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Overview

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. 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.

Demographics

People

Total Population1,119
Male Share of the Population52.5%
Female Share of the Population47.5%
Senior Citizens50.4%
Employed Population 16+442
Age of the Population65

Families

% of people married52.1%
Average household size2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher67.7%
Median Earnings25+$72,361
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$0
Median Earnings With High School Degree$0

Wealth

Median Family Income$104,671
% Above Poverty Level93.3%
% Below Poverty Level6.7%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time26 minutes
% Working from Home19.5%
% Walking and Biking to Work11.8%
% Using Public Transportation0.9%

Housing

People Living Alone41.4%
Median Gross Rent$1,008
Median House Value$842,800

Ancestry

English24.3%
Irish18.5%
Italian8.1%
Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)7.5%
French Except Basque5.5%
Scottish4.6%
Polish4%
Welsh3%
Russian2.6%
Swedish1.9%
Swiss1.5%
Dutch1.4%
Portuguese1.2%
Slovak1.1%
Lithuanian1%
Danishn0.9%
Norwegian0.6%
Ukrainian0.5%
Canadian0.5%
Romanian0.4%
Belgian0.4%
Finnish0.3%
German0.3%
Austrian0.3%
Hungarian0.3%
Slovene0.2%
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Rehoboth Beach Almanac

CategoryValue
County Sussex County
Standard Zip Codes19971
Phone Area Codes302
Time ZoneAmerica/New_York
Approximate Latitude38.7
Approximate Longitude-75.09

Rehoboth Beach Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

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

StationLEWES
Distance4.4 miles
Jan Temp28 to 45 F
Apr Temp44 to 65 F
Jul Temp68 to 86 F
Oct Temp50 to 69 F
Annual Precip46 inches
StationCAPE MAY 2 NW
Distance17.6 miles
Jan Temp27 to 42 F
Apr Temp43 to 60 F
Jul Temp67 to 84 F
Oct Temp49 to 66 F
Annual Precip41.3 inches
StationSNOW HILL 4 N
Distance37.6 miles
Jan Temp27 to 47 F
Apr Temp43 to 68 F
Jul Temp66 to 88 F
Oct Temp46 to 71 F
Annual Precip46.1 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income
Bethany Beach871$86,691
Dewey Beach289$83,750
Lewes2,955$73,419
Millville1,611$59,375
Milton2,756$62,206
Ocean View2,087$88,621

Rehoboth Beach Public Libraries

Rehoboth Beach Public Library
226 REHOBOTH AVENUE
Rehoboth Beach, Delaware
(302) 227-8044

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Rehoboth Beach Public Schools

Rehoboth Elementary School
500 Stockley Street
ZIP: 19971
(302) 227-2571
Primary
Total Enrollment 613
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