Dec
10
2009

What is Dover, Delaware, city profile?

Delaware State Capitol - courtesy jimbowen0306 - CC-BY

Delaware State Capitol - courtesy jimbowen0306 - CC-BY

Dover is the capital of Delaware and the states second largest city.  The city was named by William Penn for Dover in Kent, England and it became the capital in 1777.

Dover is one of the fast-growing areas in the country, due in large part to the relatively low cost of living. It is also home to a large number of museums for a town its size, among them are the Air Mobility Command Museum on Dover Air Force Base, the Biggs Museum of American Art, the Delaware Agricultural Museum and Village, the Delaware Archaeology Museum, the Delaware State Police Museum and Educational Center, the John Dickinson Plantation, the Johnson Victrola Museum, the Museum of Small Town Life and the State Capitol.  The Delaware State Capitol was built in the late 1700s and is still in use, and it is also a museum housing portraits of politicians and war heroes.  There is also Barratt’s Chapel, known as the “Cradle of Methodism in America.”

Twice a year, NASCAR stock car races are held at Dover International Speedway, attracting over 100,000 spectators and temporarily making Dover the state’s largest city.

Looking for a bargain?  Delaware is the home of tax-free shopping. You will automatically save on whatever you buy there.  Dover is no exception with a good selection of malls and the downtown shopping area has an interesting mix of stores with boutiques, art galleries, jewelry and collectibles.

While Dover has a good selection of local and international restaurants, it is a seafood town above all.  Make sure to take time to enjoy some mid-Atlantic regional seafood treats.  Dining in Dover can be a pleasant surprise.

Dover’s weather is quite variable, as the average temperature ranges from a high of 85.6 degrees Fahrenheit to a low of 23.2 degrees.

Dover is considered a safe city.  Normal precautions apply.

Dover is served by several nearby airports including the Wicomico Regional Airport in Salisbury, Maryland, the Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport in Baltimore, Maryland, and the Philadelphia International Airport in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Dover population is 35,811 (2008).  Metro area is 152,255.

1 is the calling code for the United States.

302 is the area code for Dover.

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