List of municipalities in Delaware

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Delaware is a state located in the Mid-Atlantic. According to the 2016 United States Census estimate, Delaware is the 6th least populous state with 952,065 inhabitants but the 2nd smallest by land area spanning 1,948.54 square miles (5,046.7 km2) of land.[1] Delaware is divided into 3 counties and contains 57 incorporated places consisting of cities, towns, and villages.[1]

The largest municipality by population in Delaware is Wilmington with 71,442 residents, while the largest by area is Dover which spans 23.15 sq mi (60.0 km2). The smallest municipality by both measurements is Hartly with 71 residents in an area of 0.06 sq mi (0.16 km2).[1]

List of municipalities[edit]

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Rank Name Type Population Area County Hundred Settled Inc. Origin of Name
1 Wilmington † City 71,442 16.94 sq mi New Castle Wilmington Hundred 1638 1739 Spencer Compton, Earl of Wilmington or corruption of Willington after Thomas Willing[2]
2 Dover †† City 37,786 23.48 sq mi Kent East Dover Hundred 1683 1829 Dover in Kent, England[2]
3 Newark City 33,398 9.19 sq mi New Castle White Clay Hundred 1694 1758 Newark-on-Trent[2]
4 Middletown Town 20,876 11.83 sq mi New Castle St. George's Hundred 1861 Halfway between Bunker Hill, Maryland and Odessa, Delaware[2]
5 Smyrna Town 11,371 6.01 sq mi Kent/New Castle Duck Creek Hundred Ancient Greek city of Smyrna[2]
6 Milford City 10,979 9.87 sq mi Kent/Sussex Milford Hundred/Cedar Creek Hundred Named for numerous mills around town[2]
7 Seaford City 7,736 5.30 sq mi Sussex Seaford Hundred 1865 Seaford, East Sussex
8 Georgetown † Town 7,206 5.14 sq mi Sussex Georgetown Hundred 1791 1869 Commissioner George Mitchell[2]
9 Elsmere Town 6,106 1.01 sq mi New Castle Christiana Hundred c1890 1909
10 New Castle City 5,357 3.52 sq mi New Castle New Castle Hundred 1651 1875
11 Millsboro Town 4,293 3.95 sq mi Sussex Dagsboro Hundred
12 Laurel Town 4,160 2.98 sq mi Sussex Little Creek Hundred laurel trees
13 Harrington City 3,679 2.75 sq mi Kent Mispillion Hundred Hon. Samuel M. Harrington[2]
14 Camden Town 3,489 3.70 sq mi Kent North Murderkill Hundred 1852[3]
15 Clayton Town 3,157 1.83 sq mi Kent/New Castle Duck Creek Hundred Thomas Clayton or Col. Joshua Clayton[2]
16 Lewes City 3,074 4.72 sq mi Sussex Lewes & Rehoboth Hundred 1631 1883 Lewes, East Sussex
17 Milton Town 2,879 1.90 sq mi Sussex Broadkill Hundred Poet John Milton[4]
18 Selbyville Town 2,421 3.61 sq mi Sussex Baltimore Hundred Sampson Selby
19 Bridgeville Town 2,302 4.63 sq mi Sussex Northwest Fork Hundred
20 Townsend Town 2,313 1.05 sq mi New Castle Appoquinimink Hundred Samuel Townsend[2]
21 Ocean View Town 2,076 2.65 sq mi Sussex Baltimore Hundred Views the Ocean
22 Delaware City City 1,742 1.31 sq mi New Castle Red Lion Hundred 1826 Delaware River
23 Delmar Town 1,765 1.79 sq mi Sussex Little Creek Hundred Delaware Maryland contraction[2]
24 Cheswold Town 1,425 1.29 sq mi Kent Kenton Hundred/Little Creek Hundred
25 Rehoboth Beach City 1,488 1.64 sq mi Sussex Lewes & Rehoboth Hundred Rehoboth (Bible)
26 Wyoming Town 1,486 1.07 sq mi Kent North Murderkill Hundred Wyoming Valley in Pennsylvania
27 Felton Town 1,408 0.82 sq mi Kent South Murderkill Hundred
28 Blades Town 1,380 0.56 sq mi Sussex Broad Creek Hundred 1850's 1915 Named for James Blades who owned a tract of land along the Nanticoke River which became Bladesville, and later, Blades[5]
29 Bellefonte Town 1,178 0.18 sq mi New Castle Brandywine Hundred 1915
30 Bethany Beach Town 1,194 1.17 sq mi Sussex Baltimore Hundred Bethany (Biblical village)
31 Newport Town 1,050 0.45 sq mi New Castle Christiana Hundred April 17, 1873[6]
32 Greenwood Town 1085 0.72 sq mi Sussex Northwest Fork Hundred March 9, 1901 [7]
33 Frankford Town 951 0.73 sq mi Sussex Dagsboro Hundred
34 Dagsboro Town 878 1.36 sq mi Sussex Dagsboro Hundred John Dagworthy[2]
35 Frederica Town 828 1.92 sq mi Kent South Murderkill Hundred
36 Millville Town 602 2.50 sq mi Sussex Baltimore Hundred
37 South Bethany Town 508 0.54 sq mi Sussex Baltimore Hundred Bethany (Biblical village)
38 Arden Village 450 0.26 sq mi New Castle Brandywine Hundred 1965
39 Ellendale Town 423 0.44 sq mi Sussex Cedar Creek Hundred 1867 1905 The town is rumored to be named after either the daughter of Whig Republican Alfred Short,[8] a state legislator, the wife of Dr. John S. Prettyman who laid out the town,[2] or the daughter of Mr. Thomas William Dale, the chief engineer of the railroad survey team.[9]
40 Fenwick Island Town 426 0.48 sq mi Sussex Baltimore Hundred Thomas Fenwick
41 Houston Town 393 0.34 sq mi Kent Milford Hundred John W. Houston[2]
42 Odessa Town 372 0.53 sq mi New Castle St. George's Hundred Odessa in Ukraine[2]
43 Dewey Beach Town 379 0.33 sq mi Sussex Lewes & Rehoboth Hundred 1981[10]
44 Bowers Town 360 0.30 sq mi Kent South Murderkill Hundred
45 Ardentown Village 273 0.24 sq mi New Castle Brandywine Hundred
46 Kenton Town 265 0.19 sq mi Kent Kenton Hundred
47 Ardencroft Village 237 0.10 sq mi New Castle Brandywine Hundred
48 Magnolia Town 235 0.12 sq mi Kent South Murderkill Hundred 1885 Pierre Magnol[2]
49 Little Creek Town 234 0.14 sq mi Kent Little Creek Hundred
50 Slaughter Beach Town 233 1.38 sq mi Sussex Cedar Creek Hundred Unknown, numerous theories [11]
51 Leipsic Town 196 0.32 sq mi Kent Little Creek Hundred Leipzig in Saxony, Germany[2]
52 Woodside Town 196 0.16 sq mi Kent North Murderkill Hundred
53 Bethel Town 192 0.40 sq mi Sussex Broad Creek Hundred Bethel[2]
54 Viola Town 171 0.18 sq mi Kent North Murderkill Hundred
55 Henlopen Acres Town 138 0.26 sq mi Sussex Lewes & Rehoboth Hundred Thijmen Jacobsz Hinlopen
56 Farmington Town 118 0.08 sq mi Kent Mispillion Hundred
57 Hartly Town 71 0.06 sq mi Kent West Dover Hundred

List of former municipalities[edit]

Name Type County Hundred Settled Incorporated Status
North Laurel Town Sussex Little Creek Hundred March 13, 1915 Merged with Laurel by act of state legislature on April 13, 1929
Saint Georges Town New Castle St. George's Hundred 1825 Voluntarily had town charter revoked in 1940

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Population Estimates, July 1, 2016, (V2016)". 2016 United States Census. United States Census Bureau. Retrieved September 2, 2017. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r Gannett, Henry (1905). The Origin of Certain Place Names in the United States. Govt. Print. Off. 
  3. ^ "Town History | Town of Camden | Kent County Delaware". Archived from the original on 2011-05-05. Retrieved 2016-05-13. 
  4. ^ http://milton.delaware.gov/miltonhistory/
  5. ^ http://blades.delaware.gov/history-a-town-called-blades-delaware/
  6. ^ "History | Town of Newport | New Castle County Delaware". Archived from the original on 2012-04-25. Retrieved 2016-05-13. 
  7. ^ Delaware (1901). At a General Assembly Begun at Dover, in the Delaware State, ... the Following Acts Were Passed .. J. Adams. p. 393. Retrieved 2016-05-13. 
  8. ^ "Ellendale Delaware -- Sussex County Online, Delaware". sussexcountyonline.com. Retrieved 2016-05-13. 
  9. ^ http://www.greatersalisbury.org/userfiles/files/Ellendale.pdf
  10. ^ "About Our Town". townofdeweybeach.com. Retrieved 2016-05-13. 
  11. ^ "Home". Archived from the original on 2011-02-07. Retrieved 2016-05-13.