Hanover is frequently judged one of the best places to live in the United States because it balances local and global, friendly and efficient, casual and sophisticated. And the heart of Hanover is on Dartmouth's doorstep. The strong sense of community and rich cultural life of the college fuel, and are fueled by, the town and the region.

Just across the street from the Dartmouth Green, you'll find a tantalizing range of culinary adventures—Thai, Mexican, Chinese, Indian, Italian, American—not to mention pizzerias, bakeries, cafés, bubble tea, and some terrific ice cream. The Hanover Chamber of Commerce lists more than two dozen food and beverage options.

The region—traditional homelands of the Abenaki people—supports major teaching hospitals, a burgeoning high-tech sector with global connections, and an arts scene that perfectly complements Dartmouth's own cultural offerings. The award-winning Hopkins Center for the Arts is at the heart of campus and the town, and world-class productions by Opera North and Northern Stage are just 15 minutes away. For skiing, hiking, and autumn leaf-peeping, the natural environment surrounding Hanover is an ideal playground.