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Delaware Facts

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This page contains a wealth of information on the state of Delaware. Please click on the type of the fact that you are interested in:



Geography & Demographics

State Abbreviation DE
State Capital Dover
State Size Total (Land + Water): 2,489 sq miles; Land Only: 1,954 sq miles
Number of Counties 3
Time Zone Eastern Time Zone
Bordering States Maryland, New Jersey, Pennsylvania
Highest Point Near the Ebright Azimuth, 447 feet
National Parks None
State Population (2015) 945,934
State Population Density 484.1 people / square mile
Area Codes 302
Top 5 Cities (2010 population) Wilmington (70,851) 
Dover (36,047) 
Newark (31,454) 
Bear (19,371) 
Middletown (18,871)

Government & Legislature

Statehood December 7, 1787
Electoral Votes 3
State Flag Delaware State Flag
Governor Official Delaware Governor Website
U. S. Senators List of U. S. Senators From Delaware
U. S. Representatives List of U. S. Representatives From Delaware
State Senators List of Delaware State Senators
State Representatives List of Delaware State Representatives
State Government Official Site
State Constitution Delaware State Constitution
Same-Sex Marriage Legalization Date July 1, 2013
Road Conditions Delaware Road Conditions
State Quarter Issue Date January 4, 1999

State Symbols

State Beverage Milk
State Bird Blue hen chicken
State Bug Lady bug
State Butterfly Tiger swallowtail
State Dessert Peach pie
State Fish Weakfish
State Flower Peach blossom
State Fruit Strawberry
State Herb Sweet golden rod
State Macroinvertebrate Stonefly
State Marine Animal Horseshoe crab
State Motto Liberty and Independence
State Nickname Diamond State; First State
State Star Delaware Diamond
State Tree American holly
State Wildlife Animal Grey Fox

Sports Teams

Major Sports Teams None
NCAA Division I Schools University of Delaware (Colonial Athletic Association) 
Delaware State University (Mid-Eastern Athletic)

Popular Tourist Attractions

Famous People Born In Delaware

Nobel Prize Winners

  • Daniel Nathans (Physiology or Medicine, 1978)

Famous Actors And Actresses

  • Aubrey Plaza
  • Teri Polo
  • Elisabeth Shue

Delaware Fun Facts

  • Delaware was named after the Delaware River and Bay, which in turn was named after Thomas West (Lord De La Warr), the governor of the Colony of Virginia in 1610.
  • Due to the lenient banking laws of Delaware, over half of all publicly traded corporations in the United States are incorporated in Delaware.
  • On December 21, 1776, Delaware became the first state with a State Constitution.
  • Delaware is one of the five states in the United States that do not impose a state sales tax.
  • Delaware has the smallest number of counties of any state in the Unites States, with only three: New Castle, Kent, and Sussex.
  • With an average elevation of only 60 feet, Delaware is the lowest state in the Unites States.
  • Delaware is the only state without any National Park System units such as national parks, historic sites, battlefields, memorials, monuments, and seashores.
  • Delaware is one of the two states in the United States with an official State Herb, sweet golden rod.
  • At its widest point, Delaware is only 35 miles in width.
  • In Delaware, it's illegal to show R-rated movies at drive-in theaters.

This page was last updated on October 01, 2017.

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