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Population in 2012: 466 (100% urban, 0% rural). Population change since 2000: -5.3%
 

Males: 247  (53.2%)
Females: 219  (46.8%)

Median resident age:  65.1 years
Delaware median age:  45.4 years

Zip codes: 19930.

Estimated median household income in 2012: $74,875 (it was $67,125 in 2000)
South Bethany:

$74,875
DE:

$58,415
Estimated per capita income in 2012: $60,895

South Bethany town income, earnings, and wages data

Estimated median house or condo value in 2012: $632,949 (it was $242,600 in 2000)
South Bethany:

$632,949
DE:

$226,900
Mean prices in 2011: All housing units: $781,340; Detached houses: $787,404; Townhouses or other attached units: $522,988; In 5-or-more-unit structures: $383,525

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South Bethany races chart
  • White alone - 439 (97.8%)
  • Hispanic - 5 (1.1%)
  • Two or more races - 4 (0.9%)
  • American Indian alone - 1 (0.2%)

Races in South Bethany detailed stats: ancestries, foreign born residents, place of birth


Mar. 2012 cost of living index in South Bethany: 117.7 (more than average, U.S. average is 100)

Ancestries: Irish (19.0%), Italian (17.1%), English (16.6%), German (14.5%), Scottish (4.2%), United States (4.2%).

Current Local Time: EST time zone

Incorporated on 06/18/1969

Elevation: 10 feet

Land area: 0.52 square miles.

Population density: 898 people per square mile 
 
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For population 25 years and over in South Bethany:

  • High school or higher: 99.4%
  • Bachelor's degree or higher: 59.5%
  • Graduate or professional degree: 31.7%
  • Unemployed: 3.8%
  • Mean travel time to work (commute): 30.7 minutes

For population 15 years and over in South Bethany town:

  • Never married: 6.0%
  • Now married: 74.9%
  • Separated: 0.0%
  • Widowed: 14.4%
  • Divorced: 4.8%

13 residents are foreign born (1.5% Europe, 1.5% Latin America, 0.9% Asia).

This town:  3.8%
Delaware:  7.6%

Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with mortgages in 2012: $1,354 (0.2%)
Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with no mortgage in 2012: $1,326 (0.2%)

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Nearest city with pop. 50,000+: Vineland, NJ (66.8 miles , pop. 56,271).

Nearest city with pop. 200,000+: Baltimore, MD (100.2 miles , pop. 651,154).

Nearest city with pop. 1,000,000+: Philadelphia, PA (102.7 miles , pop. 1,517,550).

Nearest cities: Bethany Beach, DE (1.3 miles ), Ocean View, DE (1.7 miles ), Millville, DE (1.9 miles ), Fenwick Island, DE (2.0 miles ), Ocean City, MD (2.9 miles ), Long Neck, DE (3.0 miles ), Bishopville, MD (3.0 miles ), Frankford, DE (3.1 miles ).

Latitude: 38.52 N, Longitude: 75.06 W

South Bethany household income distribution South Bethany home values distribution

Property values in South Bethany, DE


 

Crime rates in South Bethany by Year
Type 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012
Murders 0000000000
per 100,000 0.00.00.00.00.00.00.00.00.00.0
Rapes 0000000000
per 100,000 0.00.00.00.00.00.00.00.00.00.0
Robberies 0000000000
per 100,000 0.00.00.00.00.00.00.00.00.00.0
Assaults 3020100010
per 100,000 602.40.0386.10.0193.80.00.00.0220.30.0
Burglaries 05011615641
per 100,000 0.0998.00.0192.3193.81149.42830.21115.2881.1216.9
Thefts 1097712171318711
per 100,000 2008.01796.41351.41346.22325.63256.72452.83345.71541.92386.1
Auto thefts 0000000000
per 100,000 0.00.00.00.00.00.00.00.00.00.0
Arson 0000000000
per 100,000 0.00.00.00.00.00.00.00.00.00.0
City-data.com crime rate (higher means more crime, U.S. average = 292.8) 202.5142.9132.467.9146.6212.5298.8213.7168.8111.6

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Crime rate in South Bethany detailed stats: murders, rapes, robberies, assaults, burglaries, thefts, arson

Full-time law enforcement employees in 2012, including police officers: 6 (6 officers).
Officers per 1,000 residents here:

13.02
Delaware average:

2.51

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Unemployment in July 2013:
Here:

6.4%
Delaware:

7.5%

Unemployment by year (%)


Population change in the 1990s: +346 (+237.0%).

Most common industries in 2008-2012 (%)
Males Females
  • Professional, scientific, and technical services (30%)
  • Retail trade (14%)
  • Finance and insurance (11%)
  • Educational services (11%)
  • Accommodation and food services (10%)
  • Wholesale trade (6%)
  • Manufacturing (5%)
  • Educational services (41%)
  • Professional, scientific, and technical services (28%)
  • Real estate and rental and leasing (8%)
  • Health care and social assistance (8%)
  • Other services, except public administration (8%)
  • Utilities (5%)
  • Retail trade (3%)
Most common occupations (%)
Males Females
  • Other sales and related workers including supervisors (12%)
  • Other management occupations except farmers and farm managers (10%)
  • Business operations specialists (10%)
  • Supervisors of construction and extraction workers (7%)
  • Sales representatives, services, wholesale and manufacturing (6%)
  • Other protective service workers including supervisors (5%)
  • Top executives (4%)
  • Other sales and related workers including supervisors (11%)
  • Other teachers and instructors, education, training, and library occupations (7%)
  • Sales representatives, services, wholesale and manufacturing (7%)
  • Bookkeeping, accounting, and auditing clerks (7%)
  • Accountants and auditors (6%)
  • Secondary school teachers (6%)
  • Media and communication equipment workers (5%)

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Tornado activity:

South Bethany-area historical tornado activity is significantly below Delaware state average. It is 57% smaller than the overall U.S. average.

On 8/12/1955, a category F2 (max. wind speeds 113-157 mph) tornado 1.2 miles away from the South Bethany town center injured one person and caused between $500 and $5000 in damages.

On 4/28/2002, a category F3 (max. wind speeds 158-206 mph) tornado 42.8 miles away from the town center caused $150,000 in damages.

Earthquake activity:

South Bethany-area historical earthquake activity is significantly below Delaware state average. It is 100% smaller than the overall U.S. average.

On 10/23/1990 at 01:34:48, a magnitude 3.2 (2.9 LG, 3.2 MD, Depth: 6.2 mi, Class: Light, Intensity: II - III) earthquake occurred 73.0 miles away from the city center
Magnitude types: regional Lg-wave magnitude (LG), duration magnitude (MD)

Natural disasters:

The number of natural disasters in Sussex County (12) is near the US average (12).
Major Disasters (Presidential) Declared: 9
Emergencies Declared: 3

Causes of natural disasters: Floods: 3, Storms: 3, Hurricanes: 2, Snowstorms: 2, Snowfall: 1, Winter Storm: 1, Blizzard: 1, Flood: 1, Ice Storm: 1, Water Shortage: 1, Winter Storm: 1 (Note: Some incidents may be assigned to more than one category).
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Hospitals/medical centers near South Bethany:

  • ATLANTIC SHORES REHABILITATION AND HEALTH CENTER (Nursing Home, about 14 miles away; MILLSBORO, DE)
  • BERLIN NURSING AND REHABILITATION CENTER (Nursing Home, about 15 miles away; BERLIN, MD)
  • ATLANTIC GENERAL HOSPITAL (Hospital, Acute Care Hospitals, Voluntary non-profit - Private, provides emergency services, about 15 miles away; BERLIN, MD)

Political contributions by individuals in South Bethany, DE

Local government website: WWW.SOUTHBETHANY.ORG

Colleges/universities with over 2000 students nearest to South Bethany:

  • Delaware Technical and Community College-Owens (about 23 miles; Georgetown, DE; Full-time enrollment: 2,382)
  • Salisbury University (about 33 miles; Salisbury, MD; FT enrollment: 7,211)
  • University of Maryland Eastern Shore (about 42 miles; Princess Anne, MD; FT enrollment: 3,829)
  • Delaware State University (about 53 miles; Dover, DE; FT enrollment: 3,113)
  • Cumberland County College (about 64 miles; Vineland, NJ; FT enrollment: 2,365)
  • Atlantic Cape Community College (about 69 miles; Mays Landing, NJ; FT enrollment: 4,003)
  • The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey (about 72 miles; Pomona, NJ; FT enrollment: 6,255)

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Notable locations in South Bethany: South Bethany Police Department (A), South Bethany Town Hall (B). Display/hide their locations on the map

Swamps: Cat Hill Marsh (A). Display/hide its location on the map

 
Sussex County has a predicted average indoor radon screening level less than 2 pCi/L (pico curies per liter) - Low Potential
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Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2012: 2.0%
(2.2% for White Non-Hispanic residents, 0.0% for Hispanic or Latino residents, 0.0% for two or more races residents)

Average household size:
This town:  1.8 people
Delaware:  2.5 people

Percentage of family households:
This town:  63.2%
Whole state:  67.4%

Percentage of households with unmarried partners:
This town:  2.0%
Whole state:  7.3%

Likely homosexual households (counted as self-reported same-sex unmarried-partner households)
  • Lesbian couples: 0.8% of all households
  • Gay men: 0.4% of all households

South Bethany compared to Delaware state average:

  • Median house value significantly above state average.
  • Unemployed percentage below state average.
  • Black race population percentage significantly below state average.
  • Hispanic race population percentage significantly below state average.
  • Median age significantly above state average.
  • Foreign-born population percentage significantly below state average.
  • Renting percentage significantly below state average.
  • Length of stay since moving in significantly above state average.
  • House age below state average.
  • Number of college students significantly below state average.
  • Percentage of population with a bachelor's degree or higher significantly above state average.


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Educational Attainment (%) in 2012

School Enrollment by Level of School (%) in 2012


South Bethany travel time to work - commute


South Bethany mode of transportation to work chart

Most commonly used house heating fuel:

  • Electricity (66%)
  • Utility gas (24%)
  • Bottled, tank, or LP gas (9%)
  • Fuel oil, kerosene, etc. (1%)

Presidential Elections Results

1996 2000 2004 2008 2012

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Religion statistics for South Bethany town (based on Sussex County data)

Percentage of population affiliated with a religious congregations: 31.31%
Here31.3%
USA50.2%

Adherents


Breakdown of population affiliated with a religious congregations

NameUnited Methodist ChurchCatholic ChurchChurch of God (Cleveland, Tennessee)Episcopal ChurchPresbyterian Church (USA)
Adherents41.7%24.8%6.6%4.3%3.2%
Congregations42.9%3.3%7.6%6.0%4.9%
Name The Wesleyan ChurchChristian Churches and Churches of ChristSouthern Baptist ConventionEvangelical Lutheran Church in AmericaOther
Adherents2.9%1.7%1.6%1.4%11.7%
Congregations4.9%3.3%1.6%1.1%24.5%
Source: Jones, Dale E., et al. 2002. Congregations and Membership in the United States 2000. Nashville, TN: Glenmary Research Center.
Tables represent county-level data.

Food Environment Statistics:

Number of grocery stores: 45
This county:

2.45 / 10,000 pop.
Delaware:

1.74 / 10,000 pop.
Number of supercenters and club stores: 3
Sussex County:

0.16 / 10,000 pop.
State:

0.09 / 10,000 pop.
Number of convenience stores (no gas): 18
Sussex County:

0.98 / 10,000 pop.
Delaware:

1.25 / 10,000 pop.
Number of convenience stores (with gas): 85
This county:

4.62 / 10,000 pop.
Delaware:

2.84 / 10,000 pop.
Number of full-service restaurants: 236
Sussex County:

12.84 / 10,000 pop.
Delaware:

7.43 / 10,000 pop.
Adult diabetes rate:
Here:

10.9%
Delaware:

9.0%
Adult obesity rate:
Here:

28.9%
Delaware:

27.9%

Local government employment and payroll (March 2007)
Function Full-time employees Monthly full-time payroll Average yearly full-time wage Part-time employees Monthly part-time payroll
Financial Administration 1$2,814$33,7680$0
Other Government Administration 3$11,061$44,2440$0
Police Protection - Officers 6$24,263$48,5260$0
Police - Other 0$0 1$1,428
Streets and Highways 1$2,318$27,8161$1,742
Other and Unallocable 1$2,681$32,1720$0
Totals for Government 12$43,137$43,1372$3,170

South Bethany government finances - Expenditure in 2006 (per resident):

  • Current Operations - Police Protection: $717,000 ($1538.63)
    Financial Administration: $495,000 ($1062.23)
    General Public Buildings: $225,000 ($482.83)
    Solid Waste Management: $181,000 ($388.41)
    Parks and Recreation: $158,000 ($339.06)
    Central Staff Services: $63,000 ($135.19)
    Regular Highways: $53,000 ($113.73)
    General - Other: $18,000 ($38.63)
  • Total Salaries and Wages: $338,000 ($725.32)

South Bethany government finances - Revenue in 2006 (per resident):

  • Charges - Solid Waste Management: $184,000 ($394.85)
  • Miscellaneous - Fines and Forfeits: $81,000 ($173.82)
    Interest Earnings: $49,000 ($105.15)
    Rents: $46,000 ($98.71)
    Donations From Private Sources: $1,000 ($2.15)
  • State Intergovernmental - Highways: $57,000 ($122.32)
    General Local Government Support: $35,000 ($75.11)
    All Other: $1,000 ($2.15)
  • Tax - Documentary and Stock Transfer: $1,118,000 ($2399.14)
    Property: $225,000 ($482.83)
    Occupation and Business License, NEC: $101,000 ($216.74)
    Other License: $8,000 ($17.17)

South Bethany government finances - Cash and Securities in 2006 (per resident):

  • Other Funds - Cash and Securities: $1,859,000 ($3989.27)

7.10% of this county's 2006 resident taxpayers lived in other counties in 2005 ($55,947 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

7.10%
Delaware average:

6.10%

0.07% of residents moved from foreign countries ($184 average AGI)
Sussex County:

0.07%
Delaware average:

0.14%


Top counties from which taxpayers relocated into this county between 2005 and 2006:
from New Castle County, DE  0.87% ($62,931 average AGI)
from Wicomico County, MD  0.36% ($40,402)
from Anne Arundel County, MD  0.25% ($64,047)


4.72% of this county's 2005 resident taxpayers moved to other counties in 2006 ($40,334 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

4.72%
Delaware average:

5.32%

0.03% of residents moved to foreign countries ($266 average AGI)
Sussex County:

0.03%
Delaware average:

0.10%


Top counties to which taxpayers relocated from this county between 2005 and 2006:
to Kent County, DE  0.91% ($35,501 average AGI)
to Wicomico County, MD  0.41% ($32,937)
to Worcester County, MD  0.15% ($35,098)

Strongest AM radio stations in South Bethany:

  • WJWL (900 AM; 11 kW; GEORGETOWN, DE; Owner: GREAT SCOTT BROADCASTING)
  • WTGM (960 AM; 10 kW; SALISBURY, MD; Owner: CAPSTAR TX LIMITED PARTNERSHIP)
  • WKHZ (1590 AM; 1 kW; OCEAN CITY, MD; Owner: RADIO BROADCAST COMMUNICATIONS, INC.)
  • WVCH (740 AM; 50 kW; CHESTER, PA; Owner: WVCH COMMUNICATIONS, INC.)
  • WBIS (1190 AM; 50 kW; ANNAPOLIS, MD; Owner: NATIONS RADIO, LLC)
  • WCBM (680 AM; 50 kW; BALTIMORE, MD; Owner: WCBM MARYLAND, INC.)
  • WWGB (1030 AM; daytime; 50 kW; INDIAN HEAD, MD; Owner: GOOD BODY MEDIA, LLC)
  • WPEN (950 AM; 50 kW; PHILADELPHIA, PA; Owner: GREATER PHILADELPHIA RADIO, INC.)
  • WWJZ (640 AM; 50 kW; MOUNT HOLLY, NJ; Owner: ABC, INC.)
  • WTEM (980 AM; 50 kW; WASHINGTON, DC; Owner: AMFM RADIO LICENSES, L.L.C.)
  • WZZD (990 AM; 50 kW; PHILADELPHIA, PA; Owner: PENNSYLVANIA MEDIA ASSOCIATES, INC.)
  • WPHT (1210 AM; 50 kW; PHILADELPHIA, PA; Owner: INFINITY BROADCASTING OPERATIONS, INC.)
  • WWLG (1370 AM; 50 kW; BALTIMORE, MD; Owner: M-10 BROADCASTING, INC.)

Strongest FM radio stations in South Bethany:

  • WJNE (103.5 FM; BETHANY BEACH, DE; Owner: GREAT SCOTT BROADCASTING)
  • WOSC (95.9 FM; BETHANY BEACH, DE; Owner: CAPSTAR TX LIMITED PARTNERSHIP)
  • WZEB (101.7 FM; OCEAN VIEW, DE; Owner: GREAT SCOTT BROADCASTING)
  • WLBW (92.1 FM; FENWICK ISLAND, DE; Owner: CAPSTAR TX LIMITED PARTNERSHIP)
  • WOCM (98.1 FM; SELBYVILLE, DE; Owner: IRIE RADIO, INC.)
  • WWFG (99.9 FM; OCEAN CITY, MD; Owner: CAPSTAR TX LIMITED PARTNERSHIP)
  • WSDL (90.7 FM; OCEAN CITY, MD; Owner: SALISBURY UNIVERSITY FOUNDATION, INC.)
  • WQJZ (97.1 FM; OCEAN PINES, MD; Owner: DELMARVA BROADCASTING COMPANY)
  • WZBH (93.5 FM; GEORGETOWN, DE; Owner: GREAT SCOTT BROADCASTING)
  • WQHQ (104.7 FM; OCEAN CITY-SALISBURY, MD; Owner: CAPSTAR TX LIMITED PARTNERSHIP)
  • WRXS (106.9 FM; OCEAN CITY, MD; Owner: ATLANTIC RADIO BROADCASTING, LLC)
  • WXJN (105.9 FM; LEWES, DE; Owner: DELMARVA BROADCASTING COMPANY)
  • WGMD (92.7 FM; REHOBOTH BEACH, DE; Owner: RESORT BROADCASTING COMPANY, LLC)
  • WOCQ (103.9 FM; BERLIN, MD; Owner: GREAT SCOTT BROADCASTING)
  • WSCL (89.5 FM; SALISBURY, MD; Owner: SALISBURY UNIVERSITY FOUNDATION, INC.)

TV broadcast stations around South Bethany:

  • WEWE-LP (Channel 24; SUSSEX COUNTY, DE; Owner: OCEAN 60 BROADCASTING ASSOCIATION)
  • WRAV-LP (Channel 8; OCEAN CITY, MD; Owner: ASIAVISION, INC.)
  • WBOC-TV (Channel 16; SALISBURY, MD; Owner: WBOC, INC.)
  • WMDT (Channel 47; SALISBURY, MD; Owner: DELMARVA BROADCAST SERVICE GENERAL PARTNERSHIP)
  • WBLP-LP (Channel 22; OCEAN CITY, MD; Owner: OCEAN 22 BROADCASTING ASSOCIATION)
  • WLWP-LP (Channel 4; MILLSBORO, ETC., DE; Owner: OCEAN 4 BROADCASTING ASSOCIATION)
  • WDPB (Channel 64; SEAFORD, DE; Owner: WHYY, INC.)
  • WCPB (Channel 28; SALISBURY, MD; Owner: MARYLAND PUBLIC BROADCASTING COMMISSION)
  • W38BN (Channel 38; SALISBURY, MD; Owner: SALISBURY EDUCATIONAL B/CTING FOUND.)

National Bridge Inventory (NBI) Statistics
Number of bridges: 1
Total length: 4 meters (13ft)
Total costs: $1,000,000
Total average daily traffic: 2,750
Total average daily truck traffic: 137
Total future (year 2030) average daily traffic: 3,625


FCC Registered Amateur Radio Licenses:

1
  • Call Sign: W3PYY
    Grant Date: 03/01/1988, Expiration Date: 03/01/1998, Cancellation Date: 03/02/2000
    Registrant: Albert N Tomaso, 89 Creek Rd Bayview Pk, South Bethany, DE 00000


2006 National Fire Incident Reporting System Incidents:

  • Fire: 5
  • Hazardous Condition: 5

Incident types - South Bethany


See full 2006 National Fire Incident Reporting System statistics for South Bethany, DE

South Bethany on our top lists:

  • #24 on the list of "Top 101 cities with the highest number of police officers in 2006 per 1000 residents"
  • #24 on the list of "Top 101 cities with the most local government spending on current operations of parks and recreation per resident in 2004 in $"
  • #26 on the list of "Top 101 cities with largest percentage of females working in industry: Publishing, and motion picture and sound recording industries"
  • #28 on the list of "Top 101 cities with largest percentage of males in occupations: Operations specialties managers except financial managers"
  • #28 on the list of "Top 101 cities with largest percentage of males working in industry: Broadcasting and telecommunications"
  • #30 on the list of "Top 101 cities with largest percentage population increases in the 1990s)"
  • #30 on the list of "Top 101 cities with the largest percentage increase in population in the 1990s"
  • #36 on the list of "Top 101 cities with largest percentage of females working in industry: Broadcasting and telecommunications"
  • #46 on the list of "Top 101 cities with largest percentage of males in occupations: Engineers"
  • #48 on the list of "Top 101 cities with the most local government spending on highway construction per resident in 2004 in $"
  • #50 on the list of "Top 101 cities with largest percentage of females in occupations: Social scientists and related workers"
  • #55 (19930) on the list of "Top 101 zip codes with the largest percentage of Estonian first ancestries"
  • #13 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the highest percentage of residents that smoked 100+ cigarettes in their lives"
  • #27 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the largest number of people moving in compared to moving out (pop. 50,000+)"
  • #43 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the highest average weight of females"
  • #54 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the highest percentage of residents that keep firearms around their homes"
  • #98 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the highest Ozone (1-hour) air pollution readings in 2005 (ppm)"
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