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) 10%
Population Density (ppl / mile) 725.00
Household Size (ppl) 1.901
Households w/ Children 9%

Housing Stability

Annual Residential Turnover 9%
5+ Years in Residency 38%
Median Year in Residency 3.94

Housing Inventory

Lewes, DE Housing Inventory 1,040 378 1,022 1,040 378

Market Overview

521 listings with an estimated median price of $399,000

Price Count
$100K - 200K 17
$200K - 300K 107
$300K - 400K 146
$400K - 500K 131
$500K - 600K 32
$600K - 700K 13
$700K - 800K 11
$800K - 900K 13
$900K - 1M 8
$1M - Max 43
Property Type Count
Single Family 314
Townhouse 35
Condo 79
Commercial 14
Rental 17
Lots and Land 78
Farms 1

(Data as of 10/18/2019)

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: 2,756


Median Age: 61.81

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 593 424 139 96 49 513 473 593 424 96 49 513

Employment and Finance


Lewes, DE Workforce

Income by dollar range (Median Income: $64,901)

Lewes, DE Income by dollar range 55 43 52 81 58 27 56 89 81 106 173 171 135 97 73 49 66 6

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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