Selbyville, Delaware

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Selbyville is a town in Sussex County, Delaware, United States. The population was 1,645 at the 2000 census. It is part of the Seaford, Delaware Micropolitan Statistical Area.

Selbyville traces its history back to its founding in 1778. It was incorporated in 1902.

Selbyville was originally known as Sandy Branch due to its location on a branch of that name emanating in the Cypress Swamp at the head of the St. Martin's River. A grist mill and saw mill opened there in the late 18th century. In 1842, Sampson Selby began marking packages for delivery to his country store, Selby-Ville.

By 1918, Selbyville was the major supplier of strawberries for the entire east coast, an industry that remained strong until the 1930s.

Today, one of its main employers is Mountaire Farms, a poultry company, which runs a processing plant on Hosier Street.

This town is also home of the Mumford Sheet Metal Works, which once held the world record for the largest frying pan in 1950.


Selbyville is located at 38°27′31″N 75°13′27″W / 38.45861°N 75.22417°W / 38.45861; -75.22417Coordinates: 38°27′31″N 75°13′27″W / 38.45861°N 75.22417°W / 38.45861; -75.22417 (38.458649, - 75.224096).[1]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 1.4 square miles (3.6 km²), all of it land.


As of the census[2] of 2000, there were 1,645 people, 615 households, and 439 families residing in the town. The population density was 1,176.9 people per square mile (453.7/km²). There were 664 housing units at an average density of 475.1/sq mi (183.1/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 72.89% White, 15.38% African American, 0.73% Asian, 0.55% Pacific Islander, 9.48% from other races, and 0.97% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 21.09% of the population.

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