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  1. Public Schools
    A-
  2. Crime & Safety
    NG
  3. Housing
    A-
  4. Nightlife
    C+
  5. Good for Families
    A-
  6. Diversity
    B
  7. Jobs
    A-
  8. Weather
    B+
  9. Cost of Living
    B
  10. Health & Fitness
    B
  11. Outdoor Activities
    C+
  12. Commute
    B-
Hampstead is a town in North Carolina with a population of 5,717. Hampstead is in Pender County and is one of the best places to live in North Carolina. Living in Hampstead offers residents a suburban rural mix feel and most residents own their homes. Many retirees live in Hampstead and residents tend to be conservative. The public schools in Hampstead are highly rated.
About Hampstead...
Population
5,717

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$261,100
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$787
National
$949
Area Feel
Suburban Rural Mix
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    11%
  • Own
    89%
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Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
NG
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    282.7
  • Murder
    6.1
  • Rape
    40.7
  • Robbery
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    500.1
  • Theft
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    284

Residents

Diversity
B
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Age
  • <10 years
    13%
  • 10-17 years
    12%
  • 18-24 years
    5%
  • 25-34 years
    9%
  • 35-44 years
    16%
  • 45-54 years
    11%
  • 55-64 years
    12%
  • 65+ years
    21%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    15%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    25%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    34%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    22%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    4%
    13%

Working in Hampstead

Jobs
A-
Based on employment rates, job and business growth, and cost of living.
Median Household Income
$65,455
National
$55,322

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Hampstead Reviews

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Hampstead is a small town, but it is within driving distance (15-25 minutes) of both the beach and the downtown Wilmington area. Mayfaire Town Center is the primary shopping and dining location for young people, and includes a movie theatre. Downtown Wilmington is located on the water and also offers dining options near the historic USS North Carolina battleship. Outside of these options there isn’t a whole lot to do in Hampstead itself, but it provides a good balance of beach and town center.
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Hampstead is ok but lacks a lot. Nothing is close and you are limited to very few selections for your common shopping needs. We purchased a home in a nice neighborhood with nice people at a fair price but not great. Lots of mud trucks and get r done stickers. Extremely bad traffic due to hwy 17 being a major thru way to The beaches. In the winter the beach is 15 mins away but summer 30 to 45. The schools are ok but lack the push to extend beyond high school. Very little work here and most people seem to struggle to make a living or thrive extremely well, but there is no middle class. The residents seem extremely happy with no growth.
My suggestion is that if you are a home body that doesn’t work or like to leave your home this is a great place. If you are from the city and expect to have amenities beyond 1 grocery store and a dollar general you will hate it. No diversity, very white bread republican.
We moved to Hampstead from California June 2017. I chose this location because of its schools and proximity to the beach. Since moving here we have only been met with kindness. My husband and I are Marine veterans and there is a strong military presence and an even stronger sense of patriotism with residents. We go to Wilmington for shopping and dining. To date, I still feel like we moved to Mayberry. Thank goodness for amazing neighbors. You've got your characters, but what small town doesn't? My ONLY gripe, is the lack of diversity. In California you could be eating at one of the many taco joints and have an African-American speaking fluent Spanish with a man from Mexico. Other than that, I am always trying to find Andy Griffith (joking). I like this sleepy little town with people who wave at you and offer to help if you need it. I'm originally from a really small town, so having that back while also being near the beach, is nice.