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Hancock, NH

hancock New Hampshire Community Profile Community Contact Town of Hancock
Diane Kendall, Town Administrator
PO Box 6
Hancock, NH 03449
Telephone (603) 525-4441
Fax (603) 525-4427
E-mail select@hancocknh.org
Web Site www.hancocknh.org

Municipal Office Hours Monday through Friday, 8:30 am - 4:30 pm; Town Clerk: Monday, 6 pm - 9 pm, Wednesday, 3 pm - 6 pm; Tax Collector: Monday, Wednesday, 11 am - 1 pm

County Hillsborough
Labor Market Area Peterborough, NH LMA
Tourism Region Monadnock
Planning Commission Southwest Region
Regional Development Monadnock Economic Development Corp.

Election Districts
US Congress District District 2
Executive Council District District 2
State Senate District District 9
State Representative Hillsborough County Districts 3, 38

Incorporated: 1779
Origin: Hancock started as an unidentified settlement on the Contoocook River, in territory known as Society Land or Cumberland, which had been reserved for the Proprietors. Cumberland included what is now Antrim, Bennington, Francestown, Deering, Greenfield, and Hancock. First settled in 1764, the town was incorporated as Hancock in 1779 in honor of John Hancock, first governor of Massachusetts, president of the Continental Congress, and signer of the Declaration of Independence. Mr. Hancock was a landowner in this region, but there is no record of his ever having been in the town named for him.
Villages and Place Names: Elmwood
Population, Year of the First Census Taken: 634 residents in 1790
Population Trends: Population change for Hancock totaled 1,069 over 53 years, from 722 in 1960 to 1,791 in 2013. The largest decennial percent change was a 36 percent increase between 1980 and 1990, which followed a 31 percent increase over the previous decade. The 2013 Census estimate for Hancock was 1,791 residents, which ranked 147th among New Hampshire's incorporated cities and towns.
Population Density and Land Area, 2013 (US Census Bureau): 59.7 persons per square mile of land area. Hancock contains 30.0 square miles of land area and 1.3 square miles of inland water area.

Type of Government Selectmen
Budget: Municipal Appropriations, 2014 $1,970,606
Budget: School Appropriations, 2014-2015 $3,925,116
Zoning Ordinance 1962/14
Master Plan 1997
Capitol Improvement Plan Yes
Industrial Plans Reviewed By Planning Board
Boards and Commissions
Elected:Selectmen; Library; Trust Funds; Common; Water; Cemetery; Checklist
Appointed:Planning; Zoning; Conservation; Historic Distric
Public Library Hancock Town

Police Department Full-time
Fire Department Volunteer
Emergency Medical Service Volunteer
Nearest Hospital(s) Distance Staffed Beds
Monadnock Community, Peterborough 7 miles 25

Electric Supplier Eversource Energy
Natural Gas Supplier None
Water Supplier Hancock Water Works
Sanitation Private septic
Municipal Wastewater Treatment Plant No
Solid Waste Disposal
Curbside Trash PickupNone
Pay-As-You-Throw ProgramNo
Recycling ProgramMandatory
Telephone Company Fairpoint
Cellular Telephone Access Yes
Cable Television Access Yes
Public Access Television Station No
High Speed Internet Service:

(NH Dept. of Revenue Adminstration) PROPERTY TAXES
2013 Total Tax Rate (per $1,000 of value) $22.27
2013 Equalization Ratio 98.1
2013 Full Value Tax Rate (per $1,000 of value) $21.88
2013 Percent of Local Assessed Value by Property Type
Residential Land and Buildings94.6%
Commercial Land and Buildings2.2%
Public Utilities, Current Use, and Other3.2%

(ACS 2009-2013) HOUSING
Total Housing Units 882
Single-Family Units, Detached or Attached 782
Units in Multiple-Family Structures:  
Two to Four Units in Structure 81
Five or More Units in Structure 11
Mobile Homes and Other Housing Units 8
Total Population Community County
2013 1,791 402,979
2010 1,654 400,721
2000 1,744 382,384
1990 1,623 336,549
1980 1,193 276,608
1970 909 223,941
Demographics, American Community Survey (ACS) 2009-2013
Population by Gender
Male:    881 Female:    910
Population by Age Group
Under age 5 53
Age 5 to 19 351
Age 20 to 34 170
Age 35 to 54 470
Age 55 to 64 363
Age 65 and over 384
Median Age 49.9 years
Educational Attainment, population 25 years and over
High school graduate or higher 97.0%
Bachelor's degree or higher 60.1%

(ACS 2009-2013) ANNUAL INCOME, 2013
(Inflation Adjusted Dollars)
Per capita income $41,737
Median family income $86,316
Median household income $78,702
Median Earnings, full-time, year-round workers
Male $67,083
Female $48,304
Individuals below the poverty level 5.9%

Annual Average 2003 2013
Civilian Labor Force 893 813
Employed 859 779
Unemployed 34 34
Unemployment Rate 3.8% 4.2%

Annual Average Covered Employment 2003 2013
Goods Producing Industries
Average Employment 44 35
Average Weekly Wage $549 $812
Service Providing Industries
Average Employment 227 105
Average Weekly Wage $475 $880
Total Private Industry
Average Employment 271 140
Average Weekly Wage $487 $863
Government (Federal, State, and Local)
Average Employment 36 28
Average Weekly Wage $315 $749
Total, Private plus Government
Average Employment 308 168
Average Weekly Wage $467 $844

Schools students attend: Grades K-12 are part of Contoocook Valley Cooperative (Antrim, Bennington, Dublin, Francestown, Greenfield, Hancock, Peterborough, Sharon, Temple) SAU 1
Career Technology Center(s): Region 14 Applied Technology Center, Peterborough Region: 14
Educational Facilities Elementary Middle/Junior High High School Private/Parochial
Number of Schools 1
Grade Levels K 1-4
Total Enrollment 68
2014 NH Licensed Child Care Facilities (Bureau of Child Care Licensing): Total Facilities: 1 Total Capacity: 16
Nearest Community/Technical College: Manchester; Nashua; NHTI-Concord
Nearest Colleges or Universities: Keene State; New England; Franklin Pierce University; Antioch New England

John Hancock Inn Restaurant, inn
Hancock Market Convenience store
Fiddleheads Café Restaurant

(Distance estimated from city/town hall) TRANSPORTATION
Road Access US Routes 202
State Routes 123, 137
Nearest Interstate, Exit I-89, Exit 6
Distance 27 miles
Railroad No
Public Transportation No
Nearest Public Use Airport, General Aviation
Hawthorne-Feather, Antrim
Runway 3,260 ft. asphalt
Lighted? Yes Navigational Aids? No
Nearest Airport with Scheduled Service
Manchester-Boston Regional Distance 34 miles
Number of Passsenger Airlines Serving Airport 4
Driving distance to selected cities:
Manchester, NH 33 miles
Portland, ME 142 miles
Boston, MA 81 miles
New York City, NY 244 miles
Montreal, Quebec 263 miles

Workers 16 years and over
Drove alone, car/truck/van 73.6%
Carpooled, car/truck/van 9.5%
Public transportation 4.2%
Walked 2.9%
Other Means 2.9%
Worked at home 6.9%
Mean Travel Time to Work 15.7 minutes
Percent of Working Residents: (ACS 2009-2013)
Working in community of residence 66.9%
Commuting to another NH community 22.8%
Commuting out-of-state 10.3%
X Municipal Parks
Boys Club/Girls Club
Golf Courses
Swimming: Indoor Facility
X Swimming: Outdoor Facility
Tennis Courts: Indoor Faclity
X Tennis Courts: Outdoor Facility
Ice Skating Rink: Indoor Facility
Bowling Facilities
Performing Arts Facilities
Tourists Attractions
X Youth Organizations (i.e., Scouts, 4-H)
X Youth Sports: Baseball
X Youth Sports: Soccer
Youth Sports: Football
Youth Sports: Basketball
Youth Sports: Hockey
X Campgrounds
X Fishing/Hunting
X Boating/Marinas
X Snowmobile Trails
Bicycle Trails
X Cross Country Skiing
X Beach or Waterfront Recreational Area
Overnight or Day Camps
Nearest Ski Area(s): Pat's Peak, Crotched Mtn
Other: Harris Center for Conservation Education; Nature's Classroom

Economic & Labor Market Information Bureau, NH Employment Security, March 2015.
Community Response Received 05/19/14

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