South Bethany, Delaware

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South Bethany is an incorporated town in Sussex County, Delaware, United States. According to 2006 Census Bureau estimates, the population of the town is 514.[1] It is part of the Seaford, Delaware Micropolitan Statistical Area.

South Bethany, together with the towns of Lewes, Rehoboth Beach, Dewey Beach, Bethany Beach, and Fenwick Island, comprises Delaware's beach resort area and is Sussex County's most densely-populated and fastest-growing area.

South Bethany, its neighbor to the north, Bethany Beach, and its neighbor to the south, 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 South Bethany's reputation as a "quiet" place is the presence of Delaware Seashore State Park to the north of Bethany Beach, a six mile-long barrier island providing 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 Bethany Beach.

The town was incorporated on June 18, 1969. It was formed as an unincorporated entity in 1952 when a Mr. and Mrs. Richard Hall purchased approximately 130 acres (0.53 km2) from the Delaware Shore Land Corporation and named the development "South Bethany". By 1959, the development counted 500 property owners.

Unlike Bethany Beach, South Bethany is almost exclusively residential.



South Bethany is located at 38°30′55″N 75°3′29″W / 38.51528°N 75.05806°W / 38.51528; -75.05806 (38.515415, -75.057969)[2].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 0.5 square miles (1.4 km²), of which, 0.5 square miles (1.3 km²) of it is land and 1.89% is water.


As of the census[3] of 2000, there were 492 people, 253 households, and 170 families residing in the town. The population density was 948.6 people per square mile (365.3/km²). There were 1,137 housing units at an average density of 2,192.1/sq mi (844.2/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 99.19% White, 0.20% Asian, and 0.61% from two or more races.

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