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 3,233 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 91.46% 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 sales jobs (15.47%), management occupations (15.31%), and office and administrative support (12.97%).
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.
One interesting thing about the economy is that relatively large numbers of people worked from their home: 16.12% 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.
In addition, Lewes is home to many people who could be described as "urban sophisticates", which are people who are not only wealthy and employed in professional occupations, but highly educated to boot. Urban sophisticates have urbane tastes - whether they reside in a big or small city, a suburb, or a little town. Urban sophisticates support bookstores, quality clothing stores, enjoy luxury travel, and in big cities, they are truly the patrons of the arts, attending and supporting institutions such as opera, symphony, ballet, and theatre.
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.
Lewes is one of the most well-educated cities in the nation. 49.50% of adults in Lewes have at least a bachelor's degree. Compare that to the average community in America, which has just 21.84% with a bachelor's degree or higher.
The per capita income in Lewes in 2018 was $65,303, which is wealthy relative to Delaware and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $261,212 for a family of four. However, Lewes contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.
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 Irish, German, English, Italian, and Polish.
The most common language spoken in Lewes is English. Other important languages spoken here include Italian and French.