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Delaware is a state located in the Mid-Atlantic. According to the 2016 United States Census estimate, Delaware is the 6th least populous state with &&&&&&&&&0952065.&&&&&0952,065 inhabitants but the 2nd smallest by land area spanning 1,948.54 square miles (5,046.7 km2) of land. Delaware is divided into three counties and contains 57 incorporated places consisting of cities, towns, and villages.

The largest municipality by population in Delaware is Wilmington with 70,635 residents, while the largest by area is Dover which spans 23.15 sq mi (60.0 km2). The smallest municipality by both measurements is Hartly with 71 residents in an area of 0.06 sq mi (0.16 km2).

List of municipalities

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Rank Name Type Population Area County Hundred Settled Inc. Origin of Name
1 Wilmington † City 70,635 16.94 sq mi New Castle Wilmington Hundred 1638 1739 Spencer Compton, Earl of Wilmington or corruption of Willington after Thomas Willing
2 Dover ‡ City 38,079 23.48 sq mi Kent East Dover Hundred 1683 1829 Dover in Kent, England
3 Newark City 33,673 9.19 sq mi New Castle White Clay Hundred 1694 1758 Newark-on-Trent
4 Middletown Town 22,582 11.83 sq mi New Castle St. George's Hundred 1675 Febuary 12, 1861 Halfway between Bunker Hill, Maryland and Odessa, Delaware
5 Smyrna Town 11,580 6.01 sq mi Kent/New Castle Duck Creek Hundred Ancient Greek city of Smyrna
6 Milford City 11,353 9.87 sq mi Kent/Sussex Milford Hundred/Cedar Creek Hundred February 5, 1807 Named for numerous mills around town
7 Seaford City 7,861 5.30 sq mi Sussex Seaford Hundred April 6, 1865 Seaford, East Sussex
8 Georgetown † Town 7,427 5.14 sq mi Sussex Georgetown Hundred 1791 March 2, 1869 Commissioner George Mitchell
9 Elsmere Town 5,981 1.01 sq mi New Castle Christiana Hundred c1890 March 9, 1909
10 New Castle City 5,529 3.52 sq mi New Castle New Castle Hundred 1651 Febuary 25, 1875
11 Millsboro Town 4,446 3.95 sq mi Sussex Dagsboro Hundred 1792 March 9, 1893
12 Laurel Town 4,394 2.98 sq mi Sussex Little Creek Hundred April 13, 1883 laurel trees
13 Harrington City 3,643 2.75 sq mi Kent Mispillion Hundred March 23, 1869 Hon. Samuel M. Harrington
14 Camden Town 3,501 3.70 sq mi Kent North Murderkill Hundred 1852
15 Clayton Town 3,392 1.83 sq mi Kent/New Castle Duck Creek Hundred Thomas Clayton or Col. Joshua Clayton
16 Lewes City 3,233 4.72 sq mi Sussex Lewes & Rehoboth Hundred 1631 Febuary 2, 1818 Lewes, East Sussex
17 Milton Town 2,964 1.90 sq mi Sussex Broadkill Hundred March 17, 1865 Poet John Milton
18 Townsend Town 2,569 1.05 sq mi New Castle Appoquinimink Hundred April 3, 1885 Samuel Townsend
19 Selbyville Town 2,496 3.61 sq mi Sussex Baltimore Hundred March 16, 1901 Sampson Selby
20 Bridgeville Town 2,366 4.63 sq mi Sussex Northwest Fork Hundred March 29, 1871
21 Ocean View Town 2,140 2.65 sq mi Sussex Baltimore Hundred April 13, 1889 Views the Ocean
22 Delaware City City 1,824 1.31 sq mi New Castle Red Lion Hundred 1826 Delaware River
23 Delmar Town 1,796 1.79 sq mi Sussex Little Creek Hundred March 9, 1899 Delaware Maryland contraction
24 Cheswold Town 1,623 1.29 sq mi Kent Kenton Hundred/Little Creek Hundred 1856
25 Wyoming Town 1,536 1.07 sq mi Kent North Murderkill Hundred March 20, 1869 Wyoming Valley in Pennsylvania
26 Rehoboth Beach City 1,520 1.64 sq mi Sussex Lewes & Rehoboth Hundred March 19, 1891 Rehoboth (Bible)
27 Blades Town 1,442 0.56 sq mi Sussex Broad Creek Hundred 1850s March 10, 1915 Named for James Blades who owned a tract of land along the Nanticoke River which became Bladesville, and later, Blades
28 Felton Town 1,405 0.82 sq mi Kent South Murderkill Hundred 1856 February 21, 1861 President of the Philadelphia, Wilmington and Baltimore Railroad Samuel M. Felton Sr.
29 Bethany Beach Town 1,222 1.17 sq mi Sussex Baltimore Hundred March 29, 1909 Bethany (Biblical village)
30 Bellefonte Town 1,167 0.18 sq mi New Castle Brandywine Hundred March 9, 1915
31 Greenwood Town 1,118 0.72 sq mi Sussex Northwest Fork Hundred 1858 March 9, 1901
32 Newport Town 1,029 0.45 sq mi New Castle Christiana Hundred 1735 April 17, 1873
33 Frankford Town 971 0.73 sq mi Sussex Dagsboro Hundred 1808
34 Dagsboro Town 900 1.36 sq mi Sussex Dagsboro Hundred Febuary 9, 1899 John Dagworthy
35 Frederica Town 827 1.92 sq mi Kent South Murderkill Hundred 1826
36 Millville Town 640 2.50 sq mi Sussex Baltimore Hundred April 11, 1907
37 South Bethany Town 519 0.54 sq mi Sussex Baltimore Hundred 1952 June 18, 1969 Bethany (Biblical village)
38 Arden Village 444 0.26 sq mi New Castle Brandywine Hundred 1900 December 22, 1965
39 (t) Ellendale Town 437 0.44 sq mi Sussex Cedar Creek Hundred 1867 March 30, 1905 The town is rumored to be named after either the daughter of Whig Republican Alfred Short, a state legislator, the wife of Dr. John S. Prettyman who laid out the town, or the daughter of Mr. Thomas William Dale, the chief engineer of the railroad survey team.
39 (t) Fenwick Island Town 437 0.48 sq mi Sussex Baltimore Hundred July 8, 1953 Thomas Fenwick
41 Houston Town 404 0.34 sq mi Kent Milford Hundred March 26, 1913 John W. Houston
42 Dewey Beach Town 387 0.33 sq mi Sussex Lewes & Rehoboth Hundred June 29, 1981
43 Bowers Town 370 0.30 sq mi Kent South Murderkill Hundred March 9, 1907
44 Odessa Town 364 0.53 sq mi New Castle St. George's Hundred April 4, 1873 Odessa in Ukraine
45 Magnolia Town 286 0.12 sq mi Kent South Murderkill Hundred April 3, 1885 Pierre Magnol
46 Ardentown Village 269 0.24 sq mi New Castle Brandywine Hundred 1922 June 30, 1975
47 Kenton Town 265 0.19 sq mi Kent Kenton Hundred
48 (t) Little Creek Town 232 0.14 sq mi Kent Little Creek Hundred
48 (t) Slaughter Beach Town 232 1.38 sq mi Sussex Cedar Creek Hundred Unknown, numerous theories
50 Ardencroft Village 217 0.10 sq mi New Castle Brandywine Hundred 1950 July 7,1976
51 Leipsic Town 199 0.32 sq mi Kent Little Creek Hundred February 26, 1852 Leipzig in Saxony, Germany
52 Bethel Town 196 0.40 sq mi Sussex Broad Creek Hundred April 4, 1907 Bethel
53 Woodside Town 185 0.16 sq mi Kent North Murderkill Hundred April 4, 1911
54 Viola Town 164 0.18 sq mi Kent North Murderkill Hundred
55 Henlopen Acres Town 141 0.26 sq mi Sussex Lewes & Rehoboth Hundred June 4, 1970 Thijmen Jacobsz Hinlopen
56 Farmington Town 116 0.08 sq mi Kent Mispillion Hundred March 15, 1909
57 Hartly Town 75 0.06 sq mi Kent West Dover Hundred March 23, 1869

List of former municipalities

Name Type County Hundred Settled Incorporated Status
North Laurel Town Sussex Little Creek Hundred March 13, 1915 Merged with Laurel by act of state legislature on April 13, 1929
Saint Georges Town New Castle St. George's Hundred 1825 Voluntarily had town charter revoked in 1940


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