- Bethany Beach, Delaware
name = Town of Bethany Beach
category = Town
image_caption = Bethany Beach Boardwalk
symbol_type = Seal
country = United States
state = Delaware
region_type = County
region = Sussex
area_imperial = 1.2
area_land_imperial = 1.1
area_water_imperial = 0.04
area_round = 1
lat_d = 38
lat_m = 32
lat_s = 27
lat_NS = N
long_d = 75
long_m = 03
long_s = 42
long_EW = W
elevation_round = 1
population_as_of = 2000
population = 903
population_density_imperial = 782.4
established_type = Incorporated
July 1, 1901
mayor = Carol Olmstead
timezone = EST
utc_offset = -5
timezone_DST = EDT
utc_offset_DST = -4
area_code = 302
map_size = 100
map_caption = Location of Bethany Beach in Delaware
map1 = Map of USA DE.svg
map1_caption = Location of Delaware in the United States
website = http://www.townofbethanybeach.com
Bethany Beach is an incorporated
townin Sussex County, Delaware, United States. According to 2006 Census Bureau estimates, the population of the town is 943.cite web | date = June 21 2006| url = http://www.census.gov/popest/cities/tables/SUB-EST2005-04-10.csv | title = Annual Estimates of the Population for All Incorporated Places in Delaware|format = CSV | work = 2005 Population Estimates | publisher = U.S. Census Bureau, Population Division | accessmonthday = November 21 | accessyear = 2006] It is part of the Seaford, DelawareMicropolitan Statistical Area.
Bethany Beach, together with the towns of Lewes, Rehoboth Beach, Dewey Beach, South Bethany, and Fenwick Island, comprises Delaware's beach resort area and is Sussex County's most densely-populated and fastest-growing area.
Bethany Beach, South Bethany and 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 Bethany Beach's reputation as a "quiet" place is the presence of [http://www.destateparks.com/dssp/dssp.asp Delaware Seashore State Park] immediately to the north of the town, a six mile-long
barrier islandproviding 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 the town.
Despite its small size, Bethany Beach boasts the usual attractions of a summer
seaside resort, including a short boardwalk, a broad, sandy beach, motels, restaurants, and vacationhomes. Because Bethany Beach does not sit on a barrier island, residential areas continue some distance to the west of the town's limits.
Bethany Beach is located at coor dms|38|32|27|N|75|3|42|W|city (38.540807, -75.061771)GR|1.
According to the
United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 1.2 square miles (3.0 km²), of which, 1.1 square miles (3.0 km²) of it is land and 0.04 square miles (0.1 km²) of it (1.71%) is water.
As of the
censusGR|2 of 2000, there were 903 people, 473 households, and 281 families residing in the town. The population densitywas 782.4 people per square mile (303.2/km²). There were 2,376 housing units at an average density of 2,058.6/sq mi (797.7/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 97.90% White, 0.78% African American, 0.11% Native American, 0.22% Asian, and 1.00% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.33% of the population.
There were 473 households out of which 10.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 53.1% were married couples living together, 4.9% had a female householder with no husband present, and 40.4% were non-families. 35.7% of all households were made up of individuals and 17.8% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 1.91 and the average family size was 2.40.
In the town the population was spread out with 10.3% under the age of 18, 3.4% from 18 to 24, 15.6% from 25 to 44, 31.5% from 45 to 64, and 39.2% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 59 years. For every 100 females there were 89.3 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 88.8 males.
The median income for a household in the town was $51,875, and the median income for a family was $67,500. Males had a median income of $41,705 versus $35,909 for females. The
per capita incomefor the town was $41,306. About 2.9% of families and 4.7% of the population were below the poverty line, including 9.6% of those under age 18 and 1.6% of those age 65 or over.
Mayor: Carol Olmstead ( Independent Party of Delaware)
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