Population: 967,171 (Source: 2012 U.S. Census)
Major Cities: Wilmington, Dover, Newark, Middletown
Borders: New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Atlantic Ocean
Gross Domestic Product (GDP): $65,984 million (2012 U.S. Department of Commerce)
Agriculture including soybeans, dairy products, poultry, and corn
Pharmaceuticals, healthcare, automotive, chemicals, and apparel
How Delaware got its name: The state was named after a governor of Virginia named Lord De La Warr.
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Delaware State Symbols
State Nickname: First State
State Slogan: It's Good Being First
State Motto: Liberty and independence
State flower: Peach blossom
State bird: Blue Hen Chicken
State fish: Weakfish
State tree: American Holly
State mammal: Grey Fox
State foods: Milk
Becoming a State
Date admitted: Friday, December 7, 1787
Number admitted: 1
Prior Name: Lower Counties on Delaware, then sovereign state in Confederation
Postal Abbreviation: DE
The Geography of Delaware
Total Size: 1,954 sq. miles (source: 2003 Census)
Geographical Low Point: Atlantic Ocean at Sea Level (source: U.S. Geological Survey)
Geographical High Point: On Ebright Road at Delaware-Pennsylvania State line at 448 feet, located in the county/subdivision of New Castle (source: U.S. Geological Survey)
Central Point: Located in Kent County approx. 11 miles south of Dover (source: U.S. Geological Survey)
Counties: 3 (source: National Association of Counties)
Bodies of Water: Delaware River, Delaware Bay, and the Atlantic Ocean
- Joe Biden - Vice President of the United States who was a Senator from Delaware
- Annie Jump Cannon - Astronomer who helped develop the classification of stars
- Mary Ann Shadd Cary - Civil rights activist
- E.I. du Pont - Frenchman who founded the DuPont Chemical Company in Delaware
- Henry Heimlich - Doctor who developed the Heimlich maneuver used to save people from choking
- Daniel Nathans - Biologist and winner of the Nobel Prize for medicine
- Howard Pyle - Author of the Merry Adventures of Robin Hood
- Judge Reinhold - Actor
- Delaware is called the 'First State' because it was the first state to join the Union.
- The state's chemical industry was founded by DuPont's gunpowder factory in Wilmington in 1802.
- It has the fewest number of counties of any US state with only three.
- Delaware is only 35 miles across at its widest point. It is the second smallest US state.
- The nickname the Diamond State doesn't come from there being a lot of diamonds. It comes from Thomas Jefferson who called Delaware a small, valuable jewel.
- Delaware is the only state without any National Parks, historic sites, or memorials.
- The official state insect is the lady bug.
- The state has no major league sports teams, but it does have a major auto racing track where two NASCAR races are held each year.
- Sussex County is famous for chicken farms as well as the World Championship Punkin' Chunkin contest, where people see how far they can launch a pumpkin.
Professional Sports Teams
There are no major professional sports teams in Delaware.
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