Selbyville, Delaware

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Selbyville, Delaware
Location in Sussex  County and the state of Delaware.
Location in Sussex County and the state of Delaware.
Coordinates: 38°27′31″N 75°13′27″W / 38.45861°N 75.22417°W / 38.45861; -75.22417
Country United States
State Delaware
County Sussex
 • Total 1.4 sq mi (3.6 km2)
 • Land 1.4 sq mi (3.6 km2)
 • Water 0.0 sq mi (0.0 km2)
Elevation 36 ft (11 m)
Population (2010)
 • Total 2,167
 • Density 1,547.9/sq mi (601.9/km2)
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP codes 19944, 19975
Area code(s) 302
FIPS code 10-64840
GNIS feature ID 0214630

Selbyville is a town in Sussex County, Delaware, United States. The population was 2,167 at the 2010 census, an increase of 31.7% over the previous decade.[1] It is part of the Salisbury, Maryland-Delaware Metropolitan Statistical Area.

Selbyville traces its history back to its founding in 1778. It was incorporated in 1902.

Selbyville was originally known as Sandy Branch due to its location on a branch of that name emanating in the Cypress Swamp at the head of the St. Martin's River. A grist mill and saw mill opened there in the late 18th century. In 1842, Sampson Selby began marking packages for delivery to his country store, Selby-Ville.

By 1918, Selbyville was the major supplier of strawberries for the entire east coast, an industry that remained strong until the 1930s.

Today, one of its main employers is Mountaire Farms, a poultry company, which runs a processing plant on Hosier Street.

This town is also home of the Mumford Sheet Metal Works, which once held the world record for the largest frying pan in 1950.

Selbyville is also home to Doyle's Restaurant, which has recently been recognized by the State of Delaware as the oldest operating diner in the State, and still has the original 1930's diner attached to the main restaurant that is still available for diners to eat at.


Selbyville is located at 38°27′31″N 75°13′27″W / 38.45861°N 75.22417°W / 38.45861; -75.22417Coordinates: 38°27′31″N 75°13′27″W / 38.45861°N 75.22417°W / 38.45861; -75.22417 (38.458649, - 75.224096).[2]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 1.4 square miles (3.6 km2), all of it land.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1880 149
1910 342
1920 462 35.1%
1930 661 43.1%
1940 882 33.4%
1950 1,086 23.1%
1960 1,080 −0.6%
1970 1,099 1.8%
1980 1,251 13.8%
1990 1,335 6.7%
2000 1,645 23.2%
2010 2,167 31.7%
Est. 2015 2,397 [3] 10.6%
U.S. Decennial Census[4]

As of the census[5] of 2000, there were 1,645 people, 615 households, and 439 families residing in the town. The population density was 1,176.9 people per square mile (453.7/km²). There were 664 housing units at an average density of 475.1 per square mile (183.1/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 72.89% White, 15.38% African American, 0.73% Asian, 0.55% Pacific Islander, 9.48% from other races, and 0.97% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 21.09% of the population.

There were 615 households out of which 28.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 51.9% were married couples living together, 14.0% had a female householder with no husband present, and 28.6% were non-families. 24.6% of all households were made up of individuals and 13.8% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.67 and the average family size was 3.05.

In the town the population was spread out with 24.3% under the age of 18, 7.7% from 18 to 24, 28.7% from 25 to 44, 21.7% from 45 to 64, and 17.6% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 37 years. For every 100 females there were 104.1 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 95.8 males.

Selbyville Public Library

The median income for a household in the town was $36,250, and the median income for a family was $41,522. Males had a median income of $25,368 versus $20,660 for females. The per capita income for the town was $16,965. About 10.6% of families and 11.7% of the population were below the poverty line, including 13.4% of those under age 18 and 12.4% of those age 65 or over.

Sign inside Selbyville Public Library, commemorating former First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt's visit in 1946

Public library[edit]

The former home of Senator John G. Townsend, Jr., located at 11 South Main Street at the intersection with West McCabe Street, became the site of the Selbyville Public Library in 1966. A sign on the wall inside the library identifies Senator Townsend's dining room, where former First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt dined with the senator in 1946. Other distinguished visitors at the senator's home included future President Richard Nixon. The home itself was built in 1904. The senator's family donated his house to the library after he died.[6]

The library's Board of Commissioners hired Patricia Woods, former school librarian of Sussex Technical High School, to serve as the Selbyville library director in July 2012. She retired after 21 years as librarian for the high school. Under her administration, the school library started operating in a small office without any books and grew into a six-room, award-winning facility.[7]


  1. ^ "2010 Census Data". The Delaware Census State Data Center. Retrieved August 19, 2012. 
  2. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23. 
  3. ^ "Annual Estimates of the Resident Population for Incorporated Places: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2015". Retrieved July 2, 2016. 
  4. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". Retrieved June 4, 2015. 
  5. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  6. ^ "Library History". Selbyville Public Library. Retrieved August 2, 2012. 
  7. ^ Laura Walter (August 17, 2012). "Selbyville Public Library welcomes Woods as new director". Coastal Point.