Delaware (DE)


Quick Facts

Capital City: Dover

Abbreviation: DE

Population (2019): 925,749; Rank: 45 of 50 | Population Quick Facts

Region:  Northeast

Admission to Statehood: December 7, 1787 (1st State)

State Motto:  Liberty and Independence 

State Nickname: The First State

Origin of State Name: Named after an early Virginia governor, Lord de la Warr

Area Codes: 302

Zip Codes: Delaware Zip Codes


State Symbols

Bird: Blue Hen Chicken

Flag: Adopted on July 24, 1913, the Delaware state flag has a background of colonial blue surrounding a diamond of buff color in which the coat of arms of the state is placed. Below the diamond are the words “December 7, 1787,” indicating the day on which Delaware was the first state to ratify the United States constitution. Because of this action, Delaware became the first state in the Union, and is, therefore, accorded the first position in such national events as presidential inaugurations. According to members of the original commission established to design the flag, the shades of buff and colonial blue represent those of the uniform of General George Washington. Inside the diamond, the flag recognizes the importance of commerce {the ship} and agriculture {wheat, corn, the ox and the farmer} to the state. Tribute is also paid to the revolutionary war soldiers. The words in the ribbon banner read Liberty and Independence.

Flower: Peach Blossom (Prunus persica)

Soil: Greenwich

Song: Our Delaware” | Words by: George B. Hynson | Music by: M.S. Brown

Tree: American Holly (Ilex opaca)

Quarter:The quarter shows Caesar Rodney on his 1776 historic horseback ride to cast his vote in favor of Delaware signing the Declaration of Independence. The obverse features an image of George Washington. Delaware Quarter | List of State Quarters



Location of Delaware on a a map

Area:  2,489 sq.mi (6,446, 49th
Land: 1,955 sq.mi. (5,063, 49th
Water: 535 sq.mi. (1,386, 40th
Coastline: 28 mi. (45 km.), 21st
Shoreline: 381 mi. (613 km.), 21st

Largest Cities: Wilmington | Dover | Smyrna | Milford | Seaford | Elsmere | New Castle

Border States: Maryland | New Jersey | Pennsylvania | List of US Regions

Highest Point: Ebright Azimuth ; 442 feet, (138 m), 49th tallest

Lowest Point: Delaware; sea level, tied for 3rd lowest -located in the northern part of the state near the Pennsylvania border.

Geographic Center: Kent, 11 miles south of Dover

National Parks: Captain John Smith Chesapeake National Historic Trail
First State National Historical Park
Washington – Rochambeau National Historic Trail 

Location: Absolute Center: 38°58.8’N / 75°30.7’W
Relative Center: Kent, 11 miles south of Dover


State Government

Governor:  John Carney (D) since 2017

Senators:   Chris Coons (D) since 2010 and Tom Carper (D) since 2001

Representatives: Delaware House: Members
Delaware Senate: Members

Constitution: Delaware’s Constitution , 1st State

Electoral College Votes: 3 Votes



Agriculture: Poultry, nursery stock, soybeans, dairy products, corn.

Industry: Chemical products, food processing, paper products, rubber and plastic products, scientific instruments, printing and publishing.


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