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15 Interesting Facts about Delaware

If you are considering building a new home in Coastal Delaware and are transplanting from elsewhere, there are a lot of interesting facts about what Thomas Jefferson called a “jewel” among the states because of it’s ideal location, giving Delaware the nickname of the “Diamond State!”

Here are a few that you may not know!

Delaware state map

Fact #1

Delaware is the second smallest state (Rhode Island is the smallest) and has land area of 1,945 sq. miles. It is 96 miles long and varies from 9 to 35 miles in width. The coastline is about 28 miles long.

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Fact #2

Delaware's official State Name is "The First State." Delaware was the first of the thirteen original colonies to ratify the Constitution in 1787 and became the first state in the nation. Because of this, Delaware is given first position in congressional votes and national events, such as Presidential Inaugurations.

home of tax free shoping

Fact #3

There is no sales tax in Delaware, giving it the nickname of "Home of Tax Free Shopping." So if you like to shop, come Delaware's various malls and outlets which are a major attraction.

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Fact #4

Delaware residents are often referred to as "Delawareans."

Delaware patent

Fact #5

Delaware ranks second in scientists and engineers as a percent of the workforce, and has the highest number of patent awards per person!

Delaware's state bird is the Blue Hen

Fact #6

Delaware's state bird is the Blue Hen, the state is also known as the "Blue Hen State."

potential target for German U-boat Invasions

Fact #7

Coastal Delaware was seen as a potential target for German U-boat Invasions during WWII- so 12 observation towers were built to protect the area.

The Ladybug is Delaware's official state bug!

Fact #8

The Ladybug is Delaware's official state bug!

horseshoe crabs Delaware

Fact #9

The Delaware Bay is home to more horseshoe crabs than anywhere else in the world and was designated as Delaware's official marine animal in 2002.

Delaware enjoys the fastest internet speeds

Fact #10

The state of Delaware enjoys the fastest internet speeds in the country, with connection speeds higher than every country observed with an exception of South Korea. You won't have to wait for any buffering here!

The League of American Bicyclists named Delaware

Fact #11

The League of American Bicyclists named Delaware the third most bike- friendly state in the country in 2015.

Delaware as the top state for retirees

Fact #12

Forget Florida! Kiplinger, a Washington, D.C. - based finance news and business publication, recently listed Delaware as the top state for retirees in terms of economy, crime, demographics, and taxes!

Delaware has the fewest counties

Fact #13

Delaware has the fewest counties of any state - only 3. From north to the south they are: New Castle County, Kent County, and Sussex County.

The Dogfish Head Craft Brewery

Fact #14

The Dogfish Head Craft Brewery was founded in the town of Milton, Delaware in 1995 and now sells it's 25 styles of beer in more than 25 states across the country!

The state flower

Fact #15

The state flower is the Peach Blossom.

These are just a few of the interesting facts about our small state!

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