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Delaware may be a small state, but it’s famous for some pretty big things.

Aside from being the home state of President Biden, there are some pretty cool things about Delaware, and you can experience it all for yourself when you move here. Here are a few of the top things Delaware is known for.

Beautiful Beaches

This is arguably the most popular reason why people visit Delaware: its exquisite beaches. Despite its small land area compared to other states, Delaware’s proximity to the coast provides it several beaches that attract people from all over.

If you’re a beach person or just want to take time away from busy city life, the beaches of Delaware should be next on your list of places to visit.

Some of the more popular ones are Bethany Beach, Broadkill Beach, Cape Henlopen State Park, Delaware Seashore State Park, Dewey Beach, and Fenwick Island State Park.

Tax-Free Shopping

Here’s another fun fact about Delaware: it’s one of the few states in the US that doesn’t impose sales taxes. What does that mean? You see an item being sold there for $3.99, you pay exactly $3.99 for it. Yes, really! Dollar Stores there are actual dollar stores with none of those “extras” that ever so slightly raise the prices of their items. Fun!

The NASCAR Dover International Speedway

Whether you’re a die-hard NASCAR fan or just looking for a thrill, you can visit The Monster Mile in Dover to catch the annual race. Delaware is famous for the Dover Speedway, and it can seat up to 135,000 people.

Small Size

Did you know Delaware is the second smallest state? With just three counties in 1,982 square miles, this tiny state is home to 990,837.

Dover Air Force Base

Everybody loves a good air show, right? If you’re in Delaware and are into that sort of thing, Dover Air Force Base holds an annual event; you can visit and watch them put on a magnificent air show. Or, if you just want to check out vintage planes, you can drop by the Air Mobility Command Museum. There’s a flight simulator there, where you can pretend you’re Maverick and dodge missiles while you’re at it. Hint: break left and watch out for the jet wash.

Birthplace of Dupont

Dupont is a Fortune-500 company specializing in agriculture, science, health, and safety. The company is headquartered in Wilmington and provides job for thousands of Delawareans. However, it’s just one of the thousands of companies which are registered in Delaware.

Millionaire Next Door

Ever wondered what it would be like to live next to or near a millionaire? If you’re the type to play the odds, then Delaware is the place to be. About 6.6% of the Delaware population are millionaires. That’s 24,000 wealthy households! While there are states that have more, Delaware is small compared to most of them, so if you drop by, your chances of encountering or even living next to one goes way up. Fun, right?

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Question: Which states are closest to Delaware?
Answer: Delaware is bounded by the state of Pennsylvania to the north, Maryland to the west and south, and to the east by the Delaware River, Delaware Bay, the state of New Jersey, and the Atlantic Ocean.

Question: What is Firefly Music Festival?
Answer: Firefly is an annual, multi-genre music festival held in the capital of Delaware, the city of Dover. The festival is one of the biggest in the United States, lasting for three days, taking place in the Woodlands of Dover International Speedway.

Question: Is Delaware the smallest state?
Answer: Close, but no. That would be Rhode Island. Delaware is second smallest, though.

Question: Is it true you don’t pay sales tax?
Answer: 100%. Something on sale for $4.99 is sold for $4.99. Yes, really!

Trivia: Delaware’s other names

  1. Which state ratified the United States Constitution before any others? That would be Delaware. This historic event happened on the 7th of December way back in 1787. The 7th of December is thus celebrated every year as Delaware Day, and Delaware is thus known as the “First State”.
  2. According to a legend, Thomas Jefferson called Delaware the “Diamond State” due to its location along the Eastern Seaboard.
  3. Despite being the second smallest state, Delaware is also known as the “Small Wonder” due to its significant contributions to the development of the USA.

This article was written in collaboration between Delaware Beaches Online and Aurora Homes.