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Population
  2010 2012
Population 897,934 917,092
Median Age 38.8 39.2
Total 8 year-olds 11,067 11,492
Boys 5,688 5,846
Girls 5,379 5,646
Total 9 year-olds 11,509 11,309
Boys 5,858 5,774
Girls 5,651 5,535
Total 10 year-olds 11,613 11,011
Boys 5,919 5,659
Girls 5,694 5,352
Total 11 year-olds 11,295 11,503
Boys 5,709 5,867
Girls 5,586 5,636
Total 12 year-olds 11,379 11,737
Boys 5,847 5,957
Girls 5,532 5,780
 
How People Get to Work:
Drive Alone 80.4% 81.5%
Car Pool 9.5% 8.1%
Public Transportation 3.0% 2.5%
Work at Home 3.7% 4.4%
 
Computer and Internet Use: 2013
Homes with a Computer 85.2%

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

Business
  2010 2012
Dentist Offices 247 253
Amusement Parks 5 4
Fast-Food Restaurants 607 642
Toy Stores 34 34
Video/Disc Rental Stores 22 2
Zoos & Botanical Gardens 2 2
Candy & Nut Stores 14 15
Pet & Pet Supply Stores 39 38
Ice Cream & Frozen Dessert Makers 0 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.