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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, Friday, 8:30 am - 4 pm

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

Election Districts
US Congress District 1 (All Wards)
Executive Council District 2 (All Wards)
State Senate 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 12,267 over 57 years, from 19,131 in 1960 to 31,398 in 2017. 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 2017 Census estimate for Dover was 31,398 residents, which ranked fifth among New Hampshire's incorporated cities and towns.
Population Density and Land Area, 2017 (US Census Bureau): 1,174.2 persons per square mile of land area, the sseventh highest among the cities and towns. Dover contains 26.7 square miles of land area and 2.3 square miles of inland water area.

Municipal Services
Type of Government Manager & Council
Budget: Municipal Appropriations, 2015 $36,934,563
Budget: School Appropriations, 2017-2018 $63,317,505
Zoning Ordinance 1948/16
Master Plan 2015
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

Emergency Services
Police Department Full-time
Fire Department Full-time
Emergency Medical Service Municipal
Nearest Hospital(s) Distance Staffed Beds
Wentworth-Douglass, Dover Local 148

Electric Supplier Eversource Energy
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 ProgramVoluntary
Telephone Company Fairpoint
Cellular Telephone Access Yes
Cable Television Access Yes
Public Access Television Station Yes
High Speed Internet Service:

(NH Dept. of Revenue Administration) Property Taxes
2017 Total Tax Rate (per $1,000 of value) $25.87
2017 Equalization Ratio 92.4
2017 Full Value Tax Rate (per $1,000 of value) $23.39
2017 Percent of Local Assessed Value by Property Type
Residential Land and Buildings75.8%
Commercial Land and Buildings23.6%
Public Utilities, Current Use, and Other2.0%

(ACS 2013-2017) Housing
Total Housing Units 13,895
Single-Family Units, Detached or Attached 7,286
Units in Multiple-Family Structures:  
Two to Four Units in Structure 2,657
Five or More Units in Structure 3,524
Mobile Homes and Other Housing Units 428
(US Census Bureau) Population
(1-year Estimates/Decennial)
Total Population Community County
2017 31,398 128,613
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) 2013-2017
Population by Gender
Male:   14,598 Female:   16,303
Population by Age Group
Under age 5 1,584
Age 5 to 19 4,797
Age 20 to 34 8,485
Age 35 to 54 7,691
Age 55 to 64 3,771
Age 65 and over 4,573
Median Age 36.6 years
Educational Attainment, population 25 years and over
High school graduate or higher 92.5%
Bachelor's degree or higher 45.0%

(ACS 2013-2017) Income, Inflation Adjusted $
Per capita income $35,935
Median family income $86,475
Median household income $65,922
Median Earnings, full-time, year-round workers, 16 years ad over
Male $58,688
Female $40,867
Individuals below the poverty level 10.8%

(NHES - ELMI) Labor Force
Annual Average 2007 2017
Civilian Labor Force 17,216 18,198
Employed 16,715 17,798
Unemployed 501 400
Unemployment Rate 2.9% 2.2%

(NHES - ELMI) Employment & Wages
Annual Average Covered Employment 2007 2017
Goods Producing Industries
Average Employment $2,298 $1,329
Average Weekly Wage $935 $1,023
Service Providing Industries
Average Employment $12,612 $14,408
Average Weekly Wage $797 $1,176
Total Private Industry
Average Employment $14,911 $15,737
Average Weekly Wage $818 $1,163
Government (Federal, State, and Local)
Average Employment $1,844 $1,843
Average Weekly Wage $714 $889
Total, Private plus Government
Average Employment $16,755 $17,579
Average Weekly Wage $807 $1,134

If "n" appears, data does not meet disclosure standards.

(NH Dept. of Education) Education and Child Care
Schools students attend: Dover operates grades K-12 SAU 11
Career Technology Center(s): Dover Career Technical Center; R.W. Creteau Regional Technology Ctr.; Somersworth Career Technical Center Region: 12
Educational Facilities (includes Charter Schools) Elementary Middle/Junior High High School Private/Parochial
Number of Schools 4 1 2 3
Grade Levels P K 1-8 5-8 9-12 P K 1-12
Total Enrollment 1,755 1,207 1,380 1,311
2017 NH Licensed Child Care Facilities (Bureau of Child Care Licensing): Total Facilities: 25 Total Capacity: 1,264
Nearest Community/Technical College: Great Bay; NHTI-Concord
Nearest Colleges or Universities: University of NH; Southern NH University

Largest Businesses Product/Service Employees Established
Liberty Mutual Insurance services 2,841
Wentworth-Douglass Hospital Health care services 769
Foster's Daily Democrat Newspaper 100 1873
Cambridge Tool North Die casting 190
Measured Progress Customized educational products 392
Churchill Medical Systems Inc Hospital equipment & supplies 107
City of Dover Municipal services 789 1855
Hurcell Systems Business equipment & parts 150
Universak Recycling Technologies Corp Electronics recycling 120
Strafford County County government services 485

Employer Information Supplied by Municipality

(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, RochesterRunway4,200 ft. asphalt
Lighted? Yes Navigational Aids? Yes
Nearest Airport with Scheduled Service
Manchester-Boston Regional Distance 43 miles
Number of Passenger Airlines Serving Airport 4
Driving distance to selected cities:
Manchester, NH 39 miles
Portland, ME 50 miles
Boston, MA 65 miles
New York City, NY 272 miles
Montreal, Quebec 285 miles

(ACS 2013-2017) Commuting to Work
Workers 16 years and over
Drove alone, car/truck/van 81.7%
Carpooled, car/truck/van 7.5%
Public transportation 2.4%
Walked 2.9%
Other Means 1.8%
Worked at home 3.7%
Mean Travel Time to Work 23.8 minutes
Percent of Working Residents: (ACS 2013-2017)
Working in community of residence 33.3%
Commuting to another NH community 55.8%
Commuting out-of-state 10.9%
Recreation, Attractions, and Events
X Municipal Parks
X Boys Club/Girls Club
X Golf Courses
X Swimming: Indoor Facility
X Swimming: Outdoor Facility
Tennis Courts: Indoor Facility
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, August 2019. Community Response Received 6/14/17

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