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The Town of South Bethany had a population of 579 as of July 1, 2022. South Bethany 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 South Bethany is located at latitude 38.5165 and longitude -75.053 in Sussex County. The formal boundaries for the Town of South Bethany 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 3 feet.

The Town of South Bethany 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.

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South Bethany, DE Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2022)


Total Population 579 (100%)
Population in Households 579 (100.0%)
Population in Families 459 (79.3%)
Population in Group Quarters1 0
Population Density 1,151
Diversity Index2 5


Median Household Income $101,575
Average Household Income $141,313
% of Income for Mortgage4 38%
Per Capita Income $59,823
Wealth Index5 231


Total HU (Housing Units) 1,258 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 244 (19.4%)
Renter Occupied HU 1 ( 0.1%)
Vacant Housing Units 1,013 (80.5%)
Median Home Value $723,451
Average Home Value $835,553
Housing Affordability Index3 71


Total Households 245
Average Household Size 2.36
Family Households 157
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 11.74% 0.10%
Households -0.18% 0.16%
Families   0.13%
Median Household Income   2.68%
Per Capita Income   2.88%
Owner Occupied HU   0.16%

South Bethany, DE - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares South Bethany 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 # 58 28th
Population Density # 50 38th
Median Household Income # 16 81st
Housing Affordability Index # 11 14th
Per Capita Income # 14 84th
Diversity Index # 79 1st

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