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The City of Hancock, platted in 1859, is a progressive community, located on the north shore of the Portage Lake Canal in northern Houghton County. Hancock is the northernmost city in Michigan named for John Hancock, signer of the Declaration of Independence. With a population of approximately 4,900, Hancock provides a superior location to live, work and play. The City's proximity to majestic Lake Superior gives it beautiful mild summers and wonder snowy winters. Tour the Quincy Hoist during your visit. Hancock is also the home of Finlandia University is the only university in North America founded by Finnish immigrants..