South Bethany, Delaware

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South Bethany, Delaware
Location in Sussex County and the state of Delaware.
Location in Sussex County and the state of Delaware.
Coordinates: 38°30′55″N 75°3′29″W / 38.51528°N 75.05806°W / 38.51528; -75.05806Coordinates: 38°30′55″N 75°3′29″W / 38.51528°N 75.05806°W / 38.51528; -75.05806
Country United States
State Delaware
County Sussex
 • Total 0.5 sq mi (1.4 km2)
 • Land 0.5 sq mi (1.3 km2)
 • Water 0.0 sq mi (0.0 km2)
Elevation 3 ft (1 m)
Population (2010)
 • Total 449
 • Density 898/sq mi (345.4/km2)
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
Area code(s) 302
FIPS code 10-67700
GNIS feature ID 0214675
The Sea Colony condos whose mailing address is South Bethany

South Bethany is an incorporated town in Sussex County, Delaware, United States. According to the 2010 census, the population of the town is 449, a decrease of 8.7% over the previous decade.[1] It is part of the Salisbury, Maryland-Delaware Metropolitan Statistical Area.

South Bethany, its neighbor to the north, Bethany Beach, and its neighbor to the south, Fenwick Island, are popularly known as "The Quiet Resorts". This is in contradistinction to the wild atmosphere of Dewey Beach and the cosmopolitan bustle of Rehoboth Beach. Assisting South Bethany's reputation as a "quiet" place is the presence of Delaware Seashore State Park to the north and south of Bethany Beach, a six-mile-long barrier island providing a substantial buffer from Dewey Beach's noise. Serving as another buffer is a large unincorporated area of private condominiums and multi-million-dollar beach homes between the park and Bethany Beach.

Unlike Bethany Beach and Fenwick Island, South Bethany is almost exclusively residential.


South Bethany is located at 38°30′55″N 75°3′29″W / 38.51528°N 75.05806°W / 38.51528; -75.05806 (38.515415, -75.057969).[2]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 0.5 square miles (1.3 km2), of which, 0.5 square miles (1.3 km2) of it is land and 1.89% is water.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1970 24
1980 115 379.2%
1990 148 28.7%
2000 492 232.4%
2010 449 −8.7%
Est. 2014 485 [3] 8.0%
U.S. Decennial Census[4]

As of the census[5] of 2000, there were 492 people, 253 households, and 170 families residing in the town. The population density was 948.6 people per square mile (365.3/km²). There were 1,137 housing units at an average density of 2,192.1 per square mile (844.2/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 99.19% White, 0.20% Asian, and 0.61% from two or more races.

There were 253 households out of which 9.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 60.9% were married couples living together, 3.2% had a female householder with no husband present, and 32.8% were non-families. 29.6% of all households were made up of individuals and 13.0% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 1.94 and the average family size was 2.32.

In the town the population was spread out with 8.7% under the age of 18, 2.0% from 18 to 24, 14.0% from 25 to 44, 40.0% from 45 to 64, and 35.2% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 60 years. For every 100 females there were 95.2 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 103.2 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $67,125, and the median income for a family was $89,666. Males had a median income of $61,250 versus $37,500 for females. The per capita income for the town was $53,624. None of the families and 1.6% of the population were living below the poverty line, including no under eighteens and 3.1% of those over 64.


South Bethany traces its origins to 1952, when a Mr. and Mrs. Richard Hall purchased approximately 130 acres (0.53 km2) from the Delaware Shore Land Corporation and named the unincorporated development "South Bethany." By 1959, the development counted 500 property owners. The town was incorporated on June 18, 1969.


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