Forbes Magazine calls Hanover-Lebanon the “least vulnerable” regional economy in the nation for communities of its size.

•    Stability comes from Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center and Dartmouth College, the largest local employers with about 10,000 employees combined.

•    Award-winning firms include Hypertherm, Inc., a plasma cutting concern named by the Society for Human Resource Management in 2008 as one of the “50 Best Small & Medium Companies to Work for in America.”

•    High-tech employers include Stryker Biotech (a leading, worldwide, medical products and services company that just completed a $100 million expansion of its facilities); Tele Atlas (a leader in digital mapping and other geographic data) whose American headquarters is in Lebanon; and Fluent, Inc, (a computational fluid dynamic software development company).

•    Roster of leading employers includes Dartmouth Printing Company with a work force of 242 and Trumbull-Nelson Construction with 120.

•    Centerra Resource Park—a business park and marketplace—is a growing development that includes a business incubator.

•    96.6 percent of the Hanover work force over 25 years old have at least a high school degree, 77.7 percent have a bachelor’s degree or more, and 42.6 percent have graduate or professional degrees.

•    Average commute for Hanover workers: 13.9 minutes according to the U.S. Census Bureau.

•    The Hanover Area is characterized by its highly educated population and commitment to learning.  Both Dartmouth College and the highly ranked Dresden School District call the Upper Valley home.

•    4,300 undergraduates and 1,500 graduate students attend Dartmouth, which features 17 graduate programs as well as the Dartmouth Medical School, the Thayer School of Engineering and the Amos Tuck School of Business.

•    Hanover High School annually sends students to the best colleges in the nation.

•    Richmond Middle School and Ray Elementary School in Hanover, Marion Cross School in Norwich, Lyme Elementary School and Crossroads Academy in Lyme prepare young minds for their high school years and beyond.

•    Quality preschools, Kimball Union Academy in nearby Meriden, N.H., Lebanon College and Granite State College and Norwich’s Montshire Museum of Science make the Hanover area alive with learning.

•    Hanover’s Howe Library features 79,000 volumes and open wi-fi, as do the Etna and Norwich libraries.  Dartmouth’s Baker Library is open to the public with free wi-fi provided by the college on and around campus.


•    A five-member select board and town manager govern Hanover. The town manager oversees daily operation of the town and is the administrative head of all town departments.

•    Norwich also has a five-person select board and town manager.


•    Recognized among the Top 50 hospitals nationally by U.S. News & World Report for cancer, gynecology and ENT (ear, nose and throat) care, Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center is a 353-bed tertiary care hospital on the Hanover-Lebanon town line.

•    The Children’s Hospital at Dartmouth (CHaD) is New Hampshire’s only children’s hospital.

•    The Norris Cotton Cancer Center is New Hampshire’s only National Cancer Institute-designated comprehensive cancer center.

•    Alice Peck Day Memorial Hospital in Lebanon is a 32-bed community hospital that specializes in a family-centered approach in 30-plus specialties and clinical areas.

•    The Good Neighbor Clinic in White River Junction assures quality medical care for those without the means to pay while the Red Logan Dental Clinic offers the same for those unable to pay for dental work.


•    July 4, 1761: Connecticut colonists granted charter for seven square miles of wooded land that would become Hanover.

•    1769 population: 20 families.

•    Part of Vermont from 1778-1784.

•    1,380: residents at time of first census in 1790.

•    11,124: Hanover population in 2004. About half are full-time residents and half are Dartmouth students.

•    3,544: Norwich population in 2000.

•    The Appalachian Trail and Moose Mountain for hiking, the Connecticut River for boating and fishing, Hanover Country Club Mink Brook for fishing and Storrs Pond for swimming and tennis make the area a mecca for outdoor enthusiasts in spring and summer.

•    The Dartmouth Skiway and Whaleback Mountain, the Dartmouth Cross Country Ski Center, Campion Rink and Thompson Arena, the groomed ice of Occom Pond and the sledding hill of Hanover Country Club invite winter sports participants.

•    Dartmouth’s Fitness Center, the River Valley Club and Dartmouth’s Alexis Boss Tennis Center offer indoor fitness opportunities when the weather turns cold.

•    Dartmouth Riding Center at Morton Farm welcomes the horse lover.

A welcoming and diverse worship community thrives in the Upper Valley. Social service agencies well-supported by a generous community include the United Way of the Upper Valley, ACORN, LISTEN, David’s House, WISE and a variety of service organizations providing food, shelter, healthcare and help to those in need.