Hanover, NH
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Hanover is a somewhat small town located in the state of New Hampshire. With a population of 11,416 people and two constituent neighborhoods, Hanover is the 26th largest community in New Hampshire.

Hanover home prices are not only among the most expensive in New Hampshire, but Hanover real estate also consistently ranks among the most expensive in America.

Hanover is a decidedly white-collar town, with fully 93.49% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, Hanover is a town of professionals, managers, and sales and office workers. There are especially a lot of people living in Hanover who work in teaching (20.20%), management occupations (13.20%), and office and administrative support (9.11%).

And if you like science, one thing you'll find is that Hanover has lots of scientists living in town - whether they be life scientists, physical scientists (like astronomers), or social scientists (like geographers!). So, if you're scientific-minded, you might like it here too.

Also of interest is that Hanover has more people living here who work in computers and math than 95% of the places in the US.

Of important note, Hanover is also a town of artists. Hanover has more artists, designers and people working in media than 90% of the communities in America. This concentration of artists helps shape Hanover’s character.

Hanover is a small town with a large college student population. Because of this, there is a real youthful, hip vibe to the place, and much of the life in the town is centered on the college. This has helped Hanover to buck the trend of other small towns that have suffered declining populations over the past 20 to 30 years. Spending by students, and faculty and staff jobs, are a big part of the local economy.

Residents of the town have the good fortune of having one of the shortest daily commutes compared to the rest of the country. On average, they spend only 15.34 minutes getting to work every day.

Even though Hanover is a smaller town, it has many people who hop on public transportation – mostly the bus for their daily commute to work. Typically, these people are commuting to good jobs in the surrounding cities.

Do you have a 4-year college degree or graduate degree? If so, you may feel right at home in Hanover. 80.71% of adults here have a 4-year degree or graduate degree, whereas the national average for all cities and towns is just 21.84%.

The per capita income in Hanover in 2010 was $43,730, which is wealthy relative to New Hampshire and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $174,920 for a family of four. However, Hanover contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

Hanover is a somewhat ethnically-diverse town. The people who call Hanover home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Hanover residents report their race to be White, followed by Asian. Important ancestries of people in Hanover include Irish, German, Italian, and Scottish.

The most common language spoken in Hanover is English. Other important languages spoken here include Chinese and German/Yiddish.