- Fenwick Island, Delaware
official_name = Fenwick Island, Delaware
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Fenwick Island is a town in Sussex County,
Delaware, United States. According to 2006 Census Bureau estimates, the population of the town is 357.cite web | date = June 21 2006| url = http://www.census.gov/popest/cities/tables/SUB-EST2005-04-10.csv | title = Annual Estimates of the Population for All Incorporated Places in Delaware | format = CSV | work = 2005 Population Estimates | publisher = U.S. Census Bureau, Population Division | accessmonthday = November 21 | accessyear = 2006] It is part of the Seaford, DelawareMicropolitan Statistical Area.
Fenwick Island, together with the towns of Lewes, Rehoboth Beach, Dewey Beach, Bethany Beach, and South Bethany, comprises Delaware's beach resort area and is Sussex County's most densely-populated and fastest-growing area.
Fenwick Island and its neighbors to the north, Bethany Beach and South Bethany are popularly known as "The Quiet Resorts". This is in contradistinction to the wild atmosphere of Dewey Beach and the cosmopolitan bustle of Rehoboth Beach. Fenwick Island, however, is somewhat less "quiet" than "the Bethanies" because it is immediately across the state line from
Ocean City, Maryland, which has a reputation as a lively vacation resort.
Named after Thomas Fenwick, a planter from England who settled in
Maryland, Fenwick Island lay in the part of Delaware which was claimed by Lord Baltimore and his heirs during the Penn-Baltimore border dispute.
Contrary to popular belief, the town does not sit on a
barrier islandbut on a narrow peninsula which resembles a barrier island (unless one considers a narrow man-made boat canal well inland that connects White Creek to Little Assawoman Bay). The narrow strip of land separates the Atlantic Ocean from Little Assawoman Bay. Ocean City, Maryland occupies the southern tip of this peninsula.
Local legend has it that Cedar Island in Little Assawoman Bay was a spot for
pirates to bury treasure. Regardless of the truth of the legend, the Delaware coastal area was well-known as a place for pirates to hide from the law.
The town was an unincorporated area between South Bethany and
Ocean City, Marylanduntil July 1953, when the DelawareGeneral Assembly passed an act to incorporate the town. Local sentiment demanded incorporation to prevent the relentless high-rise development of Ocean City from creeping north into Fenwick Island.
Fenwick Island is located at coor dms|38|27|34|N|75|3|13|W|city (38.459314, -75.053563).GR|1
According to the
United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 0.5 square miles (1.3 km²), of which, 0.3 square miles (0.9 km²) of it is land and 0.1 square miles (0.4 km²) of it (28.57%) is water.
As of the
censusGR|2 of 2000, there were 342 people, 178 households, and 126 families residing in the town. The population densitywas 994.5 people per square mile (388.4/km²). There were 666 housing units at an average density of 1,936.7/sq mi (756.3/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 99.42% White, and 0.58% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.63% of the population.
There were 178 households out of which 5.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 67.4% were married couples living together, 2.8% had a female householder with no husband present, and 28.7% were non-families. 26.4% of all households were made up of individuals and 15.7% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 1.92 and the average family size was 2.25.
In the town the population was spread out with 6.1% under the age of 18, 2.6% from 18 to 24, 11.1% from 25 to 44, 40.6% from 45 to 64, and 39.5% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 61 years. For every 100 females there were 89.0 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 86.6 males.
The median income for a household in the town was $58,333, and the median income for a family was $68,750. Males had a median income of $46,607 versus $48,750 for females. The
per capita incomefor the town was $44,415. About 3.3% of families and 8.5% of the population were below the poverty line, including none of those under age 18 and 7.1% of those age 65 or over.
Pierson Roenke, better known as
Pistol Pete, was born and raised on the streets of the Island. He can still be spotted running the streets and beaches of the town. Also see Badass.
Delaware Seashore State Park
Fenwick Island State Park
* [http://www.fenwickisland.org/ Town of Fenwick Island - Official Site]
* [http://www.delmarvabeachguide.com/fenwick_island/index.html Fenwick Island, DE Information]
* [http://www.warrensstation.com/ Warren's Station, a local restaurant]
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