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 93.61% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, Lewes is a city of professionals, sales and office workers, and managers. There are especially a lot of people living in Lewes who work in office and administrative support (16.20%), management occupations (13.15%), and sales jobs (12.78%).

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.

A relatively large number of people in Lewes telecommute to their jobs. Overall, about 13.88% 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 Lewes is an extremely popular vacation destination. A significant portion of the population is seasonal. During the vacation season, the city 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 city.

It is a fairly quiet city 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!) Lewes 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. Lewes has few renters and college students. But the biggest reason it is quieter in Lewes than in most places in America, is that there are just simply fewer people living here. If you think trees make good neighbors, Lewes may be for you.

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.

Lewes is one of the most well-educated cities in the nation. 45.40% 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 2010 was $43,812, which is wealthy relative to Delaware and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $175,248 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 German, English, Italian, and Polish.

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