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Dover, Massachusetts

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Welcome to Dover ...

Dover is located in Norfolk County<1>.

We aren't confident of the location of Dover, so consider the above location as an estimate.<2>

From the  Census Estimates for 2019, Dover has a population of 6,130 people<3> (see below for details).

Dover was settled in 1635 and was incorporated in 1836.

Dover is 170 feet [52 m] above sea level.<4>.

Time Zone: Dover lies in the Eastern Time Zone (EST/EDT) and observes daylight saving time

Area codes for Dover: (508) and (774)<5>

The ZIP code for Dover: 02030<6>

Websites for Dover ...

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Population Details ...

Taken from the 2019 Census Estimates, Dover had an population of 6,130 people. This is an increase of 9.68% since the 2010 Census (or an increase of 10.29% since the 2000 Census).

At the time of the 2010 Census, Dover had a population of 5,589 people. This makes Dover the county's 27th most populous community.

The population of Dover represents 0.09% of the population of Massachusetts (which has 6,547,629 people), making it the state's 238th most populous community.

With a 2010 count of 5,589 people, the population of Dover has remained roughly the same as the 2000 Census (with a count of 5,558 people).

More information can be found on the Census Page for Dover.

Communities Also Named Dover ...

Using our Gazetteer, we have found that there are 58 communities that are also named Dover - they are located in Alabama, Arkansas, Colorado, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana (2), Iowa (3), Kansas (2), Kentucky, Maine (2), Maryland, Michigan (3), Minnesota, Mississippi (2), Missouri (2), Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Brunswick, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, Newfoundland and Labrador, North Carolina (3), North Dakota, Nova Scotia, Ohio (3), Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Prince Edward Island, South Carolina (2), South Dakota, Tennessee (2), Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia (2) and Wisconsin.

For more information, see our Tidbits & Trivia Page for Dover.

Communities near Dover ...

We have created a list of 10 communities that are near Dover.

  • Boston [Suffolk County]
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    • Boston [Suffolk County] lies 14 miles [22.5 km]<7> to the northeast of Dover
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 691,531 people
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  • Cambridge [Middlesex County]
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    • Cambridge [Middlesex County] lies 12 miles [19.3 km]<7> to the northeast of Dover
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 119,192 people
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  • Brockton [Plymouth County]
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    • Brockton [Plymouth County] lies 17 miles [27.4 km]<7> to the southeast of Dover
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 95,770 people
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  • Quincy [Norfolk County]
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    • Quincy [Norfolk County] lies 14 miles [22.5 km]<7> to the east of Dover
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 94,421 people
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  • Continue List   (6 more) ...
    • Newton [Middlesex County]
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      • Newton [Middlesex County] lies 7 miles [11.3 km]<7> to the northeast of Dover
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 87,803 people
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    • Somerville [Middlesex County]
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      • Somerville [Middlesex County] lies 13 miles [20.9 km]<7> to the northeast of Dover
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 80,935 people
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    • Framingham [Middlesex County]
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      • Framingham [Middlesex County] lies 7 miles [11.3 km]<7> to the west of Dover
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 73,892 people
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    • Waltham [Middlesex County]
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      • Waltham [Middlesex County] lies 9 miles [14.5 km]<7> to the north of Dover
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 62,069 people
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    • Medford [Middlesex County]
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      • Medford [Middlesex County] lies 15 miles [24.1 km]<7> to the northeast of Dover
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 60,847 people
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    • Malden [Middlesex County]
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      • Malden [Middlesex County] lies 16 miles [25.7 km]<7> to the northeast of Dover
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 59,922 people
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To Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

We have a couple of sections for those tracing their genealogy.

We created a list of cemeteries that are in the area around Dover. Our list includes the location of those cemeteries and we provide an overhead view. See our Cemetery List for Dover.

Using the information from an 1895 Atlas, we've created a list of communities that were in the area of Dover. Our list includes information such as whether the 1895 community had a post office or railroad service. See our List of 1890's Communities around Dover.

We also have a detailed list of newspapers that have been published in the area around Dover. See our Newspapers Page for Dover.

TripAdvisor Tourism Pages for Dover ...

Looking for more information about Dover? A wonderful source is the TripAdvisor website. We always start with the TripAdvisor Tourism page, where you can read an overview with links that will help you find lodging, restaurants and attractions.

While we are unaware of a Tourism page that is specific to Dover, there are neighboring communities that do have Tourism pages. A map of those communities can be found with our TripAdvisor Page for Dover.

Adding Dover to Our Gazetteer ...

We originally found mention of Dover in both the FIPS-55 and the GNIS. For more information, see the FIPS and GNIS Codes sections on our Miscellaneous Page.

In addition, our notes show that the earliest dated mention that we've found for Dover was in the Business Atlas and Shippers' Guide (1895).

We also found Dover on a map titled George#&160;F. Cram Map (1901).

For more details about the above, see References and Mentions for Dover on our Genealogy Page.

Other Roadside Stops ...

Index of Cities, Towns and Villages for Massachusetts

About Norfolk County

About Massachusetts

Off-the-Road Links ...

The official website for Dover:

The official website for Norfolk County:

The official website for State of Massachusetts:

Footnotes ...

<1>If you're interested in how the shape of Massachusetts' counties, including Norfolk, have changed over time, we recommend the Atlas of Historical County Boundaries.
<2>An 'estimated' location is one where we have been given GPS coordinates, but are unable to verify the accuracy of those coordinates. That said, we have some confidence that we have placed the marker near the actual location. A typical reason for being unable to verify a location is that it might be on private property or maybe historic and gone without an obvious trace.
<3>Population counts have been provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. For more detail, please visit our Census Page for Dover.
<4>The elevation is an estimate for the area around Dover - it will be higher in some places and lower in others.
<5>Area code (774) is an overlay for area code (508).
<6>ZIP Codes have been created by the United States Postal Service (USPS) as a way of grouping addresses to make delivery more efficient. The boundaries of the ZIP Code can be changed, re-assigned, eliminated or overlapped with other ZIP Codes. So keep in mind that any given ZIP Code is only 'loosely' associated with a community (such as Dover). When looking for a ZIP Code, whether Dover or elsewhere, it's always best to check the website of the United States Postal Service (USPS).
<7>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'straight-line' distance. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- Dover) to Point B.If you need the driving distance (or directions), we recommend that you use one of the Mapping Services listed on our Map Page for Dover. Since we usually use Google Maps, we've provided the following link: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from DoverOur distance measurements begin at a specific point in Dover. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 42.2451, Longitude: -71.2823       In this case, the coordinates for Dover have been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS).






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