Hanover, New York

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Hanover is a town in Chautauqua County, New York, United States. The population was 7,638 at the 2000 census.

The Town of Hanover lies in the northeast corner of Chautauqua County.



The first settler arrived in 1796. The Town of Hanover was formed in 1812 from part of the Town of Pomfret. The size of Hanover was reduced later to form the new Towns of Villenova (1823) and Sheridan (1827).


According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 49.5 square miles (128.1 km²), of which, 49.3 square miles (127.7 km²) of it is land and 0.2 square miles (0.4 km²) of it (0.34%) is water.

The New York State Thruway (Interstate 90), US 20 and NY 5 pass through the north part of the town. New York State Route 39 crosses the center of the town.

Adjacent towns and areas

On the north, the town borders Lake Erie and on the northeast, Cattaraugus Creek, which is the boundary of Erie County, New York. The east town line is the border of Cattaraugus County. The south town line is shared with Town of Villenova, and the west town line is shared with the Town of Sheridan.


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 7,638 people, 2,975 households, and 2,040 families residing in the town. The population density was 154.9 people per square mile (59.8/km²). There were 3,501 housing units at an average density of 71.0/sq mi (27.4/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 96.82% White, 0.48% African American, 0.90% Native American, 0.12% Asian, 0.05% Pacific Islander, 0.76% from other races, and 0.86% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.70% of the population.

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