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Overview

Introduction to Dover, New Hampshire

Dover, New Hampshire is 30 miles N of Haverhill, Massachusetts and 58 miles N of Boston, Massachusetts. It is in Strafford county.

Dover History

Originally known as Wecohamet by Native Americans, the area was first explored by Martin Ping in 1603. The first settlements began in 1623. It was officially incorporated as Dover in 1637, but was known as Northam from 1639 to 1641, before returning to its original name. It was named in honor of Robert Dover, an English lawyer.

Dover and nearby Attractions

  • Wapack National Wildlife Refuge
  • University of New Hampshire Museum
  • Water Country Waterpark
  • Garrison Hill Park

Things To Do In Dover

Dover has a wide range of attraction sites within easy access. The Woodman Institute is a museum exhibiting rare and unique artifacts related to the city’s local and natural history. The Garrison Hill Tower offers a panoramic view of the city. Local festivals include the Apple Harvest Festival. Dover also has a large number of parks and recreational areas for outdoor activities.

Dover Transportation

Airport transportation is available from Pease International Airport.

Dover Higher Education

McIntosh College is Dover’s local institute of higher education. Others in the neighborhood include the University of New Hampshire, Northern Essex Community College and the University of New England-University Campus.

People

Total Population 30,534
Male Share of the Population 48.7%
Female Share of the Population 51.3%
Senior Citizens 14%
Employed Population 16+ 16,629
Age of the Population 37

Families

% of people married 44.7%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 41.3%
Median Earnings25+ $37,446
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $23,250
Median Earnings With High School Degree $26,461

Wealth

Median Family Income $77,655
% Above Poverty Level 90%
% Below Poverty Level 10%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 24 minutes
% Working from Home 4.3%
% Walking and Biking to Work 3.6%
% Using Public Transportation 2.2%

Housing

People Living Alone 30.1%
Median Gross Rent $977
Median House Value $240,600

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 15.8%
US/American 0.4%
English 18.8%
Irish 20.8%

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Dover Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 30 miles N of Haverhill, Massachusetts (center to center)
Nearest Large City 58 miles N of Boston, Massachusetts
County Strafford
Standard Zip Codes 03820, 03823
P.O. Box Zip Codes 03821
Company Zip Codes 03822
Phone Area Codes 603
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 43.197
Longitude -70.874

Dover Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)

Station DURHAM
Distance 5.1 miles
Jan Temp 13 to 33 F
Apr Temp 34 to 58 F
Jul Temp 58 to 83 F
Oct Temp 38 to 62 F
Annual Precip 42.8 inches
Station EPPING
Distance 15.5 miles
Jan Temp 13 to 33 F
Apr Temp 34 to 57 F
Jul Temp 58 to 83 F
Oct Temp 37 to 61 F
Annual Precip 44.5 inches
Station KENNEBUNKPORT
Distance 23.1 miles
Jan Temp 11 to 32 F
Apr Temp 32 to 52 F
Jul Temp 57 to 76 F
Oct Temp 36 to 58 F
Annual Precip 47 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Durham 15,669 $120,039
Madbury 1,858 $113,214
Newington 737 $101,250
Newmarket 8,907 $90,703
Rollinsford 2,525 $71,875
Somersworth 11,778 $66,086

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Dover Public Libraries

Library
Dover Public Library
73 LOCUST STREET
Dover, New Hampshire
(603) 516-6050
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Dover Hospitals

WENTWORTH-DOUGLASS HOSPITAL
(Voluntary non-profit - Private)
789 CENTRAL AVE
(603) 742-5252
Emergency Service: Yes

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Dover High Schools

DOVER SENIOR HIGH SCHOOL
25 ALUMNI DR
603-516-6922
Serves 1,606 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 14.5

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