Lewes, DE Overview

Home to 2,300 residents, Lewes is  the county’s northernmost coastal town.  Situated on the Delaware Bay rather than the Atlantic Ocean, this historic community claims the title of “The first town in the first state.”  Known for its fishing marinas, Lewes is also the site of an enclave of historic buildings and homes, many of which were carefully restored and relocated to the town.  In fact, the collection of historic structures that form the town’s charming commercial district forms a clear reflection of yesterday’s “fishing village” atmosphere.  One of Delaware’s attractive “tourist towns,” Lewes manages to balance modern life with historic preservation at every turn.  In 1931, the town commemorated its Tricentennial by constructing the Zwaanendael Museum, an architecturally amazing replica of a city hall in the Netherlands.  Beebe Medical Center and the Barcroft Company represent major employers, although growth in all sectors is carefully managed to ensure quality of life.  With its tranquil atmosphere and abundance of townhouses and condominiums, Lewes is growing in popularity as a retirement community.


Population Growth (since 2000) 21%
Population Density (ppl / mile) 834.00
Household Size (ppl) 1.847
Households w/ Children 5%

Housing Stability

Annual Residential Turnover 0%
5+ Years in Residency 38%
Median Year in Residency 3.94

Housing Inventory

Lewes, DE Housing Inventory 1,210 428 1,138 1,210 428

Market Overview

360 listings with an estimated median price of $429,945

Price Count
$100K - 200K 16
$200K - 300K 40
$300K - 400K 103
$400K - 500K 77
$500K - 600K 51
$600K - 700K 9
$700K - 800K 13
$800K - 900K 9
$900K - 1M 12
$1M - Max 30
Property Type Count
Single Family 203
Townhouse 54
Condo 38
Commercial 9
Rental 12
Lots and Land 55
Farms 1

(Data as of 10/22/2020)

Population Demographics

The population of the community broken down by age group. The numbers at the top of each bar indicate the number of people in the age bracket below.

Lewes, DE Population Demographics

Total: 3,172


Median Age: 62.15

Climate and Weather

The Temperature chart displays average high and low values for January and July, and is designed to provide an indication of both seasonal and daily temperature variability. The Weather Risk Index indicates the calculated risk of each type of weather event occurring in the future. This risk is based on historical localized storm events and weather patterns. The national average for each type of weather event equals a score of 100, so a score of 200 would represent twice the risk as the national average, and a score of 50 would represent half the risk of the national average.

Temperature (degrees F)

Lewes, DE Temperature

Weather Risk

Lewes, DE Weather Risk


The Community Educational Index chart is based on the U.S. Census Bureau's Socioeconomic Status (SES) elements. Factors used in creating the index below are income, educational achievement, and occupation of persons within the selected ZIP code. Since this index is based on the population of an entire Zip code, it may not reflect the nature of an individual school.

Education Climate Index

Lewes, DE Education Climate Index

Highest Education Level Attained

Lewes, DE Highest Education Level Attained 703 407 276 105 48 646 418 703 407 105 48 646

Employment and Finance


Lewes, DE Workforce

Income by dollar range (Median Income: $70,035)

Lewes, DE Income by dollar range 65 52 49 72 49 61 108 93 72 94 149 210 205 97 118 79 33 29

Fair Market Rents

The Fair Market Rents show average gross rent estimates based on figures provided by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).

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Smoking Ban

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The Crime Index compares the risk or probability of future occurrence of certain types of crime in this community as compared to the national average. The national average for each type of crime equals a score of 1.0, so a score of 2.0 would represent twice the risk as the national average, and a score of 0.50 would represent half the risk of the national average.

Lewes, DE Crime

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