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Dover city, Delaware

Dover city, Delaware
Nickname(s):Capital of the First State
- Total:36.047 (2010)
- Density:1.502,0/sq mi (600,8/sq km)
Area code(s):302
Time zone:EST (UTC-5)
Summer Time zone:EDT (UTC-4)
- Total:24 sq mi (61 sq km)
- Land:24 sq mi (60 sq km)
- Water:1 sq mi (1 sq km)
- % water:1,64 %

Quick information summary of the Dover city area.

Dover city is located in the state of Delaware. It occupies the area of 24 square miles. 1 square miles are water areas and 24 square miles remain for land areas. Center of the Dover city lies at +39.1606061, -075.5216585 coordinates. According to the 2010 Census, there are 36.047 living in the Dover city. The racial makeup shows these 3 races as the most frequent : White (48.25%), Black or African American (42.21%) and Two or More races (4.09%). Median age is 29 for the males and 34 for the females.

Dover is the capital and the second-largest city in Delaware, a U.S. state in the Mid-Atlantic region of the country. It is located in the Kent County, of which it is the seat. According to the 2010 survey by the U.S. Census Bureau, Dover has a population of 36,047. The city lies on the St. Jones River, part of the Delaware River coastal plain. Like most of the state of Delaware, Dover belongs to the Delmarva region, which is a peninsula that also contains portions of Virginia and Maryland.

One of the nicknames of the city is “The State Capital since 1777.”

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Statistical data for the Dover city based on the 2010 U.S. Census

Racial makeup

White alone
17,39348.25 %
Black or African American alone
15,21542.21 %
American Indian and Alaska Native alone
1960.54 %
Asian alone
9822.72 %
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander alone
230.06 %
Some Other Race alone
7652.12 %
Two or More races
1,4734.09 %

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Population break-up based on Counties and Subdivisions in the area

Counties Subdivisions
County (whole county) Dover city part within the County Subdivision (whole subdivision) Dover city part within the Subdivision
Kent County 162.310- Dover city part36.047
Dover CCD 77.165- Dover city part36.047

Profile of the Dover city

The Dover History

Dover was founded in 1683 by William Penn, the founder of the Province of Pennsylvania. Initially it was meant to serve as a court town for the newly founded Kent County, part of the Lower Counties on the Delaware, also owned by William Penn. The city was laid out in 1717 and in 1777 the capital of Delaware was moved there from Newcastle, which had a less favorable position within the state and was more prone to British raids. At the time, the assembly convened at various places they saw fit, but in 1781 it was decided they would only meet in Dover from there on. Most of the political rallies, gatherings, military events and festivities were held at the central city square, known as The Green, which is still today the most important location in the city, located in the heart of Dover historic district. The city economy was based on trades such as tailors, carpenters, shoemakers, hatters, as well as on many inns and taverns. The U.S. Constitution was actually ratified by Delaware in the famous Green Fleece Tavern. Dover was also a marketing and distribution center for agricultural products from the nearby farms.

Dover is famous as the birthplace and home of one of the major wartime leaders during the American Revolution, Caesar Rodney. Rodney was also one of the signers of the Declaration of Independence and a congressman.

The city was one of the stops of the Underground Railroad, a network of secret passes and safe houses for black slaves in escape. However, the city was close to both abolitionists New Jersey and Pennsylvania and to slave-holding Maryland, so it was deeply divided between those who supported slavery and those who opposed it. There were not many slaves in Kent County at the time, but those who owned them saw to continue the practice.

The most significant growth and development of Dover came after the World War I. The Dover Air Force Base, one of the largest military freight terminals in the world, was constructed in 1941 near Dover, famous for holding the only military mortuary in the United States.

Geography and Climate of Dover

Dover occupies an area of 22.7 square miles, most of which is land. It is located on the St. Jones River. The climate in the city is humid subtropical. It has four distinct seasons, the winters are mild and the summers are long, hot and humid, with almost tropical conditions.


According to the 2010 survey, the population in Denver is 36,047, of which 54.9% are White, 37.2% are African American or Black, 4.13% are Hispanic or Latino, 3.16% are Asian, 0.45% are Native American and 0.04 are Pacific Islander. The per capita city income in 2010 was $19,445 and the median household income was $38,669.

Economy of Dover

The largest employer in Dover (and also in the entire Delaware) is the state government. Most of the state bureaucracy, state agencies and institutions, are located within the city or in the surrounding area. However, since it is not the largest city in the state, it is logical that some of the important institutions, for example the Office of the Attorney General, are located in Wilmington (which is the largest and the most populous city in Delaware). Kent County government is also a large employer in Dover. Other large employers include the Dover Air Force Base, Kraft Foods and Procter and Gamble. ILC Dover in Frederica is the largest producer of materials used for spacesuits.

Sports, Culture and Education

Dover International Speedway hosts NASCAR races twice a year, attracting a significant number of visitors, which contributes to the local economy through tourism.

Dover Symphony Orchestra and ballet performances are held at the Schwartz Center for the Arts (formerly the Dover Opera house). Another important cultural institution in the city is the Sewell C. Biggs Museum of American Art.

Dover has three public high schools, the Dover Air Force Base Middle School, Delaware State University and Wesley College.

Transportation in Dover

The city does not have an interstate highway passing through it. The main north-south road route is the U.S. Route 13, while the U.S. Route 13 Alternate runs directly through downtown Dover. The main east-west road is Delaware Route 8.

The Dover Air Force Base is the largest airport in the area, however it is not used for civilian passenger traffic. The nearest passenger airport is New Castle Airport in New Castle. Residents of Dover also frequently use the Philadelphia International Airport and the Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshal Airport.

As for the railroads, Dover is served by Norfolk Southern, running on former Pennsylvania Railroad. The city no longer has an Amtrak passenger train station and the nearest one is located in Wilmington. Local buses are operated by DART First State and Greyhound Buses provide intercity bus transportation.

Statistical data for the Dover city

Data Source : US Census Bureau

Racial makeup

White alone
17,39348.25 %
Black or African American alone
15,21542.21 %
American Indian and Alaska Native alone
1960.54 %
Asian alone
9822.72 %
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander alone
230.06 %
Some Other Race alone
7652.12 %
Two or More races
1,4734.09 %

Hispanic or Latino Origin

Not Hispanic or Latino
33,68593.45 %
Hispanic or Latino
2,3626.55 %

Hispanic or Latino Origin by Race

Not Hispanic or Latino
33,68593.45 %
White alone
16,44348.81 %
Black or African American alone
14,79843.93 %
American Indian and Alaska Native alone
1640.49 %
Asian alone
9752.89 %
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander alone
160.05 %
Some Other Race alone
850.25 %
Two or More races
1,2043.57 %
Hispanic or Latino
2,3626.55 %
White alone
95040.22 %
Black or African American alone
41717.65 %
American Indian and Alaska Native alone
321.35 %
Asian alone
70.30 %
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander alone
70.30 %
Some Other Race alone
68028.79 %
Two or More races
26911.39 %

Median Age by Sex

Both sexes

Household Type

Family households
7,98057.95 %
Husband-wife family
4,72659.22 %
Other family
3,25440.78 %
Male householder, no wife present
63419.48 %
Female householder, no husband present
2,62080.52 %
Nonfamily households
5,79142.05 %
Householder living alone
4,62579.87 %
Householder not living alone
1,16620.13 %

Geographical and Cultural Features and Landmarks in the Dover city - including Historical Features

Distance is calculated from the Dover city center coordinates

Distance limit:

Random list of Geographic Features located within the radius of 3 miles from the Dover city center


  • Caesar Rodney Helistop [1.18 mi] [1.9 km]


  • John E Morris Correctional Institute [0.6 mi] [0.97 km]
  • Dover Police Department [0.58 mi] [0.94 km]
  • Kent County Sheriff's Department [0.34 mi] [0.55 km]
  • Dover Fire Department Station 1 [0.31 mi] [0.5 km]
  • Dover Public Library [0.21 mi] [0.33 km]
  • Robert Parker Library [0.34 mi] [0.55 km]


  • Amish Cemetery [3.57 mi] [5.75 km]
  • New Jerusalem Baptist Cemetery [0.49 mi] [0.8 km]


  • Dover Division [2.68 mi] [4.32 km]


  • Seventh Day Adventist Church [1.33 mi] [2.13 km]
  • Saint Johns Lutheran Church [0.96 mi] [1.55 km]
  • Greater Love Temple [1.39 mi] [2.23 km]
  • Holy Cross Catholic Church [0.63 mi] [1.02 km]
  • Christian Life Church [0.68 mi] [1.09 km]
  • Bethuel Seventh Day Adventist Church [0.72 mi] [1.16 km]
  • Christ Church [0.4 mi] [0.65 km]
  • Destiny Christian Church [3.04 mi] [4.9 km]
  • Victory Church [3.73 mi] [6.01 km]
  • Wesley United Methodist Church [0.28 mi] [0.45 km]
  • Union Baptist Church [1.02 mi] [1.63 km]
  • First Southern Baptist Church [0.76 mi] [1.23 km]
  • Calvary Baptist Church [0.21 mi] [0.34 km]
  • New Jerusalem Baptist Church [0.52 mi] [0.84 km]
  • Bread of Life Christian Church [2.07 mi] [3.32 km]
  • Maranatha Fellowship Church [3.66 mi] [5.9 km]
  • Reese Memorial Chapel [0.93 mi] [1.49 km]
  • Salvation Army Church [0.19 mi] [0.3 km]
  • Dover Presbyterian Church [0.21 mi] [0.33 km]
  • Church of Living God [0.62 mi] [1 km]
  • Peoples United Church of Christ [0.3 mi] [0.48 km]
  • John Wesley African Methodist Episcopal Church [0.37 mi] [0.6 km]
  • First Baptist Church [0.27 mi] [0.43 km]
  • Mount Zion African Methodist Episcopal Church [0.54 mi] [0.86 km]
  • Wesley Chapel [0.29 mi] [0.47 km]
  • Calvary Baptist Church [0.53 mi] [0.85 km]
  • Solid Rock Baptist Church [0.66 mi] [1.06 km]
  • Beth Shalom Congregation [0.52 mi] [0.83 km]
  • Bible Way Temple Church of God in Christ [0.61 mi] [0.98 km]


  • City of Dover [0.1 mi] [0.16 km]


  • Interchange 97 [1.72 mi] [2.76 km]


  • Bayhealth - Kent General Hospital [0.66 mi] [1.06 km]
  • Saint Jones Center for Behavioral Health [1.94 mi] [3.13 km]


  • Transportation Administration Center [1.26 mi] [2.03 km]
  • Blue Hen Mall [1.2 mi] [1.93 km]
  • Bay Court Plaza Shopping Center [1 mi] [1.61 km]
  • Dover East Industrial Park [2.1 mi] [3.39 km]
  • Enterprise Business Park [1.4 mi] [2.25 km]
  • MCD Business Park [1.82 mi] [2.93 km]
  • Tudor Industrial Park [1.36 mi] [2.18 km]
  • Gateway West Shopping Center [1.2 mi] [1.94 km]
  • Greentree Village Shopping Center [1.77 mi] [2.84 km]
  • Wesley College Parking Lot C [0.35 mi] [0.56 km]
  • Wesley College Parking Lot B [0.3 mi] [0.48 km]
  • Wesley College Parking Lot A [0.32 mi] [0.52 km]
  • Wesley College Parking Lot D [0.42 mi] [0.68 km]
  • Edgehill Shopping Center [0.45 mi] [0.72 km]


  • Eden Hill [1.49 mi] [2.4 km]
  • Dover Street Park [0.86 mi] [1.38 km]
  • Cherbourg Round Barn [3.55 mi] [5.71 km]
  • Tyn Head Court [2.47 mi] [3.97 km]
  • Saulsbury Road Park [1.1 mi] [1.77 km]
  • Sharon Hills Memorial Park [3.42 mi] [5.51 km]

Populated Place

  • Morris Estates [0.98 mi] [1.58 km]
  • Sherwood [1.03 mi] [1.66 km]
  • The Beeches [0.9 mi] [1.44 km]
  • Laffertys Corner [2.04 mi] [3.29 km]
  • Village of Westover [2.23 mi] [3.59 km]
  • Schoolview [1.12 mi] [1.8 km]
  • Capitol Green [0.46 mi] [0.74 km]
  • Oak Grove [1.75 mi] [2.82 km]
  • Goldsboro [0.29 mi] [0.46 km]
  • Lincoln Park [0.9 mi] [1.46 km]
  • Dover [0.22 mi] [0.36 km]
  • Woodstock Court [1.48 mi] [2.38 km]
  • Heatherfield [2.05 mi] [3.3 km]
  • Dover East Estates Mobile Home Park [1.29 mi] [2.08 km]
  • Presidential Courts [1.52 mi] [2.44 km]
  • Mallard Pond [2.12 mi] [3.41 km]


  • South Elementary School [0.86 mi] [1.38 km]
  • Holy Cross Elementary School [0.7 mi] [1.13 km]
  • Holy Cross High School [0.67 mi] [1.08 km]
  • East Elementary School [0.97 mi] [1.56 km]
  • West Elementary School [0.61 mi] [0.98 km]
  • Kent County Orthopedic School [0.95 mi] [1.53 km]
  • William Henry Middle School [1.05 mi] [1.69 km]
  • Dover Academy Elementary School [0.13 mi] [0.21 km]
  • Bellmeyer Honors House [0.31 mi] [0.5 km]
  • Wesley College Malmberg Hall [0.36 mi] [0.58 km]
  • Zimmerman Hall [0.33 mi] [0.54 km]
  • Wesley College Longwood Hall [0.3 mi] [0.49 km]
  • Wesley College Carpenter Hall [0.38 mi] [0.61 km]
  • Wesley College Budd Hall [0.35 mi] [0.56 km]
  • Wesley College Dulany Hall [0.38 mi] [0.61 km]
  • H B DuPont College Center [0.38 mi] [0.61 km]
  • Wesley College [0.35 mi] [0.56 km]
  • Slaybaugh Hall [0.41 mi] [0.66 km]
  • Elizabeth W Murphey School [0.2 mi] [0.32 km]
  • Wesley College Cannon Hall [0.37 mi] [0.59 km]


  • Pipe Elm Branch [3.92 mi] [6.32 km]

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City Alias ZIP Codes
DoverDover19901, 19903, 19904, 19905, 19906
Dover AFBDover19902
Dover AFBDover AFB19902
Dover AFBDover Air Force Base19902

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