Selbyville, DE
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Selbyville is a very small coastal town (i.e. on the ocean, a bay, or inlet) located in the state of Delaware. With a population of 2,397 people and three constituent neighborhoods, Selbyville is the 22nd largest community in Delaware.

Unlike some towns where white-collar or blue-collar occupations dominate the local economy, Selbyville is neither predominantly one nor the other. Instead, it has a mixed workforce of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Selbyville is a town of service providers, sales and office workers, and managers. There are especially a lot of people living in Selbyville who work in food service (14.86%), maintenance occupations (12.03%), and sales jobs (11.58%).

It is a fairly quiet town because there are relatively few of those groups of people who have a tendency to be noisy. (Children, for example, often can't help themselves from being noisy, and being parents ourselves, we know!) Selbyville has relatively few families with children living at home, and is quieter because of it. Renters and college students, for their own reasons, can also be noisy. Selbyville has few renters and college students. But the biggest reason it is quieter in Selbyville than in most places in America, is that there are just simply fewer people living here. If you think trees make good neighbors, Selbyville may be for you.

Selbyville is also nautical, which means that parts of it are somewhat historic and touch the ocean or tidal bodies of water, such as inlets and bays. Such areas are often places that visitors and locals go for waterfront activities or taking in the scenery.

The percentage of people in Selbyville with college degrees is quite a bit lower than the national average for cities and towns of 21.84%: just 12.16% of people over 25 have a bachelor's degree or advanced degree.

The per capita income in Selbyville in 2010 was $19,072, which is low income relative to Delaware, and lower middle income relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $76,288 for a family of four. However, Selbyville contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

The people who call Selbyville home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Selbyville residents report their race to be White, followed by Black or African-American. Selbyville also has a sizeable Hispanic population (people of Hispanic origin can be of any race). People of Hispanic or Latino origin account for 35.54% of the town’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Selbyville include English, German, Italian, and Scottish.

In addition, Selbyville has a lot of people living here who were born outside of the US (17.79%).

The most common language spoken in Selbyville is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Chinese.