Selbyville, DE

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Selbyville, DE

About Selbyville, DE

Selbyville, Delaware is a beautiful place to live. From the rolling hills and lush green forests, to the white sand beaches of Fenwick Island, there is something for everyone in this small coastal town. The historic downtown district is full of unique shops, restaurants and galleries that are open year-round. Selbyville also offers plenty of outdoor activities such as biking, hiking, fishing and kayaking on the nearby Assawoman Bay. Residents enjoy a close-knit community where everyone knows each other's name and neighbors look out for one another. The town is incredibly welcoming and diverse with residents from all walks of life who come together to make Selbyville an amazing place to call home. Small town - Delmarva Peninsula, 8 miles south of Delaware border.

State: Delaware
County: Sussex County
Metro Area: Salisbury Metro Area
City: Selbyville
Zip Codes: 19975
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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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Selbyville Cost of Living

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

+32.3% higher than avg
+11.5% higher than avg
7.9 / 6.1
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Selbyville Crime
47.1 / 100
Crime is ranked on a scale of 1 (low) to 100 (high). US average: 35.4
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Pros & Cons of Selbyville
   Moderate climate
   Outdoor recreation
High violent crime rate
   Small-town feel
Cost of Living