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Hanover, Maine
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Hanover, Maine is located in Maine
Hanover, Maine
Hanover, Maine
Location in Maine
Country United States
State Maine
County Oxford
Incorporated 1843
 • Total 7.56 sq mi (19.58 km2)
 • Land 7.04 sq mi (18.23 km2)
 • Water 0.52 sq mi (1.35 km2)
892 ft (272 m)
 • Total 286
 • Density 41/sq mi (15.7/km2)
Time zone UTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP code
Area code(s) 207
FIPS code 23-31110
GNIS feature ID 0582510

Hanover is a town in Oxford County, Maine, United States. The population was 286 at the 2020 census. The town is a popular vacation and recreation area.


Sunflower Farm, Hanover, ME
Sunflower Farm in c. 1915

The area was first settled in 1774 by Nathaniel Segar from Newton, Massachusetts. Phineas Howard from Temple, New Hampshire purchased from Massachusetts in 1792 the unoccupied land in the township, including Howard Pond. The community became known as Howard's Gore. Combined with a portion of Bethel separated by the Androscoggin River, it then became Hanover, named by its German settlers for the House of Hanover. It was incorporated on February 14, 1843.

Endowed with fine loam soil, farming became an early business. Indeed, Hanover was known for having some of the best intervale farms in the state. A variety of crops were grown, the chief being hay. The outlet of Howard Pond provided water power for industry. At Hanover Village, 12 mills were established. They produced flour, woolens, furniture, short and long lumber, sash, blinds and doors, dowels and rakes. Other goods included leather, boots and shoes. By the early 1950s, however, the last mills had declined and closed. More recently, Hanover has become site for both year-round homes and vacation properties. However There is a house on Route 2 Heading towards Hanover That Is reported to be haunted. It is an old farm house That The Movie The Hanover House was filmed in. Owners have reported to see apparitions and orbs above the owners bed.


According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 7.56 square miles (19.58 km2), of which, 7.04 square miles (18.23 km2) of it is land and 0.52 square miles (1.35 km2) is water. Hanover is bounded by the Androscoggin River on the south and lies just southwest of Rumford on U.S. Route 2 and Maine State Route 5.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1850 266
1860 257 −3.4%
1870 188 −26.8%
1880 203 8.0%
1890 212 4.4%
1900 214 0.9%
1910 196 −8.4%
1920 165 −15.8%
1930 170 3.0%
1940 178 4.7%
1950 211 18.5%
1960 240 13.7%
1970 275 14.6%
1980 256 −6.9%
1990 272 6.3%
2000 251 −7.7%
2010 238 −5.2%
2020 286 20.2%
U.S. Decennial Census

2010 census

As of the census of 2010, there were 238 people, 116 households, and 63 families living in the town. The population density was 33.8 inhabitants per square mile (13.1/km2). There were 235 housing units at an average density of 33.4 per square mile (12.9/km2). The racial makeup of the town was 96.6% White, 1.3% Native American, 0.4% Asian, 0.4% from other races, and 1.3% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.7% of the population.

There were 116 households, of which 14.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 45.7% were married couples living together, 7.8% had a female householder with no husband present, 0.9% had a male householder with no wife present, and 45.7% were non-families. 34.5% of all households were made up of individuals, and 13.8% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.05 and the average family size was 2.63.

The median age in the town was 50 years. 12.6% of residents were under the age of 18; 8.9% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 18.5% were from 25 to 44; 38.2% were from 45 to 64; and 21.8% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the town was 51.7% male and 48.3% female.

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