Hampstead, NC
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Living in Hampstead


Hampstead is a very small coastal town (i.e. on the ocean, a bay, or inlet) located in the state of North Carolina. With a population of 4,396 people and three constituent neighborhoods, Hampstead is the 192nd largest community in North Carolina. Much of the housing stock in Hampstead was built relatively recently. The construction of new real estate can often be taken as an indication that the local Hampstead economy is robust, and that jobs or other amenities are attracting an influx of new residents. This seems to be the case in Hampstead, where the median household income is $65,455.00.

Hampstead home prices are not only among the most expensive in North Carolina, but Hampstead real estate also consistently ranks among the most expensive in America.

Unlike some towns, Hampstead isn’t mainly white- or blue-collar. Instead, the most prevalent occupations for people in Hampstead are a mix of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Hampstead is a town of professionals, service providers, and managers. There are especially a lot of people living in Hampstead who work in management occupations (10.68%), healthcare (10.21%), and food service (10.17%).

Also of interest is that Hampstead has more people living here who work in computers and math than 95% of the places in the US.

Of important note, Hampstead is also a town of artists. Hampstead has more artists, designers and people working in media than 90% of the communities in America. This concentration of artists helps shape Hampstead’s character.

Telecommuters are a relatively large percentage of the workforce: 11.35% of people work from home. While this number may seem small overall, as a fraction of the total workforce it is high relative to the nation. These workers are often telecommuters who work in knowledge-based, white-collar professions. For example, Silicon Valley has large numbers of people who telecommute. Other at-home workers may be self-employed people who operate small businesses out of their homes.

Hampstead is a good choice for families with children because of several factors. Many other families with children live here, making it a place where both parents and children are more likely to develop social ties with other families. The town’s good public school district and large population of college-educated adults provide an environment conducive to academic success. Many people own their own single-family homes, providing areas for children to play and stability in the community. Finally, Hampstead’s overall crime rate is lower than average for the country.

One of the nice things about Hampstead is that it is nautical, which means that parts of it are somewhat historic and touch the ocean or tidal bodies of water, such as inlets and bays. Because of this, visitors and locals will often go to these areas to take in the scenery or to enjoy waterfront activities.

Being a small town, Hampstead does not have a public transit system used by locals to get to and from work.

The education level of Hampstead citizens is very high relative to the national average among all cities (21.84%): 39.59% of adults in Hampstead have a bachelor's degree or even advanced degree.

The per capita income in Hampstead in 2010 was $36,170, which is wealthy relative to North Carolina and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $144,680 for a family of four. However, Hampstead contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

The people who call Hampstead home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Hampstead residents report their race to be White, followed by Black or African-American. Important ancestries of people in Hampstead include Irish, German, English, Italian, and Scots-Irish.

The most common language spoken in Hampstead is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and German/Yiddish.