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Overview

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.

People

Total Population 32,740
Male Share of the Population 46.6%
Female Share of the Population 53.4%
Senior Citizens 11.8%
Employed Population 16+ 13,834
Age of the Population 23

Families

% of people married 29%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 55.7%
Median Earnings25+ $0
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $0
Median Earnings With High School Degree $0

Wealth

Median Family Income $90,651
% Above Poverty Level 74.4%
% Below Poverty Level 25.6%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 22 minutes
% Working from Home 3.4%
% Walking and Biking to Work 17.5%
% Using Public Transportation 5.4%

Housing

People Living Alone 28.9%
Median Gross Rent $1,072
Median House Value $268,100

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 24.3%
US/American 0.1%
English 12%
Irish 20.5%

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

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

Notes:

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

Station NEWARK UNIVERSITY FARM
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
Station MIDDLETOWN 3 E
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
Station WEST CHESTER 2 NW
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

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 Population Median Family Income
Bellefonte 1,318 $93,000
Delaware City 1,933 $67,500
Elsmere 6,154 $49,641
New Castle 5,371 $67,083
Newport 1,165 $36,346
Wilmington 71,549 $50,737

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Newark Hospitals

CHRISTIANA HOSPITAL
(Voluntary non-profit - Other)
4755 OGLETOWN-STANTON ROAD
(302) 733-1000
Emergency Service: Yes

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Newark High Schools

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NEWARK HIGH SCHOOL
750 EAST DELAWARE AVENUE
302-454-2151
Serves 1,924 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 18.7

GLASGOW HIGH SCHOOL
1901 SOUTH COLLEGE AVENUE
302-454-2381
Serves 1,505 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 17.5

CHRISTIANA HIGH SCHOOL
190 SALEM CHURCH ROAD
302-454-2123
Serves 1,398 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 16.8

PAUL M. HODGSON VOCATIONAL TECHNICAL HIGH SCHOOL
2575 GLASGOW AVENUE
302-834-0990
A Vocational School
Serves 1,101 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 14.1

DELAWARE AUTISM PROGRAM (DAP)
144 BRENNEN DRIVE
302-454-2202
A Special Education School
Serves 271 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 5

MARGARET S. STERCK SCHOOL DELAWARE SCHOOL FOR THE
620 EAST CHESTNUT HILL ROAD
302-454-2301
A Special Education School
Serves 148 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 3.5

MEADOWOOD PROGRAM
55A SOUTH MEADOWOOD DRIVE
302-454-3400
A Special Education School
Serves 14 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 0.6

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