A popular nickname for Dover is Capital of the First State. Besides the First State, monikers for Delaware include the Diamond State, Blue Hen State and the Small Wonder.
Historical sites in Dover dating back to the 1700s include the remodeled Christ Church, John Dickenson House, Bradford Loockerman House, Eden Hill House, John Bullen House and the Delaware Governor’s Mansion.
Research website numbeo lacks sufficient data to rank Delaware’s capital on its comprehensive global quality of life rating which benchmarks 250 cities worldwide. Numbeo does evaluate Dover on several individual factors. For instance, Dover’s safety score ranks among the top four while its pollution index rates in the cleanest 18%. Property price to income ratio in Dover is competitive, falling among the 16% lowest. On the negative side, Dover rates relatively poorly for health care (bottom 7%) and traffic commute time (slowest 10%).
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.
Dover was recognized by the Guinness World Records for its Firefly Music Festival where 396 attendees lathered up to shower together for at least 5 minutes, the most ever to shower simultaneously at a single venue. The feat was sponsored by soap-maker Irish Spring and was accomplished on June 15, 2018.
The largest employers in Dover, Delaware are its state government, the Dover Air Force Base, Bayhealth Medical Center (includes Kent General Hospital and Milford Memorial Hospital), racetrack Dover International Speedway and Delaware State University.
From an international trade perspective, Delaware shipped U$4.407 billion worth of goods around the globe during 2019. Its most valuable exports include medications excluding vaccines (22.8% of Delaware’s global total), physical or chemical analysis apparatus (5.9%), passenger cars with spark-ignition engines (5.4%), civilian aircraft including engines and other parts (4.5%), gold (3.1%), bananas excluding plantains (3%), machine tools parts or accessories (2.7%), refined petroleum oils (2.6%), filtering or purifying machinery parts (2.1%), and vulcanized rubber gaskets, washers or other seals (1.9%) 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: 38,399 (Dover) at August 14, 2020
Density: 1,622 people per square mile (626 per square kilometer)
Population: 982,895 (Delaware state) at August 14, 2020
Density: 496 people per square mile (192 per square kilometer)
GDP: US$6.7 billion in 2018 (Dover)
GDP per person: $35,425 in 2017
Note: The above GDP metrics are on a current basis and are in Chained 2012 U.S. dollars.
Chained 2009 U.S. dollars for GDP per person data
Official currency used in Dover: U.S. dollars
Brookings Institution, Global Metro Monitor Report (includes GDP data).
City-Data.com, Dover Economy.
Dilemma X, U.S. Census Bureau metropolitan population estimates July 1, 2016.
Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis, Total Real Gross Domestic Product for Dover, DE (MSA).
Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis, Unemployment Rate in Dover, DE (MSA).
Forbes Global 2000, The World’s Biggest Public Companies.
Guinness World Records, Music lovers scrub up well….
Nations Online, Capital Cities of the USA.
Numbeo, Quality of Life Index by City.
Official Government Website, City of Dover official website.
United States Census Bureau, Foreign Trade: State by 6-Digit HS Code and Top Countries.
United States Census Bureau, State Population Totals Tables: 2010-2016.
United States Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, Local Area Unemployment Statistics: Seasonally Adjusted Metropolitan Area Estimates.
U.S. Department of Commerce, Bureau of Economic Analysis, Gross Domestic Product by Metropolitan Area, 2015 (Tables Only).
Wikimedia Commons, Dover city flag.
Wikipedia, Dover, Delaware.
Wikipedia, Kent County, Delaware.
Wikipedia, List of Metropolitan Statistical Areas.
World Population Review, Dover, Delaware Population.
Doverians celebrate Independence Day as a national holiday each July 4.
Dover’s land area occupies 23.67 square miles (61.31 square kilometers). The state capital’s population was 38,399 Doverians at August 14, 2020.
At the state level, Delaware’s land area extends over 1,982 square miles (5,130 square kilometers). Delaware is home to 982,895 residents in August 2020.
Population density is more concentrated in Dover, averaging 1,622 people per square mile (626 per square kilometer).
Zooming out to Delaware’s overall land boundaries, the state’s population density averages 496 persons per square mile (192 per square kilometer).