Dover 61 Below average
Dover Livability #55 ranked city in Delaware#21,747 ranked city in the USARanks better than 25% of areas

Livability Awards

A+ Dover Amenities Lots of amenities close to this location
D+ Dover Cost of Living Cost of living is 8% lower than Delaware
1055% more expensive than the US average
11414% more expensive than the US average
United States
100National cost of living index
Dover cost of living
F Dover Crime Total crime is 133% higher than Delaware
Total crime
6,233150% higher than the US average
Chance of being a victim
1 in 17150% higher than the US average
Year-over-year crime
23%Year over year crime is up
Dover crime
D Dover Employment Household income is 24% lower than Delaware
Median household income
$46,35516% lower than the US average
Income per capita
$22,70724% lower than the US average
Unemployment rate
5%equal to the US average
Dover employment
F Dover Housing Home value is 26% lower than Delaware
Median home value
$172,0007% lower than the US average
Median rent price
$9823% higher than the US average
Home ownership
50%21% lower than the US average
Dover real estate or Dover rentals
D- Dover Schools HS graduation rate is 2% lower than Delaware
High school grad. rates
84%1% higher than the US average
School test scores
43%12% lower than the US average
Student teacher ratio
13:117% lower than the US average
Dover K-12 schools
C Dover User Ratings There are a total of 4 ratings in Dover
Overall user rating
62% 4 total ratings
User reviews rating
60% 2 total reviews
User surveys rating
67% 2 total surveys
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      Living in Dover, DE

      Dover is a mid-sized city located in the state of Delaware. The city has a population of 37,351 residents. Dover is known to be an ethnically diverse city. The two most common races are White (46%) and Black or African American (44%). The median age of all Dover residents is 30, which is well below the national average. This is a good indication that this city could be ideal for young singles.

      Are you trying to ascertain if living in Dover is the right fit for your lifestyle? To ensure a good experience before moving to any new city in Delaware, you will probably want to make sure that you check all of the most important boxes. To help you find the best places to live in and around Dover, AreaVibes has created a livability score using key metrics like amenities, weather, employment and more.

      Dover, DE receives 62 out of 100 for its livability score; this results in a ranking of #48 in Delaware and #21,329 in the USA. If we dig down a little deeper into each category within the livability score, we see that Dover has higher than average scores for the following: amenities (A+). There are some categories that Dover ranks poorly for, including: crime (F), education (D-), employment (D) and housing (F). It might be worth taking a closer look to figure out why.

      Conveniently located amenities and interesting attractions are a great way to continuously enjoy Dover on a regular basis. Knowing that there are an abundance of amenities and things to do can ensure that you always have access to nearby grocery stores, restaurants and coffee shops. Some of the interesting things to do and attractions include: Air Mobility Command Museum, Dover Downs, and Dover International Speedway.

      Certain items on your wish list like shopping, restaurants, nightlife and proximity to public transportation are all important factors to search for. Having said that, perhaps the most important metric to consider when contemplating a move to Dover is real estate affordability. Median real estate prices in Dover come in at $172,000, which is 26.2% lower than the Delaware average. The home price to income ratio compares the median home prices to the median household income. In Dover, the home price to income ratio is 3.7, which is 2.6% lower than the Delaware average.

      Dover transportation information

      Average one way commute21min26min26min
      Workers who drive to work78.2%81.3%76.4%
      Workers who carpool10.5%8.2%9.3%
      Workers who take public transit1.9%2.9%5.1%
      Workers who bicycle0.8%0.3%0.6%
      Workers who walk4.0%2.1%2.8%
      Working from home4.0%4.3%4.6%

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      Monthly costs include: fuel, maintenance, tires, insurance, license fees, taxes, depreciation, and financing.
      Source: The Dover, DE data and statistics displayed above are derived from the 2016 United States Census Bureau American Community Survey (ACS).