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.

The city 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, Lewes has relatively fewer families with younger children, and/or college students. Combined, this makes Lewes a pretty quiet place to live overall. If you like quiet, you will probably enjoy it here.

Lewes 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. Such areas are often places that visitors and locals go for waterfront activities or taking in the scenery.

One of the benefits of Lewes is that there is very little traffic. The average commute to work is 19.01 minutes, which is substantially less than the national average. Not only does this mean that the drive to work is less aggravating, but noise and pollution levels are lower as a result.

Despite being a small city, Lewes has a lot of people using the subway to get to and from work every day. Most of these people on the subway are using it to get to good jobs in other cities.

The citizens of Lewes are among the most well-educated in the nation: 44.79% of adults in Lewes have a bachelor's degree or even advanced degree, whereas the average US city has 21.84% holding at least a bachelor's 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.