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 3,010 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 a major vacation destination. Much of the city’s population is seasonal: many people own second homes and only live there part-time, during the vacation season. The effect on the local economy is that many of the businesses are dependent on tourist dollars, and may operate only during the high season. As the vacation season ends, Lewes’s population drops significantly, such that year-round residents will notice that the city is a much 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.

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.

The education level of Lewes ranks among the highest in the nation. Of the 25-and-older adult population in Lewes, 45.40% 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 $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.