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Hancock, NH

hancock New Hampshire Community Profile Community Contact Town of Hancock
Jonathan Coyne, Town Administrator
50 Main Street, 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, 5 pm - 8 pm, Wednesday, 3 pm - 6 pm; Tax Collector: Thursday, 9 am - 4:30 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 935 over 58 years, from 722 in 1960 to 1,657 in 2018. 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 2018 Census estimate for Hancock was 1,657 residents, which ranked 154th among New Hampshire's incorporated cities and towns.
Population Density and Land Area, 2018 (US Census Bureau): 55.3 persons per square mile of land area, which tied with Dublin. 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, 2018 $3,122,067
Budget: School Appropriations, 2017-2018 $3,747,286
Zoning Ordinance 1962/17
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

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 Consolidated Communications
Cellular Telephone Access Yes
Cable Television Access Yes
Public Access Television Station No
High Speed Internet Service:

(NH Dept. of Revenue Administration) Property Taxes
2018 Total Tax Rate (per $1,000 of value) $21.96
2018 Equalization Ratio 89.6
2018 Full Value Tax Rate (per $1,000 of value) $19.83
2018 Percent of Local Assessed Value by Property Type
Residential Land and Buildings94.7%
Commercial Land and Buildings2.0%
Public Utilities, Current Use, and Other3.4%

(ACS 2014-2018) Housing
Total Housing Units 930
Single-Family Units, Detached or Attached 857
Units in Multiple-Family Structures:  
Two to Four Units in Structure 37
Five or More Units in Structure 8
Mobile Homes and Other Housing Units 28
(US Census Bureau) Population
(1-year Estimates/Decennial)
Total Population Community County
2018 1,657 415,247
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) 2014-2018
Population by Gender
Male:   846 Female:   939
Population by Age Group
Under age 5 74
Age 5 to 19 289
Age 20 to 34 173
Age 35 to 54 397
Age 55 to 64 334
Age 65 and over 518
Median Age 53.2 years
Educational Attainment, population 25 years and over
High school graduate or higher 97.5%
Bachelor's degree or higher 52.7%

(ACS 2014-2018) Income, Inflation Adjusted $
Per capita income $48,617
Median family income $93,889
Median household income $71,250
Median Earnings, full-time, year-round workers, 16 years ad over
Male $54,125
Female $42,500
Individuals below the poverty level 1.5%

(NHES - ELMI) Labor Force
Annual Average 2008 2018
Civilian Labor Force 876 919
Employed 850 900
Unemployed 26 19
Unemployment Rate 3.0% 2.1%

(NHES - ELMI) Employment & Wages
Annual Average Covered Employment 2008 2018
Goods Producing Industries
Average Employment $48 n
Average Weekly Wage $564 n
Service Providing Industries
Average Employment $226 n
Average Weekly Wage $596 n
Total Private Industry
Average Employment $274 $157
Average Weekly Wage $590 $1,067
Government (Federal, State, and Local)
Average Employment $46 $34
Average Weekly Wage $417 $719
Total, Private plus Government
Average Employment $320 $191
Average Weekly Wage $565 $1,005

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

(NH Dept. of Education) Education and Child Care
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 Region: 14
Educational Facilities (includes Charter Schools) Elementary Middle/Junior High High School Private/Parochial
Number of Schools 1
Grade Levels K 1-4
Total Enrollment 49
2020 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
Harris Center for Conservation Education Conservation education
Nature's classroom at Sargent Center Outdoor education and camp
Our Town Landscaping, Inc. Landscaping services and materials
Mathewson Co., Inc. Septic svcs., dam & road construction, excavation, land clearing, helical piles, winter maintenance
Sarah's Hat Boxes Custom handmade fabric boxes

Employer Information Supplied by Municipality

(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, AntrimRunway3,260 ft. asphalt
Lighted? Yes Navigational Aids? No
Nearest Airport with Scheduled Service
Manchester-Boston Regional Distance 34 miles
Number of Passenger Airlines Serving Airport 4
Driving distance to selected cities:
Manchester, NH 34 miles
Portland, ME 130 miles
Boston, MA 77 miles
New York City, NY 243 miles
Montreal, Quebec 253 miles

(ACS 2014-2018) Commuting to Work
Workers 16 years and over
Drove alone, car/truck/van 72.0%
Carpooled, car/truck/van 3.0%
Public transportation 0.0%
Walked 2.6%
Other Means 22.3%
Worked at home 21.5%
Mean Travel Time to Work 26.5 minutes
Percent of Working Residents: (ACS 2014-2018)
Working in community of residence 35.0%
Commuting to another NH community 62.6%
Commuting out-of-state 2.4%
Recreation, Attractions, and Events
X Municipal Parks
Boys Club/Girls Club
Golf Courses
Swimming: Indoor Facility
Swimming: Outdoor Facility
Tennis Courts: Indoor Facility
X Tennis Courts: Outdoor Facility
Ice Skating Rink: Indoor Facility
Bowling Facilities
X Museums
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
X 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, 2020. Community Response Received 6/4/18

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