Dover (/ˈdoʊvər/) is the capital and second-largest city in the U.S. state of Delaware. It is also the county seat of Kent County, and the principal city of the Dover, DE Metropolitan Statistical Area, which encompasses all of Kent County and is part of the Philadelphia-Wilmington-Camden, PA-NJ-DE-MD Combined Statistical Area. It was named by William Penn for Dover in Kent, England. As of 2010, the city had a population of 36,047.
Dover was incorporated as a town in 1829 and as a city in 1929. Colonial buildings clustered around the Green include the Old State House (1792), which served as the capitol until 1933 when the main state offices were transferred to nearby Legislative Hall. King Charles II’s royal grant and William Penn’s deeds to Delaware (1682) from James, duke of York (later King James II), are displayed in the Hall of Records. The boyhood home (1740) of John Dickinson, “penman of the Revolution,” is preserved. The Delaware State Museum sites in Dover include Meeting House Gallery I, which occupies a former Presbyterian church (1790).
Dover is a state government and farm trade centre with some light industries. It is the seat of Delaware State University(1891) and Wesley College (1873). Dover Air Force Base, established during World War II, is the principal air cargo terminal for the Air Mobility Command.
The largest employer is state government, and other strong economic sectors are technology, healthcare and manufacturing. Dover Air Force Base resides within the city limits, and Dover International Speedway hosts two major NASCAR weekends each year. Students have several good education options that include Delaware State University and Wesley College.
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