Best Retirement City - Lewes

See why many believe that Lewes is the best city to retire

With the city proudly claiming to be "The First Town in The First State", Lewes, Delaware is a great choice for those looking to retire in a quaint beach town. With a population of around 3,000 the town boasts a small shoreside restaurant scene with accompanying shops. Although Lewes is quieter in terms of cultural offerings, those looking for a more robust night on the town are only a short hour's drive to Dover, Delaware. Although Lewes becomes a bit more crowded during the summer, most residents chose Lewes for it's relaxing beachside feel. Click on the above tabs to learn more about what it's like to retire in Lewes.

City Highlights

  1. Quaint beachside community
  2. Tax friendly
  3. Relaxed pace of life
  4. Low hazard risks

Potential Drawbacks

  1. Lacks big-city amenities
  2. Few hospitals within 25 miles
  3. Tourist crowds during the summer

At a glance



Median age:


Median Household Income:

$ 59,878

Nearest City with Population of 200k+:

Philadelphia, PA

Population Growth Last 3 Years




Age Breakdown (%)

  • 55 and under
  • 55 to 64 years
  • 65 to 74 years
  • Over 75

Gender breakdown over 65 years (%)

  • Men
  • Women


Closest Airport:

Salisbury-Ocean City Wicomico Regional Airport

Distance to Closest Airport:


Closest Major Airport:

Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport

Distance to Closest Major Airport:


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