Dover-NH : New hampshire


What It Is Like to Retire in Dover-NH

Dover, located in southeastern New Hampshire, is the county seat of Strafford County, and its fairly affluent population numbers a little over 30,000.  Settled in 1623, Dover is the oldest permanent settlement in New Hampshire.  It sits between the White Mountains and the Atlantic Ocean, on the shores of the Cochecho River, and is part of the New Hampsire Seacoast region.  Dover is rich in history which is evident throughout the town with some of the city’s oldest homes and buildings displaying architecture that spans several styles and eras.  During the Industrial Revolution, it became a leader in the textiles and brick industry with expansive mills built throughout the town, but  after the Great Depression, they all began to close.   The city of Dover has renovated these historic mills which are thriving once again as homes to businesses and art galleries.  CNN Money Magazine has named Dover as one of the top 100 places to live and top community for young people.  It has experienced growth in the technology field and is also home to Liberty Mutual, Measured Progress, and Wentworth-Douglass Hospital.  Old photos of downtown Dover and and the Woodman Institute Museum courtesy of Wikipedia (public domain).

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Where to Retire in Dover-NH and Home Prices

The median home value was $321,166 in early 2020 according Zillow, which considers it a hot market as prices have continued to rise during the last several years. There are active adult communities in the area (see link at left).


What Is Special about Dover-NH

Crime is very low; New Hampshire is considered a low tax state.


What Is Not Special about Dover-NH

High cost of living and snow


Who Will Like Retirement in Dover-NH

Those who would like living in a historical town with a low crime rate, lots of outdoor recreation, and enjoy all four seasons, may like retiring here.


Local Economy Is Driven by

Management, business and finance


Climate and Physical Environment

Dover's average January temperature is 22 degrees and the average July temperature is about 71 degrees.  The town gets over 50 inches of snow annually.


Restaurants & Cultural Scene

The Woodman Institute Museum was created through a gift from philanthropist Annie Woodman of Dover, to encourage education in history, science, and the arts.   The museum houses a collection of natural history, art, antiques, rock and mineral collections, and artifacts of national and local history; The New Hampshire Children’s Museum is located in Dover and is a hands-on interactive museum for families;  the town holds many festivals and events throughout the year which include Apple Harvest Day in October, and the summer long Cochecho Arts Festival.



The crime rate is very low.

Medical Facilities

Wentworth-Douglass Hospital



Dover offers bus service and the Amtrak Downeaster train line stops in the town, bringing passengers north to Portland, Maine, and south to Boston.  It is only a 45-minute drive to Manchester-Boston Regional Airport and about an hour's drive to Boston’s Logan International Airport.


Valuable Links

Dover, New Hampshire

Woodman Museum


What people are saying about Dover-NH

Small Town Living?
We've been researching possible retirement locations in New England and I came across this great town. We haven't visited there yet but it has possibilities! Its a great location - not too far from the coast and on the Amtrak line. It is in New Hampshire so no income tax or sales tax. Their town website is the best I've seen so far and when I put in a request for information, I got a personal e-mail back with a warm invitation as well as a packet in the mail. You can even get an estimate for your vehicle registration fees BEFORE you get there. (One little thing to add to the list of retirement expenses to consider.) I'd love to hear from others about this place.
Posted by Flatearth6 on September 24, 2014

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