Surprising factoids about Delaware cropped up when Vox recently presented a bunch of U.S. maps that are way more interesting than your run-of-the-mill Rand McNally atlases.
Impress your friends with these random First State facts at your next dinner party:
In 2013, Delaware’s GDP was $62,703 million, according to FRED Economic Data.
Known as the Land of Fire, Azerbaijan’s very rich in oil and a hotbed of freestyle wrestling and international chess champions. Sounds about on par, right?
Downstaters are pretty happy! All you Wilmingtonians who are feeling down and out should take a trip to the lovely southern half of Delaware, where apparently some of the happiest Americans reside.
There are no billionaires in Delaware. Really, DuPonts? We’re surprised. The nation’s other three non-billionaire states are Alaska, Maine and North Dakota. Vox cites the richest person in Delaware as Robert Gore, who’s worth about $830 million. Gore is a UDel alum, businessman and scientist who has several patents but most notably invented Gore-Tex, a waterproof, breathable fabric commonly used in sporting and outdoor gear. You go, Bob!
Guess there aren’t any billionaires in Azerbaijan?
Delaware’s land mass is roughly the same size as Palestine. The First State covers 1,948.54 square miles, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. We hope our Middle-Eastern landmass equivalent can someday have the immense happiness the contented downstate folks enjoy.