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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 920 over 53 years, from 722 in 1960 to 1,642 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 1,642 residents, which ranked 154th among New Hampshire's incorporated cities and towns.
Population Density and Land Area, 2013 (US Census Bureau): 54.8 persons per square mile of land area, which tied with Colebrook. Hancock contains 30.0 square miles of land area and 1.3 square miles of inland water area.

MUNICIPAL SERVICES
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

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

UTILITIES
Electric Supplier PSNH
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:
BusinessYes
ResidentialYes

(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 2008-2012) HOUSING
Total Housing Units 890
Single-Family Units, Detached or Attached 764
Units in Multiple-Family Structures:  
Two to Four Units in Structure 96
Five or More Units in Structure 18
Mobile Homes and Other Housing Units 12
(US Census Bureau) DEMOGRAPHICS
Total Population Community County
2013 1,649 402,922
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) 2008-2012
Population by Gender
Male:   839 Female:   883
Population by Age Group
Under age 5 49
Age 5 to 19 319
Age 20 to 34 131
Age 35 to 54 481
Age 55 to 64 343
Age 65 and over 399
Median Age 50.6 years
Educational Attainment, population 25 years and over
High school graduate or higher 96.9%
Bachelor's degree or higher 55.5%

(ACS 2008-2012) ANNUAL INCOME, 2012
(Inflation Adjusted Dollars)
Per capita income $42,418
Median family income $84,464
Median household income $78,667
Median Earnings, full-time, year-round workers
Male $68,365
Female $47,578
Individuals below the poverty level 4.5%

(NHES - ELMI) LABOR FORCE
Annual Average 2003 2013
Civilian Labor Force 893 813
Employed 859 779
Unemployed 34 34
Unemployment Rate 3.8% 4.2%

(NHES - ELMI) EMPLOYMENT & WAGES
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

(NH Dept. of Education) EDUCATION/CHILD CARE FACILITIES
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

LARGEST BUSINESSES PRODUCT/SERVICE EMPLOYEES ESTABLISHED
John Hancock Inn Restaurant, inn
Hancock Market Convenience store
Fiddleheads Caf? 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

(ACS 2008-2012) COMMUTING TO WORK
Workers 16 years and over
Drove alone, car/truck/van 75.8%
Carpooled, car/truck/van 8.4%
Public transportation 1%
Walked 1.2%
Other Means 0.2%
Worked at home 13.4%
Mean Travel Time to Work 24.9 minutes
 
Percent of Working Residents: (ACS 2008-2012)
Working in community of residence 29.1%
Commuting to another NH community 67%
Commuting out-of-state 3.9%
RECREATION, ATTRACTIONS, AND EVENTS
X Municipal Parks
YMCA/YWCA
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
Museums
Cinemas
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, November 2014.
Community Response Received 5/19/2014

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