Delaware (// (listen)) is a state in the United States. It is sometimes called the First State because it was the first colony to accept the new constitution in 1787. Its capital is Dover and its biggest city is Wilmington. It is the second smallest state in the United States.
|State of Delaware|
The First State; The Small Wonder; Blue Hen State; The Diamond State
|Anthem: Our Delaware|
Map of the United States with Delaware highlighted
|Before statehood||Delaware Colony, New Netherland, New Sweden|
|Admitted to the Union||December 7, 1787 (1st)|
|• Governor||John Carney (D)|
|• Lieutenant Governor||Bethany Hall-Long (D)|
|• Upper house||Senate|
|• Lower house||House of Representatives|
|U.S. senators||Tom Carper (D)|
Chris Coons (D)
|U.S. House delegation||Lisa Blunt Rochester (D) (list)|
|• Total||1,982 sq mi (5,130 km2)|
|• Length||96 mi (154 km)|
|• Width||30 mi (48 km)|
|Elevation||60 ft (20 m)|
|Highest elevation||447.85 ft (136.50468 m)|
|0 ft (0 m)|
|• Density||469/sq mi (179/km2)|
|• Density rank||6th|
|• Median household income||$62,852|
|• Income rank||18th|
|• Official language||None|
|Time zone||UTC−05:00 (EST)|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC−04:00 (EDT)|
|ISO 3166 code||US-DE|
|Latitude||38° 27′ N to 39° 50′ N|
|Longitude||75° 3′ W to 75° 47′ W|
|Delaware state symbols|
|Bird||Delaware Blue Hen|
|Butterfly||Eastern tiger swallowtail|
|Wildlife animal||Grey fox|
|Colors||Colonial blue, buff|
|Food||Strawberry, peach custard pie|
|Slogan||Endless Discoveries—Formerly: It's Good Being First|
|State route marker|
Released in 1999
|Lists of United States state symbols|
Delaware is 96 miles (154 km) long and ranges from 9 miles (14 km) to 35 miles (56 km) across, totaling 1,954 square miles (5,060 km2), making it the second-smallest state in the United States after Rhode Island. Delaware is bounded to the north by Pennsylvania; to the east by the Delaware River, Delaware Bay, New Jersey and the Atlantic Ocean; and to the west and south by Maryland.
Delaware is on a level plain, with the lowest mean elevation of any state in the nation. Its highest elevation, located at Ebright Azimuth, near Concord High School, is less than 450 feet (140 m) above sea level.
The transitional climate of Delaware supports a wide variety of vegetation. In the northern third of the state are found Northeastern coastal forests and mixed oak forests typical of the northeastern United States. In the southern two-thirds of the state are found Middle Atlantic coastal forests. Trap Pond State Park, along with areas in other parts of Sussex County, for example, support the northernmost stands of bald cypress trees in North America.
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- "Elevations and Distances in the United States". United States Geological Survey. 2001. Archived from the original on October 15, 2011. Retrieved October 21, 2011.
- Elevation adjusted to North American Vertical Datum of 1988.
- Schenck, William S. "Highest Point in Delaware". Delaware Geological Survey. Archived from the original on October 20, 2008. Retrieved July 23, 2008. Cite journal requires
- "Median Annual Household Income". The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation. Archived from the original on December 20, 2016. Retrieved December 9, 2016.
- USGS, Howard Perlman. "Area of each state that is water". water.usgs.gov. Archived from the original on October 10, 2017. Retrieved March 5, 2018.
- Molly Murray (January 6, 2015). "Delaware's new tourism brand: Endless Discoveries". Delaware Online. Archived from the original on April 2, 2015. Retrieved March 10, 2015.
- Random House Dictionary
- About Delaware
- "Extreme and Mean Elevations by State and Other Area" (PDF). Statistical Abstract of the United States: 2004–2005. United States Census Bureau. p. 216. Retrieved March 16, 2011.
- Olson; D. M; E. Dinerstein; et al. (2001). "Terrestrial Ecoregions of the World: A New Map of Life on Earth". BioScience. 51 (11): 933–938. doi:10.1641/0006-3568(2001)051[0933:TEOTWA]2.0.CO;2. ISSN 0006-3568. Archived from the original on October 14, 2011.
- Montgomery, Jeff (May 14, 2011). "Cleaning up contamination". The News Journal. New Castle, Delaware: Gannett. DelawareOnline. Archived from the original on May 14, 2011. Retrieved May 14, 2011. The first online page is archived; the page containing information related here is not in the archived version.
- McDowell; Sen. McBride; Rep. George (March 22, 2011). "Mourning Those Lost in the Recent Earthquake and Related Disasters that have Befallen Japan, and Expressing the Thoughts and Prayers of All Delawareans for the Citizens of Our Sister State of Miyagi Prefecture During These Difficult Times" (published March 23, 2011). Senate Joint Resolution # 3. Retrieved April 22, 2011.
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