Founded in 1683, the historic city of Dover is Delaware’s capital and second-largest city. More than 37,000 residents make their home in Dover, where they enjoy the unique combination of big city amenities and small town atmosphere that make the city a great place to live.
Dover’s progressive economy is driven by more than 3,200 local and national businesses based primarily in government, manufacturing, and agriculture. Dover residents enjoy a median household income of more than $46,000 and an average commute time of approximately 20 minutes, well below that of the national average.
The city features a host of cultural and historic attractions that include the Schwartz Center for the Arts, Dover’s premier preforming arts center and home of the Dover Symphony Orchestra, and Woodburn House, a circa-1798 Georgian home listed on the National Register of Historic Places that serves as the official residence for the governor of Delaware.
Dover’s location on the St. Jones River affords a wealth of opportunities for outdoor sports and recreation. The city is home to 27 city parks and a number of recreational facilities that include the John W. Pitts Recreation Center, a multi-purpose facility located in Schutte Park that features a gymnasium, jogging track, and programs and activities for residents and visitors alike. Outdoor enthusiasts will enjoy Silver Lake Park, a popular fishing spot that features hiking, biking, and boating, as well as St. John’s Reserve, a coastal estuary featuring hiking and biking, wildlife watching, and a conservation area hosting interactive activities and exhibits.
Dover International Speedway brings the excitement of racing to Dover, with NASCAR Sprint Cup, Busch Series, and Camping World Truck Series events, while the Dover Downs Hotel & Casino features casino gaming at its best with gaming tables, slot machines, and poker, along with simulcast and live harness racing, headliner entertainment, and championship boxing.
The Firefly Music Festival is Dover’s premier annual event. Held at the Woodlands of Dover festival grounds, the four-day event features nationally known musicians and bands on 7 stages, as well as arcades, a beer bar, outdoor bazaar, and other special attractions.
Dover’s thriving residential communities, successful businesses, and host of recreation and entertainment opportunities make it a great place to live, work, and play in Delaware!