Henlopen Acres, Delaware

Henlopen Acres, Delaware

Infobox Settlement
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Henlopen Acres is a municipality north of Rehoboth Beach in Sussex County, Delaware, United States, and is the smallest incorporated town in Delaware. According to 2006 Census Bureau estimates, the population of the town is 139,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] unchanged from the 2000 Census. It is part of the Seaford, Delaware Micropolitan Statistical Area.

Henlopen Acres exists primarily as an exclusive vacation community, with beautiful private Atlantic Ocean beaches, and architecturally exquisite historical homes in a forested setting.


Henlopen Acres is located at coor dms|38|43|31|N|75|5|2|W|city (38.725312, -75.083935)GR|1.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 0.3 square miles (0.7 km²), all of it land. It is the smallest incorporated town in Delaware. It borders the Atlantic Ocean to the northeast, Rehoboth Beach to the southeast, and unincorporated portions of Sussex County on the east and north. Much of its eastern border is demarcated by the Lewes and Rehoboth Canal. An unincoporated neighborhood called North Shores separates the northernmost part of Henlopen Acres from the southern boundary of Cape Henlopen State Park. [ADC Sussex County Street Map Book, p. 23]

Henlopen Acres is divided into 219 parcels of land, on which are 200 homes, the town hall and maintenance area, the town's marina, the Henlopen Acres Beach Club, Block W Beach, and the Rehoboth Art League. The town has 3.6 miles (5.8 kilometers) of roads, which generally are tree-lined. [Meehan, p. 229]


The municipal government of Henlopen Acres consists of seven elected officials who serve on the town's council, one of whom serves as mayor. The town employs eleven workers who manage the town office, operate the marina, maintain streets and easements, and provide security. [Meehan, p. 229]

Henlopen Acres has no police department, but town-owned private security began in 1996. Henlopen Acres shares the services and expense of this security service with the unincorporated neighborhood of North Shores to its north. The security service operates one vehicle, which patrols all of Henlopen Acres and North Shores. [Meehan, p. 229]

The Rehoboth Beach Fire Department serves Henlopen Acres. Henlopen Acres pays Rehoboth Beach for this service. [Meehan, p. 229]

Henlopen Acres' municipal government generally maintains amicable relations with the government of Rehoboth Beach, follows Rehoboth Beach's lead on how to react to emergencies such as major storms and whether or not to evacuate in the face of them, and seeks advice from Rehoboth Beach when encountering unfamiliar situations. Within Henlopen Acres governmental affairs generally have run smoothly. [Meehan, p. 229]


As of the censusGR|2 of 2000, there were 139 people, 69 households, and 42 families residing in the town. The population density was 544.2 people per square mile (206.4/km²). There were 198 housing units at an average density of 775.2/sq mi (294.0/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 96.40% White, 2.88% African American, and 0.72% Pacific Islander.

There were 69 households out of which 11.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 58.0% were married couples living together, 1.4% had a female householder with no husband present, and 39.1% were non-families. 36.2% of all households were made up of individuals and 26.1% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.01 and the average family size was 2.62.

In the town the population was spread out with 11.5% under the age of 18, 2.2% from 18 to 24, 10.8% from 25 to 44, 32.4% from 45 to 64, and 43.2% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 62 years. For every 100 females there were 82.9 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 83.6 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $82,423, and the median income for a family was $162,681. Males had a median income of $0 versus $31,563 for females. The per capita income for the town was $82,091. 3.5% of the population is below the poverty line. Out of the total population, none of those under the age of 18 and 9.8% of those 65 and older were living below the poverty line.

Henlopen Acres and Greenville (where the DuPont estate is located) are the two richest places in Delaware, all but tied for highest personal incomes, averaging over $80,000 per annum.

Only about one-third of the homes in Henlopen Acres are lived in year-round; the rest are vacation homes or rental properties. In 2000, the least expensive home was valued at $325,000 for real estate tax purposes and the value of all the land in Henlopen Acres was estimated at over $100 million. [Meehan, p. 229]


Evidence of Native American activity prior to the arrival of Europeans has been found in Henlopen Acres. After the arrival of Europeans, the area became farmland.

In 1930, a 156-acre (63-hectare) parcel of this farmland was deeded to Colonel Wilbur S. Corkran (1888-1962) for $100,000. [Meehan, pp. 229, 231.] Corkran developed the parcel during the 1930s as a "residential development where quiet-loving, cultured people may live in a country seaside community amid conditions which make for health, comfort and refined pleasure." [http://www.sussexcountyonline.com/towns/henlopenacres.html] Corkran's development was incorporated in 1970 as the town of Henlopen Acres. [http://www.sussexcountyonline.com/towns/henlopenacres.html]



* "ADC Sussex County Street Map Book, 1st Edition". Alexandria, Virginia: Alexandria Drafting Company, 2005. ISBN 0-87530-641-1.
* Meehan, James D. "From Saints to Sinners...Rehoboth Beach Memoirs". Bethany Beach, Delaware: Harold E. Dukes, Jr., 2000. ISBN 00-090-163.

External links

* [http://www.sussexcountyonline.com/towns/henlopenacres.html Henlopen Acres Delaware]

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