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Hanover, NH

hanover New Hampshire Community Profile Community Contact Town of Hanover
Alex Torpey, 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 Town Manager, Town Clerk, Tax Collector: Monday to Friday, 8:30-4:30

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 2
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 3,166 over 50 years, from 8,494 in 1970 to 11,660 in 2020. The 2022 Census estimate for Hanover was 10,348 residents, which ranked 28th among New Hampshire's incorporated cities and towns.
Population Density and Land Area, 2022 (US Census Bureau): 210.8 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, 2023-2024 $33,837,940
Budget: School Appropriations, 2023-2024 $43,306,137
Zoning Ordinance 1931/18
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 419
Alice Peck Day Memorial, Lebanon 7 miles 23

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; Consolidated Communications
Cellular Telephone Access Yes
Cable Television Access Limited
Public Access Television Station Yes
High Speed Internet Service:

(NH Dept. of Revenue Administration) Property Taxes
2022 Total Tax Rate (per $1,000 of value) $16.41
2022 Equalization Ratio 74.8
2022 Full Value Tax Rate (per $1,000 of value) $12.26
2022 Percent of Local Assessed Value by Property Type
Residential Land and Buildings73.5%
Commercial Land and Buildings25.8%
Public Utilities, Current Use, and Other0.7%

(ACS 2017-2021) Housing
Total Housing Units 3,738
Single-Family Units, Detached or Attached 2,691
Units in Multiple-Family Structures:  
Two to Four Units in Structure 153
Five or More Units in Structure 854
Mobile Homes and Other Housing Units 40
(US Census Bureau) Population
(1-Year Estimates/Decennial)
Total Population Community County
2022 10,348 91,126
2020 11,870 91,118
2010 11,260 89,118
2000 10,855 81,826
1990 9,186 74,998
1980 9,119 65,806
Demographics, American Community Survey (ACS) 2017-2021
Population by Gender
Male:   5,688 Female:   5,924
Population by Age Group
Under age 5 221
Age 5 to 19 3,896
Age 20 to 34 2,849
Age 35 to 54 1,763
Age 55 to 64 1,210
Age 65 and over 1,673
Median Age 22.8 years
Educational Attainment, population 25 years and over 5,546
High school graduate or higher 96.0%
Bachelor's degree or higher 83.6%

(ACS 2017-2021) Income, Inflation Adjusted $
Per capita income $50,173
Median family income $199,205
Median household income $146,198
Median Earnings, full-time, year-round workers
Male $129,792
Female $71,875
Individuals below the poverty level 7.2%

(NHES - ELMI) Labor Force
Annual Average 2012 2022
Civilian Labor Force 5,008 4,915
Employed 4,769 4,777
Unemployed 239 138
Unemployment Rate 4.8% 2.8%

(NHES - ELMI) Employment & Wages
Annual Average Covered Employment 2012 2022
Goods Producing Industries
Average Employment 1,261 756
Average Weekly Wage $1,190 $1,807
Service Providing Industries
Average Employment 7,745 6,964
Average Weekly Wage $1,338 $1,841
Total Private Industry
Average Employment 9,006 7,720
Average Weekly Wage $1,317 $1,838
Government (Federal, State, and Local)
Average Employment 761 740
Average Weekly Wage $1,188 $1,389
Total, Private plus Government
Average Employment 9,767 8,460
Average Weekly Wage $1,307 $1,798

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)
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 9-12
Total Enrollment 455 360 654
2022 NH Licensed Child Care Facilities (Bureau of Child Care Licensing): Total Facilities: 7 Total Capacity: 359
Nearest Community/Technical College: River Valley
Nearest Colleges or Universities: Dartmouth; Franklin Pierce-Lebanon; Upper Valley Educators Institute; Colby-Sawyer

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
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 2017-2021) Commuting to Work
Workers 16 years and over 4,231
Drove alone, car/truck/van 57.7%
Carpooled, car/truck/van 6.6%
Public transportation 1.3%
Walked 17.7%
Other Means 3.5%
Worked at home 13.3%
Mean Travel Time to Work 16.5 minutes
Percent of Working Residents: (ACS 2017-2021)
Working in community of residence 60.1%
Commuting to another NH community 28.7%
Commuting out-of-state 11.2%
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 Tourist 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, October 2023. Community Response Received 7/20/23

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