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City of Dover

  •   State: 
    Kent County
      County FIPS: 
    39°09′29″N 75°31′28″W
      Area total: 
    23.97 sq mi
      Area land: 
    23.67 sq mi (61.30 km²)
      Area water: 
    0.30 sq mi (0.79 km²)
    30 ft (9 m)
    1693; Incorporated 1717
  •   Latitude: 
      Dman name cbsa: 
    Dover, DE
    Eastern Standard Time (EST) UTC-5:00; Eastern Daylight Time (EDT) UTC-4:00
      ZIP codes: 

    Dover, Kent County, Delaware, United States

  •   Population: 
      Population density: 
    1,664.82 residents per square mile of area (642.79/km²)
      Household income: 
      Unemployment rate: 
  •   Income taxes: 

Dover is the capital and second-largest city of Delaware. It is also the county seat of Kent County and the principal city of the Dover, DE, Metropolitan Statistical Area. It was named by William Penn for Dover in Kent, England (for which Kent County is named). As of 2010, the city had a population of 36,047. The city's central square, known as The Green, was the location of many rallies, troop reviews, and other patriotic events. On August 4, 2020, Hurricane Isaias produced an EF2 tornado that struck the city. The tornado would be on the ground for tracked 35.78 miles (57.58 km), becoming the longest-tracked tornado in the state, but there were no casualties. Dover is located at 39°0929N 75°3128W (39.1581680, 75.5243682). The city has a total area of 22.7 square miles (59 km²) (0.3 square miles), or 1.0% of the state's land. Summers are hot and humid, with 25 days per year reaching 90 °F (K32 °C). Snow is typically light, averaging only 13 inches (34 cm) per year, though there does not usually remain below 15 cm per year on the long days when the ground does not remain below 20 °F. In the summer, heavy thunderstorms are common. Winters are moderated by the partial shielding of the Appalachians and the Delaware Bay of Appalachians.


Dover is the primary city name, but also Leipsic are acceptable city names or spellings. The official name is City of Dover. The city is named after Dover, Kent, in England. First recorded in its Latinised form of Portus Dubris. The name derives from the Brythonic word for waters (dwfr in Middle Welsh). The same element is present in the town's French (Douvres) and Modern Welsh (Dofr) forms. The city is also known as Dover in France and Dover in the United Kingdom. It is the only city in the UK to be named after a place of the same name. It was also named after the town of Dover in Normandy, France, in the 17th century. The town's name is also used in the French and Welsh forms of the city. It has been called Dover since the 13th century by the French. It also has been known to be called Dover in French and English by the 16th century, when it was still called PortusDubris by the Latinised Portus Dubris and Portus Dobris by the Brythonic speakers in Wales and the Welsh speaker Dwfr in Middle Wales and Dofr in the 17th century and 18th  century. It is now known as Dover in France, the French name for the town, and the Welsh name for Dover in Modern Welsh. The city is also known as Dover in England and the United States by the name of Dover.


Dover was founded as the court town for newly established Kent County in 1683. In 1717, the city was officially laid out by a special commission of the Delaware General Assembly. The city's central square, known as The Green, was the location of many rallies, reviews and other events. On August 4, 2020, an EF2 tornado struck the city, causing significant damage but no casualties. The tornado would be on the ground for 35.78 miles (57.58 km), becoming the longest-tracked tornado in the state. It was the first tornado to hit the state in more than 50 years. The storm was caused by a strong gust of wind, which caused extensive damage to the city's downtown area and nearby homes. It also damaged a number of buildings in the area, including a church, a school, and a public library. The town is home to the National Museum of the American Revolution, which was established in 1776. It is also the home of the Christ Episcopal Church, which dates back to the 17th century. The church is located in the heart of the city and is known as "The Green" It was also home to a large Quaker community in the early 19th century, with many Quaker families living in the city. The area was also a stop on the Underground Railroad, which ran from Maryland to New Jersey. It has been the site of many battles, including the Battle of Gettysburg, which took place in 1815.


Dover has a warm temperate climate or humid subtropical climate (Köppen Cfa) Summers are hot and humid, with 25 days per year reaching or surpassing 90 °F (32 °C) Winters are moderated by the Delaware Bay and the partial shielding of the Appalachians. Snow is typically light and sporadic, averaging only 13.2 inches (34 cm) per year, and does not usually remain on the ground for long. The hardiness zone is 7b in the city and 7a in the suburbs. The annual total precipitation of around 47.61 inches (1,209.3 mm) is spread rather evenly year-round. The monthly mean temperature ranges from 36.0°F (2.2°C) in January to 77.9 °F (25.5 °F) in July. It is located at 39°0929N 75°3128W (39.1581680, 75.5243682). According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 22.7 square miles (59 km²) of which 22.4 sq miles (58 km²), or 1.32%, is land. The city has 1.3 square miles of water, or 0.78 km², of which 0.3sq miles (0.78km²) is water-filled land. It has a population of 1.2 million (1.3 million people).


As of the census of 2000, there were 32,135 people, 12,340 households, and 7,502 families residing in the city. In 2010, Dover had a population of 36,047 people. The racial makeup of the city was 48.3% White, 42.2% African American, 0.5% Native American, 2.7% Asian and 0.1% Pacific Islander. 6.6% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. The average household size was 2.35 and the average family size was2.98. The median income for a household in Dover was $38,669, and the median family income was $48,338. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there are 85.1 males. The per capita income for the city is $19,445. About 11.5%. of families and 13.8% of those under age 18 were below the poverty line, including 19.6%. of those. under 18 and 10.4% of. those age 65 or over. The city of Dover is located on the Delaware River, which runs through the town of Dover. Dover is home to the New Jersey Turnpike, which connects to New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Maryland, and Rhode Island. It is also on the U.S. Eastern Seaboard, where it is on the Atlantic seaboard and the New England coast. Dover has a long history of being a popular tourist destination.


Dover is governed via the council-manager system with an elected mayor, currently Robin R. Christiansen since 2014. The council consists of nine members, eight of whom are elected from four districts with each district having two members. The mayor is elected directly by the city voters for a four-year term. The police department is led by a Chief of Police, currently Thomas Johnson, and consists of 101 officers, responding to 43,000 calls a year. Fire protection in Dover is provided by the Dover Fire Department, a volunteer fire department which has served the city since 1882 and operates two stations in Dover. Dover is the only state capital in the United States with a volunteerFire Department. The state's senior member of the U.S. Senate is Democrat Tom Carper, first elected in 2000, and the state's junior member is Democrat Chris Coons,First elected in 2010. The governor of Delaware is Democrat John Carney, first elections in 2016. Dover's at-large congressional district is represented by Democrat Lisa Blunt Rochester, firstelected in 2016, and Dover is part of Delaware's state capital district, represented by Republican Bob Andrews. The city is located on the Delaware River, which flows into the Delaware Turnpike, which runs through the town of Delaware. The town of Dover is home to the Delaware Maritime Museum, which is located in the city's downtown area. It is the first city in the state to have its own museum, which was established in 1882.


Dover is one of the fastest-growing cities in the United States. The city is home to the U.S. military's only mortuary. It is also the site of one of America's largest air force bases. The town is also home to a popular NASCAR racetrack, which attracts thousands of fans each year. It also has a large number of businesses, many of which are based in the city's downtown area, such as a P&G plant. The P&P plant makes Pampers, which is used to make baby wipes and other feminine hygiene products. It's also the only place in the state where you can buy a pair of jeans, a T-shirt, and a jacket, all of which cost less than $20. The state's largest employer is the University of Delaware, which has more than 2,000 employees, including 1,000 in the local area. It has a population of more than 1,500,000, the majority of whom live in and around the city of Dover and its surrounding areas. The largest employer in the area is the City of Wilmington, with more than 100,000 people living in its downtown area. There are also many businesses in the region, including a number of restaurants, a bank and a bank, as well as businesses that have moved to the city from other parts of the country. The biggest employers in the county are the banks, which have been around since the 1800s, and the state's biggest employers are the airlines.


Dover is located on a former Pennsylvania Railroad line, later operated by Penn Central, Conrail, and Norfolk Southern. Airports near Dover with commercial air service include the Wilmington Airport in Wilmington, the Wicomico Regional Airport in Salisbury, Maryland, the Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport in Baltimore, and the Philadelphia International Airport in Philadelphia. The City of Dover Electric Department provides electricity to the city and some surrounding areas. The city of Dover generates some of its electricity from the McKee Run Generating Station, which consists of three natural-powered gas-powered units that are used on a limited basis. The remainder of the city's electricity is purchased by Chesapeake Utilities. Health care is provided by Bayhealth Medical Center, which operates the Bayhealth Hosptial and Bayhealth Bay Medical Center Medical Center in Dover. The closest passenger rail station is the Wilmington station in Wilmington served by Amtrak's Northeast Corridor and SEPTA Regional Rail's Wilmington/Newark Line. DART First State provides local bus service throughout Dover and Kent County, radiating as a hub-and-spoke system from the Dover Transit Center in downtown. Greyhound Lines are provided as intercity bus transportation along a route running between the Port Authority Bus Terminal in New York City and Richmond, Virginia, with a bus stop at the 7-Eleven store along U.S. Route 13 in the northern part of Dover. In the 1950s multiple PRR passenger trains made stops in Dover, including the Del-Mar-Va Express and the night train, the Cavalier. Passenger service ended when the Blue Diamond was discontinued in 1965.


Dover is home to Delaware State University, a land-grant university and Delaware's only historically black university. It is also home to the Terry Campus of the Delaware Technical Community College and that college's administrative offices. Three public school districts serve Dover residents. The majority of the city is served by the Capital School District, which includes Dover High School. The southern portion of Dover is service by the Caesar Rodney School District. The Polytech School District serves as an overlay district for vocational-technical students. The Dover Air Force Base Middle School is located on the premises of the Dover Air Air Force base. The city was also home. to Wesley College, which is now the Delaware State. University Downtown campus. It also has satellite locations of the University of Delaware and Wilmington University. It was also the home of the American Civil Liberties Union of Delaware (ACLU), which was based in Dover until it moved to Wilmington in the 1950s. It has since been the home to several other colleges, including Delaware State, Delaware Tech, and Delaware Tech Community College. Dover was the site of the U.S. Air Force Academy, which was founded in the 1940s and is now based in Camden, Delaware. It had a military base until it was moved to Dover in the 1970s. The City of Dover has a population of about 2.5 million people, the third largest city in Delaware after Delaware and Delaware. Dover is located near the Delaware Turnpike, which runs into the Delaware River.


The Kent County Theatre Guild was founded in 1953 and presents a five-show season at the Patchwork Playhouse. Every September, the Amish Country Bike Tour, the largest bike ride in Delaware, takes place in the area. The Amish first settled in Kent County in 1915, with the almost dying out in the '20s and '30s, but rebounding from the 60's to present. In recent years, increasing development has led to the decline in the number of Amish living in the community, with some moving to areas with cheaper farmland and less traffic, such as Michigan, Upstate New York, Illinois, Kentucky, and southern Virginia. The Delaware State Museum, and the Delaware State Archives are in downtown Dover and are open to the public for browsing. The Sewell C. Biggs Museum of American Art, featuring collections from the Colonial days to the present, is in Dover's historical district. It is also home to The Children's Theatre, Inc. of Dover and Kent County, a non-profit organization that teaches children how to play the violin, viola, cello, and other instruments. The Dover Opera House, built in 1904, was renovated and converted to the Schwartz Center for the Arts, which hosted performances by the Dover Symphony Orchestra, ballet, and classic films. It closed on June 30, 2017, due to financial issues, and is now the home of the Kent County Theater Guild. The Kent County Museum of Art is in the historic district of Dover.

Air Quality, Water Quality, Superfund Sites & UV Index

The Air Quality index is in Dover, Kent County, Delaware = 35.8. These Air Quality index is based on annual reports from the EPA. Higher values are better (100=best). The number of ozone alert days is used as an indicator of air quality, as are the amounts of seven pollutants including particulates, carbon monoxide, sulfur dioxide, lead, and volatile organic chemicals. The Water Quality Index is 32. A measure of the quality of an area’s water supply as rated by the EPA. Higher values are better (100=best). The EPA has a complex method of measuring the watershed quality, using 15 indicators such as pollutants, turbidity, sediments, and toxic discharges. The Superfund Sites Index is 40. Higher is better (100=best). Based upon the number and impact of EPA Superfund pollution sites in the county, including spending on the cleanup efforts. The UV Index in Dover = 3.8 and is a measure of an area's exposure to the sun's ultraviolet rays. This is most often a combination of sunny weather, altitude, and latitude. The UV Index has been defined by the WHO ( and is uniform worldwide.


The most recent city population of 39,403 individuals with a median age of 34.6 age the population grows by 13.07% in Dover, Kent County, Delaware population since 2000 and are distributed over a density of 1,664.82 residents per square mile of area (642.79/km²). There are average 2.3 people per household in the 14,412 households with an average household income of $41,768 a year. The unemployment rate in Alabama is 9.40% of the available work force and has dropped -6.98% over the most recent 12-month period and the projected change in job supply over the next decade based on migration patterns, economic growth, and other factors will increase by 16.64%. The number of physicians in Dover per 100,000 population = 155.3.


The annual rainfall in Dover = 44.6 inches and the annual snowfall = 15.2 inches. The annual number of days with measurable precipitation (over .01 inch) = 114. The average number of days per year that are predominantly sunny = 198. 87 degrees Fahrenheit is the average daily high temperature for the month of July and 26.3 degrees Fahrenheit is the average daily low temperature for the month of January. The Comfort Index (higher=better) is 42, where higher values mean a more pleasant climate. The Comfort Index measure recognizes that humidity by itself isn't the problem. (Have you noticed nobody ever complains about the weather being 'cold and humid?) It's in the summertime that we notice the humidity the most, when it's hot and muggy. Our Comfort Index uses a combination of afternoon summer temperature and humidity to closely predict the effect that the humidity will have on people.

Median Home Cost

The percentage of housing units in Dover, Kent County, Delaware which are owned by the occupant = 49.13%. A housing unit is a house, apartment, mobile home, or room occupied as separate living quarters. The average age of homes = 29 years with median home cost = $173,150 and home appreciation of -4.31%. This is the value of the years most recent home sales data. Its important to note that this is not the average (or arithmetic mean). The median home price is the middle value when you arrange all the sales prices of homes from lowest to highest. This is a better indicator than the average, because the median is not changed as much by a few unusually high or low values. The property tax rate of $5.78 shown here is the rate per $1,000 of home value. If for simplification for example the tax rate is $14.00 and the home value is $250,000, the property tax would be $14.00 x ($250,000/1000), or $3500. This is the 'effective' tax rate.


The local school district spends $7,144 per student. There are 15.1 students for each teacher in the school, 612 students for each Librarian and 408 students for each Counselor. 6.67% of the area’s population over the age of 25 with an Associate Degree or other 2-year college degree, 17.66% with a master’s degree, Ph.D. or other advanced college degree and 11.14% with high school diplomas or high school equivalency degrees (GEDs).

  • Dover's population in Kent County, Delaware of 3,329 residents in 1900 has increased 11,84-fold to 39,403 residents after 120 years, according to the official 2020 census.

    Approximately 52.98% female residents and 47.02% male residents live in Dover, Kent County, Delaware.

    As of 2020 in Dover, Kent County, Delaware are married and the remaining 54.60% are single population.

  • 21 minutes is the average time that residents in Dover require for a one-way commute to work. A long commute can have different effects on health. A Gallup poll in the US found that in terms of mental health, long haul commuters are up to 12 percent more likely to experience worry, and ten percent less likely to feel well rested. The Gallup poll also found that of people who commute 61­–90 minutes each day, a whopping one third complained of neck and back pain, compared to less than a quarter of people who only spend ten minutes getting to work.

    77.48% of the working population which commute to work alone in their car, 13.18% of the working population which commutes to work in a carpool, 1.02% of the population that commutes using mass transit, including bus, light rail, subway, and ferry. 2.56% of the population that has their home as their principal place of work.

  • Of the total residential buildings in Dover, Kent County, Delaware, 49.13% are owner-occupied homes, another 44.46% are rented apartments, and the remaining 6.41% are vacant.

  • The 29.35% of the population in Dover, Kent County, Delaware who identify themselves as belonging to a religion are distributed among the following most diverse religions.

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