47 Interesting Facts About Delaware

Last updated on April 29th, 2020

38. With an average speed of 25.2 Mbps, Delawareans enjoy the second-fastest internet speeds in the United States. At 28.1 megabits per second, the District of Columbia retains the top spot for the fastest wire line internet in the country.[14]

39. The state’s geographic center is in Kent County, 11 mi (18 km) S of Dover.[16]

40. Did you know that at 28 mi (45 km) Delaware has the 22nd-longest coastline among all U.S. states? Alaska, Florida, California, Hawaii, Louisiana, Texas, North Carolina, Oregon, Maine, and Massachusetts are the ten states with the longest coastline in the U.S., respectively.[17]

41. Did you know that agriculture is state’s number 1 industry with a worth of $8 billion?[20]

42. Did you know that the privately owned Wolf Cave in Beaver Valley is the only natural cave in the state?[25]

43. Delaware’s State Song (designated the official state song in 1925), “Our Delaware” contains four verses. The first three verses honor the three counties of the state while the fourth praises the state.[21]

44. About 1785 American inventor Oliver Evans invented and promoted the process of continuous process milling. He built the first automated flour mill on Red-Clay Creek near Newport, Delaware.[32]

45. Georgetown was originally planned around a one-mile wide circle that still serves as the center of town to this day — it’s this that gives Georgetown the distinct circular layout. The town also stands out for the diversity of its population: minorities make up just under 50% of total residents.

46. Elsmere measures exactly one square mile in size — pretty neat, right? It’s interesting to note that the town still has room for recreational parks in its small footprint (Veterans Park, Fairgrounds Park, Vilone Park, and a lot more).

47. Ryan Phillippe, who plays a key character in the classic horror film “I Know What You Did Last Summer”, hails from New Castle. Those who haven’t watched the film will recognize Ryan from other characters he’s played; Louis Roulet in “The Lincoln Lawyer”, and Bob Lee Swagger on the TV drama “Shooter” among others.

Delaware – Quick Facts and State Symbols

State AbbreviationDE
State CapitalDover
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Largest CityWilmington
State SizeTotal (Land + Water): 2,489 sq miles; Land Only: 1,954 sq miles
(Estimate July 1, 2018 from United States Census Bureau)
StatehoodDecember 7, 1787
State rank by population45th
State rank by date of formation1st
State rank by area49th
Number of Counties3
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Bordering StatesMaryland, New Jersey, Pennsylvania
Official LanguageNone
Highest PointNear the
Ebright Azimuth
447.85 ft (136.50468 m)
Lowest pointAtlantic Ocean
Sea level
Mean elevation60 feet above sea level
Length96 miles (154 km)
Width30 miles (48 km)
GovernorJohn Carney (D)
Lieutenant GovernorBethany Hall-Long (D)
Electoral Votes3
State MottoLiberty and Independence
State NicknameDiamond State; First State
% Water21.7
Noble prize winnersDaniel Nathans (Physiology or Medicine, 1978)
Famous peopleAubrey Plaza (Actress)
Teri Polo (Actress)
Elisabeth Shue(Actress)
State TreeAmerican holly
State BirdBlue Hen Chicken
State BugLady bug
State ButterflyEastern tiger swallowtail
State DogGolden Retriever
State FruitStrawberries
State FishWeakfish
State FlowerPeach Blossom
State FossilBelmnites
State HerbSweet goldenrod
State MacroinvertebrateStonefly
State Marine animalHorseshoe Crab
State MineralSillimanite
State Tall ShipThe Kalmar Nyckel
Longitude75° 3′ W to 75° 47′ W
Latitude38° 27′ N to 39° 50′ N
Time ZoneEastern Time Zone
Area Codes302
Table last updatedJune 8, 2020