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Community Contact Town of Hanover
Alex Torpey, Town Manager
PO Box 483
  Hanover, NH 03755
Telephone (603) 643-0701
Fax (603) 643-1720
Web Site
Municipal Office Hours Town Manager, Town Clerk, Tax Collector: Monday to Friday, 8:30-4:30
County Grafton County
Labor Market Area Lebanon, NH-VT Micropolitan NECTA, NH portion
Tourism Region Dartmouth-Sunapee Region
Planning Commission Upper Valley/Lake Sunapee Region
Regional Development Grafton County Economic Development Council
Election Districts
US Congress District 2
Executive Council District 2
State Senate 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: 1380 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 largest decennial percent change was an 18 percent increase from 1990 to 2000. The town's population increased by four percent from 2010 to 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 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
Capital 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 Pickup Private
    Pay-As-You-Throw Program No
    Recycling Program Curbside
Telephone Company Comcast; Consolidated Communications
Cellular Telephone Access Yes
Cable Television Access Limited
Public Access Television Station Yes
High Speed Internet Service: Business Limited
High Speed Internet Service: Resident Limited

Property Taxes (NH Dept. of Revenue Administration)
2022 Total Tax Rate $16.41
2022 Equalization Ratio 74.8
2022 Full Value Tax Rate (per $1000 of value) $12.26
2022 Percent of Local Assessed Valuation by Property Type
    Residential Land and Buildings 73.5%
    Commercial Land and Buildings 25.8%
    Public Utilities, Current Use, and Other 0.7%

Housing (ACS 2018-2022)
Total Housing Units 3,889
Single-Family Units,Detached or Attached 2,620
Units in Multiple-Family Structures:
    Two to Four Units in Structure 198
    Five or More Units in Structure 1,014
Mobile Homes and Other Housing Units 57

Population(1-Year Estimates/Decennial) (US Census Bureau)
Total Population Community County
   2022 10,348   93,131
   2020 11,660   91,118
   2010 11,255   89,118
   2000 10,849   81,743
   1990 9,186   74,929
   1980 9,119   65,806

Demographics American Community Survey (ACS 2018-2022)
Population by Gender
Male   5,550 Female   5,655
Population by Age Group
      Under Age 5 276
      Age 5 to 19 3,454
      Age 20 to 34 2,491
      Age 35 to 54 2,087
      Age 55 to 64 995
      Age 65 and over 1,902
            Median Age 26.9 years

Educational Attainment, population age 25 or older 5,738
      High school graduation or higher 97.2%
      Bachelor's degree or higher 85.5%
Income, Inflation Adjusted $   (ACS 2018-2022)
Per Capita Income $59,249
Median Family Income $230,675
Median Household Income $154,023
Median Earnings, full-time, year-round workers
      Male $126,598
      Female $76,632
Individuals below poverty level 7.1%
Labor Force   (NHES - ELMI)

Annual Average 2012 2022
    Civilian Labor Force 5,008   4,870
    Employed 4,769   4,746
    Unemploymed 239   124
    Unemployment rate 4.8%   2.5%

Employment & Wages   (NHES-ELMI)
Annual Average Covered Employment 2012 2022
Good-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  
    Average Employment  9,006  7,720
    Average Weekly Wage  $1,317  $1,838
Government(Federal, State, Local)  
    Average Employment  761  740
    Average Weekly Wage  $1,187  $0
Total, Private Industry plus Government  
    Average Employment  9,767  8,460
    Average Weekly Wage  $1,307  $1,798
If "n" appears, data do not meet disclosure standards.

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) District: SAU 70
Career Technology Center: 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  
Total Enrollment 455 360 654  
Nearest Community/Technical College: River Valley
Nearest College or Universities: Dartmouth; Franklin Pierce-Lebanon; Upper Valley Educators Institute; Colby-Sawyer

2022 NH Licensed Child Care Facilities (DHHS-Bureau of Child Care Licensing)   Total Facilities:     7   Capacity:     359

Largest Businesses Product/Service Employees Established
Dartmouth College Education 3497 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
Transportation (distance estimated from city/town hall)
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 Municipal Runway  5,496 ft. asphalt
    Lighted?  Yes Navigation Aids?  Yes
Nearest Airport With Scheduled Service
    Lebanon Municipal Distance   6 miles
    Number of Passenger Airlines Serving Airport 1
Driving distance to select cities:
    Manchester, New Hampshire 76 miles
    Portland, Maine 168 miles
    Boston, Massachusetts 126 miles
    New York City, New York 270 miles
    Montreal, Quebec, Canada 188 miles
Commuting To Work (ACS 2018-2022)
Workers 16 years of age and over
  Drove alone, car/truck/van: 57.5%
  Carpooled, car/truck/van: 5.6%
  Used Public Transportation: 0.4%
  Walked: 12.8%
  Traveled by other means: 2.0%
  Worked at home: 21.6%
Mean Travel Time to Work: 17.0 minutes
Work in community of residence: 86.4%
Commute to other NH community: 3.1%
Commute out-of-state: 10.5%
Recreation, Attractions, Events
X Municipal Parks
Boys Club/Girls Club
X Golf Courses
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 (ie Scouts and 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 Recreation Areas
X Overnight or Day Camps

Nearest Ski Areas: Dartmouth Skiway
Other: Community Rowing Facility; Hood Museum of Art; Hopkins Center