Hancock, Maryland

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Hancock is a town in Washington County, Maryland, United States. The population was 1,725 at the 2000 census. The Western Maryland community is notable for being located at the narrowest part of the state. The north-south distance from the Pennsylvania state line to the West Virginia state line is only 1.8 miles (2.9 km) at Hancock.



Hancock is located at 39°42′7″N 78°10′51″W / 39.70194°N 78.18083°W / 39.70194; -78.18083[1].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 2.7 square miles (7.0 km²), of which, 2.7 square miles (7.0 km²) of it is land and 0.04 square miles (0.1 km²) of it (0.74%) is water.

The state of Maryland narrows to less than two miles wide in the Hancock area—the smallest non-vertex border-to-border distance of any U.S. state. It is at the junction of Interstates 68 and 70.

The Chesapeake & Ohio Canal passes through the town, and the Western Maryland Rail Trail connects Hancock with Fort Frederick State Park.


As of the census[2] of 2000, there were 1,725 people, 735 households, and 462 families residing in the town. The population density was 637.8 people per square mile (246.7/km²). There were 803 housing units at an average density of 296.9/sq mi (114.8/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 98.26% White, 0.35% African American, 0.35% Native American, 0.06% Asian, 0.12% Pacific Islander, 0.12% from other races, and 0.75% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.46% of the population.

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