Bethany Beach, DE
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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 1,194 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 98.45% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, Bethany Beach is a town of managers, professionals, and sales and office workers. There are especially a lot of people living in Bethany Beach who work in management occupations (21.71%), office and administrative support (16.28%), and food service (11.63%).

Also of interest is that Bethany Beach has more people living here who work in computers and math than 95% of the places in the US.

Telecommuters are a relatively large percentage of the workforce: 12.40% 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.

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!) Bethany Beach 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. Bethany Beach has few renters and college students. But the biggest reason it is quieter in Bethany Beach than in most places in America, is that there are just simply fewer people living here. If you think trees make good neighbors, Bethany Beach may be for you.

Bethany Beach 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.

Even though Bethany Beach is a smaller town, it has many people who hop on public transportation – mostly the train for their daily commute to work. Typically, these people are commuting to good jobs in the surrounding cities.

If knowledge is power, Bethany Beach is a pretty powerful place. 58.20% of the adults in Bethany Beach have earned a 4-year college degree, masters degree, MD, law degree, or even PhD. Compare that to the national average of 21.84% for all cities and towns.

The per capita income in Bethany Beach in 2010 was $49,875, which is wealthy relative to Delaware and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $199,500 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 German, English, Italian, and Russian.

The most common language spoken in Bethany Beach is English. Other important languages spoken here include Polish and Urdu.



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