Located only 40 minutes from Boston, Dover is a peaceful, rural town where residents place a high priority on open space and excellence in education.
- Dover is located on the southern banks of the Charles River.
- Dover is primarily residential, with most homes situated on at least an acre of land.
- The town covers a total area of 15.4 square miles and has a population of around 5,600 people.
- Pasture land, barns, and old stone walls speak to Dover’s farming heritage, creating a rural atmosphere treasured by its citizens.
- Dover is part of the Dover-Sherborn Public Schools. The district has two elementary schools, one middle school, and one high school.
- Highly rated colleges near Dover include Franklin W. Olin College of Engineering, Babson College, Curry College, MassBay Community College, Mount Ida College, and Wellesley College.
- Chickering Elementary is located in Dover.
- Dover-Sherborn Middle School and Dover-Sherborn High School are also located in Dover
- Dover-Sherborn Regional High School earns consistently high rankings among public schools in Massachusetts. In 2016, the school placed first on Boston Magazine's 2016 Best Public High Schools in greater Boston.
- Dover is minutes away from the prestigious Walnut Hill School for the Arts, a private boarding and day high
- Having your own car is the best way to get around in Dover.
- Dover residents can travel to Boston quickly via I-90 E.
- The Dover Council on Aging provides a free, curb-to-curb bus service through the Metrowest Regional Transit Authority. The service operates Tuesdays and Thursdays. Local rides can be reserved in advance at the MWRTA call center
Recreation and Culture
- Dover is an ideal setting for nature lovers who enjoy both active and passive recreation. The community is known for its beautiful natural landscapes and open spaces.
- Hale Reservation, Noanet Woodlands, and Wylde Woods are top destinations for hiking, walking, horseback riding, and cross-country skiing.
- Hale Reservation and Noanet Woodlands are open to off-road cyclists.
- The Dover Parks and Recreation Department manages boat landings with access to the Charles River. Canoeing and kayaking conditions are excellent.
- The Dover Parks and Recreation Department offers year-round programs to residents of all ages. Children's’ programs include everything from fencing to musical theatre.
- Dover residents are just minutes away from The Center for the Arts (TCAN) and the Keiter Center for the Performing Arts, both in Natick. The Keiter Center is part of the Walnut Hills School for the Arts.
Population Density: 360 persons/sq mile
Student Enrollment: 1,192