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Location of Dagsboro in Sussex County, Delaware.
Location of Dagsboro in Sussex County, Delaware.
Dagsboro, Delaware is located in Delaware
Dagsboro, Delaware
Dagsboro, Delaware
Location in Delaware
Dagsboro, Delaware is located in the United States
Dagsboro, Delaware
Dagsboro, Delaware
Location in the United States
Country  United States
State  Delaware
County Flag of Sussex County, Delaware.gif Sussex
 • Total 1.44 sq mi (3.73 km2)
 • Land 1.44 sq mi (3.73 km2)
 • Water 0.00 sq mi (0.00 km2)
23 ft (7 m)
 • Total 870
 • Density 605.01/sq mi (233.52/km2)
Time zone UTC−5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC−4 (EDT)
ZIP code
Area code(s) 302
FIPS code 10-18950
GNIS feature ID 213855

Dagsboro is a town in Sussex County, Delaware, United States. The population was 805 at the 2010 census. It is part of the Salisbury, Maryland-Delaware Metropolitan Statistical Area.


Dagsboro, incorporated in the early 1900s, is a town that is energized in summer by Delaware Route 26 beach traffic. The town, in the Indian River School District, was founded in 1747 and has been known as Blackfoot Town, Dagsbury and Dagsborough. It was named for John Dagworthy (1721–1784), a brigadier general of the Sussex County Militia during the American Revolutionary War.


Dagsboro is located at 38°32′57″N 75°14′45″W / 38.54917°N 75.24583°W / 38.54917; -75.24583 (38.5492801, -75.2457443).

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 2.3 square miles (6.0 km2), all of it land.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1880 58
1900 190
1910 176 −7.4%
1920 223 26.7%
1930 198 −11.2%
1940 222 12.1%
1950 474 113.5%
1960 477 0.6%
1970 375 −21.4%
1980 344 −8.3%
1990 398 15.7%
2000 519 30.4%
2010 805 55.1%
2020 870 8.1%
U.S. Decennial Census

At the 2010 census there were 805 people, 364 households, and 222 families living in the town. The population density was 409.5 people per square mile (157.8/km2). There were 364 housing units at an average density of 195.7 per square mile (75.4/km2). The racial makeup of the town was 85.6% White, 6.6% African American, 1% from American Indian, 4.2% from other races, and 2.6% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 8.7%.

Of the 364 households 31.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 52.1% were married couples living together, 13.2% had a female householder with no husband present, and 28.6% were non-families. 24.8% of households were one person and 28.6% were one person aged 65 or older. The average household size was 2.59 and the average family size was 2.98.

The age distribution was 22.4% under the age of 18, 9.6% from 18 to 24, 24.1% from 25 to 44, 28.9% from 45 to 64, and 15% 65 or older. The median age was 41.1 years. For every 100 females, there were 90.8 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 92.3 males.

The median household income was $49,167 and the median family income was $52.250. Males had a median income of $40,662 versus $32,000 for females. The per capita income for the town was $19,949. About 10.2% of families and 10.3% of the population were below the poverty line, including 13.6% of those under age 18 and 7.9% of those age 65 or over.


Prince George's Chapel, Route 26, Dagsboro (Sussex County, Delaware)
Prince George's Chapel

Built in 1755 and named for Prince George (later King George III), Prince George's Chapel is one of the oldest churches in the United States as well as one of the oldest buildings in Dagsboro. It became part of the Church of England's Worcester Parish on June 30, 1757 when the area was still part of Maryland. General Dagworthy, who died in 1829, is buried in the chapel's cemetery. Major renovations came in 1967 with the property's purchase by the State of Delaware. It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1971.

Clayton Theatre opened in Dagsboro on February 2, 1949 with One Touch of Venus, a film featuring Ava Gardner, on its single screen. The theater was named for John M. Clayton, a former United States senator and Secretary of State. In the 1950s, a soda fountain operated as Clayton Cut Rate Luncheonette in a storefront adjoining the theater. Although the Clayton now uses digital projection equipment, it continues doing business as Delaware's last single-screen theater.


Dagsboro is in the Indian River School District.

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