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State Facts

Full Name

State of Delaware

Admitted to the Union (Rank)

December 7, 1787 (1st)

Population 2000 (Rank)

783,600 (45th)

Land Area (Rank)

1,954 square miles; 5,060 square kilometers (49th)

Capital

Dover

Postal Abbreviation

DE

State Nicknames

  • Diamond State,
  • First State,
  • Small Wonder,
  • Blue Hen State

Motto

Liberty and independence

Song

“Our Delaware” (music by William M. S. Brown, words by George B. Hynson)

State Symbols

  • Flower: Peach blossom
  • Tree: American holly
  • Bird: Blue hen chicken
  • Animal: Horseshoe crab
  • Insect: Ladybug
  • Butterfly: Tiger swallowtail
  • Beverage: Milk

Economy

  • Agriculture:
    • Poultry,
    • nursery stock,
    • soybeans,
    • dairy products,
    • corn
  • Industry:
    • Chemical products,
    • food processing,
    • paper products,
    • rubber and plastic products,
    • scientific instruments,
    • printing and publishing