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 1,170 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 95.61% 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 (22.64%), food service (11.15%), and office and administrative support (10.47%).

Telecommuters are a relatively large percentage of the workforce: 16.38% 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 an extremely popular destination for tourists and seasonal residents. So much of the population is seasonal such that the town’s population swells significantly during the vacation season, and drops again when the season ends. Because of this, much of the local economy is centered around tourism; some businesses may be operated only during the high season. During the low season, year-round residents will notice that the city is a substantially quieter place to live.

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. Quite often, nautical areas such as these attract visitors and locals who come to enjoy the scenery and various waterfront activities.

Do you have a 4-year college degree or graduate degree? If so, you may feel right at home in Bethany Beach. 54.17% 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 2010 was $48,420, which is wealthy relative to Delaware and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $193,680 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 Urdu and Italian.

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