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Dover, Arkansas
Main Street
Main Street
Location of Dover in Pope County, Arkansas.
Location of Dover in Pope County, Arkansas.
Country United States
State Arkansas
County Pope
 • Type Mayor-council
 • Total 2.83 sq mi (7.32 km2)
 • Land 2.83 sq mi (7.32 km2)
 • Water 0.00 sq mi (0.00 km2)
446 ft (136 m)
 • Total 1,337
 • Density 472.94/sq mi (182.58/km2)
Time zone UTC-6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP code
Area code(s) 479
FIPS code 05-19600
GNIS feature ID 0079133

Dover is a small town in Pope County, Arkansas, United States. The population was 1,378 at the 2010 census. Dover is located in the Arkansas River Valley, and is part of the Russellville Micropolitan Statistical Area.


Dover is located at 35°24′2″N 93°6′45″W / 35.40056°N 93.11250°W / 35.40056; -93.11250 (35.400597, -93.112534).

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 1.8 square miles (4.7 km2), all land.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1880 368
1890 528 43.5%
1900 373 −29.4%
1910 385 3.2%
1920 388 0.8%
1930 510 31.4%
1940 493 −3.3%
1950 510 3.4%
1960 525 2.9%
1970 662 26.1%
1980 948 43.2%
1990 1,055 11.3%
2000 1,329 26.0%
2010 1,378 3.7%
2020 1,337 −3.0%
U.S. Decennial Census

As of the census of 2000, there were 1,329 people, 529 households, and 372 families residing in the city. The population density was 732.7 people per square mile (283.5/km2). There were 579 housing units at an average density of 319.2 per square mile (123.5/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 97.37% White, 0.23% Black or African American, 0.68% Native American, 0.15% Asian, 0.60% from other races, and 0.98% from two or more races. 1.96% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 529 households, out of which 37.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 48.6% were married couples living together, 16.6% had a female householder with no husband present, and 29.5% were non-families. 26.8% of all households were made up of individuals, and 14.2% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.50 and the average family size was 3.01.

In the city, the population was spread out, with 29.3% under the age of 18, 10.2% from 18 to 24, 28.1% from 25 to 44, 18.6% from 45 to 64, and 13.8% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 32 years. For every 100 females, there were 79.8 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 79.0 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $27,697, and the median income for a family was $33,879. Males had a median income of $25,625 versus $19,073 for females. The per capita income for the city was $13,261. About 10.6% of families and 14.6% of the population were below the poverty line, including 13.9% of those under age 18 and 14.0% of those age 65 or over.

General info

Dover was either named by British aristocrats in the 1830s for Dover, Kent, England or by Stephen Rye in 1832 for Dover, Tennessee. Dover was the county seat for Pope County in the 1800s. The original Pope County Courthouse was located where Dover Supermarket now sits. Dover is a small town near Russellville; it has several churches, a grocery store and a hardware store. Dover acts like a satellite city in relation to nearby Russellville and many residents commute regularly for work and education.


Primary and secondary education is provided by the Dover School District, which leads to graduation from Dover High School.

Notable people

  • Robert E. Dale, Republican former member of the Arkansas House of Representatives from Dover, 2009 to 2015
  • Jeff Davis, 20th Governor of Arkansas (1901-1907), later a US Senator (1907-1913). Davis was known for demagoguery and fiery rhetoric to appeal to his agrarian political base while disparaging city dwellers, blacks and Yankees
  • Trevor Drown, Republican member of the Arkansas House of Representatives for Pope and Van Buren counties since 2015; succeeded Robert Dale
  • Kevin Hern, Republican member of the U.S. House of Representatives representing Oklahoma's 1st district since 2018
  • Nik and Sam, country music duo
  • Ronald Gene Simmons, retired United States Air Force master sergeant who killed sixteen people over a weeklong period in 1987, beginning in Dover

See also

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