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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 747 over 49 years, from 909 in 1970 to 1,656 in 2019. 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 2019 Census estimate for Hancock was 1,656 residents, which ranked 154th among New Hampshire's incorporated cities and towns.
Population Density and Land Area, 2019 (US Census Bureau): 55.2 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.

Municipal Services
Type of Government Selectmen
Budget: Municipal Appropriations, 2020 $2,751,920
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
2019 Total Tax Rate (per $1,000 of value) $24.60
2019 Equalization Ratio 89.1
2019 Full Value Tax Rate (per $1,000 of value) $21.69
2019 Percent of Local Assessed Value by Property Type
Residential Land and Buildings95.4%
Commercial Land and Buildings2.0%
Public Utilities, Current Use, and Other2.6%

(ACS 2015-2019) Housing
Total Housing Units 932
Single-Family Units, Detached or Attached 886
Units in Multiple-Family Structures:  
Two to Four Units in Structure 20
Five or More Units in Structure 7
Mobile Homes and Other Housing Units 19
(US Census Bureau) Population
(1-year Estimates/Decennial)
Total Population Community County
2019 1,656 417,025
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) 2015-2019
Population by Gender
Male:   818 Female:   929
Population by Age Group
Under age 5 40
Age 5 to 19 260
Age 20 to 34 112
Age 35 to 54 430
Age 55 to 64 353
Age 65 and over 552
Median Age 56.5 years
Educational Attainment, population 25 years and over
High school graduate or higher 97.9%
Bachelor's degree or higher 56.7%

(ACS 2015-2019) Income, Inflation Adjusted $
Per capita income $51,542
Median family income $96,071
Median household income $69,609
Median Earnings, full-time, year-round workers, 16 years ad over
Male $53,828
Female $42,273
Individuals below the poverty level 2.1%

(NHES - ELMI) Labor Force
Annual Average 2009 2019
Civilian Labor Force 873 930
Employed 835 910
Unemployed 38 20
Unemployment Rate 4.4% 2.2%

(NHES - ELMI) Employment & Wages
Annual Average Covered Employment 2009 2019
Goods Producing Industries
Average Employment 40 32
Average Weekly Wage $616 $941
Service Providing Industries
Average Employment 184 145
Average Weekly Wage $663 $1,081
Total Private Industry
Average Employment 224 177
Average Weekly Wage $654 $1,055
Government (Federal, State, and Local)
Average Employment 48 34
Average Weekly Wage $453 $697
Total, Private plus Government
Average Employment 272 211
Average Weekly Wage $619 $998

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 2015-2019) Commuting to Work
Workers 16 years and over
Drove alone, car/truck/van 73.1%
Carpooled, car/truck/van 1.6%
Public transportation 0.0%
Walked 3.7%
Other Means 21.2%
Worked at home 2.0%
Mean Travel Time to Work 24.3 minutes
Percent of Working Residents: (ACS 2015-2019)
Working in community of residence 35.5%
Commuting to another NH community 62.5%
Commuting out-of-state 2.0%
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
Tourist 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, 2021. Community Response Received 6/4/18

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