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Camden is a town in Kent County,
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. The population was 3,464 at the
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History

Camden was established in 1783 as a community originally known as Mifflin's Crossroads. The community of Mifflin's Crossroads was a
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settlement laid out by Daniel Mifflin on the Piccadilly tract. The town originally gained some commercial trade through wharves in nearby Forest Landing and
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on the St. Jones River. From these wharves, regular boat service connected the area to
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and
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, with local merchants shipping cordwood, staves, grain, and Spanish-oak bark. The
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was built through nearby
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in the 1850s and expanded the market for local farm products, bringing increased prosperity to Camden. The town has numerous historic properties and part of it is designated as the
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. In addition,
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,
Camden Friends Meetinghouse Camden Friends Meetinghouse is a historic Quaker meeting house located on Delaware Route 10 (Camden Wyoming Avenue) in Camden, Delaware, Camden, Kent County, Delaware. It was built in 1805, and was still in operation as a Quaker meeting house when ...
,
Star Hill AME Church Star Hill AME Church, also known as Star of the East Church, is a historic African Methodist Episcopal Church, African Methodist Episcopal (AME) Church (building), church building and cemetery located in Dover, Delaware near Camden, Delaware, Camden ...
, and
Zion African Methodist Episcopal Church Zion African Methodist Episcopal Church is a historic African Methodist Episcopal Church, African Methodist Episcopal (AME) Church (building), church and cemetery located at Camden, Delaware, Camden, Kent County, Delaware. It was originally built in ...
are all listed individually on the
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. 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. The Wyoming town council had previously opposed a merger attempt in 1967.


Geography

Camden is located at (39.1134458, -75.5418687). According to the
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, the town has a total area of , all land. Because of the small size of this town, and its even smaller neighbor of
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, the U.S. Postal Service has jointly assigned the towns a single
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, 19934, which is designated as the Camden-Wyoming ZIP code.


Climate

The climate in this area is characterized by hot, humid summers and generally mild to cool winters. According to the
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system, Camden has a
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, abbreviated "Cfa" on climate maps.


Demographics

As of the
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of 2000, there were 2,100 people, 835 households, and 573 families residing in the town. The
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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%
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, 18.00%
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, 0.81%
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, 1.38%
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, 0.14%
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, 0.90% from
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, and 2.10% from two or more races.
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or
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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
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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
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for the town was $21,113. About 1.8% of families and 4.9% of the population were below the
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, including 4.7% of those under age 18 and 2.4% of those age 65 or over.


Government

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Mayor
: Tracy Torres * Vice-Mayor: Michael Schock *
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: Vicki Rohodes *
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: Dan Woodall *
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: Mark Girty *
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: Marcus Whitney *
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: Jason Stewart


Infrastructure


Transportation

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runs north–south through the eastern part of Camden, heading north toward
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and south toward
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. 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
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Maryland
border and east toward
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.
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provides bus service to Camden along Route 104, which runs from the
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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
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.


Utilities

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, a subsidiary of
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Exelon
, provides electricity to Camden.
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provides natural gas to the town. The Camden-Wyoming Sewer & Water Authority provides sewer and water service to Camden and the neighboring town of
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. Trash and recycling collection in Camden is provided under contract by
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.


Notable people

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Ashley Coleman Ashley Coleman (born 10 November 1981) was Miss Teen USA 1999, representing her home town of Camden, Delaware, Camden and the state of Delaware. Coleman graduated from Caesar Rodney High School in 1999. Prior to winning her state title, she had m ...
,
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1999,
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1999 (born and grew up in Camden) * Eric Buckson, born in Camden and a current Kent County Levy Court Commissioner *
Henry Hayes Lockwood
Henry Hayes Lockwood
, born in Camden Civil War general. * Charles L. Terry Jr., born in Camden, 65th
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* R. Thomas Wagner, Jr., State Auditor of Delaware and former Mayor of Camden


References

{{Authority control Towns in Kent County, Delaware Towns in Delaware