Delaware (U.S. state)

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This article is about Delaware (U.S. state). For other uses of the term Delaware, please see Delaware (disambiguation).
Delaware state map.

Delaware is a small, densely populated state on the eastern coast of the United States of America. Among the 50 states, only Rhode Island is physically smaller in size.

Delaware is located on a peninsula that has the Delaware Bay on its east side and the Chesapeake Bay on its west side. The west side of the peninsula is part of Maryland, and to the north, the state borders Pennsylvania. Its east side is all coastline, with the northern part of the coast across the Delaware River mouth from New Jersey and the southern part on the Delaware Bay leading to the Atlantic Ocean.

The state capital is Dover, which is in the center of the long, narrow state. The state's largest city is Wilmington, located at the northern end of the state at the neck of the peninsula.

The Delaware peninsula is marked by dune-backed beaches which are popular tourist destinations in summer. It is also divided into three counties named New Castle (north), Kent (middle), and Sussex (south).

Delaware ratified the U.S. Constitution on December 7, 1787 making it "The First State"[1].

See also

U.S. States and Territories