Introduction to Smyrna, Delaware

Smyrna, Delaware, in Kent county, is 31 miles S of Wilmington, Delaware (center to center) and 50 miles SW of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The town is part of the Dover metropolitan area. Smyrna's current residents are about 5,679 people.

Smyrna History

The first settlement in Smyrna was before the American Revolution. The original settlement was on Duck Creek's southern bank. In 1716, the small village was named as Salisbury. However, the locals still referred to it as Duck Creek. With time, shipbuilding became a notable business here. The Delaware Assembly changed the name of the town to Smyrna in 1806.

Smyrna and nearby Attractions

  • Smyrna Municipal Park
  • Bannister Hall
  • Smyrna Museum
  • Lums Pond State Park
  • Biggs Museum of American Art

Things To Do In Smyrna

Being in Smyrna town, one would be close to several museums such as the Biggs Museum of American Art, Smyrna Museum, Delaware Archaeology Museum, and Johnson Victrola Museum. Visitors also flock to the Lums Pond State Park and the Smyrna Municipal Park, which are some of the major tourist attractions of the area. The Bannister Hall is a notable place to visit in the town of Smyrna.

Smyrna Transportation

Dover AFB airport is the nearest to the town of Smyrna.

Smyrna Higher Education

Higher education institutes that are near the town of Smyrna include Delaware State University, University of Delaware, Delaware Technical and Community College - Stanton - Wilmington, and Wilmington College.


Total Population 10,681
Male Share of the Population 45.2%
Female Share of the Population 54.8%
Senior Citizens 13.3%
Employed Population 16+ 4,819
Age of the Population 34


% of people married 48.2%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 22%
Median Earnings25+ $40,469
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $29,289
Median Earnings With High School Degree $30,855


Median Family Income $55,590
% Above Poverty Level 93.7%
% Below Poverty Level 6.3%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 32 minutes
% Working from Home 3.9%
% Walking and Biking to Work 1.6%
% Using Public Transportation 1.8%


People Living Alone 22%
Median Gross Rent $911
Median House Value $195,000


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 33.1%
US/American 0%
English 9.1%
Irish 23.1%

Smyrna Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 31 miles S of Wilmington, Delaware (center to center)
Nearest Large City 50 miles SW of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
County Kent
Metro Area Dover
Standard Zip Codes 19977
Phone Area Codes 302
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 39.299
Longitude -75.605

Smyrna Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)

Distance 10.9 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
Station DOVER
Distance 11.4 miles
Jan Temp 27 to 44 F
Apr Temp 44 to 65 F
Jul Temp 68 to 87 F
Oct Temp 49 to 69 F
Annual Precip 46.2 inches
Distance 26.3 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

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Cheswold 1,307 $61,528
Clayton 2,989 $71,786
Dover 36,826 $56,630
Kenton 242 $26,719
Leipsic 108 $49,375
Townsend 2,556 $109,167

Smyrna Public Libraries

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Smyrna, Delaware
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