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Welcome to Dover ...

The city of Dover is located in Strafford County<1> and is the County Seat for Strafford County.

While we don't have a date for the founding of Dover, you might get a feel for it by knowing that during our research the earliest mention that we found (so far) was in a book dated 1895.

From the  Census Estimates for 2019, Dover has a population of 32,293 people<2> (see below for details).

Dover is 120 feet [37 m] above sea level.<3>.

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

Dover lies within the (603) area code.

Websites for Dover ...

Official Website:

Chamber of Commerce:

Population Details ...

Taken from the 2019 Census Estimates, Dover had an population of 32,293 people. This is an increase of 7.69% since the 2010 Census (or an increase of 20.12% since the 2000 Census).

At the time of the 2010 Census, Dover had a population of 29,987 people (or 24.35% of the total population of Strafford County). This makes Dover the county's most populous community.

The population of Dover represents 2.28% of the total population of New Hampshire (which has 1,316,470 people), making it the state's 5th most populous community.

With a 2010 count of 29,987 people, the population of Dover increased 11.54% from the 2000 Census (with a count of 26,884 people).

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

Communities Also Named Dover ...

Using our Gazetteer, we 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, Massachusetts, Michigan (3), Minnesota, Mississippi (2), Missouri (2), Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Brunswick, 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.

  • Rochester
  • Portsmouth
  • Sanford
  • Hampton
  • Exeter
  • York
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for York
    • York lies 10 miles [16.1 km]<4> to the east of Dover.
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 13,329 people
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for York have been provided by the GNIS.<6> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on York
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for York<5>
  • Wells
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Wells
    • Wells lies 17 miles [27.4 km]<4> to the northeast of Dover.
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 10,819 people
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Wells have been provided by the GNIS.<6> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Wells
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Wells<5>
  • Raymond
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Raymond
    • Raymond lies 19 miles [30.6 km]<4> to the southwest of Dover.
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 10,573 people
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Raymond have been provided by the GNIS.<6> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Raymond
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Raymond<5>
  • Kittery
  • Barrington

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. Our list includes 57 papers. 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.

In addition to the Tourism page for Dover, there are neighboring communities that also have Tourism pages. More information about those communities can be found on 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.

From our notes, the earliest published mention we've found for Dover was in the book titled Business Atlas and Shippers' Guide (1895).

We also found Dover on a map titled Rand McNally Map of New Hampshire (1912).

For more details, see References and Mentions for Dover.

The official website for Dover:

The official website for Strafford County:

The official website for State of New Hampshire:

Footnotes ...

<1>If you're interested in how the shape of New Hampshire's counties, including Strafford, have changed over time, we recommend the Atlas of Historical County Boundaries.
<2>Population counts have been provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. For more detail, please visit our Census Page for Dover.
<3>The elevation is an estimate for the area around Dover - it will be higher in some places and lower in others.
<4>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'straight-line' (or point-to-point) distance. A straight line distance ignores things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line 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 for your convenience: 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: 43.1977, Longitude: -70.8740    
<5>While we're fans and frequent users of TripAdvisor, you should know that we're also members of the TripAdvisor affiliate program.
<6>The location has been supplied by the Geographic Names Information System - which is maintained by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS). While these values should be definitive, we found that accuracy can vary and you should double-check the location if accuracy is required.




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