Delaware City, Delaware

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City of Delaware City
Clinton School Del City DE.JPG
Former school and Town Hall on Clinton Street
Motto: " Port Of History "
Country United States
State Delaware
County New Castle
Elevation 3 ft (0.9 m)
Coordinates 39°34′29″N 75°35′37″W / 39.57472°N 75.59361°W / 39.57472; -75.59361Coordinates: 39°34′29″N 75°35′37″W / 39.57472°N 75.59361°W / 39.57472; -75.59361
Area 1.3 sq mi (3.4 km2)
 - land 1.3 sq mi (3 km2)
 - water 0.1 sq mi (0 km2), 7.69%
Population 1,695 (2010)
Density 1,156.3 / sq mi (446 / km2)
Mayor Stanley E Green
Timezone EST (UTC-5)
 - summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
Area code 302
Location in New Castle County and the state of Delaware.
Location of Delaware in the United States

Delaware City is a city in New Castle County, Delaware, United States. The population was 1,695 at the 2010 census.[1] It is a small port town on the eastern terminus of the Chesapeake and Delaware Canal and is the location of the ferry to Fort Delaware on Pea Patch Island.


The Delaware City Historic District, Chelsea, Eastern Lock of the Chesapeake and Delaware Canal, Fairview, and Fort Delaware on Pea Patch Island are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.[2]


Delaware City is located at 39°34′29″N 75°35′37″W / 39.57472°N 75.59361°W / 39.57472; -75.59361 (39.574704, -75.593631).[3]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 1.3 square miles (3.4 km2), of which, 1.3 square miles (3.4 km2) of it is land and 0.1 square miles (0.26 km2) of it (6.01%) is water.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1870 1,059
1880 1,085 2.5%
1890 969 −10.7%
1900 1,132 16.8%
1910 1,132 0.0%
1920 1,064 −6.0%
1930 1,005 −5.5%
1940 1,163 15.7%
1950 1,363 17.2%
1960 1,658 21.6%
1970 2,024 22.1%
1980 1,858 −8.2%
1990 603 −67.5%
2000 1,453 141.0%
2010 1,695 16.7%
Est. 2012 1,713 1.1%
U.S. Decennial Census[4]
2012 Estimate[5]
Delaware City Hotel

As of the census of 2000, there were 1,453 people, 567 households, and 395 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,156.3 people per square mile (445.2/km²). There were 616 housing units at an average density of 490.2 per square mile (188.8/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 87.47% White, 10.32% African American, 0.41% Native American, 0.21% Asian, 0.69% from other races, and 0.89% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.24% of the population.

There were 567 households out of which 31.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 46.0% were married couples living together, 16.0% had a female householder with no husband present, and 30.2% were non-families. 25.4% of all households were made up of individuals and 8.8% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.55 and the average family size was 3.03.

In the city the population was spread out with 24.8% under the age of 18, 7.2% from 18 to 24, 28.7% from 25 to 44, 27.3% from 45 to 64, and 12.0% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 38 years. For every 100 females there were 101.5 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 98.4 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $43,611, and the median income for a family was $50,294. Males had a median income of $40,192 versus $27,800 for females. The per capita income for the city was $21,992. About 5.9% of families and 8.5% of the population were below the poverty line, including 11.7% of those under age 18 and 11.2% of those age 65 or over.


Delaware City is close to the Delaware City Oil Refinery belonging to PBF Energy Partners.

Entertainment and leisure[edit]

Chesapeake and Delaware Canal lock number 1

Delaware City's Fort DuPont State Park contains the home field of the Diamond State Base Ball Club, a vintage base ball team. The Diamond State Base Ball Club typically plays 4-6 games there per year. The Diamond State Base Ball Club also plays at least once per year at Fort Delaware on Pea Patch Island and also at nearby Port Penn, Delaware. The Diamond State Base Ball Club is a non-profit amateur organization created for the purposes of providing physical fitness to its members, educating the public on the history of baseball and local history, and serving as a point of public pride.

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