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 3,083 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 94.91% 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 (17.91%), management occupations (16.51%), and sales jobs (15.80%).

Telecommuters are a relatively large percentage of the workforce: 17.29% of people work from home. While this number may seem small overall, as a fraction of the total workforce it is high relative to the nation. 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.

In addition, Lewes is home to many people who could be described as "urban sophisticates". Urban sophisticates are educated, wealthy, executives and professionals, who have urbane tastes in books, food, and travel, whether they actually live in a big city, or choose to reside in a small town. In big or medium-sized cities, urban sophisticates tend to frequent art institutions such as opera, symphonies, ballet, live theatre, and museums.

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. Quite often, nautical areas such as these attract visitors and locals who come to enjoy the scenery and various waterfront activities.

The education level of Lewes ranks among the highest in the nation. Of the 25-and-older adult population in Lewes, 44.10% 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 $61,096, which is wealthy relative to Delaware and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $244,384 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 Irish, German, English, Italian, and Polish.

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