Hanover, New Hampshire, is located in the scenic Upper Connecticut River Valley, with the river forming the border between Vermont and New Hampshire, in what is called the Upper Valley. It was chartered by Governor Benning Wentworth in 1761, and in 1765, its first European inhabitants arrived. The Town has a population of 11,260 (per 2010 census), and is the home of prestigious Dartmouth College, which has an enrollment of over 6,000 students and attributes to Hanover’s average age of just 22 years. The school was founded in 1769, is a member of the Ivy League, and consistently ranks among one of the country's top 10 academic institutions. Dartmouth is also a very important part of the community with its arts, library, academics, and its own ski slope. In 2011, CNN and Money Magazine rated Hanover as the 6th best place to live in America. The Appalachian Trail goes right down Main Street in Hanover, and the town warmly welcomes hikers with a Friends group. Dartmouth’s Outing Club maintains about 75 miles of the Trail. Picture of Dartmouth Campus courtesy of Wikipedia and Kane5187 (public domain).