Valley is a great place to live, work, visit and play. We also realize
that life isnt all just fun and games, so weve tried to include
as much useful information as we could find about schools, neighborhoods,
statistics and the like. If you dont see your favorite site listed,
send us an e-mail and well
do what we can to get it added to our lists.
visit the Delaware Department of Education Home Page at www.doe.state.de.us.
on school choice and charter schools in Delaware, please visit www.focuskids.org.
became a state in 1776, just two months after the signing of the Declaration
of Independence. The capital was moved from New Castle to Dover in 1777.
Delawares present constitution was adopted in 1797 and is the third
one the state has had. It has been modernized with many new amendments
since then. Today, Delaware has a cabinet form of government
Assembly, Delawares lawmaking body, is comprised of a House of Representatives,
whose 41 members are elected for two-year terms, and a Senate whose 21
members are elected for four-year terms. Half of the Senate seats are
contested in each general election.
Supreme Court consists of a chief justice and four associate justices.
All members are appointed by the governor, with confirmation by the Senate,
for a term of 12 years.
has two U.S. Senators elected for six-year terms. Current Senators are
William V. (Bill) Roth and Joseph R. (Joe) Biden, Jr. The state has one
U.S. Representative who serves a two-year term. Our current representative
is Michael N. (Mike) Castle.
Tom Carper became Delawares 71st Chief Executive on January
19, 1993, after serving five terms as Delawares Congressman in the
U.S. House of Representatives and six years as state Treasurer.
you to visit the government page of the First States official site
for more information.
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your drivers license
residents must apply in person at one of the offices of the Division
of Motor Vehicles in Wilmington, New Castle, Dover, or Georgetown. Applications
are available at each office. Residents who have never had a drivers
license must pass a drivers examination, pay a $12.50 fee for
a five-year license and complete the application truthfully.
must obtain a drivers license within 60 days after establishing
residency. For general information on obtaining a drivers license,
call (302) 739-2500.
for a license, the following items are required:
License from another state (if transferring a license)
of Vehicle Insurance
of Residency (2) such as a lease, deed, utility bill, bank forms,
of Birth Date (Birth Certificate or certified copy)
test must be passed in order to obtain a license as well. The $12.50
fee for a drivers license can be paid by cash or check and is
valid for 5 years.
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Registration and Inspection
of Delaware must obtain a new vehicle registration within 60 days of
establishing residency. Inspection is necessary prior to registration
and a vehicles original title is required to begin the registration
process. A registration certificate and proof of liability insurance
must be presented. For individuals who finance a car, the Motor Vehicle
Division will provide the appropriate form for ordering the title. Registration
can be completed for a $20 fee and two-year registrations are available.
It is important to note the state of Delaware imposes a 2.75% tax on
the fair market value of out-of-state vehicles. Credit is not granted
for taxes paid in other states.
and Fishing Licenses
are required in the State of Delaware for fishing in non-tidal waters
as well as for hunting and trapping. Fees vary depending upon the type
of hunting desired, duration of license, age and residency status.
born after January 1, 1967 who wish to obtain a license must complete
a ten-hour safety course before receiving a hunting license. Fishing
licenses are available at the same offices and outlets as the hunting
permit; the cost varies with the license duration and residency status.
For more specific information and guidelines on hunting and fishing
in Delaware, contact the State Fish and Wildlife Department at (302)
County Board of Directors:
register to vote at the courthouse of the county in which you reside.
Bring proof of age (drivers license or birth certificate) and
proof of residency (rental agreement or home sales agreement).
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is a small state, divided almost evenly into three countiesNew Castle,
Kent and Sussex. Nearly 80% of residents live in New Castle, the states
northernmost county. You can find out more about specific areas by visiting
the following sites:
tour of the area. Neighborhoods are defined by ZIP code. In reality, there
are many different neigborhoods, of varied home-style and price within
each ZIP code. The page does provides a good, general overview.
State of Delaware 1998 Statistical Overview. Includes lots of useful information
including cost-of-living comparisons, profiles of towns and cities, and
much, much more.
information from the Delaware Economic Development Office. This page also
includes links to a host of relocation and community resources.
information about most neighborhoods. The "Find a Neighborhood"
is cumbersome and a bit slow. We found it useful to get some information
about the neighborhoods we knew. It helps if you know the zip code or
can pinpoint the area on a map. If youre not familiar with an area,
it may be more confusing than helpful.
the Neighborhood" software, we can tell you things you never
knew about your own neighborhoodor about any place in the country
youre thinking about making your next home. We can show you recent
home sales information, objective school system ratings, climate and crime
statistics, community demographics and much more. We can also provide
side-by-side comparisons with your present community.
planning a move and youd like more detailed information, please
send an e-mail
to request a personalized Know the Neighborhood analysis.
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hath found the climate of said country very temperate." Captain
Cornelius Hendricksen from a report of his visit. Hendricksen is regarded
by many to be the first "civilized man" to set foot in what
is now Delaware.
climate is moderate year round. Average monthly temperatures range from
75.8 to 32 degrees. Average temperature for summer months is 74.3 degrees.
About 57% of the days are sunny. Annual precipitation is approximately
45 inches. Temperatures along the Atlantic Coast are about 10 degrees
warmer in the winter and 10 degrees cooler in the summer.
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