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Delaware County is a county located in the US state of New York. As of 2010 the population was 47,980. The county seat is Delhi. The county is named after the Delaware River, which was named in honor of Thomas West, 3rd Baron De La Warr, appointed governor of Virginia in 1609.
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 1,467 square miles (3,800 km2), of which 1,442 square miles (3,730 km2) is land and 25 square miles (65 km2) (1.7%) is water. It is the fifth-largest county in New York by land area. Delaware County is located in the southern part of the state, separated from the state of Pennsylvania by the Delaware River. It is east of Binghamton and southwest of Albany. The county contains part of the Catskill Mountains. The county is within a region called the Southern Tier of New York State.
As of the census of 2000, there were 48,055 people, 19,270 households, and 12,737 families residing in the county. The population density was 13/km2 (33/sq mi), making it the least densely populated in the state outside of the Adirondacks. There were 28,952 housing units at an average density of 20 per square mile (8/km2).