almost all of Delaware is a part of the Atlantic Coastal
Plain, the effects of the ocean moderate its climate.
The state is in a transitional zone between a humid
subtropical climate and a continental climate.
2000, 90.5% of Delaware residents age 5 and older speak
only English at home; 4.7% speak Spanish. French is the
third most spoken language at 0.7%, followed by Chinese
at 0.5% and German at 0.5%.
The pound was the currency of Delaware
until 1793. Initially, the British pound and foreign
coins circulated. This was supplemented from 1723 by
local paper money. Although this was denominated in
pounds, shillings and pence, the notes were worth less
than sterling, with 1 Delaware shilling = 9 pence
Delaware ranked 44th in population in
the US with an estimated total of 807,385 in 2002, an
increase of 3% since 2000. Between 1990 and 2000,
Delaware's population grew from 666,168 to 783,600, an
increase of 17.6%. The population is projected to reach
861,000 by 2025.
The city of Dover is the capital and
second largest city in the U.S. state of Delaware. It
is also the county seat of Kent County, and the
principal city of the Dover, Delaware Metropolitan
Statistical Area which encompasses all of Kent County.