Lewes, DE Profile: Facts & Data


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Lewes, Delaware - Basic Facts

The City of Lewes had a population of 3,420 as of July 1, 2018. 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 38.7746 and longitude -75.1394 in Sussex County. The formal boundaries for the City of Lewes 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.

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, 2018)


Total Population 3,420
Population in Households 3,292
Population in Familes 2,355
Population in Group Qrtrs 128
Population Density2 899
Diversity Index3 24


Median Household Income $72,790
Average Household Income $99,128
Per Capita Income $50,579


Total Housing Units 3,091 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 1,230 (39.8%)
Renter Occupied HU 500 (16.2%)
Vacant Housing Units 1,361 (44.0%)
Median Home Value $538,547
Average Home Value $536,025


Total Households 1,730
Average Household Size 1.9
Family Households 957
Average Family Size 2
  1. Demographics are point estimates for July 1st of the current year and each for the forecast years. See References for more information.
  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.


2010-2018 2018-2023
Population 2.69% 2.46%
Households 2.67% 2.43%
Families 2.43% 2.35%
Median Household Income   1.44%
Per Capita Income   1.49%

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, 2018 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 # 20 75th
Per Capita Income # 11 87th

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