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Population
  2010 2011
Population 897,934 907,135
State Rank 45 45
Median Age 38.8 39.1
Total 8 year-olds 11,067 11,306
Boys 5,688 5,795
Girls 5,379 5,511
Total 9 year-olds 11,509 11,012
Boys 5,858 5,645
Girls 5,651 5,367
Total 10 year-olds 11,613 11,500
Boys 5,919 5,869
Girls 5,694 5,631
Total 11 year-olds 11,295 11,715
Boys 5,709 5,977
Girls 5,586 5,738
Total 12 year-olds 11,379 11,356
Boys 5,847 5,748
Girls 5,532 5,608
 
How People Get to Work:
Drive Alone 80.4% 81.1%
Car Pool 9.5% 8.9%
Public Transportation 3.0% 3.3%
Work at Home 3.7% 3.6%

Geography
Capital Dover
Largest City Wilmington
Second Largest City Dover
Persons Per Square Mile (State, 2010) 460.8

Business
  2000 2010
Dentist Offices 228 247
Amusement Parks 6 5
Fast-Food Restaurants 582 804
Toy Stores 33 34
Video/Disc Rental Stores 58 22
Zoos & Botanical Gardens 1 2
Candy & Nut Stores 16 14
Pet & Pet Supply Stores 34 39
Ice Cream & Frozen Dessert Makers 2 0

Note: As is the case with all surveys, statistics from sample surveys are subject to sampling and nonsampling error.

A value of NA indicates that data are not available for the indicated time period. A value of X indicates that data are not applicable for the current region.

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History

  • Date of Statehood: December 7, 1787
  • Population 1800: 64,273
  • Population 1850: 91,532
  • Population 1900: 184,735
  • Population 1950: 318,085
  • Population 2000: 783,600

I never knew that! *

  • Nickname: First State
  • Flower: Peach Blossom
  • Tree: American Holly
  • Bird: Blue Hen Chicken
  • Drink: Milk
  • Bug: Ladybug
  • Marine Animal: Horshoe Crab

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Who told you this stuff?

The U.S. Census Bureau takes a census of the population every 10 years, and censuses of economic activity and governments every five years. And every year, the Census Bureau conducts more than 100 other surveys. Data on this page come from the 2010 Census, the American Community Survey, and County Business Patterns.

How are these data collected?

The U.S. Census Bureau sends questionnaires in the mail or contacts businesses and households to participate in its surveys.

* State symbol information was obtained from various non-Census Bureau resources including state web sites, educational web sites, and commercial entities.