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Community Contact Town of Hancock
Jonathan Coyne, Town Administrator
50 Main Street, PO Box 6
  Hancock, NH 03449
Telephone (603) 525-4441
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Municipal Office Hours Administration: Monday to Thursday, 8-4; Town Clerk: Monday, 5-8, Wednesday, 3-6; Tax Collector: Tuesdays by appointment, Thursday, 2-5:30
County Hillsborough County
Labor Market Area Peterborough, NH LMA
Tourism Region Monadnock Region
Planning Commission Southwest Region Planning
Regional Development Monadnock Economic Development Corp.
Election Districts
US Congress District 2
Executive Council District 2
State Senate District 10
State Representative Hillsborough County District 31
Incorporated: 1779
Origin: Hancock started as an unidentified settlement on the Contoocook River, in lands 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 827 over 50 years, from 909 in 1970 to 1,736 in 2020. The largest decennial percent change was a 36 percent increase from 1980 to 1990; population increased 31 percent over the prior decade. The town's population increased by five percent rom 2010 to 2020. The 2022 Census estimate for Hancock was 1,748 residents, which ranked 151st among New Hampshire's incorporated cities and towns.
Population Density and Land Area: 2022 (US Census Bureau): 58.3 persons per square mile of land area. Hancock contains 30 square miles of land area and 1.3 square miles of inland water area.

Municipal Services
Type of Government Selectmen
Budget:Municipal Appropriations,2022 $3,540,430
Budget:School Appropriations,2021-2022 $3,723,398
Zoning Ordinance 1962/17
Master Plan 2020
Capital 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 Pickup None
    Pay-As-You-Throw Program No
    Recycling Program Mandatory
Telephone Company Consolidated Communications
Cellular Telephone Access Yes
Cable Television Access Yes
Public Access Television Station No
High Speed Internet Service: Business Yes
High Speed Internet Service: Resident Yes

Property Taxes (NH Dept. of Revenue Administration)
2022 Total Tax Rate $21.81
2022 Equalization Ratio 71.9
2022 Full Value Tax Rate (per $1000 of value) $15.61
2022 Percent of Local Assessed Valuation by Property Type
    Residential Land and Buildings 95.2%
    Commercial Land and Buildings 1.8%
    Public Utilities, Current Use, and Other 3.1%

Housing (ACS 2018-2022)
Total Housing Units 882
Single-Family Units,Detached or Attached 807
Units in Multiple-Family Structures:
    Two to Four Units in Structure 55
    Five or More Units in Structure 5
Mobile Homes and Other Housing Units 15

Population(1-Year Estimates/Decennial) (US Census Bureau)
Total Population Community County
   2022 1,748   427,493
   2020 1,736   422,937
   2010 1,648   400,721
   2000 1,742   380,841
   1990 1,623   335,838
   1980 1,193   276,608

Demographics American Community Survey (ACS 2018-2022)
Population by Gender
Male   893 Female   864
Population by Age Group
      Under Age 5 35
      Age 5 to 19 219
      Age 20 to 34 193
      Age 35 to 54 387
      Age 55 to 64 350
      Age 65 and over 573
            Median Age 55.4 years

Educational Attainment, population age 25 or older 1,375
      High school graduation or higher 96.4%
      Bachelor's degree or higher 57.2%
Income, Inflation Adjusted $   (ACS 2018-2022)
Per Capita Income $52,762
Median Family Income $107,214
Median Household Income $88,611
Median Earnings, full-time, year-round workers
      Male $65,417
      Female $63,125
Individuals below poverty level 3.3%
Labor Force   (NHES - ELMI)

Annual Average 2012 2022
    Civilian Labor Force 930   911
    Employed 896   890
    Unemploymed 34   21
    Unemployment rate 3.7%   2.3%

Employment & Wages   (NHES-ELMI)
Annual Average Covered Employment 2012 2022
Good-Producing Industries  
    Average Employment  n  30
    Average Weekly Wage  n  $1,030
Service-Providing Industries  
    Average Employment  n  170
    Average Weekly Wage  n  $1,476
Total Private  
    Average Employment  147  200
    Average Weekly Wage  $905  $1,408
Government(Federal, State, Local)  
    Average Employment  29  30
    Average Weekly Wage  $702  $0
Total, Private Industry plus Government  
    Average Employment  176  230
    Average Weekly Wage  $871  $1,333
If "n" appears, data do not meet disclosure standards.

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) District: SAU 1
Career Technology Center: Region 14 Applied Technology Center
Educational Facilities(includes Charter Schools) Elementary Middle/Junior High High School Private/Parochial
Number of Schools 1      
Grade Levels K 1-4      
Total Enrollment 69      
Nearest Community/Technical College: Manchester; Nashua; NHTI-Concord
Nearest College or Universities: Keene State; New England; Franklin Pierce; Antioch New England

2022 NH Licensed Child Care Facilities (DHHS-Bureau of Child Care Licensing)   Total Facilities:     1   Capacity:     16

Largest Businesses Product/Service Employees Established
John Hancock Inn Restaurant, inn
Hancock Market Convenience store
Fiddleheads Cafe Restaurant
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
Transportation (distance estimated from city/town hall)
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, Antrim Runway  3,260 ft. asphalt
    Lighted?  Yes Navigation Aids?  No
Nearest Airport With Scheduled Service
    Manchester-Boston Regional Distance   34 miles
    Number of Passenger Airlines Serving Airport 4
Driving distance to select cities:
    Manchester, New Hampshire 34 miles
    Portland, Maine 130 miles
    Boston, Massachusetts 77 miles
    New York City, New York 243 miles
    Montreal, Quebec, Canada 253 miles
Commuting To Work (ACS 2018-2022)
Workers 16 years of age and over
  Drove alone, car/truck/van: 74.1%
  Carpooled, car/truck/van: 7.1%
  Used Public Transportation: 0.1%
  Walked: 1.0%
  Traveled by other means: 2.0%
  Worked at home: 15.8%
Mean Travel Time to Work: 30.7 minutes
Work in community of residence: 65.5%
Commute to other NH community: 28.5%
Commute out-of-state: 6.1%
Recreation, Attractions, Events
X Municipal Parks
Boys Club/Girls Club
Golf Courses
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 (ie Scouts and 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 Recreation Areas
X Overnight or Day Camps

Nearest Ski Areas: Pat's Peak, Crotched Mtn
Other: Harris Center for Conservation Education; Nature's Classroom