Claymont is a town located in northern Delaware. A largely blue-collar suburb of Wilmington, its borders are not clearly defined; it is generally accepted to contain about 9,000 residents.


Claymont is located at the far eastern part of northern Delaware, only a few miles and minutes from the Pennsylvania border. It largely lies between I-95 and the Delaware River, and is bisected length-wise by Delaware Route 13, more commonly known as the Philadelphia Pike.


Claymont was first settled by the Dutch in the 1600s.

Route 13 was constructed in the early 20th Century, and Claymont began to grow around it, with the more distant areas still being occupied by farmland.

The Worth Steel Mill was opened in 1916.

Most of the suburbs were built following the Second World War.

Today, Claymont is struggling to remake itself. Currently, a large section of project housing has been emptied and is scheduled for demolition and replacement with apartments.


Unlike much of the rest of Delaware, Claymont is actually fairly hilly. Philadelphia Pike dips up and down numerous times. This elevation results in some pleasant views of the Delaware River and New Jersey, and is great if the starter on your car is shot.

The major natural landmark in Claymont is the Delaware River. The river starts in New York, and by the time it reaches Delaware (Claymont is the first town it comes to), it is over a mile wide and a "broad, sluggish inlet of the sea." Soon after Claymont, it officially becomes the Delaware Bay south of Port Penn.

As indicated by its name, there is a lot of clay in the soil in Claymont. To find any, simply dig through the few inches of topsoil and you will almost probably hit Claymont clay.

Get in

By car

Take the appropriately labeled exit off I-95, or drive north on Route 13, more commonly known as Philadelphia Pike, from Wilmington. There are plenty of hills to park on if a pop-start is in order.

By train

The Claymont Train Station is serviced by SEPTA and is conveniently located a short walk from several gas stations or the river.

By plane

Fly into the New Castle County Airport, either on the single commercial carrier offering flights only from Atlanta or on private or chartered plane, rent a car, and drive north on I-95 until you get to the appropriate exit.

By boat

Look for the phonetic alphabet signal flags which spell out Fox Point State Park, swim or paddle ashore, and climb up the rocks and over the short fence into the park. Note: this is not technically legal (watch out for the Coast Guard), and swimming in the Delaware River is not advised.

Get around

The Claymont SEPTA Station is located near the convergence of I-495 and I-95.

Claymont is serviced by DART busses 1 and 13.

Claymont's hilly terrain can make bicycling less than pleasant. On the other hand, if you like a nice workout and don't mind heavy traffic, you could dig it.



A common, if illegal, activity is going drag-racing down I-495 during the early hours of the morning.






Stay safe

There are several areas of Section 8 housing and apartment blocks which it may be wise to avoid.

The City Steel Mill, DuPont Paint Plant, a coal power plant, plus the nearby refineries of Marcus Hook, PA, may contribute to the high rate of respiratory aliments experienced by residents. Also, several neighborhoods are occasionally covered in a dusting of fine black powder of unknown origin. Breather discretion is advised.

Swimming in the Delaware River is highly discouraged by the health department. Claymont residents have a saying: If you fall in the river, you don't drown, you dissolve.

Go next

Routes through Claymont

Philadelphia Chester  N  S  Wilmington Baltimore
Philadelphia Chester  N  S  Wilmington Dover
Newark Wilmington  SW  NE  Chester Philadelphia

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