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Dover () is the capital and second-largest city of the
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of
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. It is also the county seat of Kent County and the principal city of the Dover, DE, Metropolitan Statistical Area, which encompasses all of Kent County and is part of the
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Philadelphia
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,
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. It is located on the St. Jones River in the
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Delaware River
coastal plain. It was named by
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William Penn
for
Dover Dover () is a town and major ferry port in Kent Kent is a county A county is a geographical region of a country used for administrative or other purposesChambers Dictionary, L. Brookes (ed.), 2005, Chambers Harrap Publishers Ltd, Edi ...

Dover
in
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Kent
, England (for which, incidentally, Kent County is named). As of 2010, the city had a population of 36,047.


Etymology

The city is named after
Dover Dover () is a town and major ferry port in Kent Kent is a county A county is a geographical region of a country used for administrative or other purposesChambers Dictionary, L. Brookes (ed.), 2005, Chambers Harrap Publishers Ltd, Edi ...

Dover
,
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Kent
, in
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England
. First recorded in its Latinised form of ''
Portus Dubris Dubris, also known as Portus Dubris and Dubrae, was a port in Roman Britain on the site of present-day Dover, Kent, England. As the closest point to continental Europe and the site of the estuary of the River Dour, Kent, Dour, the site chosen for ...
'', the name derives from the Brythonic word for waters (''dwfr'' in
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). The same element is present in the town's
French
French
(Douvres) and
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(Dofr) forms.


History

Dover was founded as the court town for newly established Kent County in 1683 by
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William Penn
, the proprietor of the territory generally known as the "
Lower Counties Delaware Colony in the North American Middle Colonies consisted of land on the west bank of the Delaware River Delaware Bay, Bay. In the early 17th century the area was inhabited by Lenape and possibly the Assateague tribes of Native Americans. T ...
on the Delaware." Later, in 1717, the city was officially laid out by a special commission of the
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. The capital of the state of Delaware was moved here from
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New Castle
in 1777 because of its central location and relative safety from British raiders on the
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Delaware River
. Because of an act passed in October 1779, the assembly elected to meet at any place in the state they saw fit, meeting successively in
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,
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, Dover, New Castle, and Lewes again, until it finally settled down permanently in Dover in October 1781. The city's central square, known as The Green, was the location of many rallies, troop reviews, and other patriotic events. To this day, The Green remains the heart of Dover's historic district and is the location of the
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and the Kent County Courthouse. Dover was most famously the home of
Caesar Rodney Caesar Rodney (October 7, 1728 – June 26, 1784) was an American Founding Father, lawyer, and politician from St. Jones Neck in Dover Hundred, Kent County, Delaware Delaware ( ) is a U.S. state, state in the Mid-Atlantic (United Stat ...
, the popular wartime leader of Delaware during the
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. He is known to have been buried outside Dover, but the precise location of his grave is unknown. A
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cenotaph
in his honor is erected in the cemetery of the Christ Episcopal Church near The Green in Dover. Dover and Kent County were deeply divided over the issue of
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, and the city was a "stop" on the
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because of its proximity to slave-holding
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Maryland
and free
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Pennsylvania
and
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. It was also home to a large
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Quaker
community that encouraged a sustained emancipation effort in the early 19th century. There were very few slaves in the area, but the institution was supported, if not practiced, by a small majority, who saw to its continuation. The Bradford-Loockerman House, Building 1301, Dover Air Force Base, John Bullen House,
Carey Farm Site The Carey Farm Site (7K-D-3) is a prehistoric Native American archaeological site in central Kent County, Delaware, near Dover, Delaware, Dover. The site, located along the St. Jones River, encompasses what is believed to be a major seasonal base ...
,
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, Delaware State Museum Buildings, John Dickinson House, Dover Green Historic District, Eden Hill, Delaware Governor's Mansion, Greenwold, Hughes-Willis Site,
Loockerman Hall Loockerman Hall is an historic home located on the campus of Delaware State University at Dover, Delaware, Dover, Kent County, Delaware. It dates to before 1730, and is a large, two-story, brick plantation home in the Georgian architecture, Georgian ...
,
Macomb Farm Macomb Farm, also known as the Thomas Irons House, is a historic home located at Dover, Delaware, Dover, Kent County, Delaware. It dates to the 18th century, and is a two-story, brick dwelling. It has a brick wing extending the original house. The ...
, Mifflin-Marim Agricultural Complex, Old Statehouse, Palmer Home, Town Point, Tyn Head Court, and Victorian Dover Historic District are listed on the
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.


Geography

Dover is located at (39.1581680, −75.5243682). According to the
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, the city has a total area of , of which is land and , or 1.32%, is water.


Climate

Dover has a warm
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or
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(
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''Cfa''). Summers are hot and humid, with 25 days per year reaching or surpassing . Brief, but heavy summer thunderstorms are common. Winters are moderated by the
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and the partial shielding of the
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, though there are normally 8−9 days when the daily high remains below freezing and 15 nights with lows below . Snow is typically light and sporadic, averaging only per year, and does not usually remain on the ground for long. The
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is 7b in the city and 7a in the suburbs. Spring and autumn provide transitions of reasonable length and are similar, though spring is wetter. The monthly mean temperature ranges from in January to in July. The annual total precipitation of around is spread rather evenly year-round.


Demographics

In 2010, Dover had a population of 36,047 people. The racial makeup of the city was 48.3%
White White is the lightest color Color (American English American English (AmE, AE, AmEng, USEng, en-US), sometimes called United States English or U.S. English, is the set of varieties of the English language native to the Unite ...
, 42.2%
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, 0.5%
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, 2.7%
Asian Asian may refer to: * Items from or related to the continent of Asia: ** Asian people, people in or descending from Asia ** Asian culture, the culture of the people from Asia ** Asian cuisine, food based on the style of food of the people from Asi ...
, 0.1%
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, 2.1% from
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, and 4.1% from two or more races. 6.6% of the population were
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or
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of any race. As of the
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census
of 2000, there were 32,135 people, 12,340 households, and 7,502 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,435.0 people per square mile (554.1/km). There were 13,195 housing units at an average density of 589.2 per square mile (227.5/km). The racial makeup of the city was 54.9%
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, 37.2%
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, 0.5%
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, 3.2%
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, <0.1%
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, 1.6% from
other races Other most often refers to: * Other (philosophy), a concept in psychology and philosophy Other or The Other may also refer to: Books * The Other (Tryon novel), ''The Other'' (Tryon novel), a 1971 horror novel by Tom Tryon * The Other (short story ...
, and 2.6% from two or more races. 4.1% of the population were
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or
Latino Latino or Latinos most often refers to: * Latino (demonym), a term used in the United States for people with cultural ties to Latin America * Hispanic and Latino Americans in the United States * The people or cultures of Latin America; ** Latin Am ...
of any race. There were 12,340 households, out of which 30.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 40.4% were married couples living together, 16.7% had a female householder with no husband present, and 39.2% were non-families. 31.4% of all households were made up of individuals, and 10.6% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.35 and the average family size was 2.98. In the city of Dover the age distribution of the population shows 23.5% under the age of 18, 15.7% from 18 to 24, 27.9% from 25 to 44, 19.5% from 45 to 64, and 13.3% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 33 years. For every 100 females, there were 88.9 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 85.1 males. The median income for a household in the city was $38,669, and the median income for a family was $48,338. Males had a median income of $34,824 versus $26,061 for females. The
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for the city was $19,445. About 11.5% of families and 13.8% of the population were below the
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, including 19.6% of those under age 18 and 10.4% of those age 65 or over.


Government

Dover is governed via the council-manager system with an elected mayor, currently Robin R. Christiansen since 2014. The council consists of nine members, eight of whom are elected from four districts with each district having two members. One member of the council is elected at large. Municipal elections, which are
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, are held on the third Tuesday in April in odd-numbered years. The mayor is elected directly by the city voters for a four-year term. City council members are elected to staggered four-year terms. There have been four full-time Mayors of Dover to date: James "Hutch" Hutchison from 1994 to 2004; Stephen Speed from 2004 to 2007; Carleton Carey from 2007 to 2014; Robin R. Christiansen since 2014. The Dover Police Department provides police services to the city of Dover. The police department is led by a Chief of Police, currently Thomas Johnson, and consists of 101 officers, responding to 43,000 calls a year. The Dover Police Department is composed of several sworn police units along with civilian units. Fire protection in Dover is provided by the Dover Fire Department, a
volunteer fire department A volunteer fire department (VFD) is a fire department consisting of Volunteering, volunteers who perform fire suppression and other related emergency services for a local jurisdiction. Volunteer and retained (on-call) firefighters are expected to ...
which has served the city since 1882 and operates two stations in Dover. Station 1 is the department's headquarters and houses Engines 4, 6, and 7; Ladder 2; Rescue 1; Brush 9; and Marine 1. The Dover Fire Department Museum is also located at the headquarters. Station 2 houses Engines 2 and 3; Ladder 1; Utility 1; and the foam trailer. Dover is the only state capital in the United States with a volunteer fire department. Federally, Dover is part of
Delaware's at-large congressional district Delaware's at-large congressional district is a congressional district that includes the entire U.S. state of Delaware. It is the nation's oldest congressional district, having existed uninterrupted since the 1st United States Congress in 1789. ...
, represented by Democrat
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Lisa Blunt Rochester
, first elected in 2016. The state's senior member of the United States Senate is Democrat
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, first elected in 2000. The state's junior member of the United States Senate is Democrat
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Chris Coons
, first elected in 2010. The governor of Delaware is Democrat John Carney, first elected in 2016.


Economy

Delaware's largest employer is also Dover's – the state government. A large portion, but not all, of the state's bureaucracy is located in and around Dover. However, like some other American states, Delaware's capital is not its largest city. Consequently,
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, in the northern part of the state and its largest city, has many state offices and employees one would normally expect to find in the state capital, including the headquarters of the Office of the
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, especially as many large American
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corporation
s maintain nominal offices in that city to register their
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. Dover is one of the fast-growing areas in the state of Delaware, due in large part to the relatively low cost of living. As a consequence, the Kent County government is a major employer in the area as well. Apart from the state and county governments, Dover's significant employers include
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, located within the southeast corporate limits of the city. The base houses two airlift wings as well as the U.S. military's only
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in the continental United States, which accepts and processes the remains of soldiers killed in battle. In addition,
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and
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have manufacturing facilities in Dover. The Kraft Foods plant in Dover has been the plant that manufactures
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since 1964 when it relocated from
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. The P&G plants makes
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Baby Fresh wipes.
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, in nearby Frederica, is the producer of fabrics for military and aerospace uses, along with being the primary contractor for production of the
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and
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Skylab
spacesuits, as well as the spacesuit assembly for the
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Space Shuttle
's
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(EMU). Several local and national retailers and restaurants line US 13 through Dover, with the
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situated along this corridor and serving as the only shopping mall in the area. One weekend a year in the spring,
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races are held at Dover Motor Speedway, attracting about 65,000 spectators. Attendance to the races is much lower than in the 1990s and 2000s, when 140,000 spectators at times came to Dover International Speedway and led to traffic snarls throughout the city and on US 13 approaching Dover. The races bring in increased patronage for local businesses, and hotels and motels sell out weeks in advance. Many race fans camp in RVs and tents adjacent to the track. These races, and in recent years adjacent
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slot machine
gambling at Bally's Dover, contribute millions of dollars to Dover's economy.
Firefly Music Festival Firefly Music Festival is a music festival produced by Red Frog Events alongside Goldenvoice, that was first held on July 20–22, 2012, in Dover, Delaware. Firefly takes place in The Woodlands of Dover International Speedway Dover Interna ...
is held in the Woodlands of Dover Motor Speedway every summer since 2012.


Infrastructure


Transportation

The main north–south highway through Dover is
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, which runs through the main commercial strip of Dover on the multi-lane, divided Dupont Highway. An alternate route of U.S. Route 13, U.S. Route 13 Alternate, passes through downtown Dover on Governors Avenue. The limited-access
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toll road, which provides the main route to
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and the
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, passes to the east of Dover. It ends near the
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and DE 1 continues south on Bay Road. U.S. Route 113 formerly ran along Bay Road from Milford to US 13 near the State Capitol Complex, however it was decommissioned north of Milford in 2004 to avoid the concurrency with DE 1 between the Dover Air Force Base and Milford. Delaware Route 8 is the main east–west route through Dover, passing through downtown on Division Street and West Dover on Forrest Avenue. It continues west toward
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Maryland
to provide access to the
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Chesapeake Bay Bridge
.
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passes north–south through the western part of Dover along Hazlettville Road, West North Street, Saulsbury Road, and McKee Road. Dover is one of only four state capitals not served by an
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.
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;
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Jefferson City, Missouri
; and
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are the other three state capitals with this distinction. Parking in the downtown area of Dover consists of free on-street two-hour parking and five off-street parking lots offering a total of 440 spaces. Parking lots in downtown Dover contain a mix of permit parking,
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parking meter
s, and free two-hour, 15-minute, and handicapped parking spaces along with spaces reserved for tenants and apartments. Parking is free on evenings and weekends.
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is located within the southeast corporate limits of Dover. Airports near Dover with commercial air service include the New Castle County Airport in Wilmington,the Wicomico Regional Airport in
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, the
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in
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Baltimore
, and the
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Philadelphia International Airport
in
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. Other general aviation airports near Dover include Chandelle Estates Airport to the northeast of the city,
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near Cheswold, and Jenkins Airport near
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. Dover is located on a former
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line, later operated by
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,
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, and
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and now operated by the
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as its Delmarva Subdivision. Into the 1950s multiple PRR passenger trains daily, on a
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-
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circuit, made stops in Dover, including the '' Del-Mar-Va Express'' and the night train, the ''Cavalier.'' Passenger service ended when the ''Blue Diamond'' was discontinued on December 31, 1965. In later years, Dover was served by special trains to
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races at
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Dover International Speedway
and the
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in Harrington. Today, the rail line is just used for local freight. The closest passenger rail station is the Wilmington station in Wilmington, served by Amtrak's
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and
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's
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.
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provides local bus service throughout Dover and Kent County, radiating as a hub-and-spoke system from the Dover Transit Center in downtown. They also provide inter-county service to Wilmington on the Route 301, Newark on the Route 302,
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on the Route 303, and
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on the Route 307 and seasonal service to Lewes and
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on the Route 305 "Beach Connection".
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are provided as intercity bus transportation along a route running between the
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in
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and
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, with a bus stop at the
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store along U.S. Route 13 in the northern part of Dover.
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service is available via Greyhound Lines from Dover to the Amtrak station in Wilmington.


Utilities

The city of Dover provides various utility services to businesses and residents. The Department of Public Works provides trash collection, recycling, water, and sewer service to the city.
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provides recycling collection under contract to the city. The City of Dover Electric Department provides electricity to the city and some surrounding areas to the south and east, including the town of Little Creek. The city's electric department is a member of the Delaware Municipal Electric Corporation, a wholesale electric utility that represents municipal electric departments in the state of Delaware. The City of Dover Electric Department generates some of its electricity from the McKee Run Generating Station, which consists of three natural gas-powered units that are used on a limited basis. The city also generates electricity from
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at the Dover SUN Park, a 10 MW solar power farm on 103 acres at the Garrison Oak technology park that is owned by
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. The remainder of the city's electricity is purchased. Natural gas service in Dover is provided by
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.


Health care

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operates the Bayhealth Hospital, Kent Campus in Dover. The hospital offers various inpatient services including a birthing room and cardiovascular and cancer services. The Kent Campus also offers numerous outpatient services, patient and family support services, community outreach, and imaging services. The hospital has a 24-hour
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emergency room
with a Level III trauma center.


Education

Dover is home to
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, a
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and Delaware's only
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. The city was also home to Wesley College, which is now the Delaware State University Downtown campus. Campus Community School, a public charter school, is located on the Wesley College grounds. It is also home to the Terry Campus of the and that college's administrative offices. Dover also has satellite locations of the
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and
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. Three public school districts serve Dover residents. The majority of the city is served by the Capital School District, which includes Dover High School. The southern portion of Dover is served by the Caesar Rodney School District, which includes
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located just outside the city in
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. The Polytech School District, which includes located in Woodside, serves as an overlay district for vocational-technical students. The Dover Air Force Base
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Middle School
is located on the premises of the Dover Air Force Base. This school is unusual in that it is run not by the Department of Defense, but by the Caesar Rodney School District.


Culture

The former Dover Opera House, built in 1904, was renovated and converted to the Schwartz Center for the Arts, which hosted performances by the Dover Symphony Orchestra, ballet, and classic films. The Schwartz Center for the Arts closed on June 30, 2017, due to financial issues. Dover is also home to The Children's Theatre, Inc. of Dover and Kent County, a non-profit organization. The Delaware State Library, the Delaware State Museum, and the Delaware State Archives are in downtown Dover and are open to the public for research and browsing. In Dover's historical district is the Sewell C. Biggs Museum of American Art, featuring collections from the Colonial days to the present. An
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Amish
community resides to the west of Dover, consisting of 11 church districts and about 1,650 people. The Amish first settled in Kent County in 1915, with the settlement almost dying out in the '20s and '30s, but rebounding from the 60's to present. The area is home to several Amish businesses selling items such as Amish food, furniture, quilts, and handmade crafts. Every September, th
Amish Country Bike Tour
the largest bike ride in Delaware, takes place in the area. In recent years, increasing development has led to the decline in the number of Amish living in the community, with some moving to areas with cheaper farmland and less traffic, such as Michigan, Upstate New York, Illinois, Kentucky, and southern Virginia.


Parks and recreation

The City of Dover Parks & Recreation Department maintains several parks in the city, consisting of 3 larger parks and 27 smaller parks.
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is a 182-acre park located along Silver Lake and offers fishing, boating, a walking/jogging path that provides views of the lake, a playground, benches, and pavilions. Schutte Park offers a variety of athletic facilities including 10 multipurpose fields, 4 lighted softball fields, a pavilion, a playground, a cross country course, waking paths, the Dover Little League baseball fields, and the John W. Pitts Recreation Center. The recreation center at Schutte Park has meeting rooms, a gym with 2 basketball courts and 3 volleyball courts, and an indoor walking track; it is home to a variety of fitness classes, sports, and sport leagues. Dover Park offers 3 tennis courts, a softball field, multipurpose field, 2 basketball courts, a disc golf course, and two pavilions. Dover is home to several smaller neighborhood parks including City Hall Plaza, Continental Park, Crossgates Park, Division & Kirkwood Streets Park, Kirkwood & Mary Streets Park, Hamlet, Heatherfield East, Mallard Pond, Mayfair Park, Millcreek Park, New & Dover Streets Park, Orville Myers, Paul's Property, Richardson Park, Saulsbury Park, The Green, Turner Drive, Westfield, Westwind Meadows, Williams Park, and Woodbrook.


Media

Two
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newspapers
are headquartered in Dover, the ''
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'', printed weekly and online, and the daily ''Delaware State News''. Kent County is within the Template:Philly TV, Philadelphia television market, with the local Xfinity cable system carrying most channels from that city, alongside Salisbury, Maryland, Salisbury stations WBOC-TV 16 (CBS), WMDT 47 (American Broadcasting Company, ABC), Maryland Public Television, WCPB 28 (PBS), and low-powered NBC affiliate WRDE-LD 31. WBOC-TV maintains a bureau in Dover, and WHYY-TV 12, the PBS member station in Philadelphia, maintains a studio and broadcasting facility in Dover. WMDT operates a local repeater serving Dover, WEVD-LP channel 27, while WHYY programming is seen locally on WDPB-TV channel 64 from Seaford, Delaware, Seaford (part of the Salisbury television market). WDDE, Delaware's first NPR station, launched in August 2012. It broadcasts on 91.1 FM. Delaware was the last state in the nation to have an NPR station located within its borders.


Sports

Dover Motor Speedway is home to a
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race weekend in May. The race weekend features the ARCA Menards Series East on Friday, the NASCAR Xfinity Series on Saturday, and the NASCAR Cup Series on Sunday. Located with Dover Motor Speedway is Bally's Dover, a harness horse racing track, hotel and casino. The harness track is located within the NASCAR track. The two colleges in town are both active in sports. The Wesley College (Delaware), Wesley College Wolverines are a perennial powerhouse in NCAA Division III football, where they began play in the New Jersey Athletic Conference in 2015, while other sports compete in the Capital Athletic Conference. The Delaware State Hornets compete in NCAA Division I, with football competing at the Football Championship Subdivision, FCS level of Division I, as a member of the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference made up of other historically black colleges and universities. For one week during the middle of July every year, Dover also hosts the Big League (Little League 16–18) Eastern Regionals, attracting teams from all of New England and the Mid-Atlantic. There are several golf courses located near Dover. They include the Maple Dale Country Club in Dover, Wild Quail Country Club near Camden, Jonathan's Landing Golf Course near Magnolia, Dover Center Par 3 and Driving Range in Dover, and the Eagle Creek Golf Course (Must have military I.D.) on the Dover Air Force Base. Historically, Dover hosted a farm team of the Philadelphia Phillies in the Eastern Shore Baseball League. It also served as an affiliate of the minor-league Baltimore Orioles (minor league), Baltimore Orioles. The teams were variously known as the Senators, Dobbins, Orioles, and Dover Phillies, Phillies. In 2008 ''Sporting News'' ranked Dover 215th in its list of the 400 Best Sports Cities based on the year October 2007 – October 2008, a year which saw high attendance for the NASCAR races and Delaware State's football team making its first FCS tournament appearance. Combat Zone Wrestling held its yearly CZW Tournament of Death, Tournament of Death in Dover twice.


Notable people

*Jacob M. Appel, Jacob Appel (b. 1973), short story writer and bioethicist, lived in Dover 1982–91 *David H. Berger (b. 1959), 38th Commandant of the United States Marine Corps *Madison Brengle (born 1990), professional tennis player *Randy Bush (born 1958), Major League Baseball player *Annie Jump Cannon (1863–1941), astronomer and co-creator of Harvard Classification Scheme *Robert Crumb (born 1943), underground artist, lived in Dover from 1959 to 1961 *William D. Denney (1873–1953), 56th Governor of Delaware, born in Dover *Murphy Guyer (born 1952), actor, director, playwright, born in Dover *Doug Hutchison (born 1960), actor, born in Dover *Gilder D. Jackson Jr. (1893–1966), Brigadier General USMC during World War II *Mike Meade (born 1960), National Football League, NFL player, born in Dover *Teri Polo (born 1969), actress, born in Dover *Mabel Lloyd Ridgely (1872–1962), suffragist and historical preservationist, based in Dover *Ian Snell (born 1981), Major League Baseball pitcher *Dave Taylor (wrestler), Dave Taylor (born 1957), retired professional wrestler *Rob Tornoe (born 1978), nationally syndicated, award-winning cartoonist, attended Dover High School


References


External links


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