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Camden is a town in Kent County, Delaware, United States. It is part of the Dover, Delaware Metropolitan Statistical Area. The population was 3,464 at the 2010 census.[4]

Camden, Delaware
1805 Camden Friends Meetinghouse
1805 Camden Friends Meetinghouse
Location of Camden in Kent County, Delaware.
Location of Camden in Kent County, Delaware.
Camden is located in Delaware
Camden
Camden
Location within the state of Delaware
Camden is located in the US
Camden
Camden
Camden (the US)
Coordinates: 39°06′48″N 75°32′31″W / 39.11333°N 75.54194°W / 39.11333; -75.54194Coordinates: 39°06′48″N 75°32′31″W / 39.11333°N 75.54194°W / 39.11333; -75.54194
Country United States
State Delaware
County Kent
Government
 • TypeMayor-council
 • MayorJustin King
 • Vice-MayorMichael Schock
Area
 • Total3.70 sq mi (9.58 km2)
 • Land3.70 sq mi (9.58 km2)
 • Water0.00 sq mi (0.00 km2)
Elevation
39 ft (12 m)
Population
 • Total3,464
 • Estimate 
(2016)[2]
3,489
 • Density942.72/sq mi (364.03/km2)
Time zoneUTC−5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC−4 (EDT)
ZIP code
19934
Area code(s)302
FIPS code10-10760
GNIS feature ID213746[3]

Contents

HistoryEdit

Camden was established in 1783 as a community originally known as Mifflin's Crossroads.[5] The community of Mifflin's Crossroads was a Quaker settlement laid out by Daniel Mifflin on the Piccadilly tract. The town originally gained some commercial trade through wharves in nearby Forest Landing and Lebanon on the St. Jones River. From these wharves, regular boat service connected the area to Philadelphia and New York City, with local merchants shipping cordwood, staves, grain, and Spanish-oak bark. The Delaware Railroad was built through nearby Wyoming in the 1850s and expanded the market for local farm products, bringing increased prosperity to Camden.[6] The town has numerous historic properties and part of it is designated as the Camden Historic District. In addition, Brecknock, Camden Friends Meetinghouse, Star Hill AME Church, and Zion African Methodist Episcopal Church are all listed individually on the National Register of Historic Places.[7]

On February 22, 1975 a vote was held to merge with the bordering town of Wyoming; the residents of Camden voted 117 to 49 in favor of merging the towns, but the measure failed when Wyoming residents voted against the measure by a similar proportion in reverse: 113 against to 78 in favor.[8] The Wyoming town council had previously opposed a merger attempt in 1967.

GeographyEdit

Camden is located at 39°06′48″N 75°32′31″W / 39.11333°N 75.54194°W / 39.11333; -75.54194 (39.1134458, -75.5418687).[9]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 1.9 square miles (4.9 km2), all land.

Because of the small size of this town, and its even smaller neighbor of Wyoming, the U.S. Postal Service has jointly assigned the towns a single ZIP code, 19934, which is designated as the Camden-Wyoming ZIP code.

DemographicsEdit

Census Pop.
1870657
18807026.8%
1890553−21.2%
19005866.0%
1910553−5.6%
1920531−4.0%
1930464−12.6%
194068247.0%
1950606−11.1%
19601,12585.6%
19701,24110.3%
19801,75741.6%
19901,8998.1%
20002,10010.6%
20103,46465.0%
Est. 20163,489[2]0.7%
U.S. Decennial Census[10]

As of the census[11] of 2000, there were 2,100 people, 835 households, and 573 families residing in the town. The population density was 1,130.9 people per square mile (435.9/km²). There were 886 housing units at an average density of 477.1 per square mile (183.9/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 76.67% White, 18.00% African American, 0.81% Native American, 1.38% Asian, 0.14% Pacific Islander, 0.90% from other races, and 2.10% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.90% of the population.

There were 835 households out of which 35.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 50.2% were married couples living together, 15.3% had a female householder with no husband present, and 31.3% were non-families. 24.1% of all households were made up of individuals and 8.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.51 and the average family size was 3.02.

In the town, the population was spread out with 27.0% under the age of 18, 9.1% from 18 to 24, 30.7% from 25 to 44, 21.6% from 45 to 64, and 11.6% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females, there were 90.9 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 83.3 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $47,097, and the median income for a family was $50,347. Males had a median income of $32,154 versus $25,261 for females. The per capita income for the town was $21,113. About 1.8% of families and 4.9% of the population were below the poverty line, including 4.7% of those under age 18 and 2.4% of those age 65 or over.

GovernmentEdit

InfrastructureEdit

TransportationEdit

U.S. Route 13 runs north-south through the eastern part of Camden, heading north toward Dover and south toward Salisbury. U.S. Route 13 Alternate passes north-south through the center of Camden on Main Street. Delaware Route 10 runs east-west through Camden on Camden-Wyoming Avenue, heading west through rural western Kent County to the Maryland border and east toward Dover Air Force Base.[13] DART First State provides bus service to Camden along Route 104, which runs from the Walmart in Camden north to the Dover Transit Center in Dover and connects to other local bus routes serving the Dover area; Route 117, which runs from the Walmart in Camden south to Harrington; and Route 303, which heads north to Dover and south to Georgetown.[14]

UtilitiesEdit

Delmarva Power, a subsidiary of Exelon, provides electricity to Camden.[15] Chesapeake Utilities provides natural gas to the town.[16] The Camden-Wyoming Sewer & Water Authority provides sewer and water service to Camden and the neighboring town of Wyoming.[17] Trash and recycling collection in Camden is provided under contract by Republic Services.[18]

Notable peopleEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "2016 U.S. Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved Jul 25, 2017.
  2. ^ a b "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". Retrieved June 9, 2017.
  3. ^ "Camden". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey.
  4. ^ The Delaware Census State Data Center, Delaware Office of State Planning Coordination, 2011-04-08, www.stateplanning.delaware.gov, archived from the original on 2016-12-31
  5. ^ http://www.delawareonline.com/article/20130820/NEWS/308200065/Old-feud-between-Camden-Wyoming-part-local-lore?nclick_check=1
  6. ^ Federal Writers' Project (1938). The ocean highway: New Brunswick, New Jersey to Jacksonville, Florida. American Guide Series. New York: Modern Age Books. Retrieved 2009-04-10.
  7. ^ National Park Service (2010-07-09). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service.
  8. ^ "Wyoming Votes No On Camden Merger". The News Journal(Wilmington, Delaware). February 24, 1975.
  9. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23.
  10. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". Census.gov. Archived from the original on May 12, 2015. Retrieved June 4, 2015.
  11. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on 2013-09-11. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  12. ^ Sanginiti, Terri; Barrish, Cris (2012-01-27), "Ex-official cited for theft and conspiracy", The News Journal, delawareonline, retrieved 2012-01-28
  13. ^ Delaware Department of Transportation (2017). Official Travel & Transportation Map (Map). Dover: Delaware Department of Transportation.
  14. ^ "Routes and Schedules". DART First State. Retrieved August 16, 2013.
  15. ^ "Service Territory". Delmarva Power. Archived from the original on May 25, 2014. Retrieved August 15, 2017.
  16. ^ "Delmarva Service Territory". Chesapeake Utilities. Retrieved August 14, 2017.
  17. ^ "Home". Camden-Wyoming Sewer & Water Authority. Retrieved August 28, 2018.
  18. ^ "Trash Schedule". Town of Camden, Delaware. Retrieved August 28, 2018.