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Delaware
US State
Delaware, a small Mid-Atlantic U.S. state, sits on a peninsula marked by dune-backed beaches bordering the Atlantic Ocean, Delaware River and Delaware Bay. In Dover, the capital, First State Heritage Park encompasses 18th-century Colonial landmarks like the Georgian-style Old State House. The city of Wilmington is known for the Riverfront, a waterside district of parks, boutiques, and restaurants.
Capital: Dover
Abbreviation: DE
Secretary of State: Jeffrey W. Bullock (D)
Population: 935,614 (2014)
Colleges and Universities
Admission to Statehood:
December 7, 1787 (1st State)
Area:
Area: 2,489 sq.mi (6,446 sq.km.), 49th
Land: 1,955 sq.mi. (5,063 sq.km.), 49th
Water: 535 sq.mi. (1,386 sq.km.), 40th
Coastline: 28 mi. (45 km.), 21st
Shoreline: 381 mi. (613 km.), 21st
Constitution:
Delaware's Constitution, 1st State
Capital City:
Dover
Population (2013):
925,749; Rank: 45 of 50 | Population Quick Facts
Facts
Bird:
Blue Hen Chicken | List of State Birds
Capital City:
Dover
Constitution:
Delaware's Constitution, 1st State
Fast Facts:
Delaware Fun Facts and Trivia
Flag:
Click for detailed Delaware 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 is 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.
Peach Blossom (Prunus persica) | Other State Flowers
Largest Cities:
Wilmington | Dover | Newark | Middletown | Smyrna | Milford | Seaford | Georgetown | Elsmere | New Castle
Origin of State Name:
Named after an early Virginia governor, Lord de la Warr
Population (2013):
925,749; Rank: 45 of 50 | Population Quick Facts
Soil:
Greenwich
Song:
"Our Delaware" | Words by George B. Hynson | Music by M.S. Brown
Other State Songs | Sheet Music
State Quarter:
Delaware Quarter | List of State Quarters

Delaware State Symbols
Tree:
American Holly(Ilex alpaca) |