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Dover, NH

dover New Hampshire Community Profile Community Contact Dover City Clerk's Office
Karen Lavertu, City Clerk/Tax Collector
288 Central Avenue
Dover, NH 03820-4169
Telephone (603) 516-6020
Fax (603) 516-6666
E-mail k.lavertu@dover.nh.gov
Web Site www.dover.nh.gov

Municipal Office Hours Monday through Thursday, 8:30 am - 5:30 pm

County Strafford
Labor Market Area Rochester-Dover NH-ME Metro-NECTA, NH Portion
Tourism Region Seacoast
Planning Commission Strafford Regional
Regional Development Southeast Economic Development Corp.

Election Districts
US Congress District District 1 (All Wards)
Executive Council District District 2 (All Wards)
State Senate District District 4 (All Wards)
State Representative Strafford County Districts 13, 19 (Ward 1) 14, 19 (Ward 2) 15, 20 (Ward 3) 16, 20 (Ward 4) 17, 21 (Wards 5 & 6)

Incorporated: 1623
Origin: For the first fifty years of New Hampshire history, Dover was one of only three communities established in what is now New Hampshire. Settled in 1623 on the banks of the Piscataqua River, Dover was first called Hilton's Point, named after Edward Hilton, who procured for himself the Dover and Squamscot Patent in 1629. The town was also known by the Indian names of Newichwannock (place of wigwams) and Cocheco; and briefly called Bristol and Northam before permanently becoming Dover. The settlement was an independent government until 1641, when residents agreed to be annexed to Massachusetts; the town returned to New Hampshire when provincial status was restored by King George II in 1741. Dover's location on the Piscataqua and Cocheco Rivers made it a thriving center of trading and manufacturing. Dover was incorporated as a city in 1855.
Villages and Place Names: Bellamy, Cocheco, Gates Corner, Sawyers, Wentworth Terrace
Population, Year of the First Census Taken: 1,998 residents in 1790
Population Trends: Population change for Dover totaled 11,379 over 53 years, from 19,131 in 1960 to 30,510 in 2013. The largest decennial percent change was a 14 percent increase between 1980 and 1990, and the population has grown less than 15 percent each decade since. The 2013 Census estimate for Dover was 30,510 residents, which ranked fifth among New Hampshire's incorporated cities and towns.
Population Density and Land Area, 2013 (US Census Bureau): 1,141.0 persons per square mile of land area, the seventh highest among the cities and towns. Dover contains 26.7 square miles of land area and 2.3 square miles of inland water area.

Type of Government Manager & Council
Budget: Municipal Appropriations, 2014 $36,934,563
Budget: School Appropriations, 2014 $46,225,864
Zoning Ordinance 1948/09
Master Plan 2010
Capitol Improvement Plan Yes
Industrial Plans Reviewed By Planning Board
Boards and Commissions
Elected:City Council
Appointed:Planning; Zoning; Conservation; Library; Cemetery; Recreation; Ethics; Open Lands; Arts; Transportation; Pool
Public Library Dover Public

Police Department Full-time
Fire Department Full-time
Emergency Medical Service Municipal
Nearest Hospital(s) Distance Staffed Beds
Wentworth-Douglass, Dover Local 124

Electric Supplier PSNH
Natural Gas Supplier Unitil
Water Supplier City of Dover
Sanitation Municipal
Municipal Wastewater Treatment Plant Yes
Solid Waste Disposal
Curbside Trash PickupMunicipal
Pay-As-You-Throw ProgramYes
Recycling ProgramYes
Telephone Company Fairpoint
Cellular Telephone Access Yes
Cable Television Access Yes
Public Access Television Station Yes
High Speed Internet Service:

(NH Dept. of Revenue Adminstration) PROPERTY TAXES
2013 Total Tax Rate (per $1,000 of value) $25.97
2013 Equalization Ratio 94.7
2013 Full Value Tax Rate (per $1,000 of value) $24.10
2013 Percent of Local Assessed Value by Property Type
Residential Land and Buildings72.5%
Commercial Land and Buildings25.9%
Public Utilities, Current Use, and Other1.6%

(ACS 2008-2012) HOUSING
Total Housing Units 13,252
Single-Family Units, Detached or Attached 6,704
Units in Multiple-Family Structures:  
Two to Four Units in Structure 2,554
Five or More Units in Structure 3,627
Mobile Homes and Other Housing Units 367
Total Population Community County
2013 30,220 124,119
2010 29,987 123,143
2000 26,993 112,676
1990 25,420 104,348
1980 22,377 85,324
1970 20,850 70,431
Demographics, American Community Survey (ACS) 2008-2012
Population by Gender
Male:   14,743 Female:   15,278
Population by Age Group
Under age 5 1,989
Age 5 to 19 4,612
Age 20 to 34 8,175
Age 35 to 54 8,160
Age 55 to 64 3,344
Age 65 and over 3,741
Median Age 35.6 years
Educational Attainment, population 25 years and over
High school graduate or higher 91.1%
Bachelor's degree or higher 37.1%

(ACS 2008-2012) ANNUAL INCOME, 2012
(Inflation Adjusted Dollars)
Per capita income $31,158
Median family income $72,797
Median household income $55,890
Median Earnings, full-time, year-round workers
Male $53,075
Female $37,874
Individuals below the poverty level 10.3%

Annual Average 2003 2013
Civilian Labor Force 16,752 18,027
Employed 16,113 17,265
Unemployed 639 762
Unemployment Rate 3.8% 4.2%

Annual Average Covered Employment 2003 2013
Goods Producing Industries
Average Employment 2,760 1,325
Average Weekly Wage $825 $901
Service Providing Industries
Average Employment 10,906 13,594
Average Weekly Wage $656 $1,041
Total Private Industry
Average Employment 13,665 14,920
Average Weekly Wage $690 $1,029
Government (Federal, State, and Local)
Average Employment 1,838 1,746
Average Weekly Wage $629 $794
Total, Private plus Government
Average Employment 15,503 16,666
Average Weekly Wage $683 $1,004

Schools students attend: Dover operates grades K-12 SAU 11
Career Technology Center(s): Dover Career Technical Center; Creteau Regional Technology Center, Rochester; Somersworth Career Technical Center Region: 12
Educational Facilities Elementary Middle/Junior High High School Private/Parochial
Number of Schools 3 1 2 3
Grade Levels P K 1-4 5-8 9-12 P K 1-12
Total Enrollment 1,598 1,112 1,379 1,434
2014 NH Licensed Child Care Facilities (Bureau of Child Care Licensing): Total Facilities: 27 Total Capacity: 1,208
Nearest Community/Technical College: Great Bay; NHTI-Concord
Nearest Colleges or Universities: University of NH; Southern NH University

Liberty Mutual Insurance services 3,500
Wentworth-Douglass Hospital Health care services 1,100
Foster's Daily Democrat Newspaper 100 1873
Cambridge Tool North Die casting 190
EAD Motors Electric motors 172
DT Magnetics High frequency transformers 105
City of Dover Municipal services 1,139 1855
Hurcell Systems Business equipment & parts 150
Universak Recycling Technologies Corp Electronics recycling 120

(Distance estimated from city/town hall) TRANSPORTATION
Road Access US Routes 4
State Routes 4, 9, 16, 16A, 16B, 108, 155
Nearest Interstate, Exit Spaulding Tpk., Exits 6-9; I-95, Exit 5
Distance Local access; 10 miles
Railroad Amtrak Downeaster; Guilford Rail Service
Public Transportation COAST; Wildcat Transit
Nearest Public Use Airport, General Aviation
Skyhaven, Rochester
Runway 4,001 ft. asphalt
Lighted? Yes Navigational Aids? Yes
Nearest Airport with Scheduled Service
Manchester-Boston Regional Distance 43 miles
Number of Passsenger Airlines Serving Airport 4
Driving distance to selected cities:
Manchester, NH 40 miles
Portland, ME 50 miles
Boston, MA 65 miles
New York City, NY 278 miles
Montreal, Quebec 285 miles

Workers 16 years and over
Drove alone, car/truck/van 77.1%
Carpooled, car/truck/van 10.3%
Public transportation 2.4%
Walked 4%
Other Means 1.1%
Worked at home 5%
Mean Travel Time to Work 23.3 minutes
Percent of Working Residents: (ACS 2008-2012)
Working in community of residence 37.1%
Commuting to another NH community 54%
Commuting out-of-state 8.9%
X Municipal Parks
X Boys Club/Girls Club
X Golf Courses
X Swimming: Indoor Facility
X Swimming: Outdoor Facility
Tennis Courts: Indoor Faclity
X Tennis Courts: Outdoor Facility
X Ice Skating Rink: Indoor Facility
X Bowling Facilities
X Museums
X Cinemas
X Performing Arts Facilities
X Tourists Attractions
X Youth Organizations (i.e., Scouts, 4-H)
X Youth Sports: Baseball
X Youth Sports: Soccer
X Youth Sports: Football
X Youth Sports: Basketball
X Youth Sports: Hockey
X Fishing/Hunting
X Boating/Marinas
X Snowmobile Trails
X Bicycle Trails
X Cross Country Skiing
Beach or Waterfront Recreational Area
Overnight or Day Camps
Nearest Ski Area(s): Gunstock
Other: Woodman Institute; Bellamy River Sanctuary

Economic & Labor Market Information Bureau, NH Employment Security, November 2014.
Community Response Received 7/8/2014

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