1.62%

South Bethany, DE - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares South Bethany 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 # 57 27th
Population Density # 61 22nd
Diversity Index # 75 4th
Median Household Income # 11 87th
Per Capita Income # 4 96th

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