Hancock is a town in Washington County, Maryland, United States. The population was 1,725 at the 2000 census. The Western Maryland community is notable for being located at the narrowest part of the state. The north-south distance from the Pennsylvania state line to the West Virginia state line is only 1.8 miles (2.9 km) at Hancock. The state of Maryland narrows to less than two miles wide in the Hancock areathe smallest non-vertex border-to-border distance of any U.S. state. It is at the junction of Interstates 68 and 70.