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Dover, Delaware - Basic Facts

The City of Dover is the 2nd largest city in Delaware with a population of 38,983 as of July 1, 2018. Dover ranks in the upper quartile for Diversity Index when compared to the other cities, towns and Census Designated Places (CDPs) in Delaware. See peer rankings below.

The primary coordinate point for Dover is located at latitude 39.1582 and longitude -75.5244 in Kent County. The formal boundaries for the City of Dover encompass a land area of 23.18 sq. miles and a water area of 0.29 sq. miles. Kent County is in the Eastern time zone (GMT -5). The elevation is 30 feet.

The City of Dover (GNIS ID: 2390583) has a C1 Census Class Code which indicates an active incorporated place that does not serve as a county subdivision equivalent. It also has a Functional Status Code of "A" which identifies an active government providing primary general-purpose functions.

Delaware is one of 20 states where Census County Divisions (CCDs) are used for statistical tracking of subdivisions within each county. The City of Dover is located within Dover Division of Kent County.

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Dover, DE Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2018)


Total Population 38,983
Population in Households 35,130
Population in Familes 26,218
Population in Group Qrtrs 3,853
Population Density2 1,682
Diversity Index3 66


Median Household Income $50,289
Average Household Income $64,700
Per Capita Income $25,969


Total Housing Units 16,191 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 6,939 (42.9%)
Renter Occupied HU 7,779 (48.0%)
Vacant Housing Units 1,474 ( 9.1%)
Median Home Value $199,675
Average Home Value $221,231


Total Households 14,717
Average Household Size 2.39
Family Households 8,513
Average Family Size 3
  1. Demographics are point estimates for July 1st of the current year and each for the forecast years. See References for more information.
  2. Population Density = Total Population per square mile.
  3. The Diversity Index is a scale of 0 to 100 that represents the likelihood that two persons, chosen at random from the same area, belong to different race or ethnic groups. If an area's entire population belongs to one race AND one ethnic group, then the area has zero diversity. An area's diversity index increases to 100 when the population is evenly divided into two or more race/ethnic groups.


2010-2018 2018-2023
Population 0.95% 0.79%
Households 0.81% 0.83%
Families 0.79% 0.71%
Median Household Income   1.37%
Per Capita Income   1.81%

Dover, DE - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Dover to the other 77 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs in Delaware by rank and percentile using July 1, 2018 data. The location Ranked # 1 has the highest value. A location that ranks higher than 75% of its peers would be in the 75th percentile of the peer group.

Variable Description Rank Percentile
Total Population # 2 99th
Population Density # 27 66th
Diversity Index # 15 81st
Median Household Income # 59 25th
Per Capita Income # 50 36th

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