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Smyrna, Delaware

  •   State: 
    Kent County
      County all: 
    Kent | New Castle
      County FIPS: 
    10001 | 10003
    39°17′59″N 75°36′17″W
      Area total: 
    6.31 sq mi (16.34 km²)
      Area land: 
    6.24 sq mi (16.17 km²)
      Area water: 
    0.07 sq mi (0.17 km²)
    33 ft (10 m)
  •   Latitude: 
      Dman name cbsa: 
    Dover, DE
    Eastern Standard Time (EST) UTC-5:00; Eastern Daylight Time (EDT) UTC-4:00
      ZIP codes: 

    Smyrna, Kent County, Delaware, United States

  •   Population: 
      Population density: 
    2,063.26 residents per square mile of area (796.66/km²)
      Household income: 
      Unemployment rate: 
  •   Income taxes: 

Smyrna was originally called Duck Creek Cross Roads and received its current name in 1806 after the Greek seaport of Smyrna in present-day Turkey. The town was originally a shipping center along the Duck Creek and was the most important port between Wilmington and Lewes, shipping grain, lumber, tanbark, and produce to points north. After the shipping industry collapsed in the 1850s, the town would continue to be an agricultural center. The international jurist John Bassett Moore was born in the town. The mayor is Robert Johnson, and the town is governed by a mayor and a six-member council. The city is part of the Dover, Delaware Metropolitan Statistical Area, which includes New Castle, Kent, and Sussex counties. The U.S. Census Bureau says the town has a total area of 3.8 square miles (9.8 km²), of which 3.7 square miles is land and 0.1 square mile (0.26 km²) (2.13%) is water. It has a humid subtropical climate, abbreviated "Cfa" on climate maps, with hot, humid summers and generally mild to cool winters. In 2010, the population of the town was 10,023, with a median income of $42,500. It is located along the northsouth King's Highway, which is a main route through the state. In the town, there were 2,114 households, out of which 36.9% were married couples living together, 18.4% had a female householder with no husband present, and 30.8% were non-families.


Smyrna was originally called Duck Creek Cross Roads and received its current name in 1806 after the Greek seaport of Smyrna in present-day Turkey. The town was originally a shipping center along the Duck Creek and was the most important port between Wilmington and Lewes, shipping grain, lumber, tanbark, and produce to points north. After the shipping industry collapsed in the 1850s, the town would continue to be an agricultural center. The Bannister Hall and Baynard House, Belmont Hall, David J. Cummins House, Timothy Cummins house, George Farmhouse, Ivy Dale Farm, Mount Pleasant, Moore House, Peterson and Mustard's Hermitage Farm, Savin-Wilson House, Short's Landing Hotel Complex, and Woodlawn are listed on the National Register of Historic Places. In 1806, a Methodist preacher Frances Asbury preached a sermon on the Church at SmyrNA from Revelation 2 to the local Methodist society. The sermon was so well received that the residents changed the name of the town to Smyrnna in honor of the sermon. In the early 20th century, the city was known as "Smynna" and was a popular destination for weekend getaways. It is now known as the "King's Highway" due to its location along the northsouth King's Highway. The city is located on the Delaware River, which runs through the center of the city. It has a population of about 3,000.


According to the United States Census Bureau, Smyrna has a total area of 3.8 square miles (9.8 km²) The town has a humid subtropical climate, abbreviated "Cfa" on climate maps. The climate in this area is characterized by hot, humid summers and generally mild to cool winters. According to the Köppen Climate Classification system, the climate in the town is generally humid. The town is located on the U.S. Turnpike, which runs from New Jersey to Pennsylvania. It has a population of 3,827. The U.N. World Heritage Site is located in Smyrnna, New Jersey. It is the site of the World War II-era Battle of the Bulge, which took place in World War I. It was also the location of the Battle of Gettysburg, which was fought from 1875 to 1883. The Battle was one of the first battles of the Civil War, which began in 1875. The American Civil War ended in 1881, and was followed by the Second World War. The battle was the first to be fought in New Jersey, and the first in the state's history. It also was the last to be held by the United Nations, which is based in New York City. The site was also used as a base for World War Two. The United States Army used the town as a staging area for the war, and has since been used as the base for other conflicts in the region.


As of the census of 2000, there were 5,679 people, 2,114 households, and 1,462 families residing in the town. The racial makeup of the town was 72.88% White, 22.42% African American, 0.51% Native American, 0.56% Asian,0.07% Pacific Islander, 1.44% from other races, and 2.11% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 3.42%. The town's population was spread out, with 27.1% under the age of 18, 8.7% from 18 to 24, 29. 1% from 25 to 44, 18.3% from 45 to 64, and 16.9% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 35 years. For every 100 females, there are 82.7 males. The town had a median income of $36,212, and the median income for a family was $42,355. The per capita income for the town is $17,443. About 14.0% of the population were below the poverty line, including 6.2% of those under age 18 and 6.4% of people age 65 or over. It is the only town in the state with a population of more than 5,000. It has a population density of 1,541.9 inhabitants per square mile (595.3/km²). The town has a median age of 35.


Smyrna is governed by a mayor and a six-member council. As of 2019, the mayor is Robert Johnson. The Smyrna Town Council consists of:Valerie Forbes (District 3/Vice Mayor)Margaret Mann (District 2)William Pressley Sr. (At-large/Secretary)Michael Rasmussen (At/large)Tabitha Gott (District 1)Gerald Brown (at-large) Committee members are elected to four-year terms. The mayor is elected to a two-year term, and the council is elected for three-yearterms. The town has a population of 2,000. It is located in the central part of the town of 1,000 people. The city is located on the Ohio Turnpike, which runs through the town's downtown area. It also has a few unincorporated areas, such as the towns of Doylestown and Middletown, which are in the northern part of town. It has an estimated population of 3,000, which is the third-largest city in the state. The population of the city is 1,200. It was the site of the U.S. Civil War, which began in 1864. The current mayor was elected to his first term in 1974. The last mayor was re-elected in 1978. The council was elected for a second term in 1980, and a third term in 1984. It currently has a total of six members, including the mayor.


U.S. Route 13 is the main northsouth road through Smyrna, passing through the town on Dupont Boulevard. Delaware Route 1 toll road passes to the east of the town, with access to the town at Exit 114 and Exit 119. DART First State provides bus service along Route 120, Route 301, Route 302, and Route 300. Bayhealth Medical Center operates the Bayhealth Emergency Center, Smylna in Smyrne. Smyrnna Airport is a general aviation airport to the south of the city. The town is served by the Town of SmyrNA Electric Department, which provides electricity to about 6,200 customers. The Public Works department provides water and sewer service to about 4,000 customers in the town. The city is also served by Chesapeake Utilities, which offers natural gas service to natural gas customers. It also has a 24-hour emergency department, which is located in the city's downtown area. It is located on the Delaware Turnpike, which runs from Delaware Route 6 to Delaware Route 300 and south to Kenton and north to Wilmington and Middletown. It has a post office with a ZIP code of 7053. It was founded in 1881 and is located at the intersection of US 13 and DE 1 at Exit 120. The Smyrnea Rest Area is located north of Smy rdna at the junction of the two roads. It provides access to Route 120 and Route 301. It offers express service south to Dover and north. to Wilmington.

Air Quality, Water Quality, Superfund Sites & UV Index

The Air Quality index is in Smyrna, Kent County, Delaware = 35.8. These Air Quality index is based on annual reports from the EPA. Higher values are better (100=best). The number of ozone alert days is used as an indicator of air quality, as are the amounts of seven pollutants including particulates, carbon monoxide, sulfur dioxide, lead, and volatile organic chemicals. The Water Quality Index is 32. A measure of the quality of an area’s water supply as rated by the EPA. Higher values are better (100=best). The EPA has a complex method of measuring the watershed quality, using 15 indicators such as pollutants, turbidity, sediments, and toxic discharges. The Superfund Sites Index is 40. Higher is better (100=best). Based upon the number and impact of EPA Superfund pollution sites in the county, including spending on the cleanup efforts. The UV Index in Smyrna = 3.8 and is a measure of an area's exposure to the sun's ultraviolet rays. This is most often a combination of sunny weather, altitude, and latitude. The UV Index has been defined by the WHO ( and is uniform worldwide.


The most recent city population of 12,883 individuals with a median age of 36.4 age the population grows by 44.39% in Smyrna, Kent County, Delaware population since 2000 and are distributed over a density of 2,063.26 residents per square mile of area (796.66/km²). There are average 2.5 people per household in the 3,164 households with an average household income of $42,806 a year. The unemployment rate in Alabama is 8.30% of the available work force and has dropped -6.98% over the most recent 12-month period and the projected change in job supply over the next decade based on migration patterns, economic growth, and other factors will increase by 17.74%. The number of physicians in Smyrna per 100,000 population = 155.3.


The annual rainfall in Smyrna = 44.6 inches and the annual snowfall = 15.2 inches. The annual number of days with measurable precipitation (over .01 inch) = 114. The average number of days per year that are predominantly sunny = 200. 87 degrees Fahrenheit is the average daily high temperature for the month of July and 26.3 degrees Fahrenheit is the average daily low temperature for the month of January. The Comfort Index (higher=better) is 41, where higher values mean a more pleasant climate. The Comfort Index measure recognizes that humidity by itself isn't the problem. (Have you noticed nobody ever complains about the weather being 'cold and humid?) It's in the summertime that we notice the humidity the most, when it's hot and muggy. Our Comfort Index uses a combination of afternoon summer temperature and humidity to closely predict the effect that the humidity will have on people.

Median Home Cost

The percentage of housing units in Smyrna, Kent County, Delaware which are owned by the occupant = 56.38%. A housing unit is a house, apartment, mobile home, or room occupied as separate living quarters. The average age of homes = 25 years with median home cost = $173,450 and home appreciation of -5.37%. This is the value of the years most recent home sales data. Its important to note that this is not the average (or arithmetic mean). The median home price is the middle value when you arrange all the sales prices of homes from lowest to highest. This is a better indicator than the average, because the median is not changed as much by a few unusually high or low values. The property tax rate of $5.78 shown here is the rate per $1,000 of home value. If for simplification for example the tax rate is $14.00 and the home value is $250,000, the property tax would be $14.00 x ($250,000/1000), or $3500. This is the 'effective' tax rate.


The local school district spends $5,694 per student. There are 17 students for each teacher in the school, 1058 students for each Librarian and 470 students for each Counselor. 4.66% of the area’s population over the age of 25 with an Associate Degree or other 2-year college degree, 10.13% with a master’s degree, Ph.D. or other advanced college degree and 5.97% with high school diplomas or high school equivalency degrees (GEDs).

  • Smyrna's population in Kent County, Delaware of 2,168 residents in 1900 has increased 5,94-fold to 12,883 residents after 120 years, according to the official 2020 census.

    Approximately 54.55% female residents and 45.45% male residents live in Smyrna, Kent County, Delaware.

    As of 2020 in Smyrna, Kent County, Delaware are married and the remaining 49.04% are single population.

  • 28.4 minutes is the average time that residents in Smyrna require for a one-way commute to work. A long commute can have different effects on health. A Gallup poll in the US found that in terms of mental health, long haul commuters are up to 12 percent more likely to experience worry, and ten percent less likely to feel well rested. The Gallup poll also found that of people who commute 61­–90 minutes each day, a whopping one third complained of neck and back pain, compared to less than a quarter of people who only spend ten minutes getting to work.

    82.93% of the working population which commute to work alone in their car, 11.91% of the working population which commutes to work in a carpool, 0.62% of the population that commutes using mass transit, including bus, light rail, subway, and ferry. 1.50% of the population that has their home as their principal place of work.

  • Of the total residential buildings in Smyrna, Kent County, Delaware, 56.38% are owner-occupied homes, another 38.16% are rented apartments, and the remaining 5.46% are vacant.

  • The 29.35% of the population in Smyrna, Kent County, Delaware who identify themselves as belonging to a religion are distributed among the following most diverse religions.

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