( The First / The Diamond State )
The state's name comes from its original inhabitants, the Delaware Indians (also known as the Lenni-Lenape). Delaware was the first of the original 13 states of the Union. It's often called the "First" or "Diamond State" because it was the first state in 1787 to approve the United States Constitution. William Penn acquired the land that makes up Delaware to keep his Pennsylvania colony from being landlocked. Today, Delaware is one of the most industrialized states, known for its chemical research. Lying along the Atlantic coastline, most of Delaware lies in a low, flat coastal plain. The rolling hills and valleys of the Piedmont region cover the northern tip of the state. Delaware's many freshwater lakes and ponds, its ocean beaches and its rivers and streams provide excellent swimming, boating and fishing. Cultural and historical attractions also attract visitors to the state.
Some of the famous celebrities that were born in Delaware include:
The Flag of Delaware|
Ratified the Constitution on December 7, 1787, as the first State; flag adopted in 1913. Revolutionary War uniforms are honored in the blue and buff colors while commerce (the ship), and agriculture (wheat, corn, ox, farmer) are featured in the coat of arms.
Largest Cities in the State|
(2000) Wilmington, 72,664; Dover, 32,135; Newark, 28,547; Milford, 6,732; Seaford, 6,699; Middletown, 6,161; Elsmere, 5,800; Smyrna 5,679; New Castle, 4,862; Georgetown, 4,643
Business and Trade in Delaware
Agriculture: Poultry, nursery stock, soybeans, dairy products, corn.
Industries: Chemical products, food processing, paper products, rubber and plastic products, scientific instruments, printing and publishing.
State Symbols and Emblems
- Bird: Blue Hen Chicken
- Flower: Peach Blossom
- Tree: American Holly (ilex opaca)
- Song(s): Our Delaware
- Motto: Liberty and Independence
783,600 (401.1 mi2)
Geographic Area (mi2)
Rank 49th Largest
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College & University
Border States: Maryland, New Jersey, Pennsylvania
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Housing: In Delaware, there are 343,072 housing units, averaging to 175.6 per sq mile.