Delaware Facts

State Location Delaware Location In The US
State Abbreviation DE
Statehood December 7, 1787
State Capital Dover
State Size Total (Land + Water): 2,489 sq miles; Land Only: 1,954 sq miles
Number of Counties 3
State Population (2015)945,934
State Population Density484.1 people / square mile
Electoral Votes3
State Quarter Issue Date January 4, 1999
State Motto Liberty and Independence
State Flower Peach blossom
State Tree American holly
State Bird Blue Hen Chicken
Nickname Diamond State; First State
State Flag Delaware State Flag
State Gas Tax$0.2300 / Gallon
State Cigarette Tax$1.60 / Pack
Area Codes 302
Top 5 Cities (2010 population) Wilmington (70,851)
Dover (36,047)
Newark (31,454)
Bear (19,371)
Middletown (18,871)
Major Sports Teams None

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.
  • 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 18 m (60 ft), 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.

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