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Last Updated: September 10, 2021

Delaware - The First State

The state of Delaware is located on the Atlantic coast in the mid-Atlantic region of the United States. According to the United States Census Bureau, the population of Delaware is around 1,000,000. Dover is the capital of Delaware while the largest city of the state is Wilmington with a population of around 70,800. A majority of the population of Delaware is concentrated in the town of Townsend in New Castle County. This American state has a large number of Hispanic, African, and Asian American populations. The state is in a transitional zone between a humid tropical climate and a continental climate. The average monthly temperature in Delaware ranges from 26 F to 85 F approximately.

Delaware has many interesting nicknames. The most popular nickname "The Diamond State" was coined by Thomas Jefferson, as he considered the state to be a jewel with regards to its ideal location at the time. Other popular nicknames include "The First State" (being the first among the thirteen original states that ratified the constitution of America), "Blue Hen State" (signifying the official state bird which was once used by soldiers for cockfights, during the revolutionary war), and "Small Wonder" (highlighting the scenic beauty of the state).

Major Cities in Delaware


With a population of around 70,000, the city of Wilmington is the largest in Delaware. It is supposedly named either after the Earl of Wilmington, Spencer Compton, or Thomas Willing, the first developer of the land. It was incorporated as a city in the year 1832. It is home to the Widener University-Delaware Law School. Major attractions in the city include Wilmington Industrial Park, Hagley Museum, Brandywine Creek, Brown Park, Business History & Technology Museum, Brandywine Park, etc.


Dover is the second-largest city in Delaware with an approximate population of more than 37,000. Situated in Kent County, it is the state's capital. It was founded in the year 1683. It is also home to two of the best institutions of higher learning, namely, Delaware State University and Wesley College. It is best known for its gaming events and also tourist destinations such as the Dover International Speedway, John Dickinson Plantation, the Legislative Hall (State Capitol Building), Air Mobility Command Museum, Biggs Museum of American Art, and so on.


This is the third-largest city in the state of Delaware, situated in New Castle County. It was founded by the settlers of Wales in the year 1694. Newark is a city popular for its greenery and diverse community. It is also known for its safety considering that the crime rates are lower than the national average. The reputed University of Delaware is situated in this city. Popular sights in Newark are the White Clay Creek State Park, University of Delaware Botanic Gardens, Newark Reservoir, Rittenhouse Park, Milburn Orchards, Patriot Ice Center, and more.


With an estimated population of about 22,000 Middletown is the fourth biggest city in Delaware. It was incorporated as a city in 1861. It is known for its culturally diverse community, the yearly Olde Tyme Peach Festival, and popular attractions within the city. Major destinations include Frightland, Mid County Lanes and Entertainment, Silver Lake Park, Charles E. Price Memorial Park, Blackbird Creek Reserve, and so on.

Economy/Job Market

Manufacturing (especially chemicals, paper products, rubber, and plastics), mining (sand and gravel, magnesium), agriculture (mostly broilers, soybeans, corn, milk), finance, fishery, tourism, are the major sectors of Delaware. Popular companies situated in Delaware include Dupont, Dogfish Head Brewing, Navient, W. L. Gore and Associates, Wilmington Trust, WSFS Bank, SLM, and others.

The covid-19 pandemic turned to be a major turning point where nations all over the world faced many challenges in every aspect. The economy was one of those aspects. The state of Delaware also experienced considerable setbacks (especially in the areas of tourism and hospitality) but is currently flourishing at a slow pace. There has been a major decrease in the unemployment rate from 13.4 percent, a year ago, to 6.3 percent as of now.

Tuition Fee and Living Cost in Delaware

The cost of living in Delaware is slightly higher than the US national average. The costs for healthcare services are exceptionally higher than the national average. Therefore, students who are planning to move to this state need to be prepared for medical costs and opt for the best medical insurance available. Apart from transportation, the overall costs are high in the state of Delaware.

The median household income in Delaware is approximately $69,000, which was higher than the national average. Per capita income in Delaware is around $36,000. The cost of education in this state is comparatively affordable for not just in-state students but also out-of-state students. However, tuition costs for in-state students in public institutions are lower than that for out-of-state students. For instance, the tuition fee at the University of Delaware is around $16,000 for in-state students and around $38,000 for out-of-state students.

List of Few Major Universities/Colleges

This state has 5 private and 5 public universities. Owing to good universities with excellent faculty, infrastructure, and affordability, universities in Delaware are proving to be a good choice for international students. The most popular educational universities in Delaware are:

Scholarships/Financial Aid for Students

Scholarships and grants can be extremely helpful for students who dream of pursuing quality education from reputed institutions, but cannot afford it. It is also a great way of recognizing brilliant minds who are academically meritorious. The state of Delaware may have a cost of living slightly more expensive than the national average, but with regards to education, it does not compromise. The state, as well as the universities, provide a wide range of scholarships and grants for students based on merit, financial need, ethnicity, race, gender, or even the area of specialization. There are numerous applicants across the state, and to determine the eligibility of the candidates, the Free Application For Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is to be filled by all students before applying for any kind of financial aid.


Being the 'First State', the state of Delaware is a fascinating place for tourists not just to explore its historical and cultural significance but also to experience the beauty of the place. The state is filled with various tourist attractions packed with numerous fun activities to do. Popular sights in Delaware are Air Mobility Command Museum, Rehoboth and Delaware Beaches, Nemours Estate, Brandywine Zoo, Cape May-Lewes Ferry, Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library, Delaware Art Museum, Brandywine Creek State Park, Jungle Jim's - River Safari Water Park, and so much more. On visiting the 'Diamond State', one must definitely try out the famous Peach Pie, which is officially the state dessert. Other popular delicacies available here are Capriotti's Bobbie, Cheesesteak, Blue Crabs, Cream Chipped Beef, etc.

Universities & Colleges in Delaware

University (city) Total StudentsUG (in) / UG (out)G (in) / G (out)
University of Delaware (Newark) 25885$15681 / $37636$36590 / $36590
Delaware State University (Dover) 5003$9409 / $18818$6272 / $12545
Wesley College (Dover) 1650$27181 / $27181$11499 / $11499
Wilmington University (New Castle) 20268$12545 / $12545$9409 / $9409
Goldey-Beacom College (Wilmington) 1997$24045 / $24045$19863 / $19863
Widener University-Delaware Law School (Wilmington) 653$14636 / $14636$27181 / $27181

*UG - Undergraduate
*G - Graduate
*in - In-state Fees
*out - Out-of-State Fees
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