Covering an area of 5,060 sq. km, the State of Delaware is located in the Mid-Atlantic region of the United States.
Most of the land of Delaware is very flat, averaging only 58 ft. above sea level, which is the lowest mean elevation among all the states of the Nation. The only significant exceptions are the rolling hills of the Piedmont Plateau that cover the northern edges of the state. Located at a point [Ebright Azimuth] just off Ebright Road in the New Castle County, to the south of the Pennsylvania border is Delaware’s highest point – which rises to an elevation of only 448 ft (137m). The lowest point is the Atlantic Ocean (0m).
The state's eastern shorelines contain several bays, tidal creeks, and marshes. Its southern border with Delaware contains over 30,000 acres of swampland. Sandy beach fronts large stretches of the southern Delaware Bay and the Atlantic Ocean coastline. The most significant river is the Delaware River. Other rivers of note include the Mispillion, Murderkill, Pocomoke, Nanticoke, and St. Jones.
The Coastal Plain covering much of Delaware is a low-lying stretch of fertile land that borders the Atlantic Ocean. It's approximately 2,200 miles long, stretching from central New Jersey, south to Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula. The Chesapeake & Delaware Canal (mostly manmade) runs 14 miles long, 450 ft wide, and 35 ft deep across the states of Maryland and Delaware, connecting the Delaware River with the Chesapeake Bay. It's a modern sea-level, electronically controlled commercial waterway, carrying ship traffic east and west.
The Delmarva Peninsula occupies portions of the three U.S. states of Delaware, Maryland, and Virginia. It is bordered by the Chesapeake Bay on the west, and the Delaware River, Delaware Bay, and the Atlantic Ocean on the east. The peninsula's land is flat, with a few low-lying hills in the north.
The State of Delaware is divided into 3 counties. In alphabetical order, these counties are: Kent, New Castle, Sussex.
With an area of 5,060 sq. km, the State of Delaware is the 2nd smallest state amongst all the 50 states of the USA. Located in Kent County, along the St. Jones River, in the east-central part of the state is Dover – the capital city of Delaware. Situated in the New Castle County, along the confluence of the Christina River and the Delaware River is Wilmington – the largest and the most populous city in Delaware. It also serves as the chief port and the industrial, financial, and commercial center of Delaware.
The State of Delaware is located in the Mid-Atlantic region of the United States. Delaware is bordered by the state of Maryland in the west and south; by Pennsylvania in the north, and by New Jersey in the east. It is also bordered by the Atlantic Ocean, Delaware Bay, and Delaware River in the southeast.
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This page was last updated on February 25, 2021