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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.

Demographics

People

Total Population2,385
Male Share of the Population50.2%
Female Share of the Population49.8%
Senior Citizens17.3%
Employed Population 16+1,276
Age of the Population44

Families

% of people married71.4%
Average household size3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher77.8%
Median Earnings25+$84,091
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$0
Median Earnings With High School Degree$0

Wealth

Median Family Income$177,303
% Above Poverty Level99.2%
% Below Poverty Level0.8%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time31 minutes
% Working from Home10%
% Walking and Biking to Work7.1%
% Using Public Transportation6.2%

Housing

People Living Alone9.2%
Median Gross Rent$0
Median House Value$884,800

Ancestry

Irish17.4%
English15.5%
Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)12.7%
German11.5%
Italian9.2%
Polish6.9%
Russian5.5%
Swedish5.4%
African4.2%
Ghanaian4.2%
French Except Basque3.1%
Lebanese2.9%
Arab2.9%
Austrian2.5%
Scottish2.5%
Albanian1.9%
Greek1.4%
Brazilian1%
Canadian0.8%
Croatian0.8%
US/American0.7%
Latvian0.7%
Lithuanian0.7%
Serbian0.6%
Iranian0.5%
Norwegian0.4%
Ukrainian0.3%
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Dover Almanac

CategoryValue
County Norfolk County
Standard Zip Codes2030
Phone Area Codes508,774
Time ZoneAmerica/New_York
Approximate Latitude42.24
Approximate Longitude-71.27

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)

StationWALPOLE 2
Distance5.7 miles
Jan Temp18 to 36 F
Apr Temp37 to 58 F
Jul Temp62 to 83 F
Oct Temp41 to 62 F
Annual Precip46.5 inches
StationWEST MEDWAY
Distance10.9 miles
Jan Temp13 to 38 F
Apr Temp35 to 59 F
Jul Temp60 to 84 F
Oct Temp37 to 64 F
Annual Precip48.7 inches
StationBEDFORD
Distance16.4 miles
Jan Temp16 to 35 F
Apr Temp36 to 58 F
Jul Temp60 to 83 F
Oct Temp39 to 62 F
Annual Precip46.9 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income
Medfield6,590$158,500
Needham30,429$172,774
Wellesley29,004$215,313

Dover Public Libraries

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

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Dover Public Schools

Chickering
29 Cross Street
ZIP: 2030
(508) 785-0480
Primary
Total Enrollment 469
Dover-sherborn Regional High
9 Junction Street
ZIP: 2030
(508) 785-1730
High
Total Enrollment 663
Dover-sherborn Regional Middle School
155 Farm Street
ZIP: 2030
(508) 785-0635
Middle
Total Enrollment 512

Dover Private Schools

Charles River School
6 Old Meadow Rd
ZIP: 2030
Elementary
Total Enrollment 195
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