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Rehoboth Beach is a city in Sussex County, Delaware, United States. According to 2006 Census Bureau estimates, the population of the city is 1,556. It is part of the Seaford, Delaware Micropolitan Statistical Area.
A popular regional vacation destination, Rehoboth Beach's seasonal population expands to over 75,000 in the summer.
The city 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 camp meetings in the spirit of similar resorts on the New Jersey shore, such as Ocean Grove. The Camp Meeting Association disbanded in 1881, and in 1891, the location was incorporated by the Delaware General Assembly as "Henlopen City", shortly after which it was renamed to Rehoboth Beach.
Rehoboth is a name of Biblical appellation, meaning "place [or space] for all". also named after Rehovot, a city in Israel (In modern Hebrew, the same means 'streets'). The name is strikingly fitting, due to Rehoboth Beach's ability to blend its distinct communities. Rehoboth appears four times in the Old Testament as, variously, a well dug by Isaac (Wadi er-Ruheibeh) (Gen. 26:22), a city on the Euphrates River (Gen. 36:37; 1 Chr. 1:48), and one of the cities of Asshur (Gen. 10:11). Consequently, the name had obvious appeal to the religious founders of the city.
Modern resort townEdit
The town often bills itself as "The Nation's Summer Capital" due to the fact that it is a frequent summer vacation destination for Washington, D.C., residents as well as visitors from Maryland, Virginia, and in lesser numbers, Pennsylvania. Vacationers are drawn for many reasons, including the town's charm, artistic appeal, and nightlife.
Still famous for its beaches, wooden boardwalk, eclectic shops, amusements, and sporting activities, today's Rehoboth Beach is also known as one of the mid-Atlantic coast's popular gay and lesbian getaways because of the large number of gay-owned and operated businesses and because of the gay-frequented stretch of beach near Queen Street, known as Poodle Beach.
Rehoboth Beach serves as an alternative to nearby and much more developed Ocean City, Maryland. Rehoboth Beach, together with the towns of Lewes, Dewey Beach, Bethany Beach, South Bethany, and Fenwick Island, comprises Delaware's beach resorts and is Sussex County's most densely populated and fastest-growing area.
Reader's Digest named the Rehoboth Beach Boardwalk as "Best of America". This celebration of the quirky, amazing and truly extraordinary was featured in the May 2006 issue. Additionally, AARP has named Rehoboth Beach as one of five dream towns as "Best Places to Retire".
According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 1.6 square miles (4.3 km²), of which, 1.2 square miles (3.1 km²) of it is land and 0.5 square miles (1.2 km²) of it (28.48%) is water.
As of the censusTemplate:GR of 2000, there were 1,495 people, 847 households, and 343 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,266.5 people per square mile (489.2/km²). There were 3,167 housing units at an average density of 2,682.9/sq mi (1,036.3/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.
There were 847 households out of which 6.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 34.8% were married couples living together, 3.9% had a female householder with no husband present, and 59.4% were non-families. 47.1% of all households were made up of individuals and 23.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 1.71 and the average family size was 2.35.
In the city the population was spread out with 7.0% under the age of 18, 3.7% from 18 to 24, 18.5% from 25 to 44, 33.3% from 45 to 64, and 37.5% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 57 years. For every 100 females there were 92.7 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 89.8 males.
The median income for a household in the city was $51,429, and the median income for a family was $58,558. Males had a median income of $56,250 versus $28,295 for females. The per capita income for the city was $38,494. About 3.1% of families and 5.3% of the population were below the poverty line, including 5.9% of those under age 18 and 4.5% of those age 65 or over.
The town is the location of the first beauty pageant in America, and one of the judges was Thomas Edison.
The town was highlighted for a famous Christmas special in the late-1990s by Kathie Lee Gifford, although the special was taped in Henlopen Acres, a community that use to be part of Rehoboth Beach, but became incorporated in the 1970s. Gifford no longer resides in the town.
The town has been seen as a get away for many celebrities. Sightings of famous celebrities such as Oprah Winfrey and Baltimore Orioles' player Cal Ripken Jr. have occurred. Many high power political leaders have also visited and vacationed in the town, such as President Gerald Ford and First Lady Laura Bush.
- ↑ Annual Estimates of the Population for All Incorporated Places in Delaware (CSV). 2005 Population Estimates. U.S. Census Bureau, Population Division (June 21 2006). Retrieved on November 21, 2006.
- ↑ Fun Maps: Gay Rehoboth Beach
- ↑ Rehoboth Beach: What to See and Do - Queer Lesbian Gay Travel - Gay.com
- ↑ http://www.retirementindelaware.com/pdf/AARPDreamTowns.pdf
- ↑ Rehoboth Beach Independent Film Festival
- ↑ Rehoboth Beach Autumn Jazz Festival
- City of Rehoboth Beach - Official Site
- Rehoboth Beach Main Street Downtown Organization - Official Site
- Lifeguards - Rehoboth Beach Patrol - Official Site
- Rehoboth Beach Police Department
- Rehoboth Beach-Dewey Beach Chamber of Commerce
- Rehoboth Beach, DE Information
- Map of Rehoboth Beach, DE