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.
One interesting thing about the economy is that relatively large numbers of people worked from their home: 12.40% of the workforce. While this number may seem small overall, as a fraction of the total workforce this is high compared to the rest of the county. 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 an extremely popular vacation destination. A significant portion of the population is seasonal. During the vacation season, the town experiences a large influx of people who take up residence in second homes they own in the area. As the vacation season ends, the population drops again, leaving behind a substantially quieter and smaller town.
The town is relatively quiet, having a combination of lower population density and few of those groups of people who have a tendency to be noisy. For example, Bethany Beach has relatively fewer families with younger children, and/or college students. Combined, this makes Bethany Beach a pretty quiet place to live overall. If you like quiet, you will probably enjoy it here.
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.
Despite being a small town, Bethany Beach has a lot of people using the train to get to and from work every day. Most of these people on the train are using it to get to good jobs in other 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.