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Camden, Delaware
1805 Camden Friends Meetinghouse
1805 Camden Friends Meetinghouse
Location of Camden in Kent County, Delaware.
Location of Camden in Kent County, Delaware.
Camden, Delaware is located in Delaware
Camden, Delaware
Camden, Delaware
Location in Delaware
Camden, Delaware is located in the United States
Camden, Delaware
Camden, Delaware
Location in the United States
Country  United States
State  Delaware
County Kent
 • Type Mayor-council
 • Total 3.75 sq mi (9.70 km2)
 • Land 3.75 sq mi (9.70 km2)
 • Water 0.00 sq mi (0.00 km2)
39 ft (12 m)
 • Total 3,715
 • Density 991.72/sq mi (382.92/km2)
Time zone UTC−5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC−4 (EDT)
ZIP code
Area code(s) 302
FIPS code 10-10760
GNIS feature ID 213746

Camden is a town in Kent County, Delaware, United States. It is part of the Dover, Delaware Metropolitan Statistical Area. The population was 3,464 at the 2010 census.


Camden was established in 1783 as a community originally known as Mifflin's Crossroads. The Camden Historic District, Brecknock, Camden Friends Meetinghouse, Star Hill AME Church, and Zion African Methodist Episcopal Church are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.


Camden is located at 39°06′48″N 75°32′31″W / 39.11333°N 75.54194°W / 39.11333; -75.54194 (39.1134458, -75.5418687).

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 1.9 square miles (4.9 km2), all land.

Because of the small size of this town, and its even smaller neighbor of Wyoming, the U.S. Postal Service has jointly assigned the towns a single ZIP code, 19934, which is designated as the Camden-Wyoming ZIP code.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1870 657
1880 702 6.8%
1890 553 −21.2%
1900 586 6.0%
1910 553 −5.6%
1920 531 −4.0%
1930 464 −12.6%
1940 682 47.0%
1950 606 −11.1%
1960 1,125 85.6%
1970 1,241 10.3%
1980 1,757 41.6%
1990 1,899 8.1%
2000 2,100 10.6%
2010 3,464 65.0%
2020 3,715 7.2%
U.S. Decennial Census

As of the census of 2000, there were 2,100 people, 835 households, and 573 families residing in the town. The population density was 1,130.9 people per square mile (435.9/km2). There were 886 housing units at an average density of 477.1 per square mile (183.9/km2). The racial makeup of the town was 76.67% White, 18.00% African American, 0.81% Native American, 1.38% Asian, 0.14% Pacific Islander, 0.90% from other races, and 2.10% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.90% of the population.

There were 835 households, out of which 35.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 50.2% were married couples living together, 15.3% had a female householder with no husband present, and 31.3% were non-families. 24.1% of all households were made up of individuals, and 8.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.51 and the average family size was 3.02.

In the town, the population was spread out, with 27.0% under the age of 18, 9.1% from 18 to 24, 30.7% from 25 to 44, 21.6% from 45 to 64, and 11.6% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females, there were 90.9 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 83.3 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $47,097, and the median income for a family was $50,347. Males had a median income of $32,154 versus $25,261 for females. The per capita income for the town was $21,113. About 1.8% of families and 4.9% of the population were below the poverty line, including 4.7% of those under age 18 and 2.4% of those age 65 or over.


Camden is located in the Caesar Rodney School District. It is divided between the boundaries of Nellie Hughes Stokes Elementary School in Camden and W. B. Simpson Elementary School in Wyoming. Students zoned to Stokes and Simpson are zoned to Fred Fifer III Middle School in Camden. Areas east of US 13 zoned to W. Reily Brown Elementary in Dover are on land zoned as commercial. Caesar Rodney High School in Camden is the comprehensive high school for the entire district.



U.S. Route 13 runs north–south through the eastern part of Camden, heading north toward Dover and south toward Salisbury. U.S. Route 13 Alternate passes north–south through the center of Camden on Main Street. Delaware Route 10 runs east–west through Camden on Camden Wyoming Avenue, heading west through rural western Kent County to the Maryland border and east toward Dover Air Force Base. DART First State provides bus service to Camden along Route 104, which runs from the Walmart in Camden north to the Dover Transit Center in Dover and connects to other local bus routes serving the Dover area; Route 117, which runs from the Walmart in Camden south to Harrington; and Route 303, which heads north to Dover and south to Georgetown.


Delmarva Power, a subsidiary of Exelon, provides electricity to Camden. Chesapeake Utilities provides natural gas to the town. The Camden-Wyoming Sewer & Water Authority provides sewer and water service to Camden and the neighboring town of Wyoming. Trash and recycling collection in Camden is provided under contract by Republic Services.

Notable people

  • Ashley Coleman, Miss Delaware Teen USA 1999, Miss Teen USA 1999 (born and grew up in Camden)
  • Eric Buckson, born in Camden and a current Kent County Levy Court Commissioner
  • Henry Hayes Lockwood, born in Camden Civil War general
  • Charles L. Terry Jr., born in Camden, 65th Governor of Delaware
  • R. Thomas Wagner, Jr., State Auditor of Delaware and former Mayor of Camden

See also

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