Lewes, DE
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Lewes is a very small coastal city (i.e. on the ocean, a bay, or inlet) located in the state of Delaware. With a population of 3,074 people and six constituent neighborhoods, Lewes is the 20th largest community in Delaware.

Lewes home prices are not only among the most expensive in Delaware, but Lewes real estate also consistently ranks among the most expensive in America.

Lewes is a decidedly white-collar city, with fully 95.77% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, Lewes is a city of sales and office workers, managers, and professionals. There are especially a lot of people living in Lewes who work in office and administrative support (18.38%), sales jobs (17.00%), and business and financial occupations (15.70%).

Of important note, Lewes is also a city of artists. Lewes has more artists, designers and people working in media than 90% of the communities in America. This concentration of artists helps shape Lewes’s character.

Also of interest is that Lewes 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: 16.53% 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 Lewes is an extremely popular destination for tourists and seasonal residents. So much of the population is seasonal such that the city’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.

Residents will find that the city is relatively quiet. This is because it is not over-populated, and it has fewer college students, renters, and young children - all of whom can be noisy at times. So, if you're looking for a relatively peaceful place to live, Lewes is worth considering.

One of the nice things about Lewes 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.

Compared to the rest of the country, citizens of Lewes spend much less time in their cars: on average, their commute to work is only 19.01 minutes. This also means that noise and pollution levels in the city are less than they would otherwise be.

The education level of Lewes ranks among the highest in the nation. Of the 25-and-older adult population in Lewes, 44.79% have at least a bachelor's degree. The typical US community has just 21.84% of its adults holding a bachelor's degree or graduate degree.

The per capita income in Lewes in 2010 was $49,222, which is wealthy relative to Delaware and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $196,888 for a family of four. However, Lewes contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

Lewes is a somewhat ethnically-diverse city. The people who call Lewes home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Lewes residents report their race to be White, followed by Black or African-American. Important ancestries of people in Lewes include English, German, Italian, and French .

The most common language spoken in Lewes is English. Other important languages spoken here include Italian and Polish.