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Old 01-28-2010, 05:31 PM
 
Location: Columbus, OH
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I'm interviewing with Kraft Foods in Dover next week (over the phone) and have been reading through the Delaware thread. I'm in my early 20s, African American female soon-to-be engineering grad.

What would one think of living in Wilmington and working in Dover (which I Google mapped and saw it was about 54 mins away)?

I go to The Ohio State University so I've lived in Columbus, OH (15th-ish largest city in the US) for 5+ years so I definitely will want things to do, people to see, places to go.

TIA!
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Old 01-28-2010, 10:10 PM
 
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2.5-3.0 hrs a day in commute, but there would be little if any stop and go traffic time. Unfortunately a very slow bus trip would be your only mass transit option.
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Old 01-29-2010, 05:44 AM
 
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What would one think of living in Wilmington and working in Dover (which I Google mapped and saw it was about 54 mins away)?
TIA!
Don't know where in Wilmington you will be coming from, but a quick jump on Route 1 will get you in Dover in about 40 minutes. From Rt. 1, take Scarborough Road Exit, and shoot across Rt. 13. Scarborough Road changes to Saulsbury Road which takes you directly to Kraft Foods. Overall, a little less than one hour, one way will do it, but a smooth ride, as jdoll said. Owning a car is pretty much a must.
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Old 01-29-2010, 06:55 AM
 
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Just a suggestion.... Dover is a tiny city but it IS the state Capital and a nice place to live. My suggestion would be to live there for a year while you concentrate on your new job and acclimate to the area. It will be easy enough to get to Wilmington, Baltimore or Washington DC or the beach on any weekend from there but during the week you could breathe. The commute from Dover to Wilmington (especially around Newark) will not be fun day in and day out.
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Old 01-29-2010, 07:32 AM
 
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40 minutes once you are on Route 1, maybe. But you can't do a door to door commute in 40 minutes. Sorry rdlr. If you live near the Christiana Landing area or Downtown Wilmington your commute will be an hour. My commute from Odessa to Downtown Wilmington each day is 45 minutes and my drive to Sam's in Dover (the opposite direction)takes 20 minutes. It is something near 60 miles each way, Downtown Wilmington to Kraft in Dover. And when considering places to live (if you get to that point), remember I-95 at peak commute time is rarely your friend. Good luck on your interview.
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Old 01-29-2010, 07:38 AM
 
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Just a suggestion.... Dover is a tiny city but it IS the state Capital and a nice place to live. My suggestion would be to live there for a year while you concentrate on your new job and acclimate to the area. It will be easy enough to get to Wilmington, Baltimore or Washington DC or the beach on any weekend from there but during the week you could breathe. The commute from Dover to Wilmington (especially around Newark) will not be fun day in and day out.
A thought to be considered. And while the action for a 20-something may be in Wilmington during the winter, it is at the beaches in the summer. For a 20-something, Dewey Beach to be exact. Plus you will find a good sized Afro-American community in Dover.
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Old 01-29-2010, 07:49 AM
 
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40 minutes once you are on Route 1, maybe. But you can't do a door to door commute in 40 minutes. Sorry rdlr. If you live near the Christiana Landing area or Downtown Wilmington your commute will be an hour. My commute from Odessa to Downtown Wilmington each day is 45 minutes and my drive to Sam's in Dover (the opposite direction)takes 20 minutes. It is something near 60 miles each way, Downtown Wilmington to Kraft in Dover. And when considering places to live (if you get to that point), remember I-95 at peak commute time is rarely your friend. Good luck on your interview.
I agree with you, jdoll. I was thinking the way I go up almost every day, from Dover - Route 1 and jump on I-95. It depends on one's destination. When I hit 95 my timer goes off. After that, it gets hairy.
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Old 01-29-2010, 08:05 AM
 
Location: Greenville, Delaware
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I would suggest trying not to get into longer than a six month lease in Dover, if possible. That would give you the experience of living in the relatively closer proximity to the beach during the summer, so you could see more what that scene holds for you. I find that people either don't mind fairly lengthy commutes or hate them (I hate them). If you've prior experience of a regular commute of an hour or more and were ok with it, then living in Wilmington/Newark and working in Dover might be fine for you. There are MUCH worse urban commutes than that one (most of the travelling between Wilmington and Dover isn't urban or even really suburban). Wilmington also gives you easy access to Philly, which won't be so good if you are based down in Dover (though I'm personally no fan of Philadelphia). Rail travel is also easier from Wilmington since there isn't any passenger service through Dover. Dover does have a major air force base and a significant historically black university (Delaware State), which no doubt contribute to some night life and social scene. The Wilmington social scene/night life isn't that great, in truth. Newark would be the main collegiate scene (University of Delaware) and would also be a somewhat shorter commute to Dover (though whether it would actually be faster would probably depend on precisely where in Newark you lived and time of day of commuting). I know that I wouldn't think it at all desireable to live in Wilmington/Newark and commute to Dover on a daily basis; but then again I know that some people are fine with the concept.
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Old 01-29-2010, 08:35 AM
 
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Well said, doctorjef - I guess bottom line is, it's all relative to what one is accustomed to, in regard to travel time.

I could tell stories about when Rt. 13 was DuPont Hwy. and one road, not two roads (really long travel times) but I'll save everybody the pain.
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Old 01-30-2010, 10:58 AM
 
Location: Columbus, OH
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Thanks for all the input. I've never commuted that far before but still feel up in the air about it. Never lived in a city that small before.
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