Nicknamed Capital of the First State, Dover is the state capital for Delaware and is America’s 7th-least populated state capital city. Strictly in terms of statehood, Dover is America’s longest-serving capital city.
The Dover International Speedway runs National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing (NASCAR) races two weekends every year. These events attract almost 100,000 enthusiastic visitors thus contributing millions of dollars to Delaware’s capital city annually.
The largest employers in Dover, Delaware are the Dover Air Force Base, Bayhealth Medical Center (includes Kent General Hospital and Milford Memorial Hospital), racetrack Dover International Speedway and Delaware State University.
Delaware shipped U$4.532 billion worth of goods around the globe during 2016. Highest-value exports from Delaware are packaged retail medicine, automobiles, physical chemistry measuring instruments, civilian aircraft and plastic items according to United States Census Bureau data.
Capital Facts for Dover, United States: Quick Reference
Capital landmarks: Delaware Agricultural Museum and Village, Delaware Governor’s mansion, Dover International Speedway, John Dickinson Plantation and Old State House
Below, you will find 10 of the most famous people born in Dover, United States:
- Teri Polo, actress (born Jun. 1, 1969)
- Tyresa Smith, professional WBNA basketball player (born Apr. 21, 1985)
- Doug Hutchison, actor (born May 26, 1960)
- Madison Brengle, international tennis champion (born Apr. 3, 1990)
- Rocky Myers, actor (born Aug. 24, 1982)
- John A. Norris, producer & writer (born Aug. 24, 1974)
- Murphy Guyer, actor (born Dec. 25, 1952)
- Ken Peters, writer & director (born Sep. 29, 1979)
- Jane Bunnell, actress (born Dec. 19, 1952)
- Anthony Miles, international basketball player (born Jun. 16, 1992)
Note: Data for our Famous People tab was sourced from Google searches of published Wikipedia articles specific to each person’s name.
Demonym for a Dover resident: Doverian
Population: 37,786 (Dover city limits)
Density: 1,687 people per square mile (651 per square kilometer)
Population: 174,827 (Dover metropolitan area)
Density: 298 people per square mile (115 per square kilometer)
GDP: US$7.104 billion as of March 2015 (Dover metropolitan area)
GDP per person: $40,634
Note: The above GDP metrics are on a current basis and are in U.S. dollars.
Official currency used in Dover: U.S. dollars
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United States Census Bureau, State Population Totals Tables: 2010-2016. Accessed on June 24, 2017
United States Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, Local Area Unemployment Statistics: Seasonally Adjusted Metropolitan Area Estimates. Accessed on June 24, 2017
U.S. Department of Commerce, Bureau of Economic Analysis, Gross Domestic Product by Metropolitan Area, 2015 (Tables Only). Accessed on June 24, 2017
Wikimedia Commons, Dover city flag. Accessed on June 24, 2017
Wikipedia, Delaware. Accessed on June 24, 2017
Wikipedia, Dover, Delaware. Accessed on June 24, 2017
Wikipedia, Kent County, Delaware. Accessed on June 24, 2017
Wikipedia, List of Metropolitan Statistical Areas. Accessed on June 24, 2017
Within city limits, Dover occupies 22.4 square miles (58 square kilometers). The state capital’s population was 37,786 Doverians in 2016.
Comprised of Delaware’s Kent County, the Dover DE Metropolitan Statistical Area covers a land area of 586 square miles (1,518 square kilometers). Dover’s metropolitan area population is home to 174,827 inhabitants.
At the city level, Dover’s population density is 1,687 residents per square mile (651 per square kilometer).
Population density dilutes within the larger Dover metropolitan area to an average 298 inhabitants per square mile (115 per square kilometer).
Doverians celebrate Independence Day as a national holiday each July 4.