Dover, Oklahoma

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Dover is a town in Kingfisher County, Oklahoma, United States. The population was 367 at the 2000 census.

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Geography

Dover is located at 35°58′54″N 97°54′40″W / 35.98167°N 97.91111°W / 35.98167; -97.91111 (35.981598, -97.911047)[3].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 0.3 square miles (0.8 km²), all of it land.

Demographics

As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 367 people, 138 households, and 98 families residing in the town. The population density was 1,187.5 people per square mile (457.1/km²). There were 151 housing units at an average density of 488.6/sq mi (188.1/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 84.74% White, 2.18% African American, 1.91% Native American, 6.54% from other races, and 4.63% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 14.99% of the population.

There were 138 households out of which 42.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 53.6% were married couples living together, 9.4% had a female householder with no husband present, and 28.3% were non-families. 26.1% of all households were made up of individuals and 13.0% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.66 and the average family size was 3.22.

In the town the population was spread out with 31.6% under the age of 18, 8.7% from 18 to 24, 30.0% from 25 to 44, 19.3% from 45 to 64, and 10.4% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 34 years. For every 100 females there were 93.2 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 94.6 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $34,219, and the median income for a family was $36,563. Males had a median income of $24,583 versus $18,636 for females. The per capita income for the town was $17,287. About 11.0% of families and 15.1% of the population were below the poverty line, including 17.8% of those under age 18 and 6.1% of those age 65 or over.

History

On September 18, 1906, a bridge across the Cimarron River near Dover collapsed beneath a Rock Island train bound for Fort Worth, Texas from Chicago. The bridge was a temporary structure unable to withstand the pressure of debris and high water. Replacement with a permanent structure had been delayed by the railroad for financial reasons. Several sources report that over 100 persons were killed[4][5][6], although this figure is disputed. The true number may be as low as 4.[7]

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