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Overview
Population:162,785
Pop. Change:28%
State: Delaware
Metro Area:Dover Metro Area
County:Kent
City:Dover, Smyrna, ... 26 total
Zip Code:19901, 19904, ... 16 total
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Dover's Real Estate Market
 • Newly Listed Homes
 • Most Expensive Listing
 • Million Dollar Houses
 • Homes from $750,001 to $1,000,000
 • Homes from $500,001 to $750,000
 • Homes from $250,000 to $500,000
 • Homes under $250,000
 • Median Priced Homes
 • Median Condominiums


Dover Metro Area

Profile: Small capital city

Location: Central Delaware, 5 miles inland from the Delaware Bay

Elevation: 74

Time zone: Eastern Standard Time

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Small-town atmosphereViolent crime
Capital-city amenitiesEducational attainment
Nearby recreationHealthcare

Dover is one of those pleasant “small city” capitals, with a stable economic base and a rich history. The setting in a flat, mostly agricultural area is idyllic without being too far removed from larger northeastern cities. The nearby Delaware Bay and its beaches and wildlife areas provide ample recreational opportunities. The Dover International Speedway (NASCAR) and the Dover Downs harness racecourse add to entertainment options. Aside from the state government, Dover Air Force Base is a major employer, as is rubber and plastic apparel manufacturer Playtex. Aside from a few other mostly defense-related industries, there isn’t much private sector employment. The area is growing as people mainly from more crowded East Coast cities seek a slower and less expensive pace of life. Cost of living is attractive at 82.2, and the Delaware tax climate is favorable especially for the East. Reducing the city’s ranking somewhat is a high violent crime rate and educational attainment is not as strong as seen in other capital cities. There are no standout categories, but Dover does well in the rankings because of consistency across all categories. Dover lies in a flat plain separated from the Delaware Bay but has areas of level marshland. To the west and south are areas of level to gently rolling terrain used mostly for agriculture and dairy farming. The influence of the Atlantic and Chesapeake Bay create a climate that’s mild for the region. Summers are warm and humid but with maximum temperatures seldom exceeding 80[dg]F. Clouds are common, and humidity and moist Delaware Bay winds can cause fog year-round. Winters are usually mild, with temperatures seldom dropping to 0[dg]F. Most winter precipitation occurs as rain or a mix of rain, sleet, and snow. Summer thunderstorms are common; occasional downpours from Atlantic hurricanes can cause lowland flooding. First freeze is late October, last is mid-April.

Interesting Facts about the Dover, Delaware Metro Area

As of 2014, Dover Metro Area's population is 162,785 people. Since 2000, it has had a population growth of 28.48 percent.

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The median home cost in Dover Metro Area is $140,200. Home appreciation the last year has been 1.00 percent.

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Compared to the rest of the country, Dover Metro Area's cost of living is 0.40% Lower than the U.S. average.

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Dover Metro Area public schools spend $14,644 per student. The average school expenditure in the U.S. is $12,435. There are about 15.5 students per teacher in Dover Metro Area.

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The unemployment rate in Dover Metro Area is 6.10 percent(U.S. avg. is 6.30%). Recent job growth is Negative. Dover Metro Area jobs have Decreased by 0.51 percent.


Ranked #25 2005 Best Places to Live
Ranked #29 America's Most (and Least) Stressful Cities (117 Smallest Metro Areas)
Ranked #154 Best Green Cities
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Average Commute time is 26 minutes. The National Average is 25 minutes.

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Dover Metro Area's Real Estate Market (click to see properties)

 • Newly Listed Homes
 • Most Expensive Listing
 • Million Dollar Houses
 • Homes from $750,001 to $1,000,000
 • Homes from $500,001 to $750,000
 • Homes from $250,000 to $500,000
 • Homes under $250,000
 • Median Priced Homes


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