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.
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 sales and office workers. There are especially a lot of people living in Hampstead who work in food service (11.82%), office and administrative support (11.52%), and management occupations (10.00%).
There are quite a few people in the armed forces living in Hampstead, and when you visit or drive around town, you will see military people in and out of uniform, shopping, enjoying life, and being part of the community.
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.
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.
It is a fairly quiet town because there are relatively few of those groups of people who have a tendency to be noisy. (Children, for example, often can't help themselves from being noisy, and being parents ourselves, we know!) Hampstead has relatively few families with children living at home, and is quieter because of it. Renters and college students, for their own reasons, can also be noisy. Hampstead has few renters and college students. But the biggest reason it is quieter in Hampstead than in most places in America, is that there are just simply fewer people living here. If you think trees make good neighbors, Hampstead may be for you.
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.
As is often the case in a small town, Hampstead doesn't have a public transportation system that people use for their commute.
The population of Hampstead is very well educated relative to most cities and towns in the nation, where the average community has 21.84% of its adult population holding a 4-year degree or higher: 37.05% of adults in Hampstead have a bachelor's degree or even advanced degree.
The per capita income in Hampstead in 2010 was $30,424, which is upper middle income relative to North Carolina and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $121,696 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 German, Irish, English, Italian, and French.
The most common language spoken in Hampstead is English. Other important languages spoken here include Italian and German/Yiddish.