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Bethany Beach, DE
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Living in Bethany Beach


Bethany Beach is a tiny coastal town (i.e. on the ocean, a bay, or inlet) located in the state of Delaware. With a population of 954 people and three constituent neighborhoods, Bethany Beach is the 32nd 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 94.88% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, Bethany Beach is a town of sales and office workers, professionals, and managers. There are especially a lot of people living in Bethany Beach who work in sales jobs (42.71%), office and administrative support (10.23%), and management occupations (8.44%).

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: 19.79% 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 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.

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

Do you like to read, write and learn? If you move to Bethany Beach, you'll likely find that many of your neighbors like to as well. Bethany Beach is one of the more educated communities in America, with a full 58.05% of its adults having a college degree or even advanced degree, compared to a national average across all communities of 21.84%.

The per capita income in Bethany Beach in 2018 was $61,477, which is wealthy relative to Delaware and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $245,908 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 French.