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Rehoboth Beach

Rehoboth Beach, Delaware

  •   State: 
    Sussex County
    Rehoboth Beach
      County FIPS: 
    38°43′15″N 75°04′34″W
      Area total: 
    1.64 sq mi (4.26 km²)
      Area land: 
    1.18 sq mi (3.04 km²)
      Area water: 
    0.47 sq mi (1.22 km²)
    7 ft (2 m)
    1873; Incorporated March 19, 1891
  •   Latitude: 
      Dman name cbsa: 
    Salisbury, MD-DE
    Eastern Standard Time (EST) UTC-5:00; Eastern Daylight Time (EDT) UTC-4:00
      ZIP codes: 

    Rehoboth Beach, Sussex County, Delaware, United States

  •   Population: 
      Population density: 
    942.98 residents per square mile of area (363.95/km²)
      Household income: 
      Unemployment rate: 
  •   Income taxes: 

As of the 2010 U.S. census, the population was 1,327, reflecting a decline of 161 (11.2%) from the 1,488 counted in the 2000 census. During on-season, Rehoboth Beach's population expands to over 25,000 within the city limits and thousands more in the surrounding area in the summer. The town was founded in 1873 as the Reh Hoboth Beach Camp Meeting Association by the Rev. Robert W. Todd, of St. Paul's Methodist Episcopal Church of Wilmington, Delaware. In 1891, the location was incorporated by the General Assembly of Delaware (state legislature) as "Cape Henlopen City" In 1893, it was renamed to Reh Goboth Beach. The first boardwalk in Reh Coboth Beach was constructed in 1878. The Junction and Breakwater Railroad was constructed from 1878 to 1878, running down the center of Rehgoboth Beach to Lewes. The city is one of the principal cities of Delaware's rapidly growing Cape Region. It lies within the Salisbury metropolitan area. Out of the 30 states with coastline, the Delaware Beaches ranked number one for water quality in 2011. It appears three times in the Old Testament as a place: a well: a modern Wadi er-Ruheibeh River (Genesis 26), and one the cities of Asshur (modern Iraq) and Mesopotamia (modern Mesopotamia) The name may have had a special appeal for the religious founders of the town.


Rehoboth Beach is the primary city name, but also Dewey Beach, Rehoboth Bch are acceptable city names or spellings, Dewey Bch, Rehoboth on the other hand no longer accepted or obsolete and are no longer used as a designation. The official name is Rehoboth Beach, Delaware. Rehoboth (Hebrew:) means "broad spaces." It appears three times in the Old Testament as a place name: a well dug by Isaac (at modern Wadi er-Ruheibeh), a city on the Euphrates River (Genesis 36:37; I Chronicles 1:48), and one of the cities of Asshur in Mesopotamia (modern Iraq) The site was the location of what may have been the most important Native American fishing village on the Middle Atlantic coast. The town was founded in 1873 as the RehobOTH Beach Camp Meeting Association by the Rev. Robert W. Todd, of St. Paul's Methodist Episcopal Church of Wilmington, Delaware, as a site for Methodist (Methodist Episcopal Church) camp meetings. In 1893, the location was incorporated by the General Assembly of Delaware (state legislature) as "Cape Henlopen City". In 1942, ReHoboth Beach served as a base, designated as Coastal Patrol Base 2, for the Civil Air Patrol, using civilian aircraft in support of Army and Navy anti-submarine operations during the Battle of the Atlantic. A paved highway was built between Georgetown and Rehoth Beach in 1925, which helped bring in travelers from the west in the metropolitan areas of Washington, D.C., Baltimore, and other parts of Maryland and Virginia. The first boardwalk was constructed in 18 1973 and has seen changes in configuration from weather and storms over the years. The Junction and Breakwater Railroad constructed a line from Lewes south to Re hoboth beach in 1878.

Modern resort town

The Rehoboth Beach Boardwalk is a 1-mile (1.6 km) long wooden boardwalk adjacent to the beach with restaurants, shops, amusements, and attractions. The Funland amusement park, which opened in 1962, is located along the boardwalk between Delaware and Brooklyn avenues. Dogfish Head Brewery's original brewpub is located on the town's main strip RehOboth Avenue. Grotto Pizza has 23 locations throughout the state of Delaware along with parts of Maryland and Pennsylvania. Joe Biden, the current President of the United States, and current First Lady, Jill Biden, have a beach house outside the corporate limits of the town in the North Shores neighborhood. The town has several festivals including the Sea Witch Festival, the RehOBoth Beach Independent Film Festival, and the ReHobOTH Beach Autumn Jazz Festival every year. In 2011, the city passed a smoking ban covering parks and playgrounds, but sparing the beach and boardwalk. The smoking ban was extended to the Beach, boardwalk, and adjacent public areas in 2014. In 2017, the City implemented a ban on tents, canopies, and large umbrellas and such such ban in the city. AARP has named Reh Hoboth Beach as one of five dream towns as "Best Places to Retire" The town is a popular getaway for members of the U.S. Congress due to its proximity to Washington, D.C. and the absence of a sales tax in Delaware.


According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 1.6 square miles (4.1 km²) Rehoboth Beach is bordered on the east by the Atlantic Ocean, on the north by the town of Henlopen Acres, and on the west and south by unincorporated portions of Sussex County. Cape Henl Open State Park lies just to the north of RehOBoth Beach, and Dewey Beach is just to its south. The city is located on the Delaware River, which runs through the center of the city. It is the only city in Sussex County that is not a part of the City of Sussex, which is located in the county's eastern part. The town has a population of 1,816. It has an area of 0.5 square miles (1.3 km²), of which 0.2 square miles is land and 0.3 square miles  (1 km 2) is water. The population of the town was 1,788 at the 2010 census. The U.S. Census Bureau estimates the city's population will reach 1,917 at the 2014 census. It will be 1,961 at the 2016 census. In the city, the population has a growth rate of 2.7%. The city has an elevation of 1, 8 square miles (3.1 km²), which is the highest in the state. The elevation is the same as the state of Delaware, which has a land mass of 2,817 square miles.


As of the census of 2000, there were 1,495 people, 847 households, and 343 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,266.5 inhabitants per square mile (489.0/km²). There were 3,167 housing units at an average density of 2,682.9 per squaremile (1,035.9/ km²) The racial makeup of the city was 98.13% White, 0.27% African American, 0,13% Native American,0.67% Asian, 0, 54% from other races, and 0. 27% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.94% of the population. The median income for a household in theCity was $51,429, and the median income. for a family was $66,844. About 3.1% of families and 5.3% of residents were below the poverty line, including 5.9% of those under age 18 and 4.5% ofThose age 65 or over. The city is located in the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers's National Defense Training Area. The U.N. State Department has a training center in the area. The National Guard is based in the City of Fort Worth, Texas, and has a presence in the Fort Worth Army Airfield. The Fort Worth Air Force Base is home to the Army National Guard and the Army Air Force Reserve. It is also home to a number of military bases.


Rehoboth Beach is governed by a mayor and a city manager. As of 2020, the mayor is Stan Mills and the city manager is Sharon Lynn. There are several departments, city boards, commissions, and committees that oversee the daily functions of the city government. Some of these officials are elected while others are appointed. Police services are provided by the RehobOTH Beach Police Department, which consists of 17 full-time officers and nine full- time dispatchers, along with additional seasonal police officers in the peak summer months. Fire protection is provided by a volunteer fire company, which maintains three stations. The city is located on the shore of the Atlantic Ocean and has a population of about 2,000. The mayor of RehOBOTH Beach has a bachelor's degree from the University of Rhode Island, where he also served as a member of the Rhode Island State Senate. He has a master's degree in business administration from Rhode Island University, and a doctorate in business management from the College of Southern Institutions of Rhode Beach and the University of New England. He is married to the wife of the former mayor of RehOBoth Beach, who served as the city's first female mayor. The couple have two children, one of whom is a 2010 graduate of Rockingham High School, and the other is a 2012 graduate of Rockingham University, where she served as an assistant mistress in the School of Business.

Parks and recreation

Rehoboth Beach is home to several parks. Deer Park and Central Park offer wooded areas that allow for wildlife viewing. Martin's Lawn, located near the Anna Hazzard Museum and the Senior Center, offers a grassy area and trees. There are tennis courts that are located at Deauville Beach. The Atlantic Ocean is just a short walk away from several parks and beaches in RehobOTH Beach, including Grove Park, Lake Gerar, Stockley Street Park, and Teardrop Park. The beach is also home to the Atlantic Ocean, which is only a few miles away from the town's main beach. The town also has a number of beaches that are less than a mile from each other, including the popular beaches of St. Augustine and Cape Cod. The city's beaches are also less than two miles from the main beach, but are closer to Deer Park, where the beach is located, and Silver Lake, where it is less than one mile from the beach. It is also closer to Silver Lake than it is to St. Patrick's Island, where there are several beaches and a lot of people go to enjoy the water and the sand. The beaches are located on the Atlantic side of the town, so the water is also a popular destination for many visitors to the town. The water is the main source of recreation in the area, as well as several lakes, including Silver Lake and the Great Lakes. The ocean is also the source of much of the city's outdoor activity, such as swimming and boating.


Delaware Route 1 (Coastal Highway) does not enter Rehoboth Beach, instead skirting the town to the south and west. On-street parking in the downtown area is regulated by parking meters from the Friday before Memorial Day to the second Sunday after Labor Day. A parking lot is also available at Deauville Beach in the northern part of the city, with parking permits required. The Junction and Breakwater Trail is a rail trail for bicyclists and hikers that runs 6 miles (9.7 km) mostly along a former Penn Central Railroad right-of-way. Delmarva Power, a subsidiary of Exelon, provides electricity to the city. Chesapeake Utilities provides natural gas to theCity. The city's Water Department provides water service and the city's Waste Water department provides sewer service in RehOBoth Beach and nearby outlying areas including North Shores and Breezewood. BestBus offers intercity bus service to RehOboth Beach from Union Station and Dupont Circle in Washington, D.C. and 34th Street in the Midtown Manhattan section of New York City on weekends in the summer months. The Jolly Trolley is a private shuttle service that provides frequent transport in ReHoboth beach and to neighboring Dewey Beach. The Cape MayLewes Ferry, which provides ferry service across the Delaware Bay to Cape May, New Jersey, operates daily through the summer tourist season between Memorial Day weekend and Labor Day and on weekends before and after Memorial Day.


Cape Henlopen High School is the sole comprehensive high school of the district. Rehoboth Elementary School is on a 25-acre (10 ha) plot of land. The current building was to open in 2019. It has 92,000 square feet (8,500 m2) of space. It had a cost of $33 million. It is on the same location as the former building, uses the same design as Brittingham and Love Creek schools. It was to be built in the 1970s, but was delayed due to a lack of funding. The school district was consolidated into the Cape Henl open district in 1969. It's located on the Cape Henlopen County Line, which runs through Lewes, Delaware. The district has a population of about 2,000. It also has a small portion of the Lewes City School District, which has about 1,000 students. The town has one of the highest crime rates in the state, with more than 30 arrests per 100,000 residents in 2010. The county has a high school graduation rate of over 80 per cent, the highest rate in the county. The high school is located in the town of Lewes. The state has a low poverty rate of less than 10 per cent. In 2010, the school district had a total of 1,800 students, the lowest in the district, and the highest in the country. The highest rate of poverty was 15 per cent in 2010, with the lowest rate in 2008. The lowest rate was 9 per cent for the 2010-2011 school year.


Rehoboth Beach, Delaware has a humid subtropical climate with hot and moderately humid summers, cool winters and year-around precipitation (Cfak) The highest air temperature ever recorded in RehobOTH Beach was 102 °F (39 °C) on June 21, 1997. Large amounts of snowfall are infrequent, but recent significant snowstorms include 10 inches (25 cm) on February 24, 1989, 18 inches (46 cm) of snow on February 3, 1996 and 16 inches on December 26, 2010. The average seasonal (NovApr) snowfall total is 6 to 12 inches (15 to 30 cm) and the average snowiest month is February which corresponds with the annual peak in nor'easter activity. The plant hardiness zone in Re hoboth beach is 7b with an average annual extreme minimum air temperature of 8.1 °F (-13.3 °C). It is located on the Atlantic Coastal Plain and is moderated by the Atlantic Ocean and the Reh Hoboth Bay. It has an average mean temperature of 50.0 °C (10.0°F) and no significant precipitation difference between seasons. It is one of the few places in the United States with a temperature of more than 50 °C in the summer. It also has a high heat index of 100°F (38°C) during the summer months. The lowest temperature ever record in Re Hoboth was 11 °F on January 17, 1982, with a wind chill of -18 °C.

Air Quality, Water Quality, Superfund Sites & UV Index

The Air Quality index is in Rehoboth Beach, Sussex County, Delaware = 25.1. These Air Quality index is based on annual reports from the EPA. Higher values are better (100=best). The number of ozone alert days is used as an indicator of air quality, as are the amounts of seven pollutants including particulates, carbon monoxide, sulfur dioxide, lead, and volatile organic chemicals. The Water Quality Index is 43. A measure of the quality of an area’s water supply as rated by the EPA. Higher values are better (100=best). The EPA has a complex method of measuring the watershed quality, using 15 indicators such as pollutants, turbidity, sediments, and toxic discharges. The Superfund Sites Index is 40. Higher is better (100=best). Based upon the number and impact of EPA Superfund pollution sites in the county, including spending on the cleanup efforts. The UV Index in Rehoboth Beach = 3.9 and is a measure of an area's exposure to the sun's ultraviolet rays. This is most often a combination of sunny weather, altitude, and latitude. The UV Index has been defined by the WHO ( and is uniform worldwide.


The most recent city population of 1,108 individuals with a median age of 59.9 age the population grows by 13.03% in Rehoboth Beach, Sussex County, Delaware population since 2000 and are distributed over a density of 942.98 residents per square mile of area (363.95/km²). There are average 1.67 people per household in the 986 households with an average household income of $63,244 a year. The unemployment rate in Alabama is 8.30% of the available work force and has dropped -1.64% over the most recent 12-month period and the projected change in job supply over the next decade based on migration patterns, economic growth, and other factors will increase by 28.42%. The number of physicians in Rehoboth Beach per 100,000 population = 184.2.


The annual rainfall in Rehoboth Beach = 45.5 inches and the annual snowfall = 12.4 inches. The annual number of days with measurable precipitation (over .01 inch) = 115. The average number of days per year that are predominantly sunny = 205. 85 degrees Fahrenheit is the average daily high temperature for the month of July and 27.6 degrees Fahrenheit is the average daily low temperature for the month of January. The Comfort Index (higher=better) is 43, where higher values mean a more pleasant climate. The Comfort Index measure recognizes that humidity by itself isn't the problem. (Have you noticed nobody ever complains about the weather being 'cold and humid?) It's in the summertime that we notice the humidity the most, when it's hot and muggy. Our Comfort Index uses a combination of afternoon summer temperature and humidity to closely predict the effect that the humidity will have on people.

Median Home Cost

The percentage of housing units in Rehoboth Beach, Sussex County, Delaware which are owned by the occupant = 20.23%. A housing unit is a house, apartment, mobile home, or room occupied as separate living quarters. The average age of homes = 36 years with median home cost = $582,320 and home appreciation of -2.83%. This is the value of the years most recent home sales data. Its important to note that this is not the average (or arithmetic mean). The median home price is the middle value when you arrange all the sales prices of homes from lowest to highest. This is a better indicator than the average, because the median is not changed as much by a few unusually high or low values. The property tax rate of $4.43 shown here is the rate per $1,000 of home value. If for simplification for example the tax rate is $14.00 and the home value is $250,000, the property tax would be $14.00 x ($250,000/1000), or $3500. This is the 'effective' tax rate.


The local school district spends $7,040 per student. There are 15 students for each teacher in the school, 933 students for each Librarian and 415 students for each Counselor. 4.11% of the area’s population over the age of 25 with an Associate Degree or other 2-year college degree, 21.93% with a master’s degree, Ph.D. or other advanced college degree and 22.13% with high school diplomas or high school equivalency degrees (GEDs).

  • Rehoboth Beach's population in Sussex County, Delaware of 1,844 residents in 1930 has dropped 0,6-fold to 1,108 residents after 120 years, according to the official 2020 census.

    Approximately 51.86% female residents and 48.14% male residents live in Rehoboth Beach, Sussex County, Delaware.

    As of 2020 in Rehoboth Beach, Sussex County, Delaware are married and the remaining 52.79% are single population.

  • 20.7 minutes is the average time that residents in Rehoboth Beach require for a one-way commute to work. A long commute can have different effects on health. A Gallup poll in the US found that in terms of mental health, long haul commuters are up to 12 percent more likely to experience worry, and ten percent less likely to feel well rested. The Gallup poll also found that of people who commute 61­–90 minutes each day, a whopping one third complained of neck and back pain, compared to less than a quarter of people who only spend ten minutes getting to work.

    66.49% of the working population which commute to work alone in their car, 7.98% of the working population which commutes to work in a carpool, 0.66% of the population that commutes using mass transit, including bus, light rail, subway, and ferry. 3.06% of the population that has their home as their principal place of work.

  • Of the total residential buildings in Rehoboth Beach, Sussex County, Delaware, 20.23% are owner-occupied homes, another 5.80% are rented apartments, and the remaining 73.96% are vacant.

  • The 28.62% of the population in Rehoboth Beach, Sussex County, Delaware who identify themselves as belonging to a religion are distributed among the following most diverse religions.

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