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Smyrna, Delaware
Town
South Main Street in Smyrna
South Main Street in Smyrna
Etymology: Ancient Greek seaport of Smyrna
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, New Castle
Area
 • Total 3.8 sq mi (10 km2)
 • Land 3.7 sq mi (10 km2)
 • Water 0.1 sq mi (0 km2)
Elevation 33 ft (10 m)
Population (2010)
 • Total 10,023
 • Density 2,637.6/sq mi (1,018.4/km2)
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP code 19977
Area code(s) 302
GNIS feature ID 214671
Website www.smyrnadelaware.com

Smyrna is a town in Kent and New Castle counties in the U.S. state of Delaware. It is part of the Dover, Delaware Metropolitan Statistical Area. According to the Census Bureau, as of 2010, the population of the town is 10,023.

The international jurist John Bassett Moore was born in Smyrna, as were politicians Louis McLane and James Williams.

History

Smyrna was originally called Duck Creek Cross Roads and received its current name in 1806 after the Ancient Greek seaport of Smyrna in present-day Turkey. The town was located along the north-south King's Highway. Smyrna was originally a shipping center along the Duck Creek and was the most important port between Wilmington and Lewes, shipping grain, lumber, tanbark, and produce to points north. After the shipping industry collapsed in the 1850s, the town would continue to be an agricultural center.

The Bannister Hall and Baynard House, Belmont Hall, David J. Cummins House, Timothy Cummins House, Duck Creek Village, George Farmhouse, Ivy Dale Farm, Mount Pleasant, Moore House, Peterson and Mustard's Hermitage Farm, Savin-Wilson House, Short's Landing Hotel Complex, Smyrna Historic District, John M. Voshell House, and Woodlawn are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Geography

Smyrna is located at Lua error in package.lua at line 80: module 'Module:mw' not found. (39.2998339, -75.6046494).

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 3.8 square miles (9.8 km2), of which, 3.7 square miles (9.6 km2) of it is land and 0.1 square miles (0.26 km2) of it (2.13%) is water.

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1860 1,873
1870 2,110 12.7%
1880 2,428 15.1%
1890 2,455 1.1%
1900 2,168 −11.7%
1910 1,843 −15.0%
1920 1,953 6.0%
1930 1,958 0.3%
1940 1,870 −4.5%
1950 2,346 25.5%
1960 3,241 38.2%
1970 4,243 30.9%
1980 4,750 11.9%
1990 5,231 10.1%
2000 5,679 8.6%
2010 10,023 76.5%
Est. 2015 11,319 12.9%
U.S. Decennial Census

As of the census of 2000, there were 5,679 people, 2,114 households, and 1,462 families residing in the town. The population density was 1,541.9 people per square mile (595.8/km²). There were 2,242 housing units at an average density of 608.7 per square mile (235.2/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 72.88% White, 22.42% African American, 0.51% Native American, 0.56% Asian, 0.07% Pacific Islander, 1.44% from other races, and 2.11% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 3.42% of the population.

There were 2,114 households out of which 36.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 45.9% were married couples living together, 18.4% had a female householder with no husband present, and 30.8% were non-families. 24.9% of all households were made up of individuals and 10.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.56 and the average family size was 3.02.

In the town, the population was spread out with 27.1% under the age of 18, 8.7% from 18 to 24, 29.1% from 25 to 44, 18.3% from 45 to 64, and 16.9% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 35 years. For every 100 females there were 82.7 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 77.0 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $36,212, and the median income for a family was $42,355. Males had a median income of $32,500 versus $22,135 for females. The per capita income for the town was $17,443. About 7.9% of families and 10.5% of the population were below the poverty line, including 14.0% of those under age 18 and 6.2% of those age 65 or over.


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