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Dover, NH

dover New Hampshire Community Profile Community Contact Dover City Clerk's Office
Susan Mistretta, City Clerk/Tax Collector
288 Central Avenue
Dover, NH 03820-4169
Telephone (603) 516-6012
Fax (603) 516-6666
E-mail s.mistretta@dover.nh.gov
Web Site www.dover.nh.gov

Municipal Office Hours City Hall, City Manager, City Clerk and Tax Collection Office: Monday to Thursday, 8:30-5:30, Friday, 8:30-4

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 District 1 (All Wards)
Executive Council District District 1
State Senate District District 4 (All Wards)
State Representative Strafford County Districts 11 (Ward 4), 13 (Ward 6), 14 (Ward 1), 15 (Ward 2), 16 (Ward 3), 17 (Ward 5), 20 (Ward 4), 21 (Wards 1-3, 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 Abenaki names of Newichwannock (river with many waterfalls) and Cocheco (rapidly foaming water); 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 11,908 over 50 years, from 20,850 in 1970 to 32,758 in 2020. The 2022 Census estimate for Dover was 33,416 residents, which ranked fifth among New Hampshire's incorporated cities and towns.
Population Density and Land Area, 2022 (US Census Bureau): 1,249.7 persons per square mile of land area. 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, 2023 $49,383,238
Budget: School Appropriations, 2022-2023 $67,866,258
Zoning Ordinance 1948/21
Master Plan 2021
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 173

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 Consolidated Communications
Cellular Telephone Access Yes
Cable Television Access Yes
Public Access Television Station Yes
High Speed Internet Service:

(NH Dept. of Revenue Administration) Property Taxes
2022 Total Tax Rate (per $1,000 of value) $19.84
2022 Equalization Ratio 90.2
2022 Full Value Tax Rate (per $1,000 of value) $17.34
2022 Percent of Local Assessed Value by Property Type
Residential Land and Buildings74.3%
Commercial Land and Buildings23.7%
Public Utilities, Current Use, and Other2.0%

(ACS 2017-2021) Housing
Total Housing Units 15,353
Single-Family Units, Detached or Attached 7,567
Units in Multiple-Family Structures:  
Two to Four Units in Structure 3,018
Five or More Units in Structure 4,364
Mobile Homes and Other Housing Units 404
(US Census Bureau) Population
(1-Year Estimates/Decennial)
Total Population Community County
2022 33,416 132,275
2020 32,741 130,889
2010 29,987 123,143
2000 26,993 112,676
1990 25,420 104,348
1980 22,377 85,324
Demographics, American Community Survey (ACS) 2017-2021
Population by Gender
Male:   16,078 Female:   16,521
Population by Age Group
Under age 5 1,967
Age 5 to 19 4,077
Age 20 to 34 9,479
Age 35 to 54 8,084
Age 55 to 64 3,674
Age 65 and over 5,318
Median Age 36.2 years
Educational Attainment, population 25 years and over 23,336
High school graduate or higher 94.9%
Bachelor's degree or higher 47.8%

(ACS 2017-2021) Income, Inflation Adjusted $
Per capita income $47,343
Median family income $115,240
Median household income $82,387
Median Earnings, full-time, year-round workers
Male $69,958
Female $52,106
Individuals below the poverty level 8.0%

(NHES - ELMI) Labor Force
Annual Average 2012 2022
Civilian Labor Force 17,494 18,791
Employed 16,662 18,383
Unemployed 832 408
Unemployment Rate 4.8% 2.2%

(NHES - ELMI) Employment & Wages
Annual Average Covered Employment 2012 2022
Goods Producing Industries
Average Employment 1,293 1,646
Average Weekly Wage $929 $1,188
Service Providing Industries
Average Employment 13,720 14,345
Average Weekly Wage $1,011 $1,377
Total Private Industry
Average Employment 15,013 15,990
Average Weekly Wage $1,004 $1,357
Government (Federal, State, and Local)
Average Employment 1,760 1,795
Average Weekly Wage $771 $1,082
Total, Private plus Government
Average Employment 16,773 17,785
Average Weekly Wage $980 $1,329

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
Educational Facilities (includes Charter Schools) Elementary Middle/Junior High High School Private/Parochial
Number of Schools 4 1 1 4
Grade Levels P K 1-8 5-8 9-12 9-12
Total Enrollment 1,519 1,018 1,482 1,282
2022 NH Licensed Child Care Facilities (Bureau of Child Care Licensing): Total Facilities: 20 Total Capacity: 1,318
Nearest Community/Technical College: Great Bay
Nearest Colleges or Universities: University of NH

Largest Businesses Product/Service Employees Established
Wentworth-Douglass Hospital Health care services 2,620
Lincoln Financial Group Financial services 1,011
Strafford County County government services 474
Dover Schools/Sau 11 Education 471
Community Partners Counseling & mental health services 360
City of Dover Municipal services 275
Stonewall Kitchen Distribution center 150
Vishay HiRrel Systems Custom magnetics 104
United Parcel Services Shipping services 95
Forward Merch/JSR Brand merchandise 91

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 2017-2021) Commuting to Work
Workers 16 years and over 19,165
Drove alone, car/truck/van 75.8%
Carpooled, car/truck/van 6.3%
Public transportation 2.8%
Walked 1.9%
Other Means 1.1%
Worked at home 12.1%
Mean Travel Time to Work 23.2 minutes
Percent of Working Residents: (ACS 2017-2021)
Working in community of residence 39.4%
Commuting to another NH community 49.9%
Commuting out-of-state 10.7%
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 Tourist 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, October 2023. Community Response Received 7/12/23

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