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Betterton, Maryland
Location of Betterton, Maryland
Location of Betterton, Maryland
Country  United States
State  Maryland
County Kent
Incorporated 1906
 • Type Mayor-Council
 • Total 1.00 sq mi (2.58 km2)
 • Land 0.99 sq mi (2.56 km2)
 • Water 0.01 sq mi (0.02 km2)
72 ft (22 m)
 • Total 286
 • Density 288.89/sq mi (111.54/km2)
Time zone UTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP code
Area code(s) 410
FIPS code 24-07200
GNIS feature ID 0583196
Betterton Historic District
Rigbie Hotel
Betterton, Maryland is located in Maryland
Betterton, Maryland
Location in Maryland
Betterton, Maryland is located in the United States
Betterton, Maryland
Location in the United States
Location Roughly bounded by Sassafras River, Gut Marsh, 6th, and Ericsson Aves., Betterton, Maryland
Built 1880
Architectural style Gothic
NRHP reference No. 84001805
Added to NRHP June 07, 1984

Betterton is a town in Kent County, Maryland, United States. The population was 345 at the 2010 census.

Betterton Historic District

The Betterton Historic District consists of a collection of vernacular Victorian resort structures. The district includes many of the homes, hotels and cottages built to accommodate steamboat passengers in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Notable buildings within the district include the hotels and boarding homes which catered to the steamboat passengers, several churches, and summer cottages, dating from the golden age of the passenger steamboats on the Chesapeake Bay.

It was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1984.


Betterton is located at the mouth of the Sassafras River on the upper Chesapeake Bay. More precisely, Betterton is located at 39°22′4″N 76°3′39″W / 39.36778°N 76.06083°W / 39.36778; -76.06083 (39.367863, -76.060877).

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 1.00 square mile (2.59 km2), of which, 0.99 square miles (2.56 km2) is land and 0.01 square miles (0.03 km2) is water.

Betterton Beach

Betterton Beach is located at the foot of Main Street. The beach has 300 feet (91 m) of frontage for swimming. The water is generally free of sea nettles because the water is not very salty. The beach has public restrooms (seasonal), a boardwalk, a fishing jetty, a public landing, and reasonable parking. A picnic pavilion is nearby. Lifeguards service was suspended in 2008, but lifeguard service has resumed since May 20, 2016 with their working hours 11am-6pm on Saturdays, Sundays, and holidays. Even so, the public beach is currently "swim at your own risk".


Historical population
Census Pop.
1910 308
1920 327 6.2%
1930 296 −9.5%
1940 221 −25.3%
1950 314 42.1%
1960 328 4.5%
1970 327 −0.3%
1980 356 8.9%
1990 360 1.1%
2000 376 4.4%
2010 345 −8.2%
2020 286 −17.1%
U.S. Decennial Census

2010 census

As of the census of 2010, there were 345 people, 156 households, and 88 families residing in the town. The population density was 348.5 inhabitants per square mile (134.6/km2). There were 317 housing units at an average density of 320.2 per square mile (123.6/km2). The racial makeup of the town was 92.5% White, 2.9% African American, 0.9% Native American, 0.6% Asian, 1.7% from other races, and 1.4% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.9% of the population.

There were 156 households, of which 23.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 41.0% were married couples living together, 8.3% had a female householder with no husband present, 7.1% had a male householder with no wife present, and 43.6% were non-families. 36.5% of all households were made up of individuals, and 10.2% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.21 and the average family size was 2.94.

The median age in the town was 46.9 years. 18.6% of residents were under the age of 18; 8.4% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 20.3% were from 25 to 44; 36.7% were from 45 to 64; and 15.9% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the town was 49.3% male and 50.7% female.


It is in the Kent County Public Schools. Kent County Middle School is in Chestertown, and Kent County High School is in an unincorporated area, in the Butlertown census-designated place with a Worton postal address.

The community was formerly assigned to Worton Elementary School. In 2017 the school board voted to close Worton Elementary.

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