Delaware Facts


Delaware Location In The US Delaware State Map

Delaware is known for:

  • Historical landmarks
  • Chemical manufacturing
  • Being a tax-free state
  • The first state to ratify the Constitution
  • Large number of companies incorporated in the state
  • Agricultural industry
  • Financial industry, including the presence of many major credit card companies

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 PointNear the Ebright Azimuth, 447 feet
Tallest Building Chase Manhattan Center in Wilmington, 360 feet
Largest StadiumDelaware Stadium in Newark, capacity 18,309
National ParksNone
State Population (2020)989,948
State Population Density506.6 people / square mile
Area Codes 302
Top 5 Cities (2020 population) Wilmington (70,376)
Dover (38,199)
Newark (33,849)
Middletown (23,765)
Milford (12,278)

Government & Legislature

Statehood December 7, 1787
Electoral Votes3
State Flag Delaware State Flag
GovernorOfficial Delaware Governor Website
U. S. SenatorsList of U. S. Senators From Delaware
U. S. RepresentativesList of U. S. Representatives From Delaware
State SenatorsList of Delaware State Senators
State RepresentativesList of Delaware State Representatives
State GovernmentOfficial Site
State ConstitutionDelaware State Constitution
Same-Sex Marriage Legalization DateJuly 1, 2013
Road ConditionsDelaware Road Conditions
State Quarter Issue Date January 4, 1999

State Symbols

State BeverageMilk
State Bird Blue hen chicken
State BugLady bug
State ButterflyTiger swallowtail
State DessertPeach pie
State FishWeakfish
State Flower Peach blossom
State FruitStrawberry
State HerbSweet golden rod
State MacroinvertebrateStonefly
State Marine AnimalHorseshoe crab
State Motto Liberty and Independence
State Nickname Diamond State; First State
State StarDelaware Diamond
State Tree American holly
State Wildlife AnimalGrey 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

Festivals and Events

Top festivals and events in Delaware. They are listed in approximate order of when they take place during the year.

Festival / Event When Location
Horseshoe Crab & Shorebird Festival May Milton
Wilmington Flower Market May Wilmington
Firefly Music Festival June Dover
Delaware State Fair July Harrington
Big August Quarterly August Wilmington
Bethany Beach Jazz Funeral September Bethany Beach
Nanticoke Indian Powwow September Millsboro
Delaware Wine and Spirits Festival: October Harrington
Sea Witch Halloween & Fiddler's Festival October Rehoboth Beach
Rehoboth Beach Independent Film Festival November Rehoboth Beach

Popular Iconic Delaware Foods

Delaware is famous for the following foods:

  • Scrapple
  • Slippery Dumplings
  • The Bobbie
  • Thrashers French Fries
  • Blue Claw Crabs
  • Nic-o-boli
  • Delaware Crab Cakes
  • Peach Pie

Famous People Born In Delaware

Nobel Prize Winners

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.

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