Bethany Beach, DE

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Bethany Beach, DE

About Bethany Beach, DE

Bethany Beach, DE is a great place to live. The town is a peaceful and relaxing beach destination with plenty of amenities nearby. Residents enjoy easy access to the beach and its many activities such as swimming, sunbathing, fishing, and surfing. It also has plenty of great restaurants and shops for residents to explore. The homes in Bethany Beach range from quaint cottages to expansive beachfront properties with beautiful views of the ocean. It's an idyllic escape for those looking for a relaxed lifestyle by the sea away from the hustle and bustle of city life. Small town - Delmarva Peninsula, 8 miles south of Delaware border.

State: Delaware
County: Sussex County
Metro Area: Salisbury Metro Area
City: Bethany Beach
Zip Codes: 19930
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Time zone: Eastern Standard Time (EST)
Elevation: 33 ft above sea level

Salisbury is a quiet small town along the Wicomico River in an area known as Maryland’s Eastern Shore. It has a history as a port and transportation center serving the agricultural “Delmarva” peninsula, incorporating eastern Maryland, Delaware, and a part of Virginia. The area is pleasant with few extremes, thanks to the nearby waters of the Chesapeake Bay and Atlantic Ocean. Cost of living is reasonable for the region. The area has become a bit of a magnet for small businesses seeking to escape higher-cost east coast cities.

Although somewhat cut off by water, Salisbury is centrally located amongst the Washington DC, Philadelphia, Baltimore and the Norfolk, Virginia areas. It is still a 100-plus mile drive to these cities, but they are close enough to provide the cultural amenities and services missing locally, Downtown is clean and well kept with some historic interest, and the city is a center for health and education for the southern Delmarva area.

Salisbury lies in a mostly level plain about 12 miles from Chesapeake Bay. Surrounding land is mainly agricultural. The Atlantic and Chesapeake Bay create a mild climate for the latitude and region. Summers are warm and humid but with temperatures only occasionally exceeding 90. Cloudy days are common, and rain can come as persistent light rain drizzle or thundershowers with approaching cold fronts. Winters are also mild with only infrequent colder snaps. Winter precipitation is usually rain, or a mix of rain and snow. Atlantic hurricanes and “noreasters” can bring heavier precipitation and lowland flooding is a risk. First freeze is late October, last is mid-April.

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Bethany Beach Cost of Living

Moderate climate, outdoor recreation, and small-town feel make Bethany Beach a great place to live.

+55.0% higher than avg
32.5% lower than avg
7.9 / 6.1
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Bethany Beach Crime
95.1 / 100
Crime is ranked on a scale of 1 (low) to 100 (high). US average: 35.4
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Pros & Cons of Bethany Beach
   Moderate climate
   Outdoor recreation
High violent crime rate
   Small-town feel
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