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About Hancock, Vermont

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Addison County
Chartered: July 31, 1781 (Vermont Charter)
Area: 24,696 Acres = 38.59 Square Miles [ Size Rank: 151* ]
Coordinates (Geographic Center): N 43° 56' W 72°51'
Altitude: 912 feet ASL
Population (US Census, 2010): 323 [ Population Rank: 222* ]
Population Density (persons per square mile): 8.4 [ Density Rank: 228* ]
Full Census Info: Town
  County  State

*Area, Population and Density rankings refer to Hancock's relative position among Vermont's 255 civic entities (9 cities, 242 towns, 4 gores and grants). Complete rankings are here.

Named for John Hancock, the Revolutionary Boston patriot. It is commonly held that Hancock was the first to sign the Declaration of Independance; while that is not the case, his signature is indeed the most noticeable, because of its size and bold flourishes, such that his name has long been synonymous with "signature" ("Put your John Hancock right there...").

The town had 56 residents in the 1791 census, doubling every ten years for the next forty, reaching a peak in 1820. Since then, the population has declined more or less steadily with each census, largely because 19,000 acres (over 80% of its area) are taken up by the Green Mountain National Forest.

Material excerpted or adapted from Esther Munroe Swift's
Vermont Place-Names: Footprints of History
with the author's permission


Goings-on in and near Hancock
Calendar of Events provided by the Vermont Department of Tourism & Marketing.

Contact Info

Emergency Services (Statewide): 911
Hospital: Porter Medical Center (Middlebury) 802-388-7901
Town Clerk:  Olivia Whalen PO Box 100 Hancock, VT 05748
 M-Th 10-4

Churches, Ministries, Charitables

United Church of Christ : United Church of Christ


Windsor Northwest Supervisory Union 802-234-5364
Hancock Village School 802-767-3958

Neighboring Towns

This is a basic geographic reference, intended to show relative location of adjacent towns. Directional accuracy is limited to 16 compass points. There isn't even the slightest suggestion that one can necessarily travel directly from one town to the next (as in "You can't get there from here").

Ripton Hancock
Rochester Rochester


Notes about utilities:

  • One electric or phone company indicates that company serves the entire town. More than one of either indicates each serves different areas of town.
  • A listed cable company MIGHT mean the entire town is covered, but not necessarily. More than one listed indicates each serves different areas of town.
  • Unless your area is one served by Vermont's only gas utility, your only option is bottled gas (any dealer).
    Electric Green Mountain Power 888-835-4672
    Telephone Fairpoint 866-984-2001

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