Dover, Massachusetts

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Dover, Massachusetts

Introduction to Dover, Massachusetts

Dover, Massachusetts is 7 miles E of Framingham, Massachusetts (center to center) and 13 miles SW of Boston, Massachusetts. It is located in Norfolk County and has a population of 5,558.

Dover History

Dover, which was first settled in 1640, became a part of Dedham in 1748 and was known as the Springfield Parish. Originally incorporated in 1784 as District Dedham, it was reincorporated as a separate town in 1836. The Caryl House, the home of Benjamin Caryl, the first minister of Dover, has been operated by the Historical Society since 1920. The Dover Demon was sighted at this house in 1977 on three separate occasions. The town is located in Norfolk County, which was founded on March 26, 1793.

Dover and Nearby Attractions

  • Children's Museum of New Hampshire
  • Broadmoor Wildlife Sanctuary
  • Cochituate State Park
  • Franklin Park Zoo
  • New England Aquarium
  • Adams National Historic Site

Things To Do In Dover

Dover offers access to museums such as the Longyear Museum, the Danforth Museum of Art, the F. Holland Day Historic House Museum, and the Davis Museum and Cultural Center. The town has many churches which include the Church of the Most Precious Blood, the Saint Dunstans Episcopal Church, and the Dover Church. People may visit the Walden Pond State Reservation, the Broadmoor Wildlife Sanctuary, the Great Meadows National Wildlife Refuge, the Boston Harbor Islands National Park, and the Ames Nowell State Park.

Dover Transportation

Flights are available at General Edward Lawrence Logan International Airport.

Dover Higher Education

Colleges near Dover are Wellesley College, Boston College, and Massachusetts Bay Community College.

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High Points

Dover strengths, compared to Peers (similar size places nationally) or State (other places in Massachusetts):

Category Trophy
College Educated Adults
(vs. Peers)
Top 1% trophy Dover College Educated Adults
Median Family Income
(vs. Peers)
Top 1% trophy Dover Median Family Income
Well-Paid Single Men
(vs. Peers)
Top 2% trophy Dover Well-Paid Single Men
People in Middle Class or Better
(vs. Peers)
Top 3% trophy Dover People in Middle Class or Better
Well-Paid Single Women
(vs. Peers)
Top 3% trophy Dover Well-Paid Single Women
Public Transportation Use
(vs. Peers)
Top 10% Dover Public Transportation Use
Low Rate of Poverty
(vs. Peers)
Top 11% Dover Low Rate of Poverty

Comparative Profile of Dover, Massachusetts

Comparing Dover to similar size places nationwide (Peers) and to other places in Massachusetts (State):

Ratings range from 1 (lowest) to 10 (highest).

The People

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Well-Paid Single Men 10 10
Well-Paid Single Women 10 10
Age of the Population 9 8
Children Under 5 Years Old 8 9
Male Share of the Population 7 6
Racial Diversity 4 8
Female Share of the Population 4 6
Senior Citizens 3 4


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Portion of People Married 10 10
Average Household Size 10 10


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
College Educated Adults 10 10
Median Family Income 10 10
People in Middle Class or Better 10 10
People Above Poverty 9 9

Commute & Sprawl

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Working at Home 10 10
Public Transportation Use 10 9
Walking and Biking to Work 4 5
Short Commute Times 1 2


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Seasonal and Vacation Housing 7 4
Housing Recently Built 4 6
Affordability of Property Taxes 1 1
People Living Alone 1 1
Studio & One-Bedroom Rentals 1 1
Affordability of Rents 1 1

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Dover Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 7 miles E of Framingham, Massachusetts (center to center)
Nearest Large City 13 miles SW of Boston, Massachusetts
County Norfolk
Standard Zip Codes 02030
Phone Area Codes 508
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 42.245
Longitude -71.283

Dover Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)
Station WALPOLE 2
Distance 5.7 miles
Jan Temp 18 to 36 F
Apr Temp 37 to 58 F
Jul Temp 62 to 83 F
Oct Temp 41 to 62 F
Annual Precip 46.5 inches
Distance 10.9 miles
Jan Temp 13 to 38 F
Apr Temp 35 to 59 F
Jul Temp 60 to 84 F
Oct Temp 37 to 64 F
Annual Precip 48.7 inches
Distance 16.4 miles
Jan Temp 16 to 35 F
Apr Temp 36 to 58 F
Jul Temp 60 to 83 F
Oct Temp 39 to 62 F
Annual Precip 46.9 inches
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Dover Population (2000)

Category Count Percent
Total Population 5,558 100%
Male 2,711 48.8%
Female 2,847 51.2%
Under 18 1,754 31.6%
18+ 3,804 68.4%
65+ 624 11.2%
Median Age 40.2
Average Family Size 3.29
White 5,290 95.2%
African-American 23 0.4%
Asian 202 3.6%
American Indian & Alaskan 2 0%
Other 3 0.1%
Mixed Race 37 0.7%
Hispanic (included in categories above) 66 1.2%

Estimated Dover Population Growth 2000-2005

Category Value
Est. 2005 Population 5,641
Growth 83
Growth % 1.5%

Dover Ancestry

(From 2000 Census, as reported by individuals)

Note: This is national, not racial, ancestry, so, e.g., the Census doesn't have categories for Hispanic and African-American people. CityTownInfo is currently gathering additional ancestry data for this site.
Ancestry Percent
Irish 19.8%
English 17.3%
Italian 10.3%
Other (often includes Hispanic and African American) 9.5%
German 7.9%
US/American 6.3%
Scottish 2.7%
Greek 2.2%
Scotch-Irish 1.9%
Polish 1.8%
French (except Basque) 1.8%
Swedish 1.6%
British 1.5%
Russian 1.5%
New Zealander 1.2%
European 1.2%
French Canadian 1.1%
Lithuanian 1%
Iranian 0.9%
Other Arab 0.8%
Armenian 0.7%
West Indian 0.6%
Austrian 0.6%
Slovak 0.5%
Ukrainian 0.4%
Canadian 0.4%
Norwegian 0.4%
Australian 0.4%
Eastern European 0.4%
Welsh 0.4%
Latvian 0.3%
Jamaican 0.3%
Arab/Arabic 0.3%
Hungarian 0.3%
Czech 0.3%
Swiss 0.3%
Danish 0.3%
Finnish 0.2%
Portuguese 0.2%
Albanian 0.2%
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Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Pop. Median Family
Income (2000)
Dover 5,558 $157,168
Medfield 12,273 $108,926
Natick 32,170 $85,715
Needham 28,911 $107,570
Sherborn 4,200 $136,211
Wellesley 26,613 $134,769
Westwood 14,117 $103,242

Dover Public Libraries

Dover Town Library
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Serves 527 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 11.7

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