- Slaughter Beach, Delaware
official_name = Slaughter Beach, Delaware
mapsize = 250px
map_caption = Location of Slaughter Beach, Delaware
subdivision_type = Country
subdivision_type1 = State
subdivision_type2 = County
subdivision_name2 = Sussex
unit_pref = Imperial
area_total_km2 = 3.5
area_land_km2 = 3.5
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area_total_sq_mi = 1.3
area_land_sq_mi = 1.3
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population_as_of = 2000
population_total = 198
population_density_km2 = 57.1
population_density_sq_mi = 147.9
timezone = Eastern (EST)
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timezone_DST = EDT
utc_offset_DST = -4
elevation_m = 2
elevation_ft = 7
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Slaughter Beach is a town in Sussex County,
Delaware, United States. The population was 198 at the 2000 census. It is part of the Seaford, DelawareMicropolitan Statistical Area. Slaughter Beach was founded in 1681 and incorporated in 1931. There are at least two stories of where the towns name came from: The first is that it was named after William Slaughter, A local postmaster in the mid 1800s. The second story claims “the name came from the horseshoe crabs that wash up on shore and die each year. They come near shore to shallow water to lay their eggs and the low tide strands them leaving them to die, thus the "slaughter."
Slaughter Beach was home to the only wooden frame lighthouse still standing in Delaware, the
Mispillion Lighthouse. The lighthouse, which overlooked the Mispillion River and Cedar Creek, was established in 1831 with a 65 foot tower. The lighthouse was on the National Register of Historic Places. In 2002 the lighthouse was partially destroyed when it was hit by lightning. The lighthouse was later purchased privately, transported down the bay via barge, and incorporated into a private residence in the town of Lewes.
Slaughter Beach is also home to the Milford Neck Wildlife Area. Tourists are attracted to this area for bird watching as many birds stop over to eat the eggs of horseshoe crabs as they lay their eggs on the beaches. Along with Broadkill and Pickering beaches, this area is officially designated as a horseshoe crab sanctuary. Because Slaughter Beach is such an important area for the continued survival of horseshoe crabs and the migrating birds that depend on their eggs, the town has adopted the horseshoe crab as its official town symbol.
Slaughter Beach is located at coor dms|38|55|3|N|75|18|29|W|city (38.917600, -75.308100)GR|1.
According to the
United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 1.3 square miles (3.5 km²), all of it land.
As of the
censusGR|2 of 2000, there were 198 people, 108 households, and 64 families residing in the town. The population densitywas 147.9 people per square mile (57.1/km²). There were 253 housing units at an average density of 189.0/sq mi (72.9/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 99.49% White, and 0.51% from two or more races.
There were 108 households out of which 3.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 55.6% were married couples living together, 3.7% had a female householder with no husband present, and 40.7% were non-families. 30.6% of all households were made up of individuals and 13.9% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 1.83 and the average family size was 2.23.
In the town the population was spread out with 4.0% under the age of 18, 1.5% from 18 to 24, 17.2% from 25 to 44, 50.0% from 45 to 64, and 27.3% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 58 years. For every 100 females there were 88.6 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 86.3 males.
The median income for a household in the town was $41,250, and the median income for a family was $50,625. Males had a median income of $30,417 versus $37,188 for females. The
per capita incomefor the town was $27,290. About 10.9% of families and 13.6% of the population were below the poverty line, including none of those under the age of eighteen or sixty five or over.
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