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Hancock was laid out in 1871 when the Great Northern Railway was extended to that point. The city was named for Joseph Woods Hancock, a county official. A post office has been in operation at Hancock since 1871.
Frank C. Mars, founder of candy giant Mars, Incorporated, was born in Hancock in 1883.
Hancock is a city in Stevens County, Minnesota. Minnesota Highway 9 serves as a main route in the community. According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 1.0 square miles (2.6 km²), of which 1.00% is water. The elevation is 1,155 ft (352 m) above sea level.
As of the census of 2010, there were 765 people, 302 households, and 197 families residing in the city. The population density was 772.7 inhabitants per square mile (298.3/km2). There were 334 housing units at an average density of 337.4 per square mile (130.3/km2).
Stevens County, Minnesota
Stevens County is a county located in the U.S. state of Minnesota and was founded February 20, 1862. As of the 2010 census, the population was 9,726. Its county seat is Morris. The county was named for the Civil War Union general Isaac Ingalls Stevens; it was named for him in 1862, seven years after a legislative clerical error denied him that honor in 1855 for what became Stearns County.
The county has the University of Minnesota Morris at the town of Morris. It was developed in the early twentieth century from the Morris Industrial School for Indians, which opened in the town in 1887 and was originally operated by the Roman Catholic Sisters of Mercy under contract to the federal government.
The county has 575 square miles with 564 square miles of land and 12 square miles of water. There are 16 townships in Stevens County; Eldorado, Donnelly, Rendsville, Swan Lake, Everglade, Pepperton, Morris, Framnas, Baker, Scott, Darnen, Hodges, Stevens, Synnes, Horton and Moore.