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  1. Public Schools
    A
  2. Crime & Safety
    B
  3. Housing
    C+
  4. Nightlife
    B
  5. Good for Families
    B+
  6. Diversity
    B-
  7. Jobs
    A-
  8. Weather
    B
  9. Cost of Living
    C+
  10. Health & Fitness
    B+
  11. Outdoor Activities
    B-
  12. Commute
    A-
Lewes is a town in Delaware with a population of 2,961. Lewes is in Sussex County. Living in Lewes offers residents a suburban feel and most residents own their homes. Many retirees live in Lewes and residents tend to lean conservative. The public schools in Lewes are highly rated.

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$512,100
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$882
National
$949
Area Feel
Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    19%
  • Own
    81%
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Lewes Rankings

Niche ranks thousands of places to live based on key statistics from the U.S. Census and and expert insights.

Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
B
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    95.8
    282.7
  • Murder
    0
    6.1
  • Rape
    31.9
    40.7
  • Robbery
    0
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    415.2
    500.1
  • Theft
    1,980.2
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    63.9
    284
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Residents

Diversity
B-
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Age
  • <10 years
    4%
  • 10-17 years
    1%
  • 18-24 years
    3%
  • 25-34 years
    5%
  • 35-44 years
    3%
  • 45-54 years
    5%
  • 55-64 years
    19%
  • 65+ years
    58%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    23%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    21%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    23%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    24%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    9%
    13%

Working in Lewes

Jobs
A-
Based on employment rates, job and business growth, and cost of living.
Median Household Income
$72,474
National
$55,322
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Lewes Reviews

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I've lived in Lewes for most of my life, and I cannot imagine growing up in a better community. The town is part of arguably the best school district in Southern Delaware, which is always a positive. Not only that, but it is a very beautiful place in a state that is often looked over in terms of beauty. The Cape Henlopen State Park alone can prove that. The only downside of Lewes is the fact that other people like it and want to visit, which leads to major traffic and congestion in the summer months on Route 1 (our only major highway). At least the tourism provides all the locals with summer jobs!
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Lewes is a quaint town, with easy access to the Bay and the Atlantic Ocean. An outdoor paradise. However, real estate is very expensive. The disappointing factor for me was that there is very little diversity and a very conservative base.
Although the town governing body is actively engaged in monitoring new development, the developers are winning the battle. As a result, the existing infrastructure is in dire need of resolution to the heavy traffic that is inevitable during the months of May-September.
Lewes is a historically family oriented city with lots of cozy nooks. Everywhere you look there's another locally owned business or corner store that's been around for twenty years. In the summer time, Lewes is a bushel of activity, between families traveling to Delaware coast beaches, or happy couples strolling through town, the sidewalks are packed with people from all around. I work in one of the locally owned business 'The Lemon Tree Restaurant,' and we attract many tourist's and beach goers who all comment about the simplicity and beauty of the town I grew up in. Split in half by a gentle canal, one side of Lewes offers shopping, casual or fine dining, and recreational parks, while the other side holds sandy beaches and a part of the University of Delaware marine life campus. In the winter Lewes is a quiet artsy place to escape the hustle and bustle of everyday life and maybe take your dog for a walk! I love Lewes and I think it's a great place for some rest and relaxation.