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Living a College Town Lifestyle in Dover, Delaware

36,000 residents make their home in this college community. Dover is the capital of Delaware and its second largest city. The city grew 12% from 2000 to 2008.  It is home to 2 colleges (Delaware State University, a historically black college; as well as Wesley College). It is also home to a handful of other satellite campuses. Dover Air Force Base is  also located here and a major employer.

The former Dover Opera House has recently been converted into a center for the arts. The Delaware state museum is also located here.

Photo of downtown Dover courtesy of Wikipedia and Tim Kiser.

Where to Retire in Dover and Home Prices

There are a lot of active adult communities being built in the area due to abundant land and the tax-friendly attitude of Delaware (small income tax, low property taxes, and no sales tax).  See link at top left for Dover Active Adult Communities.
The median home price in Dover was $316,100 in the 3rd quarter of 2022, according to the National Association of Realtors.

What Is Special about Dover

Dover Air Force Base, low tax environment, proximity to Chesapeake Bay and the Ocean, 3 colleges, Dover International Speedway (NASCAR racing)

What Is Not Special about Dover

High crime rate and chilly winters.

Climate and Physical Environment

Dover is near the middle of Delaware, not too far from the Chesapeake.  The average daily high in July is 87 degrees and the average January low is 27. August tends to be the rainiest month with almost 5" of precip.

Restaurants & Cultural Scene

Delaware Opera House is now the Scwartz Center for the Arts. Activities at Delaware State University and Wesley College. The Delaware State Library, Delaware State Museum, and the Delaware State Archives are here, along with Sewell C. Biggs Museum of American Art.


Crime in Dover is about a third higher than the national average.

Medical Facilities

Bayhealth Medical Center serves Dover.


DART First State provides bus service throughout the city. New Castle Airport and Baltimore-Washington-International are the nearest airports.

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