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Overview

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 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

There are several museums in Smyrna, including 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 as well.

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.

People

Total Population 10,904
Male Share of the Population 47.2%
Female Share of the Population 52.8%
Senior Citizens 12%
Employed Population 16+ 5,155
Age of the Population 34

Families

% of people married 49.6%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 21.3%
Median Earnings25+ $0
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $0
Median Earnings With High School Degree $0

Wealth

Median Family Income $57,341
% Above Poverty Level 92.4%
% Below Poverty Level 7.6%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 29 minutes
% Working from Home 4.1%
% Walking and Biking to Work 1.7%
% Using Public Transportation 0.8%

Housing

People Living Alone 24%
Median Gross Rent $895
Median House Value $191,200

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 31.9%
US/American 0%
English 11.4%
Irish 26.8%

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

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

Notes:

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

Station MIDDLETOWN 3 E
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
Station NEWARK UNIVERSITY FARM
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 1,219 $60,500
Clayton 3,034 $67,340
Dover 37,144 $58,398
Kenton 299 $25,469
Leipsic 118 $56,250
Townsend 2,617 $110,000

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

Smyrna Public Libraries

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Smyrna Public Library
107 SOUTH MAIN STREET
Smyrna, Delaware
(302) 653-4579

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Smyrna High Schools

SMYRNA HIGH SCHOOL
500 DUCK CREEK PARKWAY
302-653-8581
Serves 926 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 15.4

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