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Location of Hancock, Minnesota
Location of Hancock, Minnesota
Country United States
State Minnesota
County Stevens
 • Total 0.90 sq mi (2.34 km2)
 • Land 0.90 sq mi (2.34 km2)
 • Water 0.00 sq mi (0.00 km2)
1,158 ft (353 m)
 • Total 765
 • Estimate 
 • Density 825.03/sq mi (318.66/km2)
Time zone UTC-6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP code
Area code(s) 320
FIPS code 27-26936
GNIS feature ID 0644616

Hancock is a city in Stevens County, Minnesota, United States. The population was 765 at the 2010 census.


Hancock was laid out in 1871 when the Great Northern Railway was extended to that point. The city was named for Joseph Woods Hancock, a county official. A post office has been in operation at Hancock since 1871.

Frank C. Mars, founder of candy giant Mars, Incorporated, was born in Hancock in 1883.


Hancock is a city in Stevens County, Minnesota. Minnesota Highway 9 serves as a main route in the community. According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 1.0 square miles (2.6 km²), of which 1.00% is water. The elevation is 1,155 ft (352 m) above sea level.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1880 91
1890 218 139.6%
1900 415 90.4%
1910 524 26.3%
1920 763 45.6%
1930 798 4.6%
1940 827 3.6%
1950 852 3.0%
1960 942 10.6%
1970 806 −14.4%
1980 877 8.8%
1990 723 −17.6%
2000 717 −0.8%
2010 765 6.7%
2019 (est.) 745 −2.6%
U.S. Decennial Census

2010 census

As of the census of 2010, there were 765 people, 302 households, and 197 families residing in the city. The population density was 772.7 inhabitants per square mile (298.3/km2). There were 334 housing units at an average density of 337.4 per square mile (130.3/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 97.8% White, 0.5% Native American, 0.1% Asian, 1.2% from other races, and 0.4% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 3.7% of the population.

There were 302 households, of which 32.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 54.6% were married couples living together, 6.3% had a female householder with no husband present, 4.3% had a male householder with no wife present, and 34.8% were non-families. 29.1% of all households were made up of individuals, and 13.2% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.51 and the average family size was 3.09.

The median age in the city was 34.4 years. 27.5% of residents were under the age of 18; 9.2% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 25.7% were from 25 to 44; 24.7% were from 45 to 64; and 12.8% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 52.3% male and 47.7% female.

Arts and culture

Annual cultural events

Hancock holds an annual community celebration every July 4. The 4th of July parade also features a performance by Hancock's great marching band! The celebration has been held since the 1870s and includes baseball, parades, dances and fireworks.


Hancock Public Schools are part of the Hancock Public School District. Schools in the district include Hancock Elementary School and Hancock High School. The average class size is around 12 to 25 students and has been growing in recent years. The building that houses the K-12 school was expanded in 2012 and in 2020.



Minnesota State Highway 9 serves as a main route in the community.

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