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Hanover, NH

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
E-mail TownMgr@HanoverNH.org
Web Site www.hanovernh.org

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

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

Election Districts
US Congress District District 2
Executive Council District District 1
State Senate District 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 3,982 over 54 years, from 7,329 in 1960 to 11,311 in 2014. The largest decennial percent change was an 18 percent increase between 1990 and 2000. The 2014 Census estimate for Hanover was 11,311 residents, which ranked 26th among New Hampshire's incorporated cities and towns.
Population Density and Land Area, 2014 (US Census Bureau): 230.4 persons per square mile of land area. Hanover contains 49.1 square miles of land area and 1.0 square miles of inland water area.

Municipal Services
Type of Government Selectmen
Budget: Municipal Appropriations, 2015-2016 $26,277,320
Budget: School Appropriations, 2016-2017 $26,277,340
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

Emergency Services
Police Department Full-time
Fire Department Full-time
Emergency Medical Service Full-time
Nearest Hospital(s) Distance Staffed Beds
Dartmouth-Hitchcock Med Ctr, Lebanon 3 miles 417
Alice Peck Day Memorial, Lebanon 7 miles 25

Electric Supplier Eversource Energy; 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 Administration) Property Taxes
2015 Total Tax Rate (per $1,000 of value) $19.35
2015 Equalization Ratio 86.9
2015 Full Value Tax Rate (per $1,000 of value) $16.78
2015 Percent of Local Assessed Value by Property Type
Residential Land and Buildings72.5%
Commercial Land and Buildings26.9%
Public Utilities, Current Use, and Other0.6%

(ACS 2010-2014) Housing
Total Housing Units 3,278
Single-Family Units, Detached or Attached 2,270
Units in Multiple-Family Structures:  
Two to Four Units in Structure 262
Five or More Units in Structure 734
Mobile Homes and Other Housing Units 12
(US Census Bureau) Demographics
Total Population Community County
2014 11,311 89,360
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) 2010-2014
Population by Gender
Male:   5,506 Female:   5,805
Population by Age Group
Under age 5 358
Age 5 to 19 2,756
Age 20 to 34 3,942
Age 35 to 54 1,878
Age 55 to 64 1,033
Age 65 and over 1,344
Median Age 23.2 years
Educational Attainment, population 25 years and over
High school graduate or higher 96.8%
Bachelor's degree or higher 78.1%

(ACS 2010-2014) Income, Inflation Adjusted $
Per capita income $34,140
Median family income $129,000
Median household income $94,063
Median Earnings, full-time, year-round workers
Male $87,550
Female $53,141
Individuals below the poverty level 12.0%

(NHES - ELMI) Labor Force
Annual Average 2005 2015
Civilian Labor Force 5,329 4,915
Employed 5,207 4,713
Unemployed 122 202
Unemployment Rate 2.3% 4.1%

(NHES - ELMI) Employment & Wages
Annual Average Covered Employment 2004 2014
Goods Producing Industries
Average Employment 1,027 1,257
Average Weekly Wage $1,048 $1,312
Service Providing Industries
Average Employment 7,543 7,924
Average Weekly Wage $1,003 $1,382
Total Private Industry
Average Employment 8,570 9,181
Average Weekly Wage $1,008 $1,372
Government (Federal, State, and Local)
Average Employment 794 697
Average Weekly Wage $943 $1,275
Total, Private plus Government
Average Employment 9,364 9,878
Average Weekly Wage $1,003 $1,366

If "n" appears, data does not meet disclosure standards.

(NH Dept. of Education) Education and Child Care
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 & Technology Center (VT) Region: 7
Educational Facilities (includes Charter Schools) 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 470 402 691
2016 NH Licensed Child Care Facilities (Bureau of Child Care Licensing): Total Facilities: 8 Total Capacity: 338
Nearest Community/Technical College: River Valley
Nearest Colleges or Universities: Dartmouth; Colby-Sawyer; Lebanon

Largest Businesses Product/Service Employees Established
Dartmouth College Education 3,497 1769
Hypertherm Plasma arch cutting 610 1968
Dartmouth Printing Co. Printing services 245 1938
Trumbull Nelson Construction Co. Construction 55 1917
Hanover Inn Lodging 112 1769
Town of Hanover Municipal services 247 1761
Creare Research & development services 83 1969
Kendall at Hanover Continuing Care Retirement Community 1992

Employer Information Supplied by Municipality

(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 MunicipalRunway5,496 ft. asphalt
Lighted? Yes Navigational Aids? Yes
Nearest Airport with Scheduled Service
Lebanon Municipal Distance 6 miles
Number of Passenger Airlines Serving Airport 1
Driving distance to selected cities:
Manchester, NH 76 miles
Portland, ME 168 miles
Boston, MA 126 miles
New York City, NY 270 miles
Montreal, Quebec 188 miles

(ACS 2010-2014) Commuting to Work
Workers 16 years and over
Drove alone, car/truck/van 45.3%
Carpooled, car/truck/van 9.4%
Public transportation 4.2%
Walked 30.1%
Other Means 4.7%
Worked at home 6.3%
Mean Travel Time to Work 13.3 minutes
Percent of Working Residents: (ACS 2010-2014)
Working in community of residence 58.1%
Commuting to another NH community 30.9%
Commuting out-of-state 11.0%
Recreation, Attractions, and Events
X Municipal Parks
Boys Club/Girls Club
X Golf Courses
Swimming: Indoor Facility
X Swimming: Outdoor Facility
X Tennis Courts: Indoor Facility
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

Economic & Labor Market Information Bureau, NH Employment Security, August 2016. Community Response Received 06/21/16

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