Delaware Geography

Geography of Delaware

  • Delaware is a state in the United States of America and is situated in ‘Mid Atlantic’ region near the Atlantic coast. An Englishman named Thomas West, 3rd Baron De La Warr named this state and   was   also the governor of   Virginia. Geographically, this state is positioned in the north eastern part of the United States of America.

  • The state of Delaware comprises of 3 main counties namely: the county of New Castle, Kent, and the county of Sussex. The county of New Castle is highlighted often for its high number of industries while the rest of the counties are dependent on agriculture for their economy.

  • The geography of Delaware is such that it ranks 49th in terms of area among the rest of the states of United States of America. The total area of the state ofDelaware is 2,490 sq mi and it comes 45th in terms of population which is approximately about 890,000.

  • The state of Delaware is a small state in terms of area in the United States of America and it is positioned second after Rhode Island. It is 96 miles in length and is 9 miles to 35 miles crossways. Despite its small size, the geography of the state is rich and varies from county to county.

  • The state of Delaware is surrounded by Pennsylvania on the northern side and by the Delaware River, New Jersey and the Delaware Bay on its eastern side. The   Atlantic Ocean borders it on the eastern side. Maryland surrounds the state of Delaware on its west and also on the southern side.

  • The State of Delaware also shares small parts of its land limits with the state of New Jersey on the east part of Delaware River. The Delmarva Peninsula extends out to the Mid Atlantic Coast as the counties of Maryland and Virginia along with some in Delaware contribute to its formation.

  • The Twelve-Mile circle is the single circular boundary in the United States of America. It extends to the eastern side along the NewJersey shore and then it juts out along the southern side to the coastline until it reaches the Twelve-Mile circle. This arc furthers to the east edge of Maryland to the western side of the arc.

  • There is a wedge of land in the midst of the northwestern side of the arc and the boundary of county of Maryland. This wedge was previously shared by state of Delaware and the State of Pennsylvania till the year 1921.

  • The climate of the state of Delaware is mostly moderate. This is because of its location along the Atlantic coast. The climate of the state   varies from humid subtropical weather to   continental. The climate disparity of the state   is significant to the geography ofDelaware because in spite of its meager size, Delaware has a huge variation in climate from northern tip to southern tip.

  • The climate in the southern part of the state of Delaware is quite mild as compared to the north part of the state and the variation in climate has been supporting vast diversity in terms of vegetation. The county of Sussex sees regular growth of the Bald Cypress tree in the northern part of the region. The vegetation grown in the county of New Castle is more or less similar to the vegetation grown in North east region of United States of America.

  • The summer months in Delaware experience humidity and heat whereas their cooler counterparts in the state experience a humid subtropical weather. The county of New Castle has a variation of both humid subtropical weather and warm continental climate.

  • Delaware is regarded as one of the flattest surfaces in the United States of America and has the lowest elevation as compared to any other region. The highest elevated location falls in Ebright Azimuth and it doesn’t totally rise to 450 feet above sea level.

  • The north region of the state comprises of Appalachian Piedmont which consists of rolling surfaces and numerous hills. The Robert Kirkwood Highway in the state ofDelaware which lies in the middle of Newark and Wilmington is followed by a fall line. The Atlantic Coastal Plain which is situated by the southern end of the Robert Kirkwood Highway is characterized by smooth, grimy and marshy lands. TheDelaware river lying on the eastern side and the Chesapeake Bay situated on western side is divided by a ridge which elevates approximately up to 75 to 80 feet.

Delaware State Geography

  • Population (1995): 716,000 (46th in size)
  • State Size: 2,044 square miles (49th in size)
  • State Capital: Dover (named after the city of Dover in England)
  • Major Cities: Dover, Newark and Wilmington
  • Admission to Union: The 1st State to enter the Union
  • Date Entered the Union: December 7, 1787
  • Origin of State Name: Named after Lord Delaware, one of the first governors of Virginia.
  • Nicknames: The First State
  • Bordering States: New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Maryland
  • State Bird: Blue Hen Chicken
  • State Flower: Peach Blossom
  • State Tree: American Holly
  • Motto: Liberty and Independence

List of Rivers of Delaware

Major Rivers and Creeks

  • Appoquinimink River
  • Blackbird Creek
  • Brandywine Creek
  • Broadkill River
  • Choptank River
  • Christina River
  • Delaware River
  • Indian River
  • Leipsic River
  • Little River
  • Marshyhope Creek
  • Mispillion River
  • Murderkill River
  • Nanticoke River
  • Pepper Creek
  • Pocomoke River
  • Red Clay Creek
  • St. Jones River
  • Sassafras River
  • Smyrna River
  • White Clay Creek

All Named Streams

  • Beaverdam Branch Kent County, Delaware
  • Beaverdam Branch Sussex County, Delaware
  • Beaverdam Branch Sussex County,
  • Hopkins Prong Sussex County, Delaware
  • Horse Pen Branch Sussex County, Delaware
  • Horse Pound Swamp Ditch Sussex County, Delaware
  • Ingram Branch Sussex County, Delaware
  • Iron Branch Sussex County, Delaware
  • Iron Mine Branch Sussex County, Delaware
  • Iron Mine Prong Kent County, Delaware
  • Isaac Branch Kent County, Delaware
  • Island Creek Sussex County, Delaware
  • Island Pond Marsh Ditch Kent County, Delaware
  • Isaac Branch Kent County, Delaware
  • Jackson Branch Sussex County, Delaware
  • Jackson Prong Kent County, Delaware
  • James Branch Sussex County, Delaware
  • Jamison Branch Kent County, Delaware
  • Jobs Ditch Sussbuttex County, Delaware
  • Johnson Branch Sussex County, Delaware
  • Johnson Branch Sussex County, Delaware
  • Jones Branch Sussex County, Delaware
  • Jones Mill Branch Sussex County, Delaware
  • Jordan Branch Kent County, Delaware
  • Joy Run, New Castle County
  • Kent-Sussex Line Branch Kent County, Delaware
  • Kings Causeway Branch Kent County, Delaware
  • Lamborn Run New Castle County, Delaware
  • Layton-Vaughn Ditch Sussex County, Delaware
  • Leathermans Run, New Castle County
  • Lednum Branch Kent County, Delaware
  • Lee Joseph Creek Sussex County, Delaware
  • Leipsic River Kent County, Delaware
  • Lewes Creek Sussex County, Delaware
  • Lewis Prong Sussex County, Delaware
  • Lingo Creek Sussex County, Delaware
  • Little Creek Sussex County, Delaware
  • Little Mill Creek, New Castle County
  • Little River Kent County, Delaware
  • Long Branch Sussex County, Delaware
  • Long Drain Ditch Sussex County, Delaware
  • Lost Stream New Castle County, Delaware
  • Love Creek Sussex County, Delaware
  • Luther Marvel Prong Kent County, Delaware
  • Mahon River Kent County, Delaware
  • Maidstone Branch Kent County, Delaware
  • Maple Branch Sussex County, Delaware
  • Maple Marsh and Beaver Dam Branch Sussex County, Delaware
  • Marshyhope Ditch Kent County, Delaware
  • Martin Branch Sussex County, Delaware
  • Massey Branch, New Castle County
  • Matson Run New Castle County, Delaware
  • Mayer Branch Sussex County, Delaware
  • McColleys Branch Sussex County, Delaware
  • McCrays Branch Sussex County, Delaware
  • McGee Ditch Sussex County, Delaware
  • Meadow Branch Sussex County, Delaware
  • Meredith Branch Kent County, Delaware
  • Middle Run, New Castle County
  • Mifflin Ditch Sussex County, Delaware
  • Mill Branch Sussex County, Delaware
  • Mill Creek Kent County, Delaware
  • Mill Creek, New Castle County
  • Mill Creek New Castle County, Delaware
  • Miller Creek Sussex County, Delaware
  • Mirey Branch Sussex County, Delaware
  • Mispillion River Sussex County, Delaware
  • Mockingbird Creek Sussex County, Delaware
  • Mockingbird Creek Sussex County, Delaware
  • Morgan Branch Kent County, Delaware
  • Morgan Branch Sussex County, Delaware
  • Morris Branch, New Castle County
  • Morris Branch Sussex County, Delaware
  • Muddy Bottom Ditch Kent County, Delaware
  • Muddy Branch Kent County, Delaware
  • Muddy Run, New Castle County
  • Mullet Run Kent County, Delaware
  • Munchy Branch Sussex County, Delaware
  • Murderkill River Kent County, Delaware
  • Naaman's Creek, New Castle County
  • Narrow Ditch Sussex County, Delaware
  • New Ditch Sussex County, Delaware
  • Newell Branch Kent County, Delaware
  • Nonesuch Creek, New Castle County
  • North Fork Green Run Sussex County, Delaware
  • North Prong Sussex County, Delaware
  • Number One, Prong Sussex County, Delaware
  • Number Two, Prong Kent County, Delaware
  • Old Baptist Church Branch Kent County, Delaware
  • Old Forge Branch Sussex County, Delaware
  • Old Mill Creek Sussex County, Delaware
  • Old Slaughter Creek Sussex County, Delaware
  • Owens Branch Sussex County, Delaware
  • Owens Branch Sussex County, Delaware
  • Parker and Sampson Ditch Sussex County, Delaware
  • Parker Branch Sussex County, Delaware
  • Parnell Branch Kent County, Delaware
  • Paw Paw Branch, New Castle County
  • Pemberton Branch Sussex County, Delaware
  • Penrose Branch Kent County, Delaware
  • Pepper Branch Sussex County, Delaware
  • Pepper Creek Sussex County, Delaware
  • Perch Creek, New Castle County
  • Perkins Run New Castle County
  • Persimmon Run, New Castle County
  • Peterkins Branch Sussex County, Delaware
  • Phillips Branch Sussex County, Delaware
  • Phillips Ditch Sussex County, Delaware
  • Pigeon Run New Castle County, Delaware
  • Pike Creek, New Castle County
  • Piney Branch Sussex County, Delaware
  • Pinks Branch Kent County, Delaware
  • Pipe Elm Branch Kent County, Delaware
  • Point Branch Kent County, Delaware
  • Polk Branch Sussex County, Delaware
  • Polly Branch Sussex County, Delaware
  • Pot Hook Creek Sussex County, Delaware
  • Powell Ditch Kent County, Delaware
  • Pratt Branch Kent County, Delaware
  • Presbyterian Branch Sussex County, Delaware
  • Price Prong Kent County, Delaware
  • Primehook Creek Sussex County, Delaware
  • Prong Number Two Kent County, Delaware
  • Prospect Branch Kent County, Delaware
  • Providence Creek, Kent County
  • Puncheon Run Kent County, Delaware
  • Quarter Branch Kent County, Delaware
  • Raccoon Ditch Sussex County, Delaware
  • Raccoon Prong Sussex County, Delaware
  • Ramsey Run, New Castle County
  • Red Clay Creek, New Castle County
  • Red House Branch Kent County, Delaware
  • Red Lion Creek, New Castle County
  • Rocky Run, New Castle County
  • Rogers Branch Sussex County, Delaware
  • Ross Prong Kent County, Delaware
  • Rossakatum Branch Sussex County, Delaware
  • Round Pole Branch Sussex County, Delaware
  • Roy Creek Sussex County, Delaware
  • Rum Bridge Branch Sussex County, Delaware
  • Saint Georges Creek, New Castle County
  • St. Jones River Kent County, Delaware
  • Sandom Branch, New Castle County
  • Sandtown Branch Kent County, Delaware
  • Sandy Branch, New Castle County
  • Sandy Branch Sussex County, Delaware
  • Sangston Prong Kent County, Delaware
  • Sarah Run Sussex County, Delaware
  • Saulsbury Creek Kent County, Delaware
  • Saunders Branch Sussex County, Delaware
  • Savannah Ditch Sussex County, Delaware
  • Sawmill Branch, New Castle County
  • Scott Run, New Castle County
  • Sewell Branch Kent County, Delaware
  • Sheep Pen Ditch Sussex County, Delaware
  • Shellpot Creek, New Castle County
  • Shields Prong Kent County, Delaware
  • Shoals Branch Sussex County, Delaware
  • Short and Hall Ditch Sussex County, Delaware
  • Shorts Ditch Sussex County, Delaware
  • Silver Run, New Castle County
  • Simons River Kent County, Delaware
  • Simpler Branch Sussex County, Delaware
  • Slaughter Creek Sussex County, Delaware
  • Smith-Short and Willin Ditch Sussex County, Delaware
  • Smyrna River, New Castle County
  • Snows Branch Kent County, Delaware
  • Sockorockets Ditch Sussex County, Delaware
  • South Branch Naaman Creek, New Castle County
  • Sowbridge Branch Sussex County, Delaware
  • Spring Branch Kent County, Delaware
  • Spring Creek Kent County, Delaware
  • Spruances Branch Kent County, Delaware
  • Stallion Head Branch Sussex County, Delaware
  • Stockley Branch Sussex County, Delaware
  • Stockley Creek Sussex County, Delaware
  • Stoney Branch Sussex County, Delaware
  • Stoney Creek, New Castle County
  • Stump Creek Sussex County, Delaware
  • Sunset Branch Sussex County, Delaware
  • Swan Creek Kent County, Delaware
  • Swan Creek Sussex County, Delaware
  • Tantrough Branch Sussex County, Delaware
  • Tanyard Branch Sussex County, Delaware
  • Tappahanna Ditch Kent County, Delaware
  • Taylor Branch Kent County, Delaware
  • Terrapin Pond Sussex County, Delaware
  • Thompson Branch Sussex County, Delaware
  • Thorndyk Branch Kent County, Delaware
  • Tidbury Creek Kent County, Delaware
  • Tidy Island Creek Kent County, Delaware
  • Tom Creek, New Castle County
  • Tomahawk Branch Kent County, Delaware
  • Toms Dam Branch Sussex County, Delaware
  • Tubbs Branch Sussex County, Delaware
  • Tubmill Branch Kent County, Delaware
  • Turkey Branch Sussex County, Delaware
  • Turkey Branch Sussex County, Delaware
  • Turkey Run, New Castle County
  • Turtle Branch Sussex County, Delaware
  • Tussocky Branch Sussex County, Delaware
  • Tussocky Branch Sussex County, Delaware
  • Twiford Meadow Ditch Sussex County, Delaware
  • Tyndall Branch Sussex County, Delaware
  • Unity Branch Sussex County, Delaware
  • Vena Gains Branch Sussex County, Delaware
  • Vines Creek Sussex County, Delaware
  • Wall Branch Sussex County, Delaware
  • Ward Branch Kent County, Delaware
  • Wards Branch Sussex County, Delaware
  • Warwick Gut Sussex County, Delaware
  • Webber Branch Kent County, Delaware
  • Welsh Branch Sussex County, Delaware
  • West Branch Christina River, New Castle County
  • West Branch Gum Branch Sussex County, Delaware
  • Whartons Branch Sussex County, Delaware
  • Wheeling Branch Sussex County, Delaware
  • White Clay Creek, New Castle County
  • White Creek Sussex County, Delaware
  • White Marsh Branch Kent County, Delaware
  • White Marsh Branch Sussex County, Delaware
  • White Oak Creek Sussex County, Delaware
  • White Oak Swamp Ditch Sussex County, Delaware
  • Wildcat Branch Kent County, Delaware
  • Wiley Branch Ditch Sussex County, Delaware
  • William H Newton Ditch Sussex County, Delaware
  • Williams Creek Sussex County, Delaware
  • Willis Branch Kent County, Delaware
  • Willow Grove Prong Kent County, Delaware
  • Willow Run, New Castle County
  • Wilson Creek Sussex County, Delaware
  • Wilson Run, New Castle County
  • Wisacco Cipus (historical) New Castle County, Delaware
  • Wolfe Glade Sussex County, Delaware
  • Wood Duck Run New Castle County, Delaware
  • Wright Creek Sussex County, Delaware

Rivers and Streams by Watershed

Atlantic coast bays

Chesapeake Bay

  • Elk River, Cecil County, Maryland
    • Bohemia River, Cecil County, Maryland
      • Great Bohemia Creek, New Castle County
        • Sandy Branch, New Castle County
    • Back Creek, New Castle County
      • Guthrie Run, New Castle County
    • Perch Creek, New Castle County
  • Sassafras River, KentCounty, Maryland
    • Herring Branch, New Castle County
  • Chester River, KentCounty, Maryland
  • Cypress Branch, New Castle County
    • Dogwood Branch, New Castle County
    • Black Stallion Ditch, New Castle County

Delaware River and Delaware Bay

  • Naaman Creek, New Castle County
    • South Branch Naaman Creek, New Castle County
  • Perkins Run New Castle County
  • Stoney Creek, New Castle County
  • Shellpot Creek, New Castle County
    • Turkey Run, New Castle County
  • Christina River, New Castle County
    • Brandywine Creek, New Castle County
      • Alapocas Run New Castle County
      • Husbands Run, New Castle County
        • Willow Run, New Castle County
      • Wilson Run, New Castle County
      • Rocky Run, New Castle County
        • Hurricane Run, New Castle County
      • Carney Run, New Castle County
      • Ramsey Run, New Castle County
      • Beaver Creek, New Castle County
    • Little Mill Creek, New Castle County
      • Chestnut Run, New Castle County
      • Willow Run, New Castle County
    • Nonesuch Creek, New Castle County
    • White Clay Creek, New Castle County
      • Hershey Run, New Castle County
      • Red Clay Creek, New Castle County
        • Hyde Run, New Castle County
      • Mill Creek, New Castle County
      • Pike Creek, New Castle County
      • Middle Run, New Castle County
    • Leathermans Run, New Castle County
    • Belltown Run, New Castle County
      • Muddy Run, New Castle County
    • West Branch Christina River, New Castle County
      • Persimmon Run, New Castle County
    • East Branch Christina River, New Castle County
  • Army Creek, New Castle County
  • Tom Creek, New Castle County
  • Red Lion Creek, New Castle County
    • Doll Run, New Castle County
  • Cedar Creek, New Castle County
  • Dragon Creek, New Castle County
  • Saint Georges Creek, New Castle County
    • Scott Run, New Castle County
    • Joy Run, New Castle County
    • Crystal Run, New Castle County
  • Augustine Creek, New Castle County
  • Silver Run, New Castle County
  • Appoquinimink River, New Castle County
    • Big Ditch, The, New Castle County
    • Hangmans Run, New Castle County
    • Drawyer Creek, New Castle County
  • Blackbird Creek, New Castle County
    • Fishing Creek, New Castle County
    • Beaver Branch, New Castle County
    • Barlow Branch, New Castle County
    • Sandom Branch, New Castle County
  • Angle Rod Creek, New Castle County
  • Smyrna River, New Castle County
    • Sawmill Branch, New Castle County
    • Corks Point Ditch, New Castle County
      • Morris Branch, New Castle County
    • Green Spring Branch, New Castle County
      • Massey Branch, New Castle County
    • Duck Creek, Kent County
      • Providence Creek, Kent County
        • Paw Paw Branch, New Castle County
  • Broadkill River, Sussex County