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Hancock, New Hampshire

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Hancock is a town in Hillsborough County, New Hampshire, United States The population was 1,654 at the 2010 census1 Hancock is home to the Welch Family Farm Forest

The main village of the town, where 204 people resided at the 2010 census,1 is defined as the Hancock census-designated place CDP, and is located at the junction of New Hampshire routes 123 and 137


  • 1 History
  • 2 Geography
  • 3 Demographics
  • 4 Education
  • 5 Sites of interest
  • 6 Notable people
  • 7 References
  • 8 External links


A Snowy Monday, 1926 The Cooperage, Hancock, New Hampshire by Lilla Cabot Perry

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 of the lands which became New Hampshire First settled in 1764, the town was set off from Peterborough and incorporated in 1779, named Hancock in honor of John Hancock A landowner of 1,875 acres 8 km2 in the community, Hancock was the first governor of the state of Massachusetts, president of the Continental Congress, and signer of the Declaration of Independence

Almost every building on Main Street in downtown Hancock is listed on the National Register of Historic Places as part of the Hancock Village Historic District Hancock's Meetinghouse is home to Paul Revere's #236 bell, which chimes on the hour, day and night The town does not have paved sidewalks, but gravel paths leading from home to home


According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 312 square miles 81 km2, of which 300 sq mi 78 km2 are land and 12 sq mi 31 km2 are water, comprising 400% of the town Hancock is drained by the Contoocook River Powder Mill Pond is in the east, and Nubanusit Lake is on the western border Skatutakee Mountain, the highest point in Hancock, has an elevation of 2,002 feet 610 m above sea level Hancock lies fully within the Merrimack River watershed2


Historical population
1790 634
1800 1,120 767%
1810 1,184 57%
1820 1,178 −05%
1830 1,316 117%
1840 1,345 22%
1850 1,012 −248%
1860 844 −166%
1870 692 −180%
1880 689 −04%
1890 637 −75%
1900 642 08%
1910 642 00%
1920 531 −173%
1930 561 56%
1940 631 125%
1950 612 −30%
1960 722 180%
1970 909 259%
1980 1,193 312%
1990 1,604 345%
2000 1,739 84%
2010 1,654 −49%
Est 2015 1,638 −10%
US Decennial Census4
W D Fogg's Store c 1906

As of the census5 of 2000, there were 1,739 people, 706 households, and 494 families residing in the town The population density was 580 people per square mile 224/km² There were 814 housing units at an average density of 272 per square mile 105/km² The racial makeup of the town was 9839% White, 023% African American, 029% Native American, 040% Asian, 006% from other races, and 063% from two or more races Hispanic or Latino of any race were 040% of the population

There were 706 households out of which 312% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 626% were married couples living together, 51% had a female householder with no husband present, and 299% were non-families 251% of all households were made up of individuals and 103% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older The average household size was 246 and the average family size was 294

Alcott Trestle c 1905

In the town, the population was spread out with 250% under the age of 18, 39% from 18 to 24, 260% from 25 to 44, 283% from 45 to 64, and 168% who were 65 years of age or older The median age was 43 years For every 100 females there were 922 males For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 902 males

The median income for a household in the town was $55,000, and the median income for a family was $64,423 Males had a median income of $40,000 versus $31,200 for females The per capita income for the town was $29,445 About 27% of families and 38% of the population were below the poverty line, including 26% of those under age 18 and 41% of those age 65 or over


Hancock is part of SAU School Administrative Unit #1, which is a school district that includes 9 towns, better known as the Contoocook Valley Regional School District6 Students from Hancock attend the following schools:

  • Elementary: Hancock Elementary School,7 located in Hancock
  • Middle: Great Brook School,8 located in Antrim
  • High: ConVal Regional High School,9 located in Peterborough

Sites of interestedit

  • Hancock Historical Society Museum
  • Very Long Baseline Array radio telescope

Notable peopleedit

  • AA Ames, corrupt former mayor of Minneapolis and fugitive from justice Arrested at the house of Rev C H Chapin in Hancock in February 19031011
  • Oren B Cheney, abolitionist, Free Baptist preacher, founder of Bates Collegecitation needed
  • Person C Cheney, US senator
  • Wayne Green, publisher
  • Joseph Grew, US ambassador to Japan, Denmark, Turkey, and Switzerlandcitation needed
  • Sam Huntington, actorcitation needed
  • Howard Mansfield, authorcitation needed
  • Charles E Merrill Jr, educator, founded the Commonwealth School
  • Jay Pierrepont Moffat, US ambassador to Canada
  • Jay Pierrepont Moffat, Jr, US ambassador to Chad
  • Sy Montgomery, author, adventurer
  • Lilla Cabot Perry, artist
  • Wallace Tripp, illustratorcitation needed
  • Elizabeth Yates, author and historiancitation needed


  1. ^ a b United States Census Bureau, American FactFinder, 2010 Census figures Retrieved March 23, 2011
  2. ^ Foster, Debra H; Batorfalvy, Tatianna N; Medalie, Laura 1995 Water Use in New Hampshire: An Activities Guide for Teachers US Department of the Interior and US Geological Survey 
  3. ^ "Annual Estimates of the Resident Population for Incorporated Places: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2015" Retrieved July 2, 2016 
  4. ^ "Census of Population and Housing" Censusgov Retrieved June 4, 2016 
  5. ^ "American FactFinder" United States Census Bureau Retrieved 2008-01-31 
  6. ^ Contoocook Valley Regional School District
  7. ^ Hancock Elementary School
  8. ^ Great Brook School
  9. ^ ConVal High School
  10. ^ New York Tribune, February 16, 1903
  11. ^ Harold Zink, City Bosses in the United States, Duke University Press, 1930 Page 348

External linksedit

  • Town of Hancock official website
  • Hancock Historical Society
  • Various town records 1749-1883 online at Fold3com
  • New Hampshire Economic and Labor Market Information Bureau Profile
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