Newark is a city in New Castle County, Delaware, 12 miles (19 km) west-southwest of Wilmington. According to the 2013 Census, the population of the city is 32,549. Newark is the home of the University of Delaware.
Main Street is the commercial heart of Newark. It is adjacent to the University of Delaware.
Parks and natural areas
Despite the fact that Newark is located roughly halfway between Philadelphia (approximately 45 miles (72 km) away) and Baltimore (approximately 55 miles (89 km) away) and is part of densely populated New Castle County, there is a large amount of public parkland—over 12,000 acres (49 km2) – surrounding the city. To the south is Iron Hill Park (part of the New Castle County Park System), to the west (in Cecil County, Maryland) is Fair Hill Natural Resources Management Area, and to the North is White Clay Creek State Park and White Clay Creek Preserve (in Chester County, Pennsylvania). Also nearby is Middle Run Valley Natural Area, which is part of the New Castle County Park System. These parks provide ample hiking, mountain biking, and horse back riding opportunities. Fair Hill Natural Resources Management Area and much of White Clay Creek State Park consist of land formerly owned by the Du Pont family that was later ceded to the states of Maryland and Delaware, respectively.
The old Bank of Newark Building, 102 E. Main
Rhodes Pharmacy, 36 E. Main
St. John the Baptist Church, 200E. Main
Newark is a recognized center of US and international figure skating, mostly due to the many national, world, and Olympic champions (including many foreign nationals) that have trained at the University of Delaware Figure Skating Club (an independent club operating within UD facilities) and at The Pond Ice Rink. In 2009, Sporting News ranked Newark 192 in its list of the 400 Best Sports Cities.
The University of Delaware offers 21 varsity sports, which compete in the NCAA Division I. The athletic teams at Delaware are known as the Fightin' Blue Hens, named after the Blue Hen of Delaware, the state bird of Delaware.
The Delaware 87ers are a professional basketball team that plays in the NBA Development League, or "D-League". The team is the affiliate of the Philadelphia 76ers and play their home games at the Bob Carpenter Center in Newark on the University of Delaware campus.