Introduction to Dover, New Jersey

Dover is situated along the Rockaway River in Morris County. The town includes a large Hispanic population. The Dover exit off of Route 80 is often utilized by travelers due to being approximately halfway between Delaware Water Gap and New York City. The nearby Rockaway Mall is a popular destination for shopping, restaurants and entertainment. The downtown area is filled with restaurants and is an active area for the community. Dover is known as a walking town since most of the notable sections of the community are situated within a half of a mile of downtown. Years ago, it was a thriving location for machine shops, the textile industry and iron and mill facilities.


The county was originally inhabited by the Lenape Indians. In 1722 John Jackson acquired a large acreage in the region which had originally been purchased from the local Indians by the Proprietors of West Jersey. The close by Dickerson Mine was thriving due to its vast amount of iron ore. The ore was transported by horseback to Jackson Forge for processing.

The Iron Act was established in 1750 by members of the British Parliament. It contained an order preventing iron ore from being processed in the colonies. The Iron Act stated that all iron ore was to be transported to England for manufacturing purposes. The finished products were to be sold to people living in the colonies. In 1826 Dover was incorporated as a village. Years ago, it had been a prominent port along the Morris Canal.


Dover is served by the Morristown Municipal Airport. The Morris County Metro and the NJ Transit's Morristown Line provide transportation for the city.


Most of the noteworthy attractions are situated on the Blackwell Street district located downtown. On Sundays, from April to December a popular flea market is open downtown. The notable Heden County Park is a large acreage and is partially situated in the city. Crescent Field hosts a large number of the town's events.

Hurd Park features one of the few 1922 WW I Doughboy statues in the nation. The park is located near the India Falls. The community includes numerous other parks. The town also features a museum for children. The county is home to a large number of golf courses.

Higher Education

The town is home to Dover Business College.


Total Population 18,324
Male Share of the Population 51.4%
Female Share of the Population 48.6%
Senior Citizens 10%
Employed Population 16+ 10,146
Age of the Population 36


% of people married 44.4%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 15.5%
Median Earnings25+ $27,226
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $20,300
Median Earnings With High School Degree $25,998


Median Family Income $61,451
% Above Poverty Level 92.4%
% Below Poverty Level 7.6%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 24 minutes
% Working from Home 2.1%
% Walking and Biking to Work 3.4%
% Using Public Transportation 5.2%


People Living Alone 21.7%
Median Gross Rent $1,280
Median House Value $262,300


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 79.8%
US/American 0%
English 2%
Irish 3.4%

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

Dover Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 7 miles W of Parsippany, New Jersey (center to center)
Nearest Large City 22 miles NW of Newark, New Jersey
County Morris
Standard Zip Codes 07801, 07803, 07806, 07869
P.O. Box Zip Codes 07802
Phone Area Codes 973
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 40.883
Longitude -74.562

Dover Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


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

Distance 4.8 miles
Jan Temp 18 to 38 F
Apr Temp 36 to 61 F
Jul Temp 59 to 85 F
Oct Temp 39 to 65 F
Annual Precip 53.6 inches
Station BOONTON 1 SE
Distance 8.6 miles
Jan Temp 19 to 36 F
Apr Temp 39 to 60 F
Jul Temp 63 to 85 F
Oct Temp 41 to 64 F
Annual Precip 50.9 inches
Distance 12.8 miles
Jan Temp 15 to 36 F
Apr Temp 35 to 60 F
Jul Temp 59 to 84 F
Oct Temp 37 to 64 F
Annual Precip 52.9 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Denville 16,820 $119,258
Mine Hill 3,649 $103,281
Mount Arlington 5,187 $97,596
Randolph 25,917 $145,119
Rockaway 24,546 $114,667
Wharton 6,607 $71,688

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

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