Newark, Delaware

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Newark, Delaware

Introduction to Newark, Delaware

The Delaware city of Newark is located in New Castle County, 14 miles southwest of Wilmington, 44 miles southwest of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and 57 miles northeast of Baltimore, Maryland. Incorporated as a city in 1951, Newark is situated in the northern part of the state and is home to the University of Delaware.

First settled in the 1690s, Newark's history was significantly influenced by the growth of the University, whose origins can be traced to a small colonial school that moved to the area from nearby Pennsylvania in the middle of the 18th century. The school was called Newark Academy, and in 1833, the state of Delaware granted a charter to a new school called Newark College. The two schools merged the following year, assuming the name Delaware College. In 1921, the school was renamed the University of Delaware. Today, much of the city's economy is tied to the presence of the university. Once a big home to manufacturing industries, Newark in recent years has seen many of its mills and factories replaced by restaurants, shops, student apartments, and condos.

Newark Attractions

Located on the campus of the University of Delaware are two interesting museums: the Paul R. Jones Collection of African-American Art and the Delaware Mineralogical Museum. The Iron Hill Museum, operated by the Delaware Academy of Science and located just south of the Newark city limits, is the area's primary resource for the study of local history including displays and exhibits of the region's Native Americans. Historic sites in Newark include Cooch's Bridge, site of the only battle of the American Revolutionary War fought on Delaware soil, and also the site of the first battle in which the Stars and Stripes were flown. Also in Newark is the Hale-Byrnes House, site of the historic meeting between General George Washington and his staff following the Battle of Cooch's Bridge and before the Battle of Brandywine in Pennsylvania.

Events in Newark include the Winterfest, during which Main Street bustles with the sights and sounds of the holidays. The event, which takes place in early December, features caroling, roasted chestnuts, carriage rides, window decorating, ice carving, and more. Recreational sites include the White Clay Creek State Park (hiking, fishing) and the Pond Performance Center (ice skating).

Nearby Wilmington has many attractions of its own, including the following:

  • The Delaware Art Museum: 12,000 works of art, including the largest display of pre-Raphaelite English art in the United States.
  • Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts: Located on Wilmington's Riverfront, this gallery focuses on contemporary visual arts.
  • Delaware History Center: Explores the 200-plus years of Delaware history.
  • Kalmar Nyckel Foundation: Re-creation of the three-masted ship which brought the first 24 Swedish settlers to the Delaware Valley in 1638.
  • Rockwood Museum: A restored rural Gothic mansion, surrounded by a park with hiking trails.
  • Bellevue State Park: Facilities include picnic areas, fitness trails, garden paths, and winter ice-skating.

The Newark sports scene centers around collegiate athletics at the University of Delaware, whose Fightin' Blue Hens do battle in a number of sports, including football, basketball, baseball, lacrosse, and soccer. Nearby Wilmington is home to Minor League Baseball's Wilmington Blue Rocks, a class-A affiliate of the Kansas City Royals. Plenty of major league action can be found within easy driving distance of Newark in both the cities of Philadelphia and Baltimore. Philadelphia teams include:

  • Major League Baseball: Philadelphia Phillies
  • National Football League: Philadelphia Eagles
  • National Basketball Association: Philadelphia 76ers
  • National Hockey League (NHL): Philadelphia Flyers
  • American Hockey League (AHL): Philadelphia Phantoms
  • Major Indoor Soccer League (MISL): Philadelphia Kixx
  • Major League Lacrosse (MLL): Philadelphia Barrage

Baltimore teams include the following:

  • Major League Baseball: Baltimore Orioles
  • National Football League: Baltimore Ravens
  • American Basketball Association (ABA): Baltimore Pearls
  • Major Indoor Soccer League (MISL): Baltimore Blast
  • Major League Lacrosse (MLL): Baltimore Bayhawks

Baltimore is also home to the U.S. Lacrosse Museum and National Hall of Fame.

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High Points

Newark strengths, compared to Peers (similar size places nationally) or State (other places in Delaware):

Category Trophy
Walking and Biking to Work
(vs. Peers)
Top 3% trophy Newark Walking and Biking to Work
College Educated Adults
(vs. State)
Top 3% trophy Newark College Educated Adults
Median Family Income
(vs. State)
Top 3% trophy Newark Median Family Income
Well-Paid Single Women
(vs. Peers)
Top 9% Newark Well-Paid Single Women
Public Transportation Use
(vs. State)
Top 12% Newark Public Transportation Use
Well-Paid Single Men
(vs. State)
Top 18% Newark Well-Paid Single Men

Comparative Profile of Newark, Delaware

Comparing Newark to similar size places nationwide (Peers) and to other places in Delaware (State):

Ratings range from 1 (lowest) to 10 (highest).

The People

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Female Share of the Population 10 8
Well-Paid Single Women 10 10
Well-Paid Single Men 7 9
Racial Diversity 4 3
Senior Citizens 3 2
Male Share of the Population 1 3
Age of the Population 1 1
Children Under 5 Years Old 1 1


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Average Household Size 4 4
Portion of People Married 2 3


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
College Educated Adults 10 10
Median Family Income 9 10
People in Middle Class or Better 5 6
People Above Poverty 2 2

Commute & Sprawl

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Walking and Biking to Work 10 10
Public Transportation Use 8 9
Short Commute Times 7 6
Working at Home 5 5


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Studio & One-Bedroom Rentals 8 9
Affordability of Property Taxes 8 1
People Living Alone 6 5
Housing Recently Built 6 8
Affordability of Rents 5 1
Seasonal and Vacation Housing 2 2


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Low Property Crime 4 5
Low Violent Crime 4 6

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Newark Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 11 miles W of Wilmington, Delaware (center to center)
Nearest Large City 36 miles SW of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
County New Castle
Standard Zip Codes 19702, 19711, 19713, 19716, 19717
P.O. Box Zip Codes 19714, 19715
Company Zip Codes 19712, 19718, 19725, 19726
Phone Area Codes 302
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 39.683
Longitude -75.75

Newark Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)
Distance 1.5 miles
Jan Temp 24 to 42 F
Apr Temp 41 to 66 F
Jul Temp 65 to 88 F
Oct Temp 44 to 68 F
Annual Precip 45.3 inches
Distance 16.8 miles
Jan Temp 24 to 42 F
Apr Temp 42 to 65 F
Jul Temp 65 to 87 F
Oct Temp 45 to 68 F
Annual Precip 41.5 inches
Distance 20.5 miles
Jan Temp 21 to 40 F
Apr Temp 40 to 63 F
Jul Temp 64 to 86 F
Oct Temp 42 to 66 F
Annual Precip 47.8 inches
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Newark Population (2000)

Category Count Percent
Total Population 28,547 100%
Male 13,132 46%
Female 15,415 54%
Under 18 3,578 12.5%
18+ 24,969 87.5%
65+ 2,594 9.1%
Median Age 22.6
Average Family Size 2.91
White 24,919 87.3%
African-American 1,714 6%
Asian 1,161 4.1%
American Indian & Alaskan 45 0.2%
Other 245 0.9%
Mixed Race 449 1.6%
Hispanic (included in categories above) 721 2.5%

Estimated Newark Population Growth 2000-2005

Category Value
Est. 2005 Population 30,060
Growth 1,513
Growth % 5.3%

Newark Ancestry

(From 2000 Census, as reported by individuals)

Note: This is national, not racial, ancestry, so, e.g., the Census doesn't have categories for Hispanic and African-American people. CityTownInfo is currently gathering additional ancestry data for this site.
Ancestry Percent
Irish 16.8%
Italian 13.5%
German 13.4%
Other (often includes Hispanic and African American) 13%
English 10.2%
Polish 5.1%
US/American 4.9%
Scottish 2.1%
European 1.8%
Russian 1.7%
Scotch-Irish 1.5%
French (except Basque) 1.5%
Swedish 1.3%
Greek 1%
Hungarian 0.9%
Norwegian 0.8%
Dutch 0.7%
Lithuanian 0.7%
African 0.7%
Welsh 0.7%
Ukrainian 0.7%
Slovak 0.5%
French Canadian 0.5%
British 0.5%
Austrian 0.4%
Northern European 0.3%
Arab/Arabic 0.3%
Eastern European 0.3%
Bulgarian 0.3%
Czech 0.3%
Jamaican 0.3%
Turkish 0.2%
Romanian 0.2%
Czechoslovakian 0.2%
Danish 0.2%
Portuguese 0.2%
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Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

According to the US Postal Service, Newark, its neighborhoods, and/or surrounding areas are also referred to as:

Christiana (19702)

Note that not all alternate names are acceptable for use in US Post Office addresses.

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Pop. Median Family
Income (2000)
Newark 28,547 $75,188
Bellefonte 1,249 $59,375
Delaware City 1,453 $50,294
Elsmere 5,800 $46,357
New Castle 4,862 $56,368
Newport 1,122 $41,771
Wilmington 72,664 $40,241

Newark Hospitals

(Voluntary non-profit - Other)
(302) 733-1000
Emergency Service: Yes

Starbucks in Newark

(As of 2005)
100 Suburban Drive
Christiana Mall (DE)
430 Christiana Road
Delaware House Travel Plaza
530 John F Kennedy Memorial Hwy
2470 Pulaski Highway
141 East Main Street
2400 Peoples Plaza
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Newark High Schools (2004)

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Student/teacher ratio: 18.7

Serves 1,505 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 17.5

Serves 1,398 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 16.8

A Vocational School
Serves 1,101 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 14.1

A Special Education School
Serves 271 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 5

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Serves 148 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 3.5

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Serves 14 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 0.6

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