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What Bert Has To Say About Dover Metro Area

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.

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, and the Delaware tax climate is favorable especially for the East. However, there is a high violent crime rate, and educational attainment is not as strong as seen in other capital cities.

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 degrees. 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 degrees. 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.


  • Location: Central Delaware, 5 miles inland from the Delaware Bay
  • Country: United States
  • State: Delaware
  • County: Kent
  • Metro Area: Dover Metro Area

Quick Facts About Dover

    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.
    Compared to the rest of the country, Dover Metro Area's cost of living is 0.40% Lower than the U.S. average.
    As of 2014, Dover Metro Area's population is 162,785 people. Since 2000, it has had a population growth of 28.48 percent.
    Average Commute time is 26 minutes. The National Average is 25 minutes.
    The median home cost in Dover Metro Area is $140,200. Home appreciation the last year has been 1.00 percent.
    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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