Population: 37,351Median home value: $172,000 63 Ranks better than 27% of areas

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A+ Dover Amenities Lots of amenities close to this location
C Dover Cost of Living Cost of living is 8% lower than Delaware
100same as the US average
1099% more expensive than the US average
United States
100National cost of living index
Dover cost of living
F Dover Crime Total crime is 76% higher than Delaware
Total crime
5,08185% higher than the US average
Chance of being a victim
1 in 2085% higher than the US average
Year-over-year crime
-16%Year over year crime is down
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 or Dover colleges

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.

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Would not live or work here.

I had previously worked in Dover. I would not recommend working or living in this area. The crime rate is off the charts. Their crime rate is 86% higher, than the rest of the country. That's almost double. Unbelievable..Dover police do their best, there's only so much crime they can prevent. Dover's crime rate is 80% higher than the rest of Delaware. Steer clear of this place. There is nothing to see or do, anyhow. Nothing worth risking my life over.There's plenty of much nicer places to live.
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Living In Dover, Delaware

I have lived in Dover, Delaware for my whole life. I was born and raised there and I learned very valuable lifelong lessons from the people and the culture of my community. The friendly atmosphere and warm people make this a great place to not only live in but also to visit. People in Dover really seem to have positive attitudes and we are so friendly.

There are so many historical sites and attractions to explore in my Dover that you won't know where to begin. The rich history of the old buildings in downtown Dover are amazing. There is so much to see and learn for everyone who visits here. The city government is great in my opinion. They really seem to care about the citizens of the city and they are prompt about getting things done. We have tons of great restaurants to dine in and lots of stores for those who enjoy shopping like the Dover Mall. The Nascar raceway is one of the biggest attractions in Dover in June and in September and you should really check it out if you are here. I like the convenient area which makes traveling fast and easy.
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Source: The Dover, DE data and statistics displayed above are derived from the 2016 United States Census Bureau American Community Survey (ACS).
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