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Overview

Introduction to Dover, Delaware

Dover is the capital of Delaware and is located in Kent County. Its situated near the St. Jones River. The city received its name from William Penn in tribute to Dover, England. The Dover Air Force Base is situated in the area.

History

Dover was established in 1683. The city of Dover became the capital of Delaware in 1777. The central square of Dover recognized as "The Green" was the spot of numerous rallies and patriotic events. The well known American Revolution leader Caesar Rodney called Dover home. The topic of slavery was a contentious issue in Dover and the city was part of the Underground Railroad for slaves.

Electricity was brought to Dover in approximately 1900 when the local water plant became known as the Light and Water Plant and installed its first steam generating facility. Dover experienced significant expansion after World War I ended and after World War II was over. In 1937 the International Laytex Corporation was the first significant corporation to locate in Dover that was not involved in agriculture.

Transportation

Dover is served by the New Castle Airport as well as by the Wicomico Regional Airport located in Salisbury, Maryland. The Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport located in Baltimore and the Philadelphia International Airport also serve Dover. DART First State offers bus service in Dover.

Attractions

The Schwartz Center for the Arts offers ballet and music by the Dover Symphony Orchestra. It was formerly the Dover Opera House which was constructed in 1904. The building has been renovated. The Sewell C. Biggs Museum of American Art is located in the historic district of Dover and provides art collections going back to the Colonial days and up to the present. Visitors have the opportunity to view the historic government buildings in downtown Dover. The Dover International Speedway is a very popular site for NASCAR racing. Silver Lake is a popular area for residents and visitors.

College

Delaware State University and Wesley College are located in Dover. The Terry Campus is located in Dover and is part of Delaware Technical & Community College. Dover is also home to satellite campuses for the University of Delaware and Wilmington University.

Wesley College is a private college and was established in 1873. The college provides students with a variety of bachelors degree opportunities and master degrees in nursing, business administration, education as well as environmental science.

Demographics

People

Total Population37,351
Male Share of the Population47.3%
Female Share of the Population52.7%
Senior Citizens14.2%
Employed Population 16+16,230
Age of the Population30

Families

% of people married32.7%
Average household size2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher29.6%
Median Earnings25+$33,291
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$16,954
Median Earnings With High School Degree$23,955

Wealth

Median Family Income$59,390
% Above Poverty Level80.3%
% Below Poverty Level19.7%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time21 minutes
% Working from Home4%
% Walking and Biking to Work4.8%
% Using Public Transportation1.9%

Housing

People Living Alone35.6%
Median Gross Rent$982
Median House Value$172,000

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)47.7%
Irish9%
English6%
Italian5.6%
West Indian3.2%
Polish2.1%
Haitian1.7%
French Except Basque1.6%
African1.5%
Jamaican0.9%
Scottish0.9%
Swedish0.8%
Portuguese0.7%
Dutch0.7%
Welsh0.5%
Russian0.5%
Hungarian0.5%
Greek0.4%
Turkish0.4%
Ukrainian0.4%
Norwegian0.3%
German0.3%
Arab0.3%
Liberian0.2%
Trinidad Tobago0.2%
Egyptian0.2%
Romanian0.2%
Kenyan0.2%
Czech0.2%
Swiss0.1%
Nigerian0.1%
Latvian0.1%
Belgian0.1%
Austrian0.1%
Moroccan0.1%
US/American0.1%
Croatian0.1%
Danishn0.1%
Lithuanian0.1%
Iranian0.1%
Guyanese0.1%
Canadian0.1%
Slovak0.1%
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Dover Almanac

CategoryValue
County Kent County
Standard Zip Codes19904, 19906, 19901, 19902
P.O. Box Zip Codes19903, 19905
Phone Area Codes302
Time ZoneAmerica/New_York
Approximate Latitude39.15
Approximate Longitude-75.51

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)

StationDOVER
Distance0.7 miles
Jan Temp27 to 44 F
Apr Temp44 to 65 F
Jul Temp68 to 87 F
Oct Temp49 to 69 F
Annual Precip46.2 inches
StationMILLINGTON 1 SE
Distance19.8 miles
Jan Temp24 to 42 F
Apr Temp41 to 65 F
Jul Temp65 to 87 F
Oct Temp45 to 68 F
Annual Precip44.7 inches
StationDENTON 2 E
Distance24.1 miles
Jan Temp25 to 44 F
Apr Temp42 to 67 F
Jul Temp65 to 89 F
Oct Temp45 to 70 F
Annual Precip43.2 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income
Camden3,494$65,429
Cheswold1,123$60,729
Leipsic145$51,563
Little Creek204$45,000
Woodside169$61,250
Wyoming1,575$74,219

Dover Public Libraries

Dover Public Library
35 LOOCKERMAN PLAZA
Dover, Delaware
(302) 736-7032
Kent County Public Library
497 SOUTH RED HAVEN LANE
Dover, Delaware
(302) 744-9435

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Dover Hospitals

Dover Behavioral Health System
(Proprietary)
725 Horsepond Rd
Bayhealth Kent General Hospital
(Non-profit)
640 South State Street

Dover Public Schools

Major George S. Welch Elementary School
3100 Hawthorne Drive
ZIP: 19901
(302) 674-9080
Primary
Total Enrollment 362
Freire Charter School
401 Federal Street- Suite 2
ZIP: 19901
(302) 735-4000
Early College High School At Delaware State University
1200 N. Dupont Highway
ZIP: 19901
(302) 678-3247
Other
Total Enrollment 129
Towne Point Elementary School
629 Buckson Drive
ZIP: 19901
(302) 672-1590
Primary
Total Enrollment 318
Mapleton Charter School At Whitehall
401 Federal Street- Suite 2
ZIP: 19901
(302) 735-4000
Great Oaks Charter School
401 Federal Street- Suite 2
ZIP: 19901
(302) 735-4000
Delaware Stem Academy
401 Federal Street- Suite 2
ZIP: 19901
(302) 735-4000
East Dover Elementary School
852 South Little Creek Road
ZIP: 19901
(302) 672-1655
Primary
Total Enrollment 394
South Dover Elementary School
955 South State Street
ZIP: 19901
(302) 672-1690
Primary
Total Enrollment 564
Star Hill Elementary School
594 Voshells Mill/star Hill Ro
ZIP: 19901
(302) 697-6117
Primary
Total Enrollment 495
Central Middle School
211 Delaware Avenue
ZIP: 19901
(302) 672-1772
Middle
Total Enrollment 987
Dover Air Force Base Middle School
3100 Hawthorne Drive
ZIP: 19901
(302) 674-3284
Middle
Total Enrollment 208
Nellie Hughes Stokes Elementary School
3874 Upper King Road
ZIP: 19904
(302) 697-3205
Primary
Total Enrollment 442
Booker T. Washington Elementary School
901 Forest Street
ZIP: 19904
(302) 672-1900
Primary
Total Enrollment 353
Dover High School
One Dover High Drive
ZIP: 19904
(302) 241-2400
High
Total Enrollment 1866
Kent County Secondary Ilc
631 Ridgley Street- Suite 5
ZIP: 19904
(302) 736-5355
Other
Total Enrollment 82
Campus Community School
350 Pear Street
ZIP: 19904
(302) 736-0403
Primary
Total Enrollment 410
Fairview Elementary School
700 Walker Road
ZIP: 19904
(302) 672-1645
Primary
Total Enrollment 303
Kent County Community School
65-1 Carver Road
ZIP: 19904
(302) 672-1960
Other
Total Enrollment 68
North Dover Elementary School
855 College Road
ZIP: 19904
(302) 672-1980
Primary
Total Enrollment 387
W. Reily Brown Elementary School
360 Webbs Lane
ZIP: 19904
(302) 697-2101
Primary
Total Enrollment 409
Academy Of Dover Charter School
104 Saulsbury Road
ZIP: 19904
(302) 674-0684
Primary
Total Enrollment 290
William Henry Middle School
65 Carver Road
ZIP: 19904
(302) 672-1622
Middle
Total Enrollment 971

Dover Private Schools

Kingdom Christian Academy
4867 N Dupont Hwy
ZIP: 19901
Elementary
Total Enrollment 24
Early Childhood Laboratory School
1200 N Dupont Hwy Dsu
ZIP: 19901
Elementary
Total Enrollment 1
Holy Cross School
631 S State St
ZIP: 19901
Elementary
Total Enrollment 537
Central De Christian Academy
4698 S Dupont Hwy
ZIP: 19901
Elementary
Total Enrollment 62
Calvary Christian Academy
1143 E Lebanon Rd
ZIP: 19901
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 235
Honey Suckle Knoll Amish School
281 Blue Heron Rd
ZIP: 19904
Elementary
Total Enrollment 34
St John's Lutheran School
1156 Walker Rd
ZIP: 19904
Elementary
Total Enrollment 68
Capitol Baptist School
401 Kesselring Ave
ZIP: 19904
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 24
Green Hill
1936 Seeneytown Rd
ZIP: 19904
Elementary
Total Enrollment 46
Wileys School
21 Sharon Hill Rd
ZIP: 19904
Secondary
Total Enrollment 6
Central Christian School
220 W Denneys Rd
ZIP: 19904
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 64
Rose Valley School
361 Rose Valley School Rd
ZIP: 19904
Elementary
Total Enrollment 36
Honeysuckle Knoll School
281 Blue Heron Rd
ZIP: 19904
Elementary
Total Enrollment 34
The Little School
105 Mont Blanc Blvd
ZIP: 19904
Elementary
Total Enrollment 15
Apple Grove School
2391 Hazlettville Rd
ZIP: 19904
Elementary
Total Enrollment 28
Cedar Grove Amish School
2636 Pearsons Corner Rd
ZIP: 19904
Elementary
Total Enrollment 39
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