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%).

A relatively large number of people in Bethany Beach telecommute to their jobs. Overall, about 16.38% of the workforce works from home. While this may seem like a small number, as a fraction of the total workforce it ranks among the highest in the country. 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.

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.

If knowledge is power, Bethany Beach is a pretty powerful place. 54.17% 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 $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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