Dover is a somewhat small town located in the state of Massachusetts. With a population of 5,879 people and just one neighborhood, Dover is the 237th largest community in Massachusetts.
Real Estate Prices
Dover home prices are not only among the most expensive in Massachusetts, but Dover real estate also consistently ranks among the most expensive in America.
Occupations and Workforce
Dover is a decidedly white-collar town, with fully 95.99% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, Dover is a town of professionals, managers and sales and office workers. There are especially a lot of people living in Dover who work in management occupations (24.22%), healthcare (14.85%) and sales jobs (9.99%).
Also of interest is that Dover has more people living here who work in computers and math than 95% of the places in the US.
One interesting thing about the economy is that relatively large numbers of people worked from their home: 8.87% of the workforce. While this number may seem small overall, as a fraction of the total workforce this is high compared to the rest of the county. These workers are often telecommuters who work in knowledge-based, white-collar professions. For example, Silicon Valley has large numbers of people who telecommute. Other at-home workers may be self-employed people who operate small businesses out of their homes.
Setting & Lifestyle
In addition, Dover is home to many people who could be described as "urban sophisticates". Urban sophisticates are educated, wealthy, executives and professionals, who have urbane tastes in books, food, and travel, whether they actually live in a big city, or choose to reside in a small town. In big or medium-sized cities, urban sophisticates tend to frequent art institutions such as opera, symphonies, ballet, live theatre, and museums.
Because of many things, Dover is a great place for families with children to consider. First of all, many other families with children live here, making Dover a place where both parents and children are more likely to develop social ties with other families, as well as find family-oriented services and community. The town’s good public school district and large population of college-educated adults provide an environment conducive to academic values. With regard to real estate, Dover has a high rate of owner-occupied single family homes, which tends to reflect stability in the local community. Finally, Dover’s overall crime rate ranks among the lowest in the country, making it one of the safest places to raise a family.
One downside of living in Dover, however, is that residents on average have to contend with a long commute, spending on average 35.00 minutes every day commuting to work. However, local public transit is widely used. For those who would prefer to avoid driving entirely and leave their car at home, it may be an option to use the transit instead.
Despite being a small town, Dover has a lot of people using the train to get to and from work every day. Most of these people on the train are using it to get to good jobs in other cities.