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Cheswold, Delaware
Location of Cheswold in Kent County, Delaware.
Location of Cheswold in Kent County, Delaware.
Cheswold, Delaware is located in Delaware
Cheswold, Delaware
Cheswold, Delaware
Location in Delaware
Cheswold, Delaware is located in the United States
Cheswold, Delaware
Cheswold, Delaware
Location in the United States
Country  United States
State  Delaware
County Kent
 • Type Council-manager
 • Total 1.84 sq mi (4.76 km2)
 • Land 1.84 sq mi (4.76 km2)
 • Water 0.00 sq mi (0.00 km2)
36 ft (11 m)
 • Total 1,923
 • Density 1,046.25/sq mi (404.00/km2)
Time zone UTC−5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC−4 (EDT)
ZIP code
Area code(s) 302
FIPS code 10-14660
GNIS feature ID 213795

Cheswold is a town in Kent County in the U.S. state of Delaware. It is part of the Dover, Delaware Metropolitan Statistical Area. The population was 1,380 at the 2010 census.


The town developed following the construction of the railroad in 1856. Prior to 1888, Cheswold was called Moorton after landowner James S. Moore.


Cheswold is located at 39°13′09″N 75°35′09″W / 39.21917°N 75.58583°W / 39.21917; -75.58583 (39.2192786, -75.5857596).

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 0.4 square miles (1.0 km2), all of it land.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1890 129
1900 201 55.8%
1910 223 10.9%
1920 287 28.7%
1930 211 −26.5%
1940 232 10.0%
1950 292 25.9%
1960 281 −3.8%
1970 286 1.8%
1980 269 −5.9%
1990 321 19.3%
2000 313 −2.5%
2010 1,380 340.9%
2020 1,923 39.3%
U.S. Decennial Census

As of the census of 2000, there were 313 people, 116 households, and 80 families residing in the town. The population density was 729.8 people per square mile (281.0/km2). There were 122 housing units at an average density of 284.5 per square mile (109.5/km2). The racial makeup of the town was 71.57% White, 12.14% African American, 5.11% Native American, 0.32% Asian, 6.39% from other races, and 4.47% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 10.86% of the population.

There were 116 households, out of which 37.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 42.2% were married couples living together, 19.0% had a female householder with no husband present, and 30.2% were non-families. 22.4% of all households were made up of individuals, and 7.8% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.70 and the average family size was 2.95.

In the town, the population was spread out, with 30.7% under the age of 18, 10.2% from 18 to 24, 32.3% from 25 to 44, 15.7% from 45 to 64, and 11.2% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 30 years. For every 100 females, there were 108.7 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 102.8 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $38,750, and the median income for a family was $32,045. Males had a median income of $31,250 versus $22,083 for females. The per capita income for the town was $14,588. About 18.8% of families and 25.5% of the population were below the poverty line, including 38.7% of those under age 18 and 16.2% of those age 65 or over.


Cheswold is in the Capital School District. Dover High School is the comprehensive high school of the district.



U.S. Route 13 runs north–south through the eastern part of Cheswold, heading north to Smyrna and Wilmington and south to Dover. Delaware Route 42 serves as the main east–west road through Cheswold, heading west to Kenton and east to Leipsic. The Delaware Route 1 toll road passes east of Cheswold but the nearest interchange is in Dover. DART First State provides bus service to Cheswold along Route 120, which heads south to Dover to connect to local bus routes serving the Dover area and north to Smyrna. The Delmarva Central Railroad's Delmarva Subdivision line passes north–south through Cheswold. Delaware Airpark, a general aviation airport, is located outside of Cheswold.


Water and sewer service in Cheswold is provided by Middlesex Water Company. Electricity in Cheswold is provided by Delmarva Power, a subsidiary of Exelon. Natural gas service to Cheswold is provided by Chesapeake Utilities. Trash and recycling in the town is provided by Republic Services, Waste Industries, Waste Management, and Burns and McBride. Cable and internet in Cheswold is provided by DirecTV, Xfinity, Dish Network, and Verizon.

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