Hanover City Hall
|Nickname(s): Little City on the Crow|
Location of the city of Hanover
within Wright and Hennepin Counties
in the state of Minnesota
|• Total||5.59 sq mi (14.48 km2)|
|• Land||5.45 sq mi (14.12 km2)|
|• Water||0.14 sq mi (0.36 km2)|
|Elevation||922 ft (281 m)|
|• Estimate (2015)||3,449|
|• Density||539.1/sq mi (208.1/km2)|
|Time zone||Central (CST) (UTC-6)|
|• Summer (DST)||CDT (UTC-5)|
|GNIS feature ID||0644632|
Hanover is a city in Wright and Hennepin counties in the U.S. state of Minnesota. The population was 2,938 at the 2010 census. Hanover is mainly located within Wright County; only a small part of the city extends into Hennepin County.
Even though Hanover is partly in the metropolitan county of Hennepin, it does not fall under the jurisdiction of the Twin Cities Metropolitan Council.
Hanover was laid out in 1877, and named after Hanover, in Germany, the native land of some of the early settlers. A post office has been in operation at Hanover since 1877. Hanover was incorporated in 1891. One property in Hanover, the 1885 Hanover Bridge, is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 5.59 square miles (14.48 km2); 5.45 square miles (14.12 km2) is land and 0.14 square miles (0.36 km2) is water. County Road 19 serves as a main route in the city.
Singer and Minnesota native Bob Dylan owns a ranch near Hanover in Hennepin County.
Hanover is located in the Buffalo–Hanover–Montrose school district. It has its own elementary school for grades K–5, however for grades 6–8, students in the area are bused to Buffalo Community Middle School in Buffalo, Minnesota. Several elementary schools in the district follow this procedure. The high school for the district, Buffalo High School, is also located in Buffalo. It is known for its arts magnet program. Portions of Hanover are also located in the St Michael-Albertville (STMA) school district.
As of the census of 2010, there were 2,938 people, 926 households, and 807 families residing in the city. The population density was 539.1 inhabitants per square mile (208.1/km2). There were 950 housing units at an average density of 174.3 per square mile (67.3/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 96.0% White, 0.6% African American, 0.2% Native American, 1.5% Asian, 0.7% from other races, and 1.0% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.7% of the population.
There were 926 households of which 56.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 77.4% were married couples living together, 4.9% had a female householder with no husband present, 4.9% had a male householder with no wife present, and 12.9% were non-families. 9.0% of all households were made up of individuals and 1.5% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 3.17 and the average family size was 3.36.
The median age in the city was 32.5 years. 34.8% of residents were under the age of 18; 4.8% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 34.3% were from 25 to 44; 22.7% were from 45 to 64; and 3.5% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 51.4% male and 48.6% female.
As of the census of 2000, there were 1,355 people, 440 households, and 370 families residing in the city. The population density was 277.0 people per square mile (107.0/km²). There were 456 housing units at an average density of 93.2 per square mile (36.0/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 98.75% White, 0.07% Native American, 0.37% Asian, and 0.81% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.59% of the population.
There were 440 households out of which 48.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 76.4% were married couples living together, 3.9% had a female householder with no husband present, and 15.7% were non-families. 12.7% of all households were made up of individuals and 4.3% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 3.08 and the average family size was 3.38.
In the city the population was spread out with 33.4% under the age of 18, 7.3% from 18 to 24, 36.0% from 25 to 44, 18.7% from 45 to 64, and 4.6% who were 65 years of age onr older. The median age was 34 years. For every 100 females there were 100.7 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 104.8 males.
The median income for a household in the city was $73,667, and the median income for a family was $79,809. Males had a median income of $47,462 versus $32,452 for females. The per capita income for the city was $27,826. About 0.8% of families and 0.9% of the population were below the poverty line, including 0.9% of those under age 18 and 2.8% of those age 65 or over.
The Hanover Harvest Festival takes place annually on the first weekend in August. The festival consists of many activities including a 5K run, Kids Fun Run, Miss Hanover Completion, Fireworks, Parade, Car show and other events.
Miss Hanover Royalty Program
The Hanover Harvest Festival Royalty Program began in 2009 by Jackie Heinz. She currently runs the program and it is in its fourth generation. To participate in the contest, requirements include a rising senior in high school–22 years old, and having attended school in Hanover or lived in the area, or attended a local private school. The contest consists of contestants being judged on various things including accomplishments, community activities, club/office membership, and future goals pertaining to education and career. They are also judged on poise, dress, answers to interview questions, and speech. Each year, two girls are crowned Miss Hanover and Hanover Princess. Miss Hanover has the opportunity to be invited by the Aquatennial Royal Court in Minneapolis to participate in Aquatennial Queen of the Lakes Scholarship Program. If the Queen (Miss Hanover) decides not to participate in Aquatennial, then the opportunity passes to the Princess. Past/current royalty are as follows:
- Belle Wanke 2015-2016
- Mallory Gutknecht 2014-2015
- Krystle Brown 2013-2014
- Amanda Jendro 2012–2013
- Kaelie Lund 2011–2012
- Kenzie Haight 2010–2011
- Dana Bjorge 2009–2010
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