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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.

Demographics

People

Total Population11,081
Male Share of the Population47.8%
Female Share of the Population52.2%
Senior Citizens12.9%
Employed Population 16+5,368
Age of the Population36

Families

% of people married45.2%
Average household size3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher22.1%
Median Earnings25+$37,910
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$19,792
Median Earnings With High School Degree$28,750

Wealth

Median Family Income$59,032
% Above Poverty Level91.7%
% Below Poverty Level8.3%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time31 minutes
% Working from Home3%
% Walking and Biking to Work1.4%
% Using Public Transportation3%

Housing

People Living Alone24.6%
Median Gross Rent$922
Median House Value$188,100

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)32.9%
Irish25.4%
German16.1%
English11%
Italian8%
Polish4.2%
Danishn3.7%
African2.8%
French Except Basque1.9%
Ghanaian1.8%
Scottish1.7%
Dutch1.3%
Canadian0.5%
West Indian0.5%
Greek0.5%
Swedish0.4%
Hungarian0.4%
Lithuanian0.3%
Welsh0.3%
Finnish0.3%
Trinidad Tobago0.2%
Haitian0.2%
Norwegian0.2%
Czech0.2%
Barbadian0.1%
Croatian0.1%
Austrian0.1%
Liberian0.1%
Nigerian0.1%
Ukrainian0.1%
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Smyrna Almanac

CategoryValue
County Kent County
Standard Zip Codes19977
Phone Area Codes302
Time ZoneAmerica/New_York
Approximate Latitude39.29
Approximate Longitude-75.6

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)

StationMIDDLETOWN 3 E
Distance10.9 miles
Jan Temp24 to 42 F
Apr Temp42 to 65 F
Jul Temp65 to 87 F
Oct Temp45 to 68 F
Annual Precip41.5 inches
StationDOVER
Distance11.4 miles
Jan Temp27 to 44 F
Apr Temp44 to 65 F
Jul Temp68 to 87 F
Oct Temp49 to 69 F
Annual Precip46.2 inches
StationNEWARK UNIVERSITY FARM
Distance26.3 miles
Jan Temp24 to 42 F
Apr Temp41 to 66 F
Jul Temp65 to 88 F
Oct Temp44 to 68 F
Annual Precip45.3 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income
Cheswold1,123$60,729
Clayton3,080$71,397
Dover37,351$59,390
Kenton256$35,250
Leipsic145$51,563
Townsend2,320$113,438

Smyrna Public Libraries

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

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Smyrna Public Schools

Sunnyside Elementary School
123 Rabbit Chase Road
ZIP: 19977
(302) 653-8580
Primary
Total Enrollment 588
North Smyrna Elementary School
365 North Main Street
ZIP: 19977
(302) 653-8589
Primary
Total Enrollment 500
Moore (john Bassett) School
20 West Frazier Street
ZIP: 19977
(302) 659-6297
Middle
Total Enrollment 398
Smyrna Elementary School
121 South School Lane
ZIP: 19977
(302) 653-8588
Primary
Total Enrollment 521
Smyrna Middle School
700 Duck Creek Parkway
ZIP: 19977
(302) 653-8584
Middle
Total Enrollment 883
Smyrna High School
500 Duck Creek Parkway
ZIP: 19977
(302) 653-8581
High
Total Enrollment 1434
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