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  1. Public Schools
    B
  2. Crime & Safety
    C
  3. Housing
    C+
  4. Nightlife
    B
  5. Good for Families
    B
  6. Diversity
    A+
  7. Jobs
    B
  8. Weather
    B-
  9. Cost of Living
    B
  10. Health & Fitness
    B
  11. Outdoor Activities
    A-
  12. Commute
    A-
Dover is a town in Delaware with a population of 37,331. Dover is in Kent County. Living in Dover offers residents a dense suburban feel and most residents rent their homes. In Dover there are a lot of parks. Many families and young professionals live in Dover and residents tend to lean liberal. The public schools in Dover are above average.

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$175,900
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$1,028
National
$949
Area Feel
Dense Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    51%
  • Own
    49%
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Dover Rankings

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Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
C
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    619.4
    282.7
  • Murder
    10.6
    6.1
  • Rape
    52.9
    40.7
  • Robbery
    113.8
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    153.5
    500.1
  • Theft
    4,402
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    235.6
    284

Residents

Diversity
A+
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Age
  • <10 years
    12%
  • 10-17 years
    10%
  • 18-24 years
    20%
  • 25-34 years
    15%
  • 35-44 years
    9%
  • 45-54 years
    11%
  • 55-64 years
    10%
  • 65+ years
    14%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    12%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    16%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    33%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    27%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    12%
    13%

Working in Dover

Jobs
B
Based on employment rates, job and business growth, and cost of living.
Median Household Income
$49,714
National
$55,322
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The sense of community here is like no other. Everyone knows everyone and it's quite a small town. I live on Dover Air Force Base, which takes up the majority of Dover. But, there isn't really much to do within the city itself. There are a few parks and a small "downtown" area with a few shops. The nearest beach is an hour away. Most stores don't sell any alcohol (including wine) because it's known to be a Quaker area. It's different, but nice if you value small communities. They have a great farmer's market with signature sauces and fresh produce which is great!
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There are great non-profit organizations working in Dover, also considered a Promising Community. Restoring Central Dover, CenDel and there are also many community events and a farmer's market. There's also a Bazaar! Love it! There are several rental spaces and there's the Solid Rock Community Center that hosts a county coalition's $1 catered community dinner several times a year.
Too many industries in Dover, DE polluting the air. So I would like to see that change. Also there are not a lot of fun adventurous things for young adults to do in Dover, DE. So hopefully that can change. Dover, DE lacks a major airport. To travel by plane, one has to drive out of state. So hopefully this too will change someday. Nonetheless, there are some positives in this small city. I love its low crime rate, low cost of living, and the fact that it is a very small city. Meaning most people know each other and commute times to school or work are short. I also love the fact that Dover, DE is within driving distance of some of the major East coast states. You can easily visit New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Maryland, New York, Virginia, etc. And not to mention, there are no sales taxes in these state.