Rehoboth Beach, Delaware

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Rehoboth Beach, Delaware

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.

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High Points

Rehoboth Beach strengths, compared to Peers (similar size places nationally) or State (other places in Delaware):

Category Trophy
Walking and Biking to Work
(vs. Peers)
Top 1% trophy Rehoboth Beach Walking and Biking to Work
Well-Paid Single Men
(vs. Peers)
Top 2% trophy Rehoboth Beach Well-Paid Single Men
Well-Paid Single Women
(vs. Peers)
Top 2% trophy Rehoboth Beach Well-Paid Single Women
College Educated Adults
(vs. Peers)
Top 5% trophy Rehoboth Beach College Educated Adults
Median Family Income
(vs. Peers)
Top 12% Rehoboth Beach Median Family Income
Short Commute Times
(vs. State)
Top 12% Rehoboth Beach Short Commute Times
People in Middle Class or Better
(vs. Peers)
Top 13% Rehoboth Beach People in Middle Class or Better
Low Rate of Poverty
(vs. Peers)
Top 18% Rehoboth Beach Low Rate of Poverty

Comparative Profile of Rehoboth Beach, Delaware

Comparing Rehoboth Beach to similar size places nationwide (Peers) and to other places in Delaware (State):

Ratings range from 1 (lowest) to 10 (highest).

The People

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Age of the Population 10 10
Senior Citizens 10 10
Well-Paid Single Women 10 10
Well-Paid Single Men 10 10
Female Share of the Population 6 3
Male Share of the Population 6 8
Racial Diversity 5 1
Children Under 5 Years Old 1 1


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Portion of People Married 1 1
Average Household Size 1 1


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
College Educated Adults 10 10
Median Family Income 9 9
People in Middle Class or Better 9 9
People Above Poverty 9 8

Commute & Sprawl

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Walking and Biking to Work 10 10
Short Commute Times 8 9
Public Transportation Use 8 5
Working at Home 6 7


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
People Living Alone 10 10
Seasonal and Vacation Housing 10 10
Affordability of Property Taxes 5 3
Housing Recently Built 5 5
Studio & One-Bedroom Rentals 5 3
Affordability of Rents 2 3


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Low Violent Crime 2 4
Low Property Crime 1 1

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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
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Rehoboth Beach Population (2000)

Category Count Percent
Total Population 1,495 100%
Male 719 48.1%
Female 776 51.9%
Under 18 104 7%
18+ 1,391 93%
65+ 561 37.5%
Median Age 57
Average Family Size 2.35
White 1,467 98.1%
African-American 4 0.3%
Asian 10 0.7%
American Indian & Alaskan 2 0.1%
Other 8 0.5%
Mixed Race 4 0.3%
Hispanic (included in categories above) 14 0.9%

Estimated Rehoboth Beach Population Growth 2000-2005

Category Value
Est. 2005 Population 1,556
Growth 61
Growth % 4.1%

Rehoboth Beach Ancestry

(From 2000 Census, as reported by individuals)

Note: This is national, not racial, ancestry, so, e.g., the Census doesn't have categories for Hispanic and African-American people. CityTownInfo is currently gathering additional ancestry data for this site.
Ancestry Percent
English 26.9%
Irish 19.8%
German 14.5%
US/American 6.1%
Polish 5.3%
Other (often includes Hispanic and African American) 4.9%
Italian 4.3%
Scotch-Irish 3%
Scottish 2%
Norwegian 1.5%
Swiss 1.3%
Welsh 1.2%
Dutch 1.2%
Russian 1.1%
Czech 0.9%
French (except Basque) 0.9%
Swedish 0.9%
French Canadian 0.9%
Greek 0.8%
Finnish 0.5%
Austrian 0.4%
Slovak 0.4%
European 0.3%
Czechoslovakian 0.3%
Belgian 0.3%
Armenian 0.3%
Danish 0.2%
British 0.2%
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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 Pop. Median Family
Income (2000)
Rehoboth Beach 1,495 $58,558
Bethany Beach 903 $67,500
Dewey Beach 301 $97,505
Lewes 2,932 $59,605
Millville 259 $45,417
Milton 1,657 $40,313
Ocean View 1,006 $52,125

Rehoboth Beach Public Libraries

Rehoboth Beach Public Library
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(302) 227-8044

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