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Delaware County, Ohio


Page Contents for Delaware, Ohio

Statistics & Facts


History & History-related items

City Attractions


Chamber of Commerce.

Organizations, Churches, and Sports.




Statistics & Facts

The Ohio state capital is Columbus.
The population of Delaware is approximately 25,700 (2000), 34753 (2010).
The approximate number of families is 7,660 (1990), 13253 (2010).
The amount of land area in Delaware is 27.038 sq. kilometers.
The amount of land area in Delaware is 11.0 sq. miles.
The amount of surface water is 0.214 sq kilometers.
The distance from Delaware to Washington DC is 346 miles.
The distance to the Ohio state capital is 21 miles. (as the crow flies)
Delaware is positioned 40.29 degrees north of the equator and 83.08 degrees west of the prime meridian.


less than 30 minutes from Columbus, the state capital of Ohio.
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History & History Related Items

It was in 1801 that pioneers first came to the central Ohio area where the Delaware Indians still lived. Many tribes lived in this area, including the Hopewell Mound Builders.
In 1808, the city of Delaware was founded by Moses Byxbe and other settlers from Massachusetts. They began building near the trading post of Joseph Barber which had already been built in 1805. It wasn't until the War of 1812 that the Delaware area began to grow more rapidly. Delaware became the headquarters for General William Henry Harrison. After the Treaty of Greenville in 1814, many new settlers came to this area. Among the prominent settlers were the parents of future president, Rutherford B. Hayes. He was born right here in Delaware in 1822. He met his wife, Lucy Webb, at Ohio Wesleyan University.
The Ohio Wesleyan University was founded in 1842 by Methodists desiring to begin a liberal arts college. The Mansion House resort, which was the first building used, is still in active use by the college, though it is now known as Elliott Hall.
By 1851, the railroad had come to Delaware on its way to Columbus and Cleveland. The railroads helped the area to grow even more. By the early part of the 20th century, Delaware had its own electric street railway system. By 1930, electric service was provided for the residents of Delaware.
Delaware, though it has grown and prospered, has retained its long and proud heritage. It has maintained and preserved its historical character, giving residents a sense of the past and new growth and change for the future. (paraphrased from "A Proud Heritage" by the Delaware Chamber of Commerce)

Here is a history page for Delaware and the area.
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The incorporation of Delaware



Find out what to see and do in Delaware on this attractions page

Olentangy Indian Caverns and Ohio Frontier Land
1779 Home Road
Delaware, Ohio 43015
Phone: (614) 548-7917
Historic 3-level Caverns tours, museum with indian artifacts and geological displays. Also Frontierland with gem mining. Snack bar and gift shop. Please call for details

The Delaware County Fair

The Little Brown Jug - Harness Racing.

Learn more about Delaware and the area.
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Delaware City Government

Delaware has a Council-Manager form of Government. Seven council-persons are elected to four year terms. Three are at-large and four are ward representatives. The City Manager is appointed by the City Council. He is responsible for the administrative affairs of the city.

Official Site of Delaware, Ohio
City of Delaware
One South Sandusky St.
Delaware, Ohio 43015
Phone: 740-368-1640
Fax: 740-368-1525

Delaware Chamber

Delaware Area Chamber of Commerce
23 North Union Street
Delaware, Ohio 43015
Phone: 740-369-6221
Fax: 740-369-4817

Delaware Organizations

Delaware Area Chamber of Commerce
23 North Union Street
Delaware, Ohio 43015
Phone: 740-369-6221
Fax: 740-369-4817

Delaware Libraries

Delaware County District Library
84 E. Winter Street
Delaware, Ohio 43015

Delaware Schools

Delaware City Schools

Delaware children attend schools in the Delaware City School District. The district has four elementary schools, a middle school and a high school. New schools are being built and others undergoing renovation. Special programs include: K-12 enrichment for students with outstanding abilities, the Tech Prep Program for hands-on learning, the Expanded Options Program for those seeking an alternative high school curriculum. A special child care program for children in K-8 is available.

Local schools page with links


Ohio Wesleyan University
Delaware, OH 43015
Phone: 740-368-2000 Founded in 1842, Westleyan is a liberal arts college with an enrollment of 1,700 students. Among the facilities on campus are: Beehgly Library, Gray Chapel, Jemison Auditorium, kChappelear Drama Center, Rickey Physical Education Center, and the Hamilton-Williams Campus Center. Delaware


The population of Delaware was:
1990 - 20,030
1998 - 24,072
2000 - 25,700

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