Delaware Facts for Kids

A Map of the U.S. state Delaware
  • U.S. State: Delaware
  • Abbreviation: DE
  • Joined the USA: December 7th, 1787 (1st State)
  • Located: Northeastern United States
  • Capital City: Dover, DE
  • Most Populated City: Wilmington, DE

32 Delaware Facts for Kids

  1. Delaware is a state in the United States of America.
  2. Delaware is in the northeastern region of the United States.
  3. Delaware became a U.S. state on Friday, December 7th, 1787.
  4. Delaware was the 1st state to join the United States.
  5. The U.S. state of Delaware covers 1,982 square miles.
  6. Delaware is the 49th largest state by area in the United States.
  7. In 2019, the population of Delaware was estimated to be 973,764 residents by the U.S. Census Bureau.
  8. In 2019, Delaware was the 46th most populated state in the United States.
  9. A person who is from or lives in Delaware is called a Delawarean.
  10. The capital city of Delaware is Dover.
  11. The four most populated cities in Delaware are Wilmington, Dover, Newark and Middletown.
  12. The largest city by population in Delaware is Wilmington.
  13. The largest metropolitan area in Delaware is Delaware Valley.
  14. The U.S. state of Delaware has 3 counties.
  15. Delaware has the fewest number of counties out of all the states in the United States.
  16. The most populated county in Delaware is New Castle County with 558,753 residents (2019, U.S. Census Bureau).
  17. The largest county by area in Delaware is Sussex County with 1,196 square miles.
  18. The highest elevation point in Delaware is the Ebright Azimuth monument at 447.85 feet above sea level.
  19. The lowest elevation point in Delaware is the coastline of the Atlantic Ocean which is at sea level.
  20. The average precipitation (rain and snow) in Delaware is 45.82 inches.
  21. Delaware is the 16th wettest state by precipitation (rain and snow) in the United States.
  22. The warmest temperature ever recorded in Delaware was 110 °F on July 21st, 1930.
  23. The coldest temperature ever recorded in Delaware was -17 °F on January 17th, 1893.
  24. A few natural disasters that can affect Delaware are heat waves, hurricanes, ice storms and blizzards.
  25. Delaware is in one time zone, Eastern Time Zone (ET).
  26. The USPS abbreviation for Delaware is DE.
  27. Delaware was the first state to ratify the United States Constitution.
  28. The official state bird of Delaware is the Delaware blue hen.
  29. The official state fish of Delaware is the Weakfish (Cynoscion regalis).
  30. The official state flower of Delaware is the peach blossom (Prunus persica).
  31. The official state tree of Delaware is the American holly (Ilex opaca).
  32. The official state fossil of Delaware is the belemnite (Belemnitida).

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