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Wyoming, Delaware
Town
Railroad depot in Wyoming
Railroad depot in Wyoming
Etymology: Wyoming Valley in Pennsylvania
Location of Wyoming in Kent County, Delaware.
Location of Wyoming in Kent County, Delaware.
Wyoming is located in Delaware
Wyoming
Wyoming
Location within the state of Delaware
Wyoming is located in the US
Wyoming
Wyoming
Wyoming (the US)
Coordinates: 39°07′05″N 75°33′32″W / 39.11806°N 75.55889°W / 39.11806; -75.55889
WYOMING DELAWARE Latitude and Longitude:

39°07′05″N 75°33′32″W / 39.11806°N 75.55889°W / 39.11806; -75.55889
Country  United States
State  Delaware
County Kent
Area [1]
 • Total1.07 sq mi (2.78 km2)
 • Land1.06 sq mi (2.75 km2)
 • Water0.01 sq mi (0.03 km2)
Elevation39 ft (12 m)
Population ( 2010)
 • Total1,313
 • Estimate (2016) [2]1,486
 • Density1,401.89/sq mi (541.24/km2)
Time zone UTC−5 ( Eastern (EST))
 • Summer ( DST) UTC−4 (EDT)
ZIP code19934
Area code(s) 302
FIPS code10-81350
GNIS feature ID217870 [3]

Wyoming is a town in Kent County, Delaware, United States. It was named after the Wyoming Valley in Pennsylvania. It is part of the Dover, Delaware Metropolitan Statistical Area. The population was 1,313 at the 2010 census. [4]

History

The community started when the nearby town of Camden, Delaware would not grant access to the Delaware Railroad (later part of the Pennsylvania Railroad), which bypassed the town and built a railroad station one mile west of the center of town and named the area West Camden. In 1865, minister John J. Pierce moved to West Camden from the Wyoming Valley and laid out plots for new housing. Several individuals from the Wyoming Valley moved to the new community and it was decided to rename the community. [5] The community, "Desiring to sever any shared identity or connection with Camden, residents chose to honor the new citizens by changing the name of the community to Wyoming." A post office was erected in 1866 and the community was incorporated into a town in 1869. [6]

The Lewis Family Tenant Agricultural Complex, Wyoming Historic District, and Wyoming Railroad Station are listed on the National Register of Historic Places. [7]

On February 22, 1975 a vote was held to merge with the bordering town of Camden; 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 113 against to 78 in favor. [8] The Wyoming town council had previously opposed a merger attempt in 1967.

Geography

Wyoming is located at 39°07′05″N 75°33′32″W / 39.11806°N 75.55889°W / 39.11806; -75.55889 (39.1181681, -75.5588139). [9]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 0.7 square miles (1.8 km2), of which, 0.7 square miles (1.8 km2) of it is land and 0.04 square miles (0.10 km2) of it (2.90%) is water.

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1870280
188035326.1%
189049740.8%
1900450−9.5%
191051714.9%
192066127.9%
19306843.5%
194087027.2%
19509114.7%
19601,17228.6%
19701,062−9.4%
1980960−9.6%
19909771.8%
20001,14116.8%
20101,31315.1%
Est. 20161,486 [2]13.2%
U.S. Decennial Census [10]

As of the census [11] of 2000, there were 1,141 people, 448 households, and 315 families residing in the town. The population density was 1,690.0 people per square mile (647.9/km²). There were 485 housing units at an average density of 718.3 per square mile (275.4/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 79.49% White, 13.32% African American, 0.09% Native American, 3.86% Asian, 0.53% from other races, and 2.72% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.54% of the population.

There were 448 households out of which 32.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 52.5% were married couples living together, 12.7% had a female householder with no husband present, and 29.5% were non-families. 24.1% of all households were made up of individuals and 7.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.55 and the average family size was 2.99.

In the town, the population was spread out with 25.0% under the age of 18, 7.9% from 18 to 24, 31.4% from 25 to 44, 22.8% from 45 to 64, and 13.0% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 37 years. For every 100 females, there were 99.1 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 92.8 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $48,452, and the median income for a family was $54,265. Males had a median income of $35,625 versus $25,741 for females. The per capita income for the town was $21,254. About 1.8% of families and 3.6% of the population were below the poverty line, including 3.6% of those under age 18 and 3.4% of those age 65 or over.

Infrastructure

Transportation

Delaware Route 10 runs east-west along the southeastern edge of Wyoming on Caesar Rodney Avenue, heading west through rural western Kent County to the Maryland border and east along Camden-Wyoming Avenue through Camden toward an intersection with U.S. Route 13 and Dover Air Force Base. Delaware Route 15 runs north-south through Wyoming on Southern Boulevard and Railroad Avenue, heading north toward Dover and south toward Woodside. [12] DART First State provides bus service to Wyoming along Route 104, which passes along the eastern edge of town and runs south to the Walmart in Camden and north to the Dover Transit Center in Dover, where it connects to other local bus routes serving the Dover area. [13] The Delmarva Central Railroad's Delmarva Subdivision line passes north-south through Wyoming. [14] Jenkins Airport, a general aviation airport, is located just west of Wyoming. [12]

Utilities

Delmarva Power, a subsidiary of Exelon, provides electricity to Wyoming. [15] Chesapeake Utilities provides natural gas to the town. [16] The Camden-Wyoming Sewer & Water Authority provides sewer and water service to Wyoming and the neighboring town of Camden. [17] Trash and recycling collection in Wyoming is provided under contract by Republic Services. [18] [19]

Local attractions

The "Wyoming Peach Festival" occurs every August. [20] It offers pageants, homemade peach ice cream and tours of Fifer Orchards, which is the largest peach and apple producer in the state of Delaware.

The Caesar Rodney Homecoming Parade happens every November to support the Caesar Rodney Riders in their homecoming football game. [21]

References

  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. ^ "Wyoming". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey.
  4. ^ http://www.stateplanning.delaware.gov/census_data_center/
  5. ^ http://www.delawareonline.com/article/20130820/NEWS/308200065/Old-feud-between-Camden-Wyoming-part-local-lore?nclick_check=1
  6. ^ http://archives.delaware.gov/markers/kc/KC-63.shtml#TopOfPage
  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 11, 2015. Retrieved June 4, 2015.
  11. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on September 11, 2013. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  12. ^ a b Delaware Department of Transportation (2017). Official Travel & Transportation Map (Map). Dover: Delaware Department of Transportation.
  13. ^ "Routes and Schedules". DART First State. Retrieved August 16, 2013.
  14. ^ "Delmarva Central Railroad". Carload Express. Retrieved March 27, 2017.
  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. ^ "2018 Trash Schedule". Town of Wyoming. Retrieved August 28, 2018.
  19. ^ "Recycling & Yard Information" (PDF). Town of Wyoming. Retrieved August 28, 2018.
  20. ^ "Slideshow: Wyoming Peach Festival - Delaware State News". Delaware State News. 2015-08-01. Retrieved 2017-08-18.
  21. ^ "Homecoming Nov. 4 at Caesar Rodney High School". Dover Post. Retrieved 2017-08-18.

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