Ardencroft, Delaware

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Ardencroft, Delaware
Location of Ardencroft in New Castle County, Delaware.
Location of Ardencroft in New Castle County, Delaware.
Ardencroft is located in Delaware
Location within the state of Delaware
Ardencroft is located in the United States
Ardencroft (the United States)
Ardencroft is located in North America
Ardencroft (North America)
Coordinates: 39°48′15″N 75°29′29″W / 39.80417°N 75.49139°W / 39.80417; -75.49139Coordinates: 39°48′15″N 75°29′29″W / 39.80417°N 75.49139°W / 39.80417; -75.49139
Country United States
State Delaware
County New Castle
 • Total0.10 sq mi (0.26 km2)
 • Land0.10 sq mi (0.26 km2)
 • Water0.00 sq mi (0.00 km2)
279 ft (85 m)
 • Total231
 • Estimate 
 • Density2,346.53/sq mi (905.25/km2)
Time zoneUTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC-4 (EDT)
Area code(s)302
FIPS code10-01530
GNIS feature ID217491[3]

Ardencroft is a village in New Castle County, Delaware, United States. According to the 2010 Census, the population of the village is 231.[4]

Ardencroft was founded in 1950 as an outgrowth of Arden and Ardentown with a conceptual lifestyle based on Henry George's Single tax movement and William Morris's Arts and Crafts principles. Ardencroft was the last of seventeen land trusts founded between 1894 and 1950, Ardencroft's tax structure is based on the Single Tax economic philosophy of Henry George. As a result, a person's house is not taxed, only the land it sits on, which is owned in by a charitable trust and managed by three directors. Half the land is woods and open space. Footpaths criss-cross the village. At its founding in 1950, Ardencroft formally encouraged minorities to settle there, seeking families that wanted to live in an integrated setting. The nearby, former Arden School (now the Buzz Ware Village Center) also allowed integration around this time, prior to many of the changes enacted by the Civil Rights Movement.

Civil rights and suffragist activist, prolific writer, pilot, librarian, lecturer, and educator Pauline A. Young (1900 to 1991) moved into Ardencroft around this time. The outspoken Young was famous for having joined the NAACP in 1912 at the age of 12, lectured and worked conferences with W. E. B. Du Bois in the 1930s, and in 1965 marched with Martin Luther King in Alabama.


Ardencroft is located at 39°48′15″N 75°29′29″W / 39.80417°N 75.49139°W / 39.80417; -75.49139 (39.8042795, -75.4913090).[5]

As reported by the United States Census Bureau, the village has a total area of 0.1 square miles (0.26 km2), all of it land.


Historical population
Census Pop.
Est. 2018217[2]−6.1%

As of the census[6] of 2000, there were 267 people, 112 households, and 74 families residing in the village. The population density was 2,411.4 people per square mile (937.2/km²). There were 115 housing units at an average density of 1,038.6 per square mile (403.7/km²). The racial makeup of the village was 80.52% White, 12.36% African American, 5.99% Asian, and 1.12% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.75% of the population.

There were 112 households out of which 23.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 56.3% were married couples living together, 8.0% had a female householder with no husband present, and 33.9% were non-families. 28.6% of all households were made up of individuals and 8.0% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.38 and the average family size was 2.91.

In the village, the population was spread out with 19.1% under the age of 18, 5.2% from 18 to 24, 26.6% from 25 to 44, 36.0% from 45 to 64, and 13.1% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 44 years. For every 100 females, there were 92.1 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 96.4 males.

The median income for a household in the village was $56,875, and the median income for a family was $73,125. Males had a median income of $47,708 versus $29,688 for females. The per capita income for the village was $30,480. About 2.9% of families and 4.3% of the population were below the poverty line, including 7.0% of those under the age of eighteen and 7.7% of those sixty five or over.



Delaware Route 3 runs southwest-northeast to the west of Ardencroft as Marsh Road, heading south toward Wilmington and north toward Delaware Route 92 west of Claymont. Harvey Road runs northwest-southeast along the northeast border of Ardencroft and leads southeast to a partial interchange with Interstate 95, which has access to southbound I-95 toward Wilmington and access from northbound I-95 coming from Wilmington, and to U.S. Route 13 Business southwest of Claymont.[7] DART First State provides bus service to Ardencroft along Route 11, which heads south via DE 3 and Washington Street to the Wilmington station serving Amtrak and SEPTA Regional Rail's Wilmington/Newark Line.[8]


Delmarva Power, a subsidiary of Exelon, provides electricity and natural gas to Ardencroft.[9][10] Suez Delaware, a subsidiary of Suez North America, provides water to Ardencroft.[11] Sewer service in Ardencroft is provided by New Castle County. Trash and recycling collection in Ardencroft is provided by Waste Management.[12]


Ardencroft, along with Arden and Ardentown, uses the town meeting form of government. These are the only three municipalities in the Mid-Atlantic States that use this form of government.[13]


  1. ^ "2016 U.S. Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved Jul 25, 2017.
  2. ^ a b "Annual Estimates of the Resident Population: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2018". Retrieved July 4, 2019.
  3. ^ "Ardencroft". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey.
  4. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2016-12-31. Retrieved 2017-02-20.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  5. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23.
  6. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on 2013-09-11. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  7. ^ Delaware Department of Transportation (2008). Delaware Official Transportation Map (PDF) (Map). Dover: Delaware Department of Transportation.
  8. ^ "Routes and Schedules". DART First State. Retrieved August 16, 2013.
  9. ^ "Service Territory". Delmarva Power. Archived from the original on 2014-05-25. Retrieved August 15, 2017.
  10. ^ "Gas Delivery Service Area". Delmarva Power. Archived from the original on 2017-08-15. Retrieved August 14, 2017.
  11. ^ Geographic Information (Map). New Castle County, Delaware. Retrieved March 5, 2018.
  12. ^ "Civic Committee". The Village of Arden. Retrieved June 22, 2018.
  13. ^ National Parliamentarian (Vol. 78, No. 4)