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Hanover New Hampshire Town Info and Profile
Hanover New Hampshire Community Profile Community Contact Town of Hanover
Julia N. Griffin, Town Manager
PO Box 483
Hanover, NH 03755
Telephone (603) 643-0701
Fax (603) 643-1720
Web Site

Municipal Office Hours Monday through Friday, 8:30 am - 4:30 pm

County Grafton
Labor Market Area Lebanon NH-VT Micro-NECTA, NH Portion
Tourism Region Dartmouth-Lake Sunapee
Planning Commission Upper Valley Lake Sunapee
Regional Development Grafton County Economic Development Council

Election Districts
US Congress District 2
Executive Council District 1
State Senate District 5
State Representative Grafton County District 12

Incorporated: 1761
Origin: Granted in 1761, the town was named for Hanover Parish, the home parish of settlers from Lisbon, Connecticut. In 1769, Reverend Eleazar Wheelock, received a charter for a college to educate Native Americans, an expansion of the Charity School he had established in Connecticut. The college was named for William Legge, Second Earl of Dartmouth, a supporter of the Reverend's efforts. In 1771, Governor John Wentworth, upon petition from Reverend Wheelock, chartered 300 acres between Hanover and Lebanon for Dartmouth College. The land chartered to the college was for a time known as Dresden, one of 16 towns involved in a border dispute with Vermont. Today, the name Dresden is that of the local school district, a bi-state district including towns from both sides of the Connecticut River.
Villages and Place Names: Etna, Hanover Center, Dartmouth College
Population, Year of the First Census Taken: 1,380 residents in 1790
Population Trends: Population change for Hanover, including resident students, totaled 3,881 over 52 years, from 7,329 in 1960 to 11,210 in 2012. The largest decennial percent change was an 18 percent increase between 1990 and 2000. The 2012 Census estimate for Hanover was 11,210 residents, which ranked 27th among New Hampshire's incorporated cities and towns.
Population Density and Land Area, 2010 (US Census Bureau): 229.7 persons per square mile of land area. Hanover contains 49.0 square miles of land area and 1.3 square miles of inland water area.

Type of Government Selectmen
Budget: Municipal Appropriations, 2013-2014 $24,046,755
Budget: School Appropriations, 2013-2014 $35,171,640
Zoning Ordinance 1931/13
Master Plan 2003
Capitol Improvement Plan Yes
Industrial Plans Reviewed By Planning Board
Boards and Commissions
Elected:Selectmen; Trust Funds; Library; Town Clerk; Moderator; Checklist; Assessors
Appointed:Planning; Zoning; Conservation; Parks & Recreation; Finance; Affordable Housing
Public Library Howe; Hanover Town

Police Department Full-time
Fire Department Municipal
Emergency Medical Service Municipal
Nearest Hospital(s) Distance Staffed Beds
Dartmouth-Hitchcock Med Ctr, Lebanon 3 miles 388
Alice Peck Day Memorial, Lebanon 7 miles 25

Electric Supplier PSNH; Liberty Utilities; NH Electric Coop
Natural Gas Supplier None
Water Supplier Municipal
Sanitation Municipal
Municipal Wastewater Treatment Plant Yes
Solid Waste Disposal
Curbside Trash PickupPrivate
Pay-As-You-Throw ProgramNo
Recycling ProgramCurbside
Telephone Company Comcast; G-4; Fairpoint
Cellular Telephone Access Yes
Cable Television Access Limited
Public Access Television Station Yes
High Speed Internet Service:

(NH Dept. of Revenue Adminstration) PROPERTY TAXES
2012 Total Tax Rate (per $1,000 of value) $17.04
2012 Equalization Ratio 100.0
2012 Full Value Tax Rate (per $1,000 of value) $17.04
2012 Percent of Local Assessed Value by Property Type
Residential Land and Buildings72.9%
Commercial Land and Buildings26.4%
Public Utilities, Current Use, and Other0.7%

(ACS 2008-2012) HOUSING
Total Housing Units 3,019
Single-Family Units, Detached or Attached 2,055
Units in Multiple-Family Structures:  
Two to Four Units in Structure 281
Five or More Units in Structure 671
Mobile Homes and Other Housing Units 12
Total Population Community County
2012 11,210 89,181
2010 11,260 89,118
2000 10,855 81,826
1990 9,186 74,998
1980 9,119 65,806
1970 8,494 54,914
Demographics, American Community Survey (ACS) 2008-2012
Population by Gender
Male:   5,356 Female:   5,904
Population by Age Group
Under age 5 373
Age 5 to 19 2,943
Age 20 to 34 3,829
Age 35 to 54 1,955
Age 55 to 64 848
Age 65 and over 1,312
Median Age 23 years
Educational Attainment, population 25 years and over
High school graduate or higher 96.5%
Bachelor's degree or higher 78.5%

(ACS 2008-2012) ANNUAL INCOME, 2012
(Inflation Adjusted Dollars)
Per capita income $33,271
Median family income $127,125
Median household income $97,232
Median Earnings, full-time, year-round workers
Male $84,519
Female $63,750
Individuals below the poverty level 10.2%

Annual Average 2002 2012
Civilian Labor Force 5,116 5,616
Employed 5,001 5,411
Unemployed 115 205
Unemployment Rate 2.2% 3.7%

Annual Average Covered Employment 2002 2012
Goods Producing Industries
Average Employment 1,008 1,261
Average Weekly Wage $885 $1,190
Service Providing Industries
Average Employment 7,267 7,745
Average Weekly Wage $862 $1,338
Total Private Industry
Average Employment 8,275 9,006
Average Weekly Wage $865 $1,317
Government (Federal, State, and Local)
Average Employment 780 761
Average Weekly Wage $877 $1,188
Total, Private plus Government
Average Employment 9,055 9,767
Average Weekly Wage $866 $1,307
n = indicates that the data does not meet disclosure standards

Schools students attend: Hanover operates grades K-5; grades 6-12 are part of Dresden Cooperative (Hanover NH and Norwich VT) SAU 70
Career Technology Center(s): Hartford Area Career and Technical Center, White River Junction VT Region: 7
Educational Facilities Elementary Middle/Junior High High School Private/Parochial
Number of Schools 1 1 1
Grade Levels K 1-5 6-8 9-12
Total Enrollment 457 398 730
2013 NH Licensed Child Care Facilities (Bureau of Child Care Licensing): Total Facilities: 9 Total Capacity: 342
Nearest Community/Technical College: River Valley
Nearest Colleges or Universities: Dartmouth; Colby-Sawyer; Lebanon

Dartmouth College Education 3,200 1769
Hypertherm Plasma arch cutting 1,120 1968
Dartmouth Printing Co. Printing services 217 1938
Trumbull Nelson Construction Co. Construction 75 1917
Hanover Inn Lodging 112 1769
Town of Hanover Municipal services 140 1761
Creare Research & development services 83 1969
Kendall at Hanover Continuing Care Retirement Community 1992

(Distance estimated from city/town hall) TRANSPORTATION
Road Access US Routes
State Routes 10, 10A, 120
Nearest Interstate, Exit I-91 (VT), Exit 13; I-89, Exit 18
Distance 1 mile; 5 miles
Railroad No
Public Transportation Advance Transit
Nearest Public Use Airport, General Aviation
Lebanon Municipal
Runway 5,496 ft. asphalt
Lighted? Yes Navigational Aids? Yes
Nearest Airport with Scheduled Service
Lebanon Municipal Distance 6 miles
Number of Passsenger Airlines Serving Airport 1
Driving distance to selected cities:
Manchester, NH 75 miles
Portland, ME 167 miles
Boston, MA 126 miles
New York City, NY 270 miles
Montreal, Quebec 189 miles

Workers 16 years and over
Drove alone, car/truck/van 45.4%
Carpooled, car/truck/van 6.8%
Public transportation 2.3%
Walked 36.4%
Other Means 4.7%
Worked at home 4.4%
Mean Travel Time to Work 13.3 minutes
Percent of Working Residents: (ACS 2008-2012)
Working in community of residence 56.7%
Commuting to another NH community 32.5%
Commuting out-of-state 10.8%
X Municipal Parks
Boys Club/Girls Club
X Golf Courses
Swimming: Indoor Facility
X Swimming: Outdoor Facility
X Tennis Courts: Indoor Faclity
X Tennis Courts: Outdoor Facility
X Ice Skating Rink: Indoor Facility
Bowling Facilities
X Museums
X Cinemas
X Performing Arts Facilities
X Tourists Attractions
X Youth Organizations (i.e., Scouts, 4-H)
X Youth Sports: Baseball
X Youth Sports: Soccer
X Youth Sports: Football
X Youth Sports: Basketball
X Youth Sports: Hockey
X Campgrounds
X Fishing/Hunting
X Boating/Marinas
X Snowmobile Trails
X Bicycle Trails
X Cross Country Skiing
X Beach or Waterfront Recreational Area
X Overnight or Day Camps
Nearest Ski Area(s): Dartmouth Skiway
Other: Community Rowing Facility; Hood Museum of Art; Hopkins Center

Source: Economic and Labor Market Information Bureau commpunity profiles
Grafton County profile PDF