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. Hampstead has seen a significant amount of newer housing growth in recent years. Quite often, new home construction is the result of new residents moving in who are middle class or wealthier, attracted by jobs, a healthy local economy, or other amenities as they leave nearby or far away areas for greener pastures. 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 where white-collar or blue-collar occupations dominate the local economy, Hampstead is neither predominantly one nor the other. Instead, it has a mixed workforce 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.

A relatively large number of people in Hampstead telecommute to their jobs. Overall, about 11.35% of the workforce works from home. While this may seem like a small number, as a fraction of the total workforce it ranks among the highest in the country. 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.

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: 39.59% of adults in Hampstead have a bachelor's degree or even advanced degree.

The per capita income in Hampstead in 2018 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.