The Community

Hanover, New Hampshire
Aerial view of Dartmouth's green
 Population                   10,850
 Area  49 square miles
 Nearest large city
 Boston (2-hour drive)
 Median family income    
 $99,158
 Educational attainment
 97% high school
78% bachelor's degree
42% graduate and professional degrees
Households with children under 18 years old
 31%

Established in 1761, Hanover lies on the eastern bank of the Connecticut River, which marks the border between New Hampshire and Vermont. Hanover has enjoyed a long and fruitful association with her sister town across the river, Norwich, and the two towns formed the nation's first interstate school district in 1963. Hanover is also the home of Dartmouth College.

CNN-Money ranked Hanover as #6 out of 100 best places to live in America in 2011, and ranked it #2 out of 25 best places to retire in 2010.

The neighboring town of Lebanon, New Hampshire, is home to the nationally ranked Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center (DHMC). As an academic medical center, DHMC is made up of:

Hanover's natural setting, cultural offerings, and world-class research, medical and educational facilities, as well as its numerous high-tech companies, have led people from all over the world to call Hanover home.

Norwich, Vermont

Norwich Green
 Population                   3,800
 Area  45 square miles
 Median family income    
 $78,178
 Educational attainment
 99% high school
75% bachelor's degree
41% graduate and professional degrees
Households with children under 18 years old
 41%

Norwich lies on the western bank of the Connecticut River. The town center features a traditional and popular general store and an historic inn with a restaurant and brew pub. It's also where you'll find the Montshire Museum of Science and The King Arthur Flour Company.

Culture and Science

Hanover and its surrounding region, also known as the Upper Connecticut River Valley (or "the Upper Valley" for short), is home to a vibrant and diverse cultural community.

Dartmouth College is the smallest school in the Ivy League with a total enrollment of approximately 6,000. In addition to the undergraduate liberal arts college, the institution includes the Geisel Medical School, Thayer School of Engineering, and Tuck School of Business, as well as 19 graduate programs in the arts and sciences.

Baker Library at Dartmouth College
The Institute for Lifelong Education at Dartmouth (ILEAD) promotes learning through the study of topics selected by its members, through study groups or lectures, class discussions or research. Since 1991, ILEAD has offered more than 1,000 study groups with participation by more than 18,000 members.

Dartmouth's Hood Museum of Art, along with Saint Gaudens National Historic Site and numerous galleries and artist studios, provide a full range of visual arts experiences. "The Hood" actively engages with school and community groups and has enjoyed more than 5,000 visits by school children both to the museum and to the historic Orozco murals in Dartmouth's Baker Library (shown at left).

The Hopkins Center at Dartmouth offers performances in dance, jazz, classical and contemporary music, and theater and film showings. The nearby Lebanon Opera House offers performances of contemporary and classical music and theater and is the venue for Opera North, the Northeast's premier summer opera festival. Across the river in Vermont, Northern Stage is an award-winning professional theater company that brings national and area talent together on an intimate stage.

The Montshire Museum of Science in Norwich features dozens of hands-on interactive exhibits relating to all areas of science and engineering, while the nearby Vermont Institute of Natural Science offers a variety of educational programs and displays of more than 40 raptors. A short drive away, the ECHO Lake Aquarium and Science Center in Burlington, VT, and the McAuliffe-Shepard Discovery Center, a planetarium in Concord, NH, provide additional opportunities for scientific exploration.

Sports and Recreation

Nestled between the Green and White Mountains and bisected north to south by the Connecticut River and east to west by the Appalachian Trail, the Upper Valley offers opportunities for recreation in all seasons.

The many rivers and lakes

  Skating on Occom Pond
support canoeing, kayaking, rowing, sailing, swimming, fishing and other water sports. And sites are plentiful for rock climbing, biking, camping, and hiking (see the Upper Valley Trails Alliance, the Appalachian Mountain Club and the Green Mountain Club.)  The winter features ice skating, sledding, snow-shoeing, and both alpine and cross-country skiing as well as the festivities of Dartmouth's annual Winter Carnival.

Many of Dartmouth's amenities are also available to the public, including indoor and outdoor running tracks, ice arenas, an Olympic-size indoor pool, a fully equipped fitness center, and additional facilities for basketball, squash, racquetball, and horse-back riding.  The Dartmouth Outing Club maintains a section of the Appalachian Trail, operates the Ledyard Canoe Club, runs the Dartmouth Cross-County Ski Center, and provides skating and sledding at its Center on Occom Pond. The Dartmouth Skiway provides accessible and family-friendly alpine skiing. Dartmouth also runs the Hanover Country Club and Golf Course and the Alexis Boss Tennis Center.

For families with young children, summer camps and year-round activities abound. See the Ray Elementary School's list of community resources.


  Enjoying the splendor of the Connecticut River