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A+ Dover Amenities Lots of amenities close to this location
F Dover Cost of Living Cost of living is equal to New Hampshire
11818% more expensive than the US average
New Hampshire
11818% more expensive than the US average
United States
100National cost of living index
Dover cost of living
A+ Dover Crime Total crime is 29% lower than New Hampshire
Total crime
1,12959% lower than the US average
Chance of being a victim
1 in 8959% lower than the US average
Year-over-year crime
-37%Year over year crime is down
Dover crime
C Dover Employment Household income is 8% lower than New Hampshire
Median household income
$63,09614% higher than the US average
Income per capita
$33,63713% higher than the US average
Unemployment rate
4%14% lower than the US average
Dover employment
B Dover Housing Home value is 1% lower than New Hampshire
Median home value
$238,10029% higher than the US average
Median rent price
$1,0278% higher than the US average
Home ownership
52%18% lower than the US average
Dover real estate or Dover rentals
C+ Dover Schools HS graduation rate is equal to New Hampshire
High school grad. rates
89%7% higher than the US average
School test scores
53%8% higher than the US average
Student teacher ratio
16:11% lower than the US average
Dover K-12 schools

Living in Dover, NH

Dover is a moderately-sized city located in the state of New Hampshire. The city has a population of 30,750 inhabitants. If we take a look at the last Census, the vast majority of the population falls within one racial group (91% White). Given that fact, Dover could be considered less diverse than other cities. Dover is known to be family friendly as more than 75% of the population has already tied the knot. It might also be worth noting that 61% of residents also have children under the age of 18.

Without the right tools, relocating to any new town can be very stressful and challenging. Living in Dover, New Hampshire could be a positive experience for anyone who puts in the effort to do the research required. With useful information like amenities, weather, housing and other key data points, finding the best places to live in Dover and in the areas around Dover is a much easier task.

Dover has a livability score of 77 out of 100 and is ranked #4 in New Hampshire and #3,489 in the USA. This is a phenomenal score, as Dover ranks well in multiple categories! Based on the scores for each individual category, Dover has been rewarded with high marks for amenities (A+), crime (A) and housing (B). Dover does not rank well for the following: cost of living (F) and weather (D-). It might be a good idea to take a closer look at each category to find 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.

Feeling a sense of safety in the area that you live in is a must for most people. Low crime rates can have a positive impact on things like home prices, home appreciation rates and the overall sense of community. Dover has a violent crime rate of 112 crimes per 100,000 residents which is far lower than the national average.

Finding affordable real estate and apartments for rent in Dover can be tricky. Having said that, this area might be the place to get the best of both worlds. Based on factors like home/rental affordability and appreciation rates, this area has received an above average score in the housing category.

Dover real estate prices and overall affordability will play a huge role in determining if the area is the right fit for you. Of course there are probably some other items on your “wish list”, but even before they are considered, let’s take a look at the home prices and affordability in Dover. Median real estate prices in Dover come in at $238,100, which is 0.7% lower than the New Hampshire 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 3.8, which is 8.6% higher than the New Hampshire average. Real estate appreciation rates in Dover are important to consider, as they can act as a guide to determine if your new home purchase will be a solid investment going forward. During the last twelve months, the appreciation rate for Dover homes comes in at 6.7%, and the 5 year appreciation rates were 6.6%.

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Compare Dover, NH Livability To Other Cities

Best Cities Near Dover, NH

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Portsmouth, NH7810.121,458
Dover, NH78030,750
Exeter, NH7714.89,022
Derry, NH7630.822,392
PlaceLivability scoreScoreMilesPopulationPop.
Newburyport, MA7625.817,837
South Hooksett, NH7629.25,958
Londonderry, NH7533.411,049
East Merrimack, NH7537.23,920

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This City Offers The Best Attractions In NH

I’ve lived in Dover, NH my entire life. Also known as the Garrison City, we have over 30,000 residents living in our city making us the largest in New Hampshire’s Seacoast region. We offer some of the best attractions in the state of New Hampshire. One of my favorites growing up and still to this day would have to be the Children’s Museum of New Hampshire. It offers something for all interests and all young ages. It allows children and young adults to explore, learn, and create beyond their wildest imaginations. It cultivates an area for new knowledge and making friends. If you were to ask me the best attraction it would by far have to be the children’s museum we are so lucky to have right here in our city.

Beyond the children’s museum, living in Dover offers people of all ages a great chance to work, meet new people, and explore some incredible attractions, including but not limited to, the Woodman Institute Museum, Tendercop Farm, Dover Bowl Family Fun Center, and more. There’s something for everyone.
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Source: The Dover, NH data and statistics displayed above are derived from the 2016 United States Census Bureau American Community Survey (ACS).
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