Delaware State Profile – All You Need to Know

In this article, we’ll share with you some quick information about Delaware State, the 7th state on the list of US states in alphabetical order.

Delaware was discovered in 1609 by Henry Hudson, who was sailing under the Dutch flag. Capt. Samuel Argall of Virginia called it Delaware after his colony’s governor, Thomas West, Baron De La Warr, the following year.

In 1631, an effort at a Dutch settlement failed. In 1638, Swedish colonization began at Fort Christina (now Wilmington), but in 1655, Dutch forces commanded by New Netherlands ruler Peter Stuyvesant defeated New Sweden.

The area was taken over by England in 1664, and in 1682, it was handed to William Penn as the lower Three Counties.

After becoming semi-autonomous in 1704, Delaware state participated in the American Revolution as a distinct state and was the first state to ratify the Constitution in 1787.


Delaware State Map

delaware location in usa

State Location

Delaware State Geography & Demographics

State AbbreviationDE
State CapitalDover
State SizeTotal (Land + Water): 2,489 sq miles; Land Only: 1,954 sq miles
Number of Counties3
Time ZoneEastern Time Zone
Bordering StatesMaryland, New Jersey, Pennsylvania
Highest PointNear the Ebright Azimuth, 447 feet
National ParksNone
State Population (2020)989,948
State Population Density506.6 people / square mile
Area Codes302
Top 5 Cities (2020 population)Wilmington (70,376)
Dover (38,199)
Newark (33,849)
Middletown (23,765)
Milford (12,278)

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Delaware’s Official Flag

Official flag of Delaware state

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State Symbols

State BeverageMilk
State BirdBlue hen chicken
State BugLadybug
State ButterflyTiger swallowtail
State DessertPeach pie
State FishWeakfish
State FlowerPeach blossom
State FruitStrawberry
State HerbSweet goldenrod
State MacroinvertebrateStonefly
State Marine AnimalHorseshoe crab
State MottoLiberty and Independence
State NicknameDiamond State; First State
State StarDelaware Diamond
State TreeAmerican holly
State Wildlife AnimalGrey Fox

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State Seal

great seal of state of delaware


Sports Teams

Major Sports TeamsNone
NCAA Division I SchoolsUniversity of Delaware (Colonial Athletic Association)
Delaware State University (Mid-Eastern Athletic)

Popular Tourist Attractions

  • Bellevue State Park: a state park in Wilmington, Delaware.
  • Bethany Beach: Beach town in Delaware.
  • Brandywine Zoo: Zoo in Wilmington, Delaware.
  • Cape Henlopen State Park: A state park in Lewes, Delaware.
  • Cape May-Lewes Ferry: Ferry system that connects Lewes, Delaware, with North Cape May, New Jersey.
  • Christiana Mall: A shopping mall in Newark, Delaware.
  • The Delaware Art Museum: An Art museum in Wilmington, Delaware.
  • Delaware Museum of Natural History: A museum in Wilmington, Delaware.
  • Delaware Seashore State Park is a state park in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware.
  • Dewey Beach: A beach town in Delaware.
  • Dover International Speedway: A car racing track in Dover, Delaware.
  • Fort Delaware State Park: Harbor defense facility in Delaware City, Delaware.
  • Lewes Beach: A Beach in Lewes, Delaware.
  • Nemours Mansion and Gardens: A museum and garden in Wilmington, Delaware.
  • Rehoboth Beach: A beach town in Delaware.
  • Winterthur Museum: A museum in Wilmington, Delaware.

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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
  • Summer Peaches

Famous People Born In Delaware

Nobel Prize Winners

  • Daniel Nathans (Physiology or Medicine, 1978)

Famous Actors And Actresses

  • Aubrey Plaza
  • Teri Polo
  • Elisabeth Shue

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A Summary of Delaware State

Delaware, a small Mid-Atlantic US state, is situated on a peninsula surrounding the Atlantic Ocean, Delaware River, and Delaware Bay and is surrounded by dune-backed beaches.

With an average elevation of only 60 feet, Delaware is the lowest state in the United States. Isn’t that cool to know?

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