Hanover, New Hampshire

Dartmouth College, Hanover, NH
Dartmouth College. Hanover, New Hampshire

Hanover is a town located in the Upper Valley of New Hampshire. With a population just under 12,000, Hanover is consistently ranked among the top 10 places to live in the country. Home to Dartmouth College, Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center and the US Army Corps of Engineers, Hanover stands out in the crowd as a place to work, study and call home.

The Town of Hanover, New Hampshire

History of Hanover

Chartered on July 4th, 1761, Hanover welcomed its first inhabitants from Europe in 1765 and 1766. The majority of them moving from Connecticut. The town quickly developed into an agricultural community. Dartmouth College was established in the village center, now known as The Green, in 1769.

Returning to New Hampshire after the insistence of George Washington, a small section of Hanover, then known as Dresden, had defected and joined the Republic of Vermont. Dresden was capital of the Republic, but after much squabbling in the political arena, Dresden returned to New Hampshire and was reabsorbed by Hanover.

The name Dresden is still used in the name of the school district, the Dresden School District, the first interstate school district in the country. The Dresden School District is comprised of public schools of Hanover, New Hampshire and Norwich, Vermont.

Photograph of Lord Hall at the campus of Dartm...
Photograph of Lord Hall at the campus of Dartmouth College in Hanover, New Hampshire. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

World Class Education

Aside from the Dresden School District, Hanover is also home to Ivy League’s Dartmouth College. Dartmouth consists of the Geisel School of Medicine, Thayer School of Engineering, Tuck School of Business and a liberal arts college. Dartmouth also offers 19 graduate programs in arts and science.

Dartmouth College is among a handful of colleges founded before the American Revolution. The smallest university in the Ivy League, Dartmouth’s total enrollment has been steady between 6,000 and 6,500 students.

Photograph of Memorial Field at the campus of ...
Photograph of Memorial Field at the campus of Dartmouth College in Hanover, New Hampshire, with the Nathaniel Leverone Fieldhouse visible in the background. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Located on a 269 acre pristine campus, Dartmouth was established in 1769 and is tucked away in the Upper Valley of New Hampshire. Students participating in the Dartmouth (Big Green) athletics program are welcomed by 34 varsity sports teams competing in the Ivy League conference and NCAA Division I. Dartmouth College Teams are known at the “Big Green“.

There’s never a lack of things to do in the Upper Valley as students love to explore the Appalachian Trail, Connecticut River, Mascoma Lake, the Rail Trail and the countless other destinations scattered throughout Grafton County.

Working in Hanover

Dartmouth College and Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center are two of the largest employers in Hanover and Grafton County. The college employs hundreds of teachers, administrators and staff throughout Grafton County. Likewise, DHMC provides the Upper Valley with jobs ranging from doctors and nurses to administrators, food workers and housekeeping employees. Rounding off the healthcare jobs in the Upper Valley are Alice Peck Day Memorial Hospital, the VA Hospital in White River Junction, Vermont and many other private practices.

Not only are Hanover and Lebanon, New Hampshire known for Dartmouth College and DHMC, they are also in the forefront of the technology. Home to companies like TomTom, Timken Aerospace, Stryker, Fuji Dimatix, Mascoma Corp, Hypertherm, Astronomics Corporation and more, the Upper Valley attracts employees from around the globe to work for these world class employers.

Healthcare and technology are the two largest industries in the area, but we don’t want to leave out the hundreds of locally owned shops and restaurants. Mom and Pop stores are scattered throughout the Upper Valley, small gift shops and eateries are always just a stones throw away.

While we have a large employer base with major companies, this doesn’t take away from the small town comforts and upscale feel of home, which is the pride of Hanover.

Calling Hanover, NH Home

Hanover, New HampshireImmersed in nature, Hanover offers many beautiful neighborhoods as well as sprawling acreage. The town center boasts the beauty of the Dartmouth campus and is an easy and fun walk with plenty of shopping and eateries to keep you exploring one weekend after the next.

A never-ending list of activities will be waiting for you just outside your door. From hiking a bit of the Appalachian Trail (Velvet Rocks) to a moonlit hike up Balch Hill in Hanover, or a stroll to the lake on the Boston Lot trails at DHMC, you’ll find that nature is always at your fingertips.

Served by one of the best High Schools in the State, Hanover is home to Hanover High School, serving the Dresden School District. Students from both Hanover, NH and Norwich, VT attend Hanover High School and enjoy a top notch education.

There is a wide selection of real estate and home choices in Hanover ranging from affordable condominiums to the ultra luxurious sprawling estates with mountain views. Overall the current median home value in Hanover, New Hampshire is $499,000. Despite the modest median value, many large estates become available from time to time in Hanover and the surrounding areas.

The excellent schools, employment opportunities and vast amounts of nature make Hanover, New Hampshire the perfect mix of tech and serenity we all need to live prosperous and fulfilling lives.

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