Introduction to Rehoboth Beach, Delaware

Rehoboth Beach, Delaware, in Sussex county, is 53 miles S of Vineland, New Jersey (center to center) and 85 miles S of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The city is a popular tourist destination, especially during the summer. It attracts residents of Washington D.C., Maryland and Virginia. The city is well known for its beaches, wooden boardwalk and unique shops.

The municipality is a popular vacation destination for the gay community. Reader's Digest ranked the Rehoboth Beach Boardwalk as the "Best in America." The AARP named the town as one of the five dream towns for "Best Places to Retire." The population swells during the summer.

Rehoboth History

Beginning in 1650 English and Dutch settlers arrived. The area was established in 1873 as the Rehoboth Beach Camp Meeting Association by the Rev. Robert W. Todd, from the St. Paul's Methodist Episcopal Church of Wilmington Delaware. It was established for Methodist camp meetings. In 1925 a highway was constructed that connected Georgetown with Rehoboth Beach which brought tourists from the Washington D.C. area including legislators and diplomats.

Rehoboth Attractions

  • Sea Witch Festival
  • Biggs Museum of American Art
  • Rehoboth Beach Autumn Jazz Festival
  • Nantucket Indian Museum
  • Treasures of the Sea Exhibit
  • Zwaanendael Museum
  • Rehoboth Beach Independent Film Festival
  • Delaware Comedy Theatre
  • Rehoboth Beach Museum
  • Coastal Concerts
  • Overfall Maritime Museum
  • Rehoboth Summer Children's Theater
  • Cannonball House Marine Museum
  • Rehoboth Beach Theatre of the Arts
  • Discoversea Shipwreck Museum
  • Lewes Historical Society Complex

Rehoboth Activities

Visitors enjoy the boardwalk, the scenic beach, the unique shops and numerous restaurants. The Cape Henlopen State Park is a vast acreage which includes nature trails and is known for its sand dunes. The nearby Delaware Seashore State Park is a popular destination. Fishing opportunities are provided at the Indian River Inlet, Delaware Bay and Rehoboth Bay and along the coast. The city can be toured by walking, bicycle riding, by bus and by trolley.

Visitors enjoy the opportunities for dolphin and whale watching. Surfing is popular at the Indian River Inlet area. Golf enthusiasts enjoy the local courses including Baywood Greens, Rookery of Milton, Bear Traps Dunes of Ocean View and the Old Landing Golf Course. The local bandstand hosts a variety of concerts during the summer. The downtown area is popular for shopping. Rehoboth Beach is know for its active nightlife.


Total Population 1,098
Male Share of the Population 50.9%
Female Share of the Population 49.1%
Senior Citizens 47.2%
Employed Population 16+ 436
Age of the Population 64


% of people married 49.4%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 67.6%
Median Earnings25+ $0
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $0
Median Earnings With High School Degree $0


Median Family Income $102,917
% Above Poverty Level 91.8%
% Below Poverty Level 8.2%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 22 minutes
% Working from Home 13.5%
% Walking and Biking to Work 17%
% Using Public Transportation 0.9%


People Living Alone 37.3%
Median Gross Rent $989
Median House Value $826,500


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 6.9%
US/American 0%
English 25.8%
Irish 14%

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Rehoboth Beach Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 53 miles S of Vineland, New Jersey (center to center)
Nearest Large City 85 miles S of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
County Sussex
Standard Zip Codes 19971
Phone Area Codes 302
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 38.72
Longitude -75.076

Rehoboth Beach Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)

Station LEWES
Distance 4.4 miles
Jan Temp 28 to 45 F
Apr Temp 44 to 65 F
Jul Temp 68 to 86 F
Oct Temp 50 to 69 F
Annual Precip 46 inches
Station CAPE MAY 2 NW
Distance 17.6 miles
Jan Temp 27 to 42 F
Apr Temp 43 to 60 F
Jul Temp 67 to 84 F
Oct Temp 49 to 66 F
Annual Precip 41.3 inches
Station SNOW HILL 4 N
Distance 37.6 miles
Jan Temp 27 to 47 F
Apr Temp 43 to 68 F
Jul Temp 66 to 88 F
Oct Temp 46 to 71 F
Annual Precip 46.1 inches

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

According to the US Postal Service, Rehoboth Beach, its neighborhoods, and/or surrounding areas are also referred to as:

Rehoboth (19971)

Note that not all alternate names are acceptable for use in US Post Office addresses.

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Bethany Beach 908 $86,750
Dewey Beach 250 $84,500
Lewes 2,887 $67,656
Millville 1,510 $70,764
Milton 2,717 $61,750
Ocean View 1,880 $88,561

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

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