West Third Street in downtown Dover in 2006
Location of Dover, Ohio
Location of Dover in Tuscarawas County
|• Mayor||Richard P. Homrighausen|
|• Total||5.79 sq mi (15.01 km2)|
|• Land||5.69 sq mi (14.74 km2)|
|• Water||0.10 sq mi (0.27 km2)|
|Elevation||879 ft (268 m)|
| • Estimate |
|• Density||2,235.64/sq mi (863.14/km2)|
|Time zone||UTC-5 (Eastern (EST))|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC-4 (EDT)|
|GNIS feature ID||1039763|
Dover is a city in Tuscarawas County, Ohio, United States, located approximately 82 miles (132 km) south of Cleveland and borders the county seat of New Philadelphia. The population of Dover was 12,286 at the 2010 census.
Originally named Canal Dover due to its location and origins along the Ohio and Erie Canal, the land was platted in 1807, with Christian Deardorff and Jesse Slingluff recognized as the founders. Beginning in 1815, the post office first began operation. Canal Dover incorporated as a village in 1842 and became a city under the Ohio municipal code of 1903. On February 12, 1916, the city officially changed its name to Dover.
As of the census of 2010, there were 12,826 people, 5,181 households, and 3,297 families living in the city. The population density was 2,254.1 inhabitants per square mile (870.3/km2). There were 5,578 housing units at an average density of 980.3 per square mile (378.5/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 94.1% White, 1.1% African American, 0.6% Native American, 0.5% Asian, 0.7% Pacific Islander, 1.7% from other races, and 1.4% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 4.1% of the population.
There were 5,181 households, of which 28.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 49.7% were married couples living together, 9.8% had a female householder with no husband present, 4.1% had a male householder with no wife present, and 36.4% were non-families. 31.6% of all households were made up of individuals, and 15.6% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.37 and the average family size was 2.96.
The median age in the city was 42.9 years. 22.3% of residents were under the age of 18; 7.3% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 22.9% were from 25 to 44; 25.6% were from 45 to 64; and 22% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 47.4% male and 52.6% female.
As of the census of 2000, there were 12,210 people, 4,996 households, and 3,362 families living in the city. The population density was 2,319.6 people per square mile (896.3/km2). There were 5,233 housing units at an average density of 994.2 per square mile (384.1/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 97.09% White, 1.27% African American, 0.25% Native American, 0.51% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 0.20% from other races, and 0.66% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.60% of the population.
There were 4,996 households, out of which 30.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 54.4% were married couples living together, 10.0% had a female householder with no husband present, and 32.7% were non-families. 28.8% of all households were made up of individuals, and 14.9% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.39 and the average family size was 2.94.
In the city, the population was spread out, with 24.1% under the age of 18, 6.7% from 18 to 24, 26.8% from 25 to 44, 22.5% from 45 to 64, and 19.9% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 40 years. For every 100 females, there were 86.9 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 83.1 males.
The median income for a household in the city was $36,665, and the median income for a family was $44,604. Males had a median income of $34,579 versus $22,397 for females. The per capita income for the city was $18,928. About 7.5% of families and 9.2% of the population were below the poverty line, including 11.1% of those under age 18 and 9.7% of those age 65 or over.
Arts and culture
Dover is adjacent to New Philadelphia, the county seat of Tuscarawas County, with the two cities considered twin cities. Each year, the "Crimson Tornadoes" of Dover High School play the rival "Quakers" of New Philadelphia in a football game that has been played annually for more than a century, and is the fourth longest-running football rivalry in the state of Ohio.
- Elwyn Berlekamp, mathematician
- James R. Black, actor and former National Football League player for the Cleveland Browns
- Frank Ellwood, former head football coach of Marshall University and Georgia Southern University
- Percival "Perci" Garner, III, Major League Baseball player for the Cleveland Indians (2016)
- Monty Hunter, former National Football League player for the Dallas Cowboys and St. Louis Cardinals
- Vic Gilliam, politician and part-time actor
- Ernie Godfrey, college football coach, College Football Hall of Fame
- Theophil Hildebrandt, mathematician
- Joseph C. Hisrich, educator and member of the Wisconsin State Assembly
- Frank "Doc" Kelker, First high school athlete named All-Ohio in both football (1933) and basketball (1933), college football All-American
- Al Landis, member of the Ohio House of Representatives
- Al Mays, 19th-century Major League Baseball pitcher
- Ray Mears, college basketball coach The University of Tennessee and a member of an incredible seven halls of fame.
- Elliott Nugent, playwright, producer and actor
- Bob Peterson, animator, screenwriter, director, Pixar
- William Quantrill, guerrilla fighter, American Civil War
- Trevor J. Rees, former Kent State Golden Flashes head football coach and athletic director
- Allan Sayre, former member from the 96th district of the Ohio House of Representatives
- Mark Dean Schwab, child rapist and murderer
- Zack Space, U.S. Representative, Ohio's 18th congressional district
- Al Veigel, Major League Baseball played for the Boston Bees during the 1939 season
- Herald F. Stout, distinguished himself as an admiral in the USN during World War II, where the USS Stout guided missile destroyer is named in his honor.
- Herman "Bup" Rearick, The only coach in Ohio named to both the Ohio High School football and basketball halls of fame.
- Stan White, former National Football League player for the Baltimore Colts and Detroit Lions.
- Johnny Wilson, former National Football League player for the Cleveland Rams
- Robert "Dutch" Miller, played professional football for the NFL Portsmouth Spartans in 1931.
- William "Bill" Herman, Played basketball for the NBA Denver Nuggets during the 1949-50 season.
- William "Bill" Beitner, Led Dover High School to state basketball title in 1927 as a 9th grader and later All-American basketball honors at Ohio State.
- Eugene "Scrapiron" Young, Dover native served as one of the first athletic trainers in the country at Notre Dame during 1930s and 1940s under Knute Rockne.
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