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10 Fast Facts About Delaware:
1/ Delaware was the first state to ratify the constitution of the United States. A fact that is recognized on the official state flag (see above) with the date of that ratification, December 7th 1787. The actual flag itself though is much more recent, being adopted in 1912.
2/ The State fish of Delaware is the weirdly named 'Weakfish', which can grow up to 3 foot in length and is so named because its mouth muscles are notoriously weak.
3/ Delaware is one of the smallest states with a width of just 30 miles and a length of 96 miles.
4/ 21.5% of the surface area of Delaware is covered with water.
5/ The highest ever temperature recorded in Delaware came on the 21st July 1930 in Millsboro, when a temperature of 110 degrees Fahrenheit (43 centigrade) was recorded.
6/ Delaware may be a small state physically, but in terms of legislative importance for big business in the United States it is very important. The reason for this is that due to its business friendly corporation laws approximately 60% of the Fortune 500 companies are incorporated in Delaware, along with 50% of ALL US publically traded corporations.
7/ About one-fifth of ALL of Delaware's state revenues come from the Franchise Tax (filing obligation taxes) that are imposed on the large body of companies that are incorporated in the state. This is NOT based on income, and the Tax Justice Network (who are a group of interested parties who research tax avoidance worldwide) in fact ranks Delaware as "the best place to escape tax in the world".
8/ The current car license plate design in Delaware was introduced in 1959 and is now the longest-established license plate design in the United States.
9/ The richest place to live in Delaware based on per capita income statistics is Greenville which in 2010 had a population of 2,326 people, and a Median Per Capita Income of $83,223.
10/ Largely because of Delaware's small size it has no national parks, national seashores, national memorials, national battlefields or national monuments.