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Hanover Ranked 5th on a List of America’s Top 10 Best Hockey Towns

Mar 29, 2018 09:03PM ● By Linda Ditch
It probably comes as no surprise that Hanover is a hockey town. However, the financial technology company SmartAsset ranked the town fifth on the list of America’s Top 10 Best Hockey Towns. (Burlington, Vermont came in third.)

To create the list, SmartAsset considered data based on nine factors split between fan intensity metrics and quality of life metrics. The fan intensity metrics included attendance rate, percent of population attending games, and Google trends data for the term “hockey.” The quality of life factors included the unemployment rate, crime rate, and dining and entertainment establishment data.

College towns dominate the list:

1. Grand Forks, ND (UND Fighting Hawks)

2. North Andover, MA (Merrimack College Warriors)

3. Burlington, VT (Vermont Catamounts)
4. Mankato, MN (Minnesota State Mavericks)

5. Hanover, NH (Dartmouth Big Green)

6. Ann Arbor, MI (Michigan Wolverines)

7. Houghton, MI (Michigan Tech Huskies)

8. State College, PA (Penn State Nittany Lions)

9. Cambridge, MA (Harvard Crimson)

10.Saint Paul, MN (Minnesota Wild)

The SmartAsset website said of Hanover: “Dartmouth comes in fifth. Attendance to Dartmouth College hockey games equals roughly 30 percent of the entire town’s population. For that metric, Hanover ranks seventh. While the fan intensity scores are impressive for this town, where Hanover truly shines is in quality of life. This city has top 20 scores in median income, unemployment rate, and low violent and property crime rates. One drawback is that the housing costs here, including mortgages and property taxes, can be on the pricey side.”
To read about the other towns on the list, go to

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