Dover New Hampshire Community Profile

Dover new hampshire community profile
Dover, NH
Community Contact Dover City Clerk's Office
Judy Gaouette
288 Central Avenue
Dover, NH 03820-4169

Telephone (603) 516-6021
Fax (603) 516-6666
E-mail j.gaouette@ci.dover.nh.us
Web Site www.ci.dover.nh.us/

Municipal Office Hours Monday through Friday, 8 am - 4 pm, plus Wednesday until 6 pm

County Strafford
Labor Market Area Rochester-Dover NH-ME Metro-NECTA, NH Portion
Tourism Region Seacoast
Planning Commission Strafford Regional
Regional Development Southeast Economic Development Corp.

Election Districts
US Congress
District 1 (All Wards)
Executive Council
District 3 (All Wards)
State Senate
District 21 (All Wards)
State Representative
Strafford County Districts 4 (Wards 1 & 2), 5 (Wards 3 & 4), and 6 (Wards 5 & 6)
Incorporated: 1623

Origin: For the first fifty years of New Hampshire history, Dover was one of only three communities established in what is now New Hampshire. Settled in 1623 on the banks of the Piscataqua River, Dover was first called Hilton's Point, named after Edward Hilton, who procured for himself the Dover and Squamscot Patent in 1629. The town was also known by the Indian names of Newichwannock (place of wigwams) and Cocheco; and briefly called Bristol and North-ham before permanently becoming Dover. The settlement was an independent government until 1641, when residents agreed to be annexed to Massachusetts; the town returned to New Hampshire when provincial status was restored by King George II in 1741. Dover's location on the Piscataqua and Cocheco Rivers made it a thriving center of trading and manufacturing. Dover was incorporated as a city in 1855.

Villages and Place Names: Bellamy, Cocheco, Gates Corner, Sawyers, Wentworth Terrace

Population, Year of the First Census Taken: 1,998 residents in 1790

Population Trends: Population change for Dover totaled 11,119 over 50 years, from 15,874 in 1950 to 26,993 in 2000. The largest decennial percent change was a 21 percent increase between 1950 and 1960, and the population has grown less than 15 percent each decade since. The 2005 Census estimate for Dover was 28,486 residents, which ranked seventh among New Hampshire's incorporated cities and towns.

Population Density, 2005: 1,065.7 persons per square mile of land area, the eighth highest among the cities and towns. Dover contains 26.7 square miles of land area and 2.3 square miles of inland water area.

MUNICIPAL SERVICES
Type of Government Manager & Council
Budget: Municipal Appropriations, 2006 $86,235,249
Budget: School Appropriations not available
Zoning Ordinance 1948/04
Master Plan 2000
Capitol Improvement Plan Yes
Industrial Plans Reviewed By Planning Board

Boards and Commissions
Elected:
City Council
Appointed:
Planning; Zoning; Conservation; Library; Cemetery

Public Library Dover Public

EMERGENCY SERVICES
Police Department Full-time
Fire Department Full-time
Town Fire Insurance Rating 3/9
Emergency Medical Service Municipal

Nearest Hospital(s) Distance Staffed Beds
Wentworth-Douglass, Dover Local 178

UTILITIES
Electric Supplier PSNH
Natural Gas Supplier Northern Utilities
Water Supplier City of Dover

Sanitation Municipal
Municipal Wastewater Treatment Plant No
Solid Waste Disposal
Curbside Trash Pickup
Municipal
Pay-As-You-Throw Program
Yes
Recycling
Yes

Telephone Company Verizon
Cellular Telephone Access Yes
Cable Television Access Yes
Public Access Television Station Yes
High Speed Internet Service:  
Business
Yes
Residential
Yes

PROPERTY TAXES (NH Dept. of Revenue Adminstration) 
2005 Total Tax Rate (per $1000 of value) $19.42
2005 Equalization Ratio 87.9
2005 Full Value Tax Rate (per $1000 of value) $16.88

2005 Percent of Property Valuation by Type
Residential Land and Buildings
77.4%
Commercial Land and Buildings
21.2%
Other Property including Utilities
1.3%

HOUSING (NH Office of Energy and Planning) 
2005 Total Housing Units 12,966
   
2005 Single-Family Units 5,870
Building Permits Issued
59
2005 Multi-Family Units 6,657
Building Permits Issued
31
2005 Manufactured Housing Units 439
   
DEMOGRAPHICS (US Census Bureau) 
Total Population Community County
2005 28,486 119,015
2000 26,993 112,676
1990 25,420 104,348
1980 22,377 85,324
1970 20,850 70,431

Census 2000 Demographics
Population by Gender
Male
12,914
Female
13,970

Population by Age Group
Under age 5
1,527
Age 5 to 19
4,653
Age 20 to 34
7,055
Age 35 to 54
7,880
Age 55 to 64
2,077
Age 65 and over
3,692
Median Age
35.5 years

Educational Attainment, population 25 years and over
High school graduate or higher
88.1%
Bachelor's degree or higher
32.4%

ANNUAL INCOME, 1999 (US Census Bureau) 
Per capita income $23,459
Median 4-person family income $57,050
Median household income $43,873

Median Earnings, full-time, year-round workers
Male
$37,876
Female
$27,329

Families below the poverty level 4.8%

LABOR FORCE (NHES - ELMI) 
Annual Average 1995 2005
Civilian Labor Force
14,543 17,400
Employed
14,026 16,861
Unemployed
517 539
Unemployment Rate
3.6% 3.1%

EMPLOYMENT & WAGES (NHES - ELMI) 
Annual Average Covered Employment 1995 2005
Goods Producing Industries  
Average Employment
3,575 2,439
Average Weekly Wage
$620 $863
   
Service Providing Industries  
Average Employment
10,536 11,553
Average Weekly Wage
$408 $735
   
Total Private Industry  
Average Employment
14,111 13,991
Average Weekly Wage
$462 $757
   
Government (Federal, State, and Local)  
Average Employment
1,542 1,856
Average Weekly Wage
$482 $665
   
Total, Private plus Government  
Average Employment
15,653 15,847
Average Weekly Wage
$464 $747
n = indicates that the data does not meet disclosure standards
EDUCATION/CHILD CARE FACILITIES (NH Dept. of Education)
Schools students attend: Dover operates grades K-12 District: SAU 11
Career Technology Center(s): Dover Voc. Center; Somersworth Reg. Voc. Center; Creteau Voc. Center, Rochester Region: 12

Educational Facilities Elementary Middle/Junior High High School Private/Parochial
Number of Schools
3 1 1 4
Grade Levels
P K 1-4 5-8 9-12 K-12
Total Enrollment
1,342 1,142 1,606
NH Licensed Child Care Facilities, 2006: Total Facilities: 23 Total Capacity: 844
Nearest Community/Technical College: Stratham; Concord
Nearest Colleges or Universities: McIntosh; University of NH; Southern NH University
LARGEST EMPLOYERS PRODUCT/SERVICE EMPLOYEES ESTABLISHED
Liberty Mutual Insurance 1,177
City of Dover Municipal services 1,139 1855
Wentworth-Douglass Hospital Health care 1,048
Heidelberg Harris, Inc. Web offset presses 900
Foster's Daily Democrat Newspaper 220 1873
Cambridge Tool North Die casting 190
EAD Motors Electric motors 172
DT Magnetics High frequency transformers 105
Moore Business Equipment Business equipment & parts 80 1885
TRANSPORTATION  (Distance estimated from city / town hall)
Road Access US Routes 4
  State Routes 4, 9, 16, 16A, 16B, 108, 155
Nearest Interstate, Exit Spaulding Tpk., Exits 6-9;
I-95, Exit 5
         Distance Local access; 10 miles
Railroad Boston & Maine
Public Transportation Yes

Nearest Public Use Airport, General Aviation
Skyhaven, Rochester
Runway
4,001 ft. asphalt
Lighted?
Yes  Navigational Aids? Yes
Nearest Airport with Scheduled Service
Pease International Distance 11 miles
Number of Passsenger Airlines Serving Airport 2

Driving distance to selected cities:
Manchester, NH
40 miles
Portland, ME
50 miles
Boston, MA
66 miles
New York City, NY
277 miles
Montreal, Quebec
285 miles

COMMUTING TO WORK (US Census)
Workers 16 years and over  
Drove alone, car/truck/van
82.8%
Carpooled, car/truck/van
10.2%
Public transportation
1.0%
Walked
2.5%
Other Means
0.8%
Worked at home
2.8%
Mean Travel Time to Work 21.4 minutes

Percent of Working Residents:
Working in community of residence
33%
Commuting to another NH community
57%
Commuting out-of-state
10%
   
RECREATION, ATTRACTIONS, AND EVENTS
X Municipal Parks
YMCA/YWCA
X Boys Club/Girls Club
X Golf Courses
X Swimming: Indoor Facility
X Swimming: Outdoor Facility
Tennis Courts: Indoor Faclity
X Tennis Courts: Outdoor Facility
X Ice Skating Rink: Indoor Facility
X Bowling Facilities
X Museums
X Cinemas
X Performing Arts Facilities
X Tourists Attractions
X Youth Organizations (i.e., Scouts, 4-H)
X Youth Sports: Baseball
X Youth Sports: Soccer
X Youth Sports: Football
X Youth Sports: Basketball
X Youth Sports: Hockey
Campgrounds
X Fishing/Hunting
X Boating/Marinas
X Snowmobile Trails
X Bicycle Trails
X Cross Country Skiing
Beach or Waterfront Recreational Area
Overnight or Day Camps
   
Nearest Ski Area(s): Gunstock
   
Other: Woodman Institute; Bellamy River Sanctuary
Copyright 2006 Economic & Labor Market Information Bureau, NH Employment Security. All Rights Reserved. Updated 06/09/06

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