Dover, DE

Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA)

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2022 Population
182,400
1.29% 1-year growth
US Senator
Tom Carper
Democratic Party
US Senator
Chris Coons
Democratic Party
US Representative
Lisa Blunt Rochester
Democratic Party
2022 Median Age
38.5
0.785% 1-year increase
2022 Poverty Rate
12.3%
6.95% 1-year decrease
2022 Median Household Income
$69,278
8.73% 1-year growth
2022 Median Property Value
$272,300
14.1% 1-year growth
2022 Employed Population
81,794
2.09% 1-year growth

About

In 2022, Dover, DE had a population of 182k people with a median age of 38.5 and a median household income of $69,278. Between 2021 and 2022 the population of Dover, DE grew from 180,078 to 182,400, a 1.29% increase and its median household income grew from $63,715 to $69,278, a 8.73% increase.

The 5 largest ethnic groups in Dover, DE are White (Non-Hispanic) (58.6%), Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) (25.5%), Two+ (Non-Hispanic) (5.09%), White (Hispanic) (2.89%), and Two+ (Hispanic) (2.78%).

None of the households in Dover, DE reported speaking a non-English language at home as their primary shared language. This does not consider the potential multi-lingual nature of households, but only the primary self-reported language spoken by all members of the household.

97.4% of the residents in Dover, DE are U.S. citizens.

The largest universities in Dover, DE are Delaware Technical Community College-Terry (1,999 degrees awarded in 2022), Delaware State University (929 degrees), and Polytech Adult Education (175 degrees).

In 2022, the median property value in Dover, DE was $272,300, and the homeownership rate was 70.4%.

Most people in Dover, DE drove alone to work, and the average commute time was 26.7 minutes. The average car ownership in Dover, DE was 2 cars per household.

Population & Diversity

Dover, DE is home to a population of 182k people, from which 97.4% are citizens. As of 2022, 6.61% of Dover, DE residents were born outside of the country (12.1k people).

In 2022, there were 2.29 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (107k people) in Dover, DE than any other race or ethnicity. There were 46.6k Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) and 9.28k Two+ (Non-Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

Citizenship

97.4%
2022 Citizenship
97.5%
2021 Citizenship

As of 2022, 97.4% of Dover, DE residents were US citizens, which is higher than the national average of 93.5%. In 2021, the percentage of US citizens in Dover, DE was 97.5%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been decreasing.

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Race and Ethnicity

The 3 largest ethnic groups in Dover, DE
  1. White (Non-Hispanic)
    107k ± 511
  2. Black or African American (Non-Hispanic)
    46.6k ± 1.13k
  3. Two+ (Non-Hispanic)
    9.28k ± 1.29k
7.76%
Hispanic Population
14.2k people

In 2022, there were 2.29 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (107k people) in Dover, DE than any other race or ethnicity. There were 46.6k Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) and 9.28k Two+ (Non-Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

7.76% of the people in Dover, DE are hispanic (14.2k people).

The following chart shows the 7 races represented in Dover, DE as a share of the total population.

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Global Diversity

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Most Common Origin
  1. Mexico
    13,667 ± 2,850 people
  2. India
    10,737 ± 2,530 people
  3. Guatemala
    6,256 ± 1,936 people

In 2022, the most common birthplace for the foreign-born residents of Delaware was Mexico, the natal country of 13,667 Delaware residents, followed by India with 10,737 and Guatemala with 6,256.

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Foreign-Born Population

6.61%
2022 Foreign-Born Population
12.1k people
6.16%
2021 Foreign-Born Population
11.1k people

As of 2022, 6.61% of Dover, DE residents (12.1k people) were born outside of the United States, which is lower than the national average of 13.6%. In 2021, the percentage of foreign-born citizens in Dover, DE was 6.16%, meaning that the rate has been increasing.

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Veterans

Most Common Service Period
  1. Gulf War (2001-)
    5,203 ± 666
  2. Vietnam
    4,854 ± 485
  3. Gulf War (1990s)
    2,643 ± 399

Dover, DE has a large population of military personnel who served in Gulf War (2001-), 1.07 times greater than any other conflict.

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Economy

The economy of Dover, DE employs 81.8k people. The largest industries in Dover, DE are Health Care & Social Assistance (12,912 people), Retail Trade (11,777 people), and Educational Services (8,003 people), and the highest paying industries are Management of Companies & Enterprises ($93,086), Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services ($70,620), and Utilities ($59,792).

Males in Delaware have an average income that is 1.23 times higher than the average income of females, which is $64,027. The income inequality in Delaware (measured using the Gini index) is 0.457, which is lower than than the national average.

Occupations

81.8k
2022 Value
± 2,557
2.09%
1 Year growth
± 4.35%

From 2021 to 2022, employment in Dover, DE grew at a rate of 2.09%, from 80.1k employees to 81.8k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Dover, DE, are Office & Administrative Support Occupations (10,781 people), Sales & Related Occupations (7,171 people), and Management Occupations (6,880 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Dover, DE.

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Unemployment Insurance Claims

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Employment by Industries

81.8k
2022 Value
± 2,557
2.09%
1 Year growth
± 4.35%

From 2021 to 2022, employment in Dover, DE grew at a rate of 2.09%, from 80.1k employees to 81.8k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Dover, DE, are Health Care & Social Assistance (12,912 people), Retail Trade (11,777 people), and Educational Services (8,003 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Dover, DE, though some of these residents may live in Dover, DE and work somewhere else. Census data is tagged to a residential address, not a work address.

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Median Earnings by Industry

$47,647
Median earning men ± $1,341
$37,161
Median earning women ± $1,490

The industries with the best median earnings for men in 2022 are Public Administration ($63,067), Educational Services, & Health Care & Social Assistance ($57,568), and Professional, Scientific, & Management, & Administrative & Waste Management Services ($57,375).

The industries with the best median earnings for women in 2022 are Finance & Insurance, & Real Estate & Rental & Leasing ($52,607), Public Administration ($46,814), and Educational Services, & Health Care & Social Assistance ($45,417).

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Employment by Industry Sector

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2.43%
Year-over-year growth
Employment change between February 2022 and February 2023

As of February 2023, there are 472k people employed in Delaware. This represents a 2.43% increase in employment when compared to February 2022.

Right after the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, during April 2020, a general dip can be seen across industry sectors, resulting in an overall decline in employment by 14.1%.

The following chart shows monthly employment numbers for each industry sector in Delaware.

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Establishments by Size

The industries with the most establishments
  1. 1,456
    Educational Services, Health Care & Social Assistance
  2. 789
    Finance & Insurance, and Real Estate, Rental & Leasing
  3. 762
    Professional, Scientific & Management, and Administrative & Waste Management Services

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Civics

In the 2020 presidential election, the popular vote in Delaware went to Joseph R Biden Jr. with 58.7% of the vote. The runner-up was Donald J. Trump (39.8%), followed by Jo Jorgensen (0.991%).

Tom Carper and Chris Coons are the senators currently representing the state of Delaware. In the United States, senators are elected to 6-year terms with the terms for individual senators staggered.

Dover, DE is currently represented by Lisa Blunt Rochester in the U.S. house, and members of the House of Representives are elected to 2-year terms.

US Senators from Delaware

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Tom Carper
Senator from Delaware1
Assumed office on January 3, 2001
Chris Coons
Senator from Delaware2
Assumed office on November 15, 2010
Elected to the seat to succeed Ted Kaufman, who had been appointed to the seat following the resignation of Joe Biden, who had become Vice President of the United States.

Tom Carper and Chris Coons are the senators currently representing Delaware.

In the United States, senators are elected to 6-year terms with the terms for individual senators staggered.

The following chart shows elected senators in Delaware over time, excluding special elections, colored by their political party.

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US Representatives from Dover, DE

Lisa Blunt Rochester
Delaware at-large Representative
Democratic Party

Dover, DE is currently represented by Lisa Blunt Rochester (Democratic Party).

Members of the House of Representives are elected to 2-year terms, and the following chart shows the how the member for Dover, DE have changed over time starting in 2008.

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Education

In 2022, universities in Dover, DE awarded 3,103 degrees. The student population of Dover, DE in 2022 is skewed towards women, with 6,171 male students and 12,131 female students.

Most students graduating from Universities in Dover, DE are White (1,372 and 45.1%), followed by Black or African American (1,023 and 33.6%), Hispanic or Latino (362 and 11.9%), and Two or More Races (144 and 4.73%).

The largest universities in Dover, DE by number of degrees awarded are Delaware Technical Community College-Terry (1,999 and 64.4%), Delaware State University (929 and 29.9%), and Polytech Adult Education (175 and 5.64%).

The most popular majors in Dover, DE are Registered Nursing (530 and 17.1%), General Studies (194 and 6.25%), and Social Work (137 and 4.42%).

The median tuition cost in Dover, DE for a public four year colleges is $5,807 for in-state students and $14,199 for out-of-state students.

Applicants, Admissions & Enrolled

University
Measure

In 2022 in Dover, DE, the percentage of applicants admitted was 54.9%, while the percentage of admitted who enrolled was 36.7%. The number of students enrolled in 2022 was 18,302 (33.7% men and 66.3% women).

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Enrollments by Gender and Races

Universities

In 2022 there were 18,302 students enrolled in Dover, DE, 33.7% men and 66.3% women.

By race, the largest number of students enrolled was concentrated in Black or African American with 7,149 records, of which 68.5% were women and 31.5% men.

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Concentrations

Most Common
  1. 351 degrees awarded
  2. 193 degrees awarded
  3. 124 degrees awarded

In 2022, the most common concentation for Associates Degree recipients in Dover, DE was Registered Nursing with 351 degrees awarded.

This visualization illustrates the percentage of students graduating with a Associates Degree from schools in Dover, DE according to their major.

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Universities

Gender
Race
Largest Universities by degrees awarded
  1. 1,999 degrees awarded
  2. 929 degrees awarded
  3. 175 degrees awarded

In 2022, the institution with the largest number of graduating students was Delaware Technical Community College-Terry with 1,999 degrees awarded.

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Student Diversity

University

In 2022, 990 men were awarded degrees from institutions in Dover, DE, which is 0.469 times less than the 2,113 female students who received degrees in the same year.

In 2022 the most common race/ethnicity group awarded degrees at institutions was White students. These 1,372 degrees mean that there were 1.34 times more degrees awarded to White students then the next closest race/ethnicity group, Black or African American, with 1,023 degrees awarded.

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Awarded Degrees over Time

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Average Net Price by Sector

Universities

Public, 4-year or above ($5,807) is the sector with the highest median state tuition in 2022.

Public, 4-year or above ($845) is the sector with the highest median state fee in 2022.

Public, 4-year or above ($1,800) is the sector with the highest average net price of books and supplies.

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Educational Pyramid

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In 2022, 0.491% of men over 25 years of age had not completed any academic degree (no schooling), while 0.598% of women were in the same situation.

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Educational Attainment

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Race

The most common educational levels obtained by the working population in 2022 were High School or Equivalent (239k), Some college (164k), and Bachelors Degree (147k).

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Housing & Living

The median property value in Dover, DE was $272,300 in 2022, which is 0.966 times smaller than the national average of $281,900. Between 2021 and 2022 the median property value increased from $238,700 to $272,300, a 14.1% increase. The homeownership rate in Dover, DE is 70.4%, which is approximately the same as the national average of 64.8%.

People in Dover, DE have an average commute time of 26.7 minutes, and they drove alone to work. Car ownership in Dover, DE is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.

Median household income in Dover, DE is $69,278. In 2022, the county with the highest Median Household Income in Dover, DE was New Castle County, DE with a value of $85,309, followed by Sussex County, DE and Kent County, DE, with respective values of $75,406 and $69,278.

Property

$272,300
Median Property Value 2022
±$4,976
$48,353
Median Property Taxes
±$1,781

The following chart display owner-occupied housing units distributed between a series of property tax buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. In Dover, DE the largest share of households pay taxes in the $800 - $1,499 range.

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Rent vs Own

70.4%
Homeownership
2022
71%
Homeowners with Mortgage
2022

In 2022, 70.4% of the housing units in Dover, DE were occupied by their owner. This percentage grew from the previous year's rate of 70.2%.

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Income by Location

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Highest Median Household Income (Total)

In 2022, the county with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Dover, DE was New Castle County, DE with a value of $85,309, followed by Sussex County, DE and Kent County, DE, with respective values of $75,406 and $69,278.

The following map shows all of the counties in Dover, DE colored by their Median Household Income (Total).

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Household Income

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$69,278
Median Household Income
± $1,968
68.7k
Number of Households
± 2,176

In 2022, the median household income of the 68.7k households in Dover, DE grew to $69,278 from the previous year's value of $63,715.

The following chart displays the households in Dover, DE distributed between a series of income buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households have an income in the $75k - $100k range.

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Wage Distribution

The closest comparable wage GINI for Dover, DE is from Delaware.
0.457
2022 Wage GINI in Delaware
0.465
2021 Wage GINI in Delaware

In 2022, the income inequality in Delaware was 0.457 according to the GINI calculation of the wage distribution. Income inequality had a 1.73% decline from 2021 to 2022, which means that wage distribution grew somewhat more even. The GINI for Delaware was lower than than the national average of 0.478. In other words, wages are distributed more evenly in Delaware in comparison to the national average.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Commute in 2022
  1. Drove Alone (79.9%)
  2. Carpooled (8.97%)
  3. Worked At Home (6.39%)

In 2022, 79.9% of workers in Dover, DE drove alone to work, followed by those who carpooled to work (8.97%) and those who worked at home (6.39%).

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Commute Time

26.7 minutes
Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Dover, DE have a shorter commute time (26.7 minutes) than the normal US worker (26.7 minutes). Additionally, 3.1% of the workforce in Dover, DE have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Car Ownership

2 cars
Average Number

The following chart displays the households in Dover, DE distributed between a series of car ownership buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households in Dover, DE have 2 cars.

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Poverty & Diversity

12.3% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Dover, DE (21.9k out of 177k people) live below the poverty line, a number that is lower than the national average of 12.5%. The largest demographic living in poverty are Females 25 - 34, followed by Females 6 - 11 and then Females 55 - 64.

The most common racial or ethnic group living below the poverty line in Dover, DE is White, followed by Black and Hispanic.

The Census Bureau uses a set of money income thresholds that vary by family size and composition to determine who classifies as impoverished. If a family's total income is less than the family's threshold than that family and every individual in it is considered to be living in poverty.

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Health

93.1% of the population of Dover, DE has health coverage, with 42.9% on employee plans, 19.6% on Medicaid, 12.5% on Medicare, 14.7% on non-group plans, and 3.42% on military or VA plans.

Primary care physicians in Delaware see 1323 patients per year on average, which represents a 0.825% decrease from the previous year (1334 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 2188 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 338 patients per year.

Patient to Clinician Ratios

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1,323 to 1
Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio in Delaware

Primary care physicians in Delaware see an average of 1,323 patients per year. This represents a 0.825% decrease from the previous year (1,334 patients).

The following chart shows how the number of patients seen by primary care physicians has been changing over time in Delaware in comparison to its neighboring geographies.

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Health Care Diversity

In 2022, insured persons according to age ranges were distributed in 25.1% under 18 years, 20.8% between 18 and 34 years, 36.6% between 35 and 64 years, and 17.6% over 64 years.

By gender, of the total number of insured persons, 47.5% were men and 52.5% were women.

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Uninsured People

6.92%
Uninsured
42.9%
Employer Coverage
19.6%
Medicaid
12.5%
Medicare
14.7%
Non-Group
3.42%
Military or VA

Between 2021 and 2022, the percent of uninsured citizens in Dover, DE declined by 3.08% from 7.14% to 6.92%.

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