State of Delaware

Delaware Geostatistics

  • Land area:
    (land)1,954 sq. miles
    (water) 535 sq. miles
    (TOTAL) 2,489 sq. miles
  • Land area: (all states)
  • Horizontal Width: 35 miles along its full southern border with Maryland
  • Vertical Length: 85 miles from Newark immediately south to the Maryland borderNote: Maximum lengths and widths are point to point, straight line measurements from the Mercator map projection and will vary some uses of other map projections
  • Border States: (3) Maryland, Pennsylvania and New Jersey
  • Counties: (3) map
  • County: (largest in population) Newcastle 498,935
  • Geographic Center: Located 1/2 mile north of Felton in Kent
  • Tallest Point: located at a point just south of the Pennsylvania border reaching 447 feet.
  • Lowest Point: Atlantic Ocean, 0 ft.
  • Latitude and longitude
  • Average Elevation: 58 ft.

Delaware Lat / long


  • Latitude/Longitude: (Absolute Locations)
    Dover: (capital) 39º 16′ N, 75º 52′ W
    Lewis: 38º 78′ N, 75º 13′ W
    Wilmington: 39º 74′ N, 75º 54′ W
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As part of North America, Delaware is located in the South Atlantic region of the United States. It is bounded by the states of Maryland, Pennsylvania and New Jersey and the Atlantic Ocean, Delaware Bay and the Delaware River.

Delaware, a state in the group of the South Atlantic States (South Atlantic States), in the eastern United States, in the northeast of the Delmarva Peninsula near the Delaware Bay . Area 6.4 thousand km 2. Population 827, 7 thousand people (2004). The administrative center is Dover, the second largest city in the state. Largest cities: Wilmington, Newark, Milford. It borders Maryland to the south and west and Pennsylvania to the north. See counties in Delaware.

Most of the territory is located on the Atlantic lowland. To the northwest is the hilly Piedmont area. The main river is the Delaware. The climate is temperate, humid, with mild winters and warm summers.

Huge material reserves are concentrated in the state (the state is called Diamond). The leading role is played by the chemical industry. Food, paper industry. Many firms registered but not operating in the state are attracted by the fact that corporate taxes are extremely low. Crops (secondary role) – soybeans, vegetables, fruits. Production of dairy products, cheese. Poultry farming (broilers). Universities (in Wilmington, Newark).

  • AbbreviationFinder: Introduction to the state of Delaware, covering commonly used acronyms and the list of main cities and town in Delaware.

The lands of modern Delaware were discovered by G. Hudson in 1609. The main river that flowed through this territory was called the Delaware (after the then governor of Virginia, hence the name of the state). In 1638, a Swedish settlement arose in the area of modern Wilmington, which was captured by the Dutch in 1655. In 1664, Delaware, like the entire colony of New Netherland, was conquered by Britain. Intensive development of the territory began. Dover was founded on the St. Johns River in 1683 (built up in 1718 according to the plan of the English colonist W. Penn). It received city status in 1829.

Delaware was active in the Revolutionary War, being part of the thirteen colonies that united after the war to form the United States of America. In 1787 he was the first to ratify the US Constitution.

In the early 19th century, the chemical industry began to develop in the state. Gunpowder factories were built in the vicinity of Wilmington, and later the Dupont de Nemours Corporation was founded. During the Civil War, Delaware, despite the fact that it belonged to the slave-owning southern states, did not obey the decision to withdraw from the Federation Union. After the end of the war, the state congress refused to ratify the amendments to the Constitution that abolished slavery. Nevertheless, the defeat of the southerners contributed to the gradual de facto abolition of slavery in Delaware.

As a result of the First World War, industrial growth began in the state. A huge role in this process belonged to the Du Pont family. If until the early 1920s agriculture dominated the state’s economy, later it began to play a relatively minor role (broilers, soybeans, vegetables, dairy products). The chemical industry began to play a leading role. The city of Wilmington has earned the nickname “Chemical Capital of the World”.

Among the attractions: in Wilmington – the old Swedish church (Wilmington, 1698), Rodney Square Park, the legislative assembly building (1792); in Dover – the Delaware State Museum Complex, the Golden Fleece Tavern (here the US constitution was ratified on December 7, 1787), the Legislative Assembly Building (an architectural monument of 1792), the Delaware Museum of Agriculture, the plantation of politician J. Dickinson (in around the city); in Newark, Memorial Library, Old College Building (1834), Baptist Church (1746), Heap Bridge site (where the only battle in the state during the Revolutionary War took place; according to legend, the first under the Stars and Stripes).

State of Delaware