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Lewes, Delaware - Basic Facts

The City of Lewes had a population of 3,344 as of July 1, 2017. Lewes ranks in the lower quartile for Population Density and Diversity Index when compared to the other cities, towns and Census Designated Places (CDPs) in Delaware. See peer rankings below.

The primary coordinate point for Lewes is located at latitude 38.7785 and longitude -75.1438 in Sussex County. The formal boundaries for the City of Lewes (see map below) encompass a land area of 3.8 sq. miles and a water area of 0.92 sq. miles. Sussex County is in the Eastern time zone (GMT -5). The elevation is 13 feet.

The City of Lewes (GNIS ID: 2390609) has a C1 Census Class Code which indicates an active incorporated place that does not serve as a county subdivision equivalent. It also has a Functional Status Code of "A" which identifies an active government providing primary general-purpose functions.

Delaware is one of 20 states where Census County Divisions (CCDs) are used for statistical tracking of subdivisions within each county. The City of Lewes is located within Lewes Division of Sussex County.

Beneath the boundary map are tables with Lewes population, income and housing data, five-year growth projections and peer comparisons for key demographic data. The estimates are for July 1, 2017.

Alternate Unofficial Names for Lewes: Fort Oplandt, Hoornkill, Lewes Creek, Lewes Town, Lewestown, Lewis, Lewis Town, Lewistown, Swanendael, Swanendale, Swansdak, Swansdale, Whoore Kill, Zwaanendael.

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Lewes, DE Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2017)


Total Population 3,344
Daytime Population: Workers 3,897
Daytime Population: Residents 1,956
Total Daytime Population (TDP) 5,853
Ratio TDP/Total Population1 1.75
Population in Households 3,221
Population in Familes 2,284
Population in Group Qrtrs 123
Population Density2 879
Diversity Index3 24


Median Household Income $70,398
Average Household Income $97,224
Per Capita Income $50,025


Total Housing Units 3,084 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 1,206 (39.1%)
Renter Occupied HU 501 (16.2%)
Vacant Housing Units 1,376 (44.6%)
Median Home Value $505,450
Average Home Value $562,769


Total Households 1,708
Average Household Size 1.89
Family Households 948
Average Family Size 2
  1. If the ratio of the TDP to Total Population is greater than 1, the location gains population during the day when commuting workers are present. If the ratio is less than 1, the location is more of a bedroom community where people commute to another place for work.
  2. Population Density = Total Population per square mile.
  3. The Diversity Index is a scale of 0 to 100 that represents the likelihood that two persons, chosen at random from the same area, belong to different race or ethnic groups. If an area's entire population belongs to one race AND one ethnic group, then the area has zero diversity. An area's diversity index increases to 100 when the population is evenly divided into two or more race/ethnic groups.


2010-2017 2017-2022
Population 2.75% 2.27%
Households 2.86% 2.34%
Families 2.64% 2.3%
Median Household Income   1.57%
Per Capita Income   1.76%

Lewes, DE - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Lewes to the other 77 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs in Delaware by rank and percentile using July 1, 2017 data. The location Ranked # 1 has the highest value. A location that ranks higher than 75% of its peers would be in the 75th percentile of the peer group.

Variable Description Rank Percentile
Total Population # 29 64th
Population Density # 64 18th
Diversity Index # 66 16th
Median Household Income # 21 74th
Per Capita Income # 11 87th

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