Fenwick Island – Selbyville, DE

Fenwick Island – West Fenwick – Selbyville, DE Area

Quality of Life
Fenwick Island Delaware, is situated just north of Ocean City Maryland, and south of Bethany Beach Delaware. Fenwick Island, West Fenwick, and Selbyville, DE areas are bordered by the Atlantic Ocean featuring sandy beaches, and the Little Assawoman Bay, offering water sports enthusiasts the opportunity to explore nature by boat, sail, or even a rowboat! New home communities are located along Rt. 54 from the Atlantic Ocean in Fenwick Island to Selbyville on Rt. 113. Activities abound in the Fenwick Island Delaware region with seashore parks, golf courses, sandy beaches on the Atlantic Ocean, Fishing, Boating, Shopping.

Area Towns

Fenwick Island, DE

West Fenwick, DE

Selbyville, DE

Roxanna, DE
Cost of Living
In general terms, the cost of living in Sussex County tends to be quite low. The area is still predominately rural and land values are still extremely low in comparison to nearby urban and suburban areas, with the exception of the immediate coastal area. Because so much of the county has access to water, one can quite easily find desirable inland properties with boating access to the rivers, bays, and ocean for reasonable prices.

Lower Taxes
Sussex County property taxes are by far the lowest in Delaware and among the lowest in the nation, while the services offered by the county government are quite extensive. In addition, Delaware has no sales tax and no real or personal state property tax. State income tax levels have decreased in recent years, making the total tax burden on individuals and businesses in Sussex County quite low in comparison with surrounding areas.

Local Tax

  • Each municipality in Sussex County has its own property, school district, and capitation tax rate. For specific information on tax rates, contact your local town office.
  • Sussex County current property is $.44 per based on a 50% assessment ratio. There is also a $3 capitation tax. For more info contact the County Tax Department at 855-7720.

State of Delaware

  • No Sales Tax
  • No Property Tax
  • No Personal Property Tax

Personal Income Taxes
State personal income taxes for residents are assessed on Delaware taxable income. Delaware taxable income equals Delaware adjusted gross income minus personal exemptions, and standard or itemized deductions. Delaware adjusted gross income is derived by adding to the Federal adjusted gross income and receipts from the securities of states or political subdivisions other than Delaware and its political subdivisions. Income from obligations of the United States, disability and/or elderly credits, and pensions up to $3000 (age 60 and over) is then deducted from the federal adjusted gross income. Nonresidents are taxed on the portion of income derived from sources within Delaware. The current State tax rate is schedule is graduated and includes six rate reductions.

Delaware Personal Income Tax Rates

Source: Delaware Division of Revenue, March 1995: (302) 739-5251

Delaware Taxable Tax Liability
0 – 2,000 0.0% of income
2,001 – 5,000 0 + 3.2% of income over 2,000
5,001 – 10,000 96 + 5.0% of income over 5,000
10,001 – 20,000 346 + 6.0% of income over 10,000
20,001 – 25,000 946 + 6.6% of income over 20,000
25,001 – 30,000 1,276 + 7.0% of income over 25,000
30,000 – 40,000 1,626 + 7.6% of income over 30,000
Over 40,000 2,386 + 7.7% of income over 40,000

General Sales Tax: Delaware does not impose a general sales tax.

Public Accommodations Tax: 8% of the room charge.

Property Taxes
Delaware’s property taxes are among the lowest of any state, ranking 43rd in the nation. The following table describes average effective tax rates for existing single family homes with FHA-insured mortgages as a percentage of market value. The data compiled below indicates that owners of a Delaware property with a market value of $100,000 would pay a rate of .68% or $680, however the rate for 1997is .445 cents per $100.

State 1987 1986 1985 1984
DELAWARE 0.68% 0.73% 0.65% 0.71%
Pennsylvania 1.40 1.37 1.41 1.53
New York 2.07 2.22 2.38 2.80
Maryland 1.22 1.30 1.30 1.26
New Jersey 2.38 2.33 2.47 2.62
U.S. Average 1.15 1.16 1.21 1.23

The following table shows the total annual sales, property and income tax bill for a retired couple living in the state capitol of Delaware and the surrounding states. The couple is assumed to have $50,000 of annual income and live in a home worth the median market value of 2,000 square foot houses in their town. Rank Sales Tax Property Tax Income Tax TOTAL

Source: Kiplinger’s Personal Finance Magazine, August 1995

State Rank Sales Tax Prop. Tax Income Tax Total
DELAWARE 2 $0 $1,350 $790 $2,140
Pennsylvania 23 $2,268 $2,250 $560 $5,078
New York 43 $3,025 $3,806 $446 $7,279
Maryland 45 $1,968 $4,875 $520 $7,363
New Jersey 49 $2.268 $4,945 $342 $7,555

County Information 

Sussex County Population Growth

  • 1995: 130,850
  • 2000: 156,638
  • 2009: 192,019


Salisbury-Wicomico Regional Airport
Approximately a 40 minute drive from the Quiet Resorts.

  • Salisbury, MD
  • (410) 548-4827
  • Directions

Baltimore/Washington International Airport (BWI)
Approximately 2 ½ hour drive from the Quiet Resorts

Philadelphia International Airport (PHL)
Approximately 2 ½ hour drive from the Quiet Resorts

DART First State

Public bus service
New Castle & Kent County: 800-652-3278
Sussex County: 800-553-3278
(offers service from Wilmington, DE and Dover, DE to Rehoboth Beach and a loop around the resorts of Lewes, Georgetown, Long Neck, Ocean City, Dewey Beach and Rehoboth Beach)

DART schedules change during the Fall so be sure to check the link above. To get to Ocean City, MD, depart from the Rehoboth Park ‘n’ Ride ($5 to park & free bus service) and arrive at 144th St., where you can board an Ocean City bus to get around town. For more info and departure times, call 800-553-3278.

Enterprise Rent-A-Car

A reliable rental car from Enterprise will give you the freedom to go where you want, when you want. For reservations call toll free 1-800-736-8222, or 302-645-5005.


Bus service nationwide. For rates call: 1-800-231-2222

Seaport Taxi

24 hour taxi and shuttle service throughout resort area.
306 Savannah Rd. Lewes, De. 19958. Call 302-645-6800.


ASA Transportation

This shuttle service provides transportation for a night on the town, trips to or from the Delaware resort cities and beaches, and to/from airports, bus & train stations. “Leave the Driving to Us!” For reservations and rates, call 302-698-3067 or 866-272-1377 or e-mail


Indian River School District
Located right in the heart of the lower Sussex county Delaware, the Indian River School District is one of the largest in the state of Delaware serving approximately 8,700 students. IRSD serves the towns of Bethany Beach, Dagsboro, Fenwick Island, Frankford, Georgetown, Gumboro, Millsboro, Millville, Ocean View, Selbyville and South Bethany. For more information click here.


Delaware consists of three counties; Kent, New Castle, and Sussex. Sussex County is the largest, and is situated at the southern end of the state. Sussex County’s eastern border boasts 24 miles of Atlantic coastline, southward from Cape Henlopen to Fenwick Island at the Maryland State Line.

Central and western Sussex are flat with a mixture of fields and forest, interspersed with streams running either to the coast or to the Nanticoke Riverl; Sussex County’s direct link with the Chesapeake Bay. The inland areas are dotted with dozens of fresh water ponds, several of which are cypress ponds, marking the northernmost extension of the distinctly southern bald cypress tree in America.

The County consists of a total of 605,403 acres. Of this total, approximately 290,000 acres are cropland; 240,000 acres are forested; 20,000 acres are marshland and swamp; 8,000 acres are rural homes and roads; 45,000 acres are town and built-up acres; and 3,000 acres are “small water areas”, i.e. streams, lakes and ponds.

Within the boundaries of Sussex County are five Delaware state parks, 20 state fish and wildlife facilities, two state forests, and a national wildlife refuge, offering a wide spectrum of outdoor recreational activities at all seasons of the year. DE State parks are open sunrise to sunset year round. User fees are charged May through September.

Miles to Fenwick Island, West Fenwick, Selbyville, DE Area

  • Baltimore, MD: 120 miles
  • Cape May-Lewes Ferry: 30 miles
  • Chesapeake Bay Bridge: 85 miles
  • Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel: 135 miles
  • Cleveland, OH: 486 miles
  • Harrisburg, PA: 182 miles
  • Lancaster, PA: 150 miles
  • New York, NY: 234 miles
  • Philadelphia, PA: 142 miles
  • Pittsburgh, PA: 357 miles
  • Trenton, N.: 180 miles
  • Washington, DC: 135 miles
  • Wilmington, DE: 110 miles