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Kenton, Delaware
Location in Kent County and the state of Delaware.
Location in Kent County and the state of Delaware.
Country United States
State Delaware
County Kent
 • Total 0.2 sq mi (0.4 km2)
 • Land 0.2 sq mi (0.4 km2)
 • Water 0.0 sq mi (0.0 km2)
Elevation 59 ft (18 m)
Population (2010)
 • Total 261
 • Density 1,375.8/sq mi (531.2/km2)
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP code 19955
Area code(s) 302
FIPS code 10-39100
GNIS feature ID 214191

Kenton is a town in Kent County, Delaware, United States. It is part of the Dover, Delaware Metropolitan Statistical Area. The population was 261 at the 2010 census.


The Village of Kenton is a crossroads community located at the intersection of Route 42 and Route 300 in Kenton Hundred, Delaware. The village dates from the last decade of the 18th century, but did not achieve its peak until the last half of the 19th century when the Delaware and Maryland Railroad line was put through from Clayton to Maryland.

Kenton was first laid out in 1796 by Philip Lewis who had begun to acquire property in the area five years before in 1791. The community was first known as Georgetown, then as Lewis Crossroads and finally, in 1806, by the name of Kenton.

The Kenton Historic District was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1983. Other sites at or near Kenton on the National Register of Historic Places are the: George Arnold House, Aspendale, Thomas Attix House, J. F. Betz House, Benjamin Blackiston House, W. D. Burrows House, Scene of Cheyney Clow's Rebellion, Clark-Pratt House, Cooper House, Thomas Davis House, N. C. Downs House, T.H. Denny House, Green Mansion House (Kenton, Delaware), Robert Hill House, Hoffecker-Lockwood House, Alfred L. Hudson House, Kenton Post Office, Thomas Lamb Farm, Thomas Lamb House, Jefferson Lewis House, Delaplane McDaniel House, Poinsett House, Somerville, William Stevens House, James Williams House, and Wright-Carry House.


Kenton is located at 39°13′39″N 75°39′47″W / 39.2276115°N 75.6629847°W / 39.2276115; -75.6629847.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 0.2 square miles (0.52 km2), all of it land.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1880 107
1890 241 125.2%
1900 192 −20.3%
1910 209 8.9%
1920 212 1.4%
1930 175 −17.5%
1940 233 33.1%
1950 211 −9.4%
1960 249 18.0%
1970 205 −17.7%
1980 243 18.5%
1990 232 −4.5%
2000 237 2.2%
2010 261 10.1%
Est. 2015 265 1.5%
U.S. Decennial Census

As of the census of 2000, there were 237 people, 83 households, and 63 families residing in the town. The population density was 1,375.8 people per square mile (538.3/km²). There were 87 housing units at an average density of 505.0 per square mile (197.6/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 94.51% White, 3.38% African American, 1.27% from other races, and 0.84% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 4.64% of the population.

There were 83 households out of which 36.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 59.0% were married couples living together, 9.6% had a female householder with no husband present, and 22.9% were non-families. 14.5% of all households were made up of individuals and 4.8% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.86 and the average family size was 3.11.

In the town, the population was spread out with 27.8% under the age of 18, 9.3% from 18 to 24, 30.4% from 25 to 44, 24.9% from 45 to 64, and 7.6% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females there were 94.3 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 90.0 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $38,250, and the median income for a family was $38,000. Males had a median income of $32,143 versus $27,500 for females. The per capita income for the town was $15,539. About 10.6% of families and 15.4% of the population were below the poverty line, including 19.7% of those under the age of eighteen and none of those sixty five or over.

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