DOVER AFB

Digital Relocation/Welcome Guide

Our Military

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Our Military

DOVER AIR FORCE BASE

Location

Dover Air Force Base is in the “First State” and the center of the Delmarva — Delaware, Maryland and Virginia — peninsula. The base is 2 miles south of the city of Dover, the ­capital of Delaware. The base is close to several major metropolitan areas: Our nation’s capital, ­Washington, D.C.; ­Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; Baltimore, Maryland; and ­Wilmington, ­Delaware, are all within a two-hour commute.

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Welcome

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Welcome

Centrally located on the Delmarva Peninsula — short for Delaware, Maryland and Virginia — Kent County covers nearly 798 square miles of Delaware, including 26 percent that is water. Kent County is one of only three counties in Delaware, which is less than 2,000 square miles in size. The cities in Kent County include Dover, Harrington and part of Milford. Dover is the county seat.

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Getting To & Around

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Getting To & Around

The region is connected to the rest of Delaware by several highways and is within easy reach of New Jersey, Maryland and ­Pennsylvania. Most people traveling in Kent County choose to drive, enjoying the beautiful, historic East Coast setting.

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Housing & Real Estate

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Housing & Real Estate

From the capital city of Dover to the river city of Milford, Kent County’s communities are diverse. Nature, history and culture mingle to create a varied and attractive region. In 2013, 169,416 people called the county home, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. The county is part of the Dover Metropolitan Area and has 20 cities and towns, including Dover, Smyrna and Milford.

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Employment & Economy

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Employment & Economy

Though Kent County has the smallest number of residents of Delaware’s three ­counties, its diverse economy, low cost of living, central location and pleasant lifestyle have helped it grow and succeed. In terms of population, there was a 28.1 percent increase between 2000 and 2010, according to the Census.

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Health Care

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Health Care

There are many health care services in Kent County for military, civilians and veterans, though implementation of the Affordable Care Act may change established insurance options. Open enrollment for health care coverage under the national Affordable Care Act runs from Nov. 14, 2014 to Feb. 15, 2015 for coverage starting in 2015, and three medical plan issuers offer 21 qualified health plans to Delaware ­residents. The website Choose Health Delaware (www.delawareinsurance.gov/health-reform/ACA.shtml) can help walk applicants through the maze of choices.

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Family Resources

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Family Resources

Picking up from one place and moving to another is always a hassle, especially when children and pets are involved. Knowing whom to call or where to find information can help make the transition easier.

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Education & Academics

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Education and Academics

For those moving to a new location, it’s important to know what educational options are available. This chapter outlines the public schools system in Kent County, along with information about local libraries and higher ­education. There are private schools, charter schools and home schooling available to ­children in Kent County as well.

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Living

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Living

Kent County boasts plenty of entertaining activities — music, sports, theater, museums, parks and shopping. Take a dip in Killens Pond Water Park’s pool, for instance, or tee off at one of the many golf courses. Don’t miss the Delaware State Fair in Harrington or big names in music at the Firefly Music ­Festival. And be sure to check out the Air Mobility ­Command Museum. read more