Hampstead, NC

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Hampstead, NC

About Hampstead, NC

Living in Hampstead, NC is a truly unique experience. The small-town charm of the area makes it a great place to settle down and raise a family. There are plenty of outdoor activities to enjoy, such as kayaking on nearby rivers, fishing in fresh ponds and lakes, and hiking along the majestic trails that wind through the local forests. The town also has its fair share of charming restaurants, quaint shops and lively nightlife spots. For those looking for more urban offerings, Raleigh and Wilmington are both just a short drive away. All in all, Hampstead is an ideal destination for those seeking a peaceful yet exciting atmosphere to call home! Mid-sized port city - Southern North Carolina coast.

Location Details

State: North Carolina
County: Pender County
Metro Area: Wilmington Metro Area
City: Hampstead
Zip Codes: 28443
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Time zone: Eastern Standard Time (EST)
Elevation: 30 ft above sea level
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Wilmington is an old Colonial port city known for shipping, agricultural processing, and flowers. The historic town center and waterfront along the Cape Fear River is interesting and attractive. Due to its historic interest and its location on a peninsula formed by the Cape Fear River on the west and the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway on the east, housing costs and cost of living tend to be higher than other small North Carolina cities.

Employment growth is also very strong as more find the area. The area has a healthy mix of old and new economy employers, from International Paper and Louisiana Pacific to GE Nuclear Systems and Corning optical fiber, with a few pharmaceutical and biotech equipment firms in addition. There is a large regional hospital and medical complex. Wilmington is somewhat far from many big-city amenities and services, but the climate is pleasant and residential sections are attractive.

Wilmington is located along the southern Atlantic Coast of North Carolina. Because of the curvature of the coastline, the ocean lies about 5 miles east and about 20 miles south. The surrounding terrain is typical of coastal Carolina, with low-lying, gently rolling land with rivers, creeks, and lakes with considerable swamp and marshland adjoining them. Large wooded areas alternate with cultivated fields.

The maritime location makes the climate unusually mild for its latitude, with daily temperature variations less than many nearby areas. Summers are warm and humid, usually with cool afternoon breezes but without excessive heat. High temperatures of 90 degrees F are reached about 1 day in 3, but 100 degree temps are rare. Cold air from the north invades in winter and doesn’t last, and the season is short and mild. On average, daytime temperatures stay below freezing only once a year. Rainfall is well distributed with most occurring during summer thunderstorms. The area is subject to coastal storms and hurricanes, with high winds, high tides, and heavy rain. Winter rain is more likely to be slow and steady, often lasting 2 to 3 days. Snow accumulation is rare.

Hampstead Cost of Living

Historic downtown, nearby beaches, and mild winters make Hampstead a great place to live.

+21.5% higher than avg
+32.6% higher than avg
$900 /mo
Monthly rent (2br)
-27.6% lower than avg
Hampstead Crime
52.1 / 100
Crime is ranked on a scale of 1 (low) to 100 (high). US average: 35.4
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Pros & Cons of Hampstead
   Historic downtown
   Nearby beaches
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   Mild winters
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