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Overview

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.

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.

People

Total Population 2,441
Male Share of the Population 52.4%
Female Share of the Population 47.6%
Senior Citizens 18.1%
Employed Population 16+ 1,149
Age of the Population 42

Families

% of people married 74.1%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 82.4%
Median Earnings25+ $0
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $0
Median Earnings With High School Degree $0

Wealth

Median Family Income $186,250
% Above Poverty Level 100%
% Below Poverty Level %

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 31 minutes
% Working from Home 8.4%
% Walking and Biking to Work 5.7%
% Using Public Transportation 5.4%

Housing

People Living Alone 9.9%
Median Gross Rent $2,908
Median House Value $858,200

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 15%
US/American 0.4%
English 20.4%
Irish 15.7%

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

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

Notes:

  • 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
Station WEST MEDWAY
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
Station BEDFORD
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

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Medfield 6,322 $131,759
Natick 34,892 $130,607
Needham 29,853 $164,104
Sherborn 4,245 $165,903
Wellesley 28,832 $191,875
Westwood 15,094 $157,556

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

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Dover Town Library
56 DEDHAM ST.
Dover, Massachusetts
(508) 785-8113

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Dover High Schools

DOVER-SHERBORN REG HIGH
9 JUNCTION STREET
508-785-0624
Title I eligible, not participating.
Serves 527 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 11.7

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