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Overview of Newark, Delaware, United States

Newark is in the state of Delaware, about 12 miles west-southwest of Wilmington – the largest city in Delaware – and has a total area of 8.9 square miles of land. The city has a population of about 30,060 people and is mostly surrounded by housing developments, although much farmland remains just over the state lines in both Maryland and Pennsylvania. Newark consists of a central and quite walkable area which contains the University of Delaware, Main Street and the surrounding residential neighbourhoods while the city limits are somewhat less densely populated.

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  • Population: 30,060
  • Population Density: 3,006/mi²
  • Area: 8.9 /mi²
  • Latitude: 39.679167
  • Longitude: -75.758056
  • Weather: See Forecast
  • Elevation: 125
  • Time Zone: Eastern Standard Time
  • Language: English
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History of Newark, Delaware

Newark was founded by the Scots and the Irish and some Welsh settlers in 1694 but the town was only officially established when it received a charter from George II of Great Britain in the year 1758 declaring it a farming community.

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Newark's Demographics

According to the last census, Newark has a total population of about 30,060 people with 8,989 households or so and 4,494 families residing in the city.

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Newark's Climate

Newark experiences temperate four-season weather with little or no snowfall in the winter months.

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Education in Newark, Delaware

Newark's public education is handled by the Christina School District and the Red Clay Consolidated School District. Newark High School is a public high school and one of the three within the Christina School District. It is the third largest public high school in the state and it has served the community since 1893.

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Transportation around Newark, Delaware

Newark's public transportation is both outstanding and underutilized because of the size of its community. Newark is served by DART First State buses, routes #6, 16, 33, 34, and 65, which provide service to Wilmington, the Christiana Mall, and Elkton, MD. There is what is called a Unicity bus, which runs jointly through the city and the University of Delaware that is free for everyone to ride and which acts as a community circulator. The University also operates a bus system, available for free to all students and those associated with the university. The closest airport to Newark is the New Castle Airport in New Castle. However, commercial air service does not currently exist there.

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Tourism and Attractions of Newark

Newark houses many sights and attractions for the common developing city such as the University of Delaware Botanic Gardens with its array of trees, shrubs, plants and flowers kept in several different garden areas, Iron Hill Park and its nature and hiking trails, the Grainery Shops Art House – a community cultural arts center and home of the Newark Arts Alliance, and the Iron Hill Museum which features a collection of rare rocks and minerals, as well as many local natural history specimens.

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Surrounding Communities

  • Newark
  • Birchwood Park
  • Brookside
  • Christiana
  • Harmony Hills
  • McClellandville
  • Meadowood
  • Milford Crossroads
  • Ogletown
  • Pleasant Hill

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Geography of Newark, Delaware

The city of Newark, Delaware has a total area of 8.9 mi² (23.1 km²) all land and is located at the base of the Pennsylvania and Maryland foothills. A large amount of public parkland surrounds the city for miles and miles. To the south is Iron Hill Park, to the west (in Cecil County, Maryland) is Fair Hill Natural Resources Management Area, and to the North is White Clay Creek State Park and White Clay Creek Preserve (in Chester County, Pennsylvania). Newark is located halfway between Philadelphia and Baltimore.

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Newark's Government

The Newark City Council is comprised of six members who are elected from different districts to serve two-year terms. The mayor, currently Vance A. Funk, is elected generally and for a three-year term.

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Newark's Economy and Industry

Newark's economy is diversified with a mixture of educational institutions, manufacturing companies and high-technology firms. There are more than 30 technology-related businesses at Newark's Delaware Technology Park. Newark has low debt levels and limited capital needs. DaimlerChrysler is one of the city's largest employers.

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Newark's Culture and Significant Events

Newark has quite a few events to be looked forward to throughout the year like the Winterfest, the numerous performing-arts programs designed to showcase African-American culture and enhance ethnic awareness, the arrival of The Chapel Street Players which bring live theater, and the Mid-Atlantic Ballet Company that performs for the community.

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Sports in Newark, Delaware

The University of Delaware boasts an excellent sport's program and its Blue Hen teams specialize in anything from football to field hockey to Lacrosse.

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Media of Newark

Local news in the city of Newark, Delaware are covered by The Newark Post and news within the University are made known through the University of Delaware Review.

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