Bethany Beach 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 1,245 people and two constituent neighborhoods, Bethany Beach is the 33rd largest community in Delaware.
Bethany Beach home prices are not only among the most expensive in Delaware, but Bethany Beach real estate also consistently ranks among the most expensive in America.
Bethany Beach is a decidedly white-collar town, with fully 94.69% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, Bethany Beach is a town of sales and office workers, managers, and professionals. There are especially a lot of people living in Bethany Beach who work in sales jobs (27.35%), management occupations (18.37%), and office and administrative support (13.88%).
Telecommuters are a relatively large percentage of the workforce: 15.81% of people work from home. While this number may seem small overall, as a fraction of the total workforce it is high relative to the nation. These workers are often telecommuters who work in knowledge-based, white-collar professions. For example, Silicon Valley has large numbers of people who telecommute. Other at-home workers may be self-employed people who operate small businesses out of their homes.
Another notable thing is that Bethany Beach is a major vacation destination. Much of the town’s population is seasonal: many people own second homes and only live there part-time, during the vacation season. The effect on the local economy is that many of the businesses are dependent on tourist dollars, and may operate only during the high season. As the vacation season ends, Bethany Beach’s population drops significantly, such that year-round residents will notice that the city is a much quieter place to live.
In addition, Bethany Beach is home to many people who could be described as "urban sophisticates". Urban sophisticates are people who are both educated and wealthy, and thus tend to be older, richer, and more established than young professionals. "Urban sophisticates" is not just about being educated and well-off financially: it is a point of view and state of mind, one that you might call 'urbaneness'. But such people can and do regularly live in small towns, suburbs and rural areas, as well as in big cities. They read, support the arts and high-end shops, and love travel.
One of the nice things about Bethany Beach is that it is nautical, which means that parts of it are somewhat historic and touch the ocean or tidal bodies of water, such as inlets and bays. Because of this, visitors and locals will often go to these areas to take in the scenery or to enjoy waterfront activities.
Do you have a 4-year college degree or graduate degree? If so, you may feel right at home in Bethany Beach. 58.60% of adults here have a 4-year degree or graduate degree, whereas the national average for all cities and towns is just 21.84%.
The per capita income in Bethany Beach in 2018 was $63,945, which is wealthy relative to Delaware and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $255,780 for a family of four.
The people who call Bethany Beach home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Bethany Beach residents report their race to be White, followed by Asian. Important ancestries of people in Bethany Beach include Irish, German, English, Italian, and Polish.
The most common language spoken in Bethany Beach is English. Other important languages spoken here include Polish and Langs. of India.