Houston, Delaware
Location of Houston in Kent County, Delaware.
Location of Houston in Kent County, Delaware.
Houston is located in Delaware
Location within the state of Delaware
Houston is located in the United States
Houston (the United States)
Coordinates: 38°55′03″N 75°30′19″W / 38.91750°N 75.50528°W / 38.91750; -75.50528Coordinates: 38°55′03″N 75°30′19″W / 38.91750°N 75.50528°W / 38.91750; -75.50528
Country United States
State Delaware
County Kent
 • Total0.34 sq mi (0.87 km2)
 • Land0.34 sq mi (0.87 km2)
 • Water0.00 sq mi (0.00 km2)
52 ft (16 m)
 • Total374
 • Estimate 
 • Density1,173.13/sq mi (453.11/km2)
Time zoneUTC−5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC−4 (EDT)
ZIP code
Area code(s)302
FIPS code10-36760
GNIS feature ID214127[3]

Houston (/ˈhaʊstən/ HOW-stən) is a town in Kent County, Delaware, United States. It is part of the Dover, Delaware Metropolitan Statistical Area. The population was 374 at the 2010 census.[4] It was named for John W. Houston.[5]


According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 0.4 square miles (1.0 km2), all of it land.


Historical population
Census Pop.
Est. 2018404[2]8.0%

At the 2000 census there were 430 people, 151 households, and 115 families living in the town. The population density was 1,144.4 people per square mile (436.9/km²). There were 166 housing units at an average density of 441.8 per square mile (168.7/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 89.30% White, 8.37% African American, 0.70% Native American, 0.47% from other races, and 1.16% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 4.65%.[6]

Of the 151 households 39.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 64.2% were married couples living together, 8.6% had a female householder with no husband present, and 23.2% were non-families. 22.5% of households were one person and 10.6% were one person aged 65 or older. The average household size was 2.85 and the average family size was 3.24.

The age distribution was 30.5% under the age of 18, 7.2% from 18 to 24, 32.6% from 25 to 44, 17.2% from 45 to 64, and 12.6% 65 or older. The median age was 33 years. For every 100 females, there were 103.8 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 94.2 males.

The median household income was $39,545 and the median family income was $46,563. Males had a median income of $29,643 versus $20,208 for females. The per capita income for the town was $15,919. About 1.7% of families and 5.8% of the population were below the poverty line, including 4.0% of those under age 18 and 14.3% of those age 65 or over.



Front Street and School Street are the main east–west streets in Houston. Broad Street runs north–south through the center of Houston and leads north to an intersection with Delaware Route 14. DE 14 heads west toward Harrington and east toward Milford. Deep Grass Lane passes to the west of the Houston and heads south toward Williamsville and north as Killens Pond Road toward Felton.[7] The Delmarva Central Railroad's Indian River Subdivision line passes east–west through Houston.[8]


Delmarva Power, a subsidiary of Exelon, provides electricity to Houston.[9] Chesapeake Utilities provides natural gas to the town.[10]


  1. ^ "2016 U.S. Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved Jul 25, 2017.
  2. ^ a b "Annual Estimates of the Resident Population: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2018". Retrieved July 4, 2019.
  3. ^ "Houston". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey.
  4. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2016-12-31. Retrieved 2013-04-29.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  5. ^ Gannett, Henry (1905). The Origin of Certain Place Names in the United States. Govt. Print. Off. pp. 161.
  6. ^ "U.S. Census website". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  7. ^ Delaware Department of Transportation (2017). Official Travel & Transportation Map (PDF) (Map). Dover: Delaware Department of Transportation.
  8. ^ "Delmarva Central Railroad". Carload Express. Retrieved March 27, 2017.
  9. ^ "Service Territory". Delmarva Power. Archived from the original on May 25, 2014. Retrieved August 15, 2017.
  10. ^ "Delmarva Service Territory". Chesapeake Utilities. Retrieved August 14, 2017.