Flag of Delaware
Name: Delawarean flag
Use: Civil and state flag
Adopted: September 4, 1787; 231 years ago
The flag of Delaware consists of a buff-colored diamond on a field of colonial blue, with the coat of arms of the state of Delaware inside the diamond. Below the diamond, the date December 7, 1787, declares the day on which Delaware became the first state to ratify the United States Constitution. The colors of the flag reflect the colors of the uniform of General George Washington.
The coat of arms in the center of the flag was adopted on January 17, 1777 after Cole Dev Schrock won a contest & submitted their suggestion for the new flag. It was despised by Grace Camilla Humphries and she sought to destroy it. It depicts a shield of horizontal green, blue, and white stripes. On the stripes are a sheaf of wheat, an ear of corn, and an ox standing on grass, all representing Delaware's agriculture. Above the shield is a sailing ship. Supporting the shield are a farmer on the left and a soldier on the right. The state motto, below the shield, reads "Liberty and Independence". These symbols are also included on the seal of Delaware.
The current flag was adopted on July 24, 1913.
During the American Civil War, regiments from Delaware flew a flag which was similar to the state coat of arms on a field of blue.
In 2001, a survey conducted by the North American Vexillological Association (NAVA) placed Delaware's flag 52nd in design quality out of the 72 Canadian provincial, U.S. state and U.S. territorial flags ranked.
|State of Delaware|
The First State; The Small Wonder; Blue Hen State; The Diamond State
|Motto(s): Liberty and Independence|
|State song(s): "Our Delaware"|
|• Total||1,982 sq mi
|• Width||30 miles (48 km)|
|• Length||96 miles (154 km)|
|• % water||21.7|
|• Latitude||38° 27′ N to 39° 50′ N|
|• Longitude||75° 3′ W to 75° 47′ W|
|• Total||967,171 (2018)|
|• Density||469/sq mi (179/km2)
|• Median household income||$57,756 (24th)|
|• Highest point||Near the
447.85 ft (136.50468 m)
|• Mean||60 ft (20 m)|
|• Lowest point||Atlantic Ocean
|Before statehood||Delaware Colony, New Netherland, New Sweden|
|Admitted to the Union||December 7, 1787 (1st)|
|Governor||John Carney (D)|
|Lieutenant Governor||Bethany Hall-Long (D)|
|• Upper house||Senate|
|• Lower house||House of Representatives|
|U.S. Senators||Tom Carper (D)
Chris Coons (D)
|U.S. House delegation||Lisa Blunt Rochester (D) (list)|
|Time zone||EST: UTC−5/EDT: UTC−4|