kids encyclopedia robot

Felton, Delaware facts for kids

Kids Encyclopedia Facts
Quick facts for kids
Felton, Delaware
Main Street in downtown Felton, July 2015
Main Street in downtown Felton, July 2015
Etymology: President of the Philadelphia, Wilmington and Baltimore Railroad Samuel M. Felton Sr.
Location of Felton in Kent County, Delaware.
Location of Felton in Kent County, Delaware.
Felton, Delaware is located in Delaware
Felton, Delaware
Felton, Delaware
Location in Delaware
Felton, Delaware is located in the United States
Felton, Delaware
Felton, Delaware
Location in the United States
Country  United States
State  Delaware
County Kent
Incorporated February 2, 1861
 • Total 0.78 sq mi (2.02 km2)
 • Land 0.78 sq mi (2.02 km2)
 • Water 0.00 sq mi (0.00 km2)
56 ft (17 m)
 • Total 1,316
 • Density 1,682.86/sq mi (650.07/km2)
Time zone UTC−5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC−4 (EDT)
ZIP code
Area code(s) 302
FIPS code 10-26620
GNIS feature ID 215321

Felton is a town in Kent County, Delaware, United States. It is part of the Dover, Delaware Metropolitan Statistical Area. The population was 1,298 at the 2010 census.


The Coombe Historic District, Thomas B. Coursey House, Felton Historic District, Felton Railroad Station, and Hughes Early Man Sites are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.


Felton is located at 39°00′30″N 75°34′41″W / 39.00833°N 75.57806°W / 39.00833; -75.57806 (39.0084464, -75.5779807).

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 0.6 square miles (1.6 km2), all of it land.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1870 437
1880 383 −12.4%
1890 403 5.2%
1900 400 −0.7%
1910 451 12.8%
1920 771 71.0%
1930 463 −39.9%
1940 442 −4.5%
1950 453 2.5%
1960 423 −6.6%
1970 495 17.0%
1980 547 10.5%
1990 683 24.9%
2000 784 14.8%
2010 1,298 65.6%
2020 1,316 1.4%
U.S. Decennial Census

At the 2000 census there were 784 people in 297 households, including 217 families, in the town. The population density was 1,268.1 people per square mile (488.2/km2). There were 312 housing units at an average density of 504.6 per square mile (194.3/km2). The racial makeup of the town was 82.53% White, 11.61% African American, 1.02% Native American, 1.28% Asian, 0.89% from other races, and 2.68% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.17%.

Of the 297 households 42.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 48.5% were married couples living together, 18.5% had a female householder with no husband present, and 26.9% were non-families. 20.9% of households were one person and 9.4% were one person aged 65 or older. The average household size was 2.63 and the average family size was 3.04.

The age distribution was 29.3% under the age of 18, 8.3% from 18 to 24, 36.9% from 25 to 44, 16.7% from 45 to 64, and 8.8% 65 or older. The median age was 33 years. For every 100 females, there were 84.5 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 82.2 males.

The median household income was $42,589 and the median family income was $44,875. Males had a median income of $32,857 versus $24,375 for females. The per capita income for the town was $17,854. About 9.5% of families and 10.4% of the population were below the poverty line, including 15.2% of those under age 18 and 13.8% of those age 65 or over.


Public school students in Felton are served by the Lake Forest School District. Schools include Lake Forest High School as well as Lake Forest North, the elementary school (Grades K–3), and Lake Forest Central, the older elementary school (Grades 4–5). Other schools in the district are located in Harrington and Frederica.



U.S. Route 13 runs north-south through Felton on Dupont Highway, heading north toward Dover and south toward Harrington. Delaware Route 12 runs east-west through Felton on Main Street, heading west toward Greensboro, Maryland and east toward Frederica. DART First State provides bus service to Felton along Route 117, which heads north toward Camden to connect to the local bus routes serving the Dover area and south toward Harrington. The Delmarva Central Railroad's Delmarva Subdivision line passes north-south through Felton.


Delmarva Power, a subsidiary of Exelon, provides electricity to Felton. Chesapeake Utilities provides natural gas to the town. The Felton Water Department provides water to Felton, serving 550 homes, multiple businesses, and three schools. Trash and recycling collection in Felton is provided under contract by Waste Management.

Images for kids

See also

Kids robot.svg In Spanish: Felton (Delaware) para niños

kids search engine
Felton, Delaware Facts for Kids. Kiddle Encyclopedia.