Introduction to Hamlet, North Carolina

Hamlet, North Carolina, in Richmond County, is 47 miles W of Fayetteville, North Carolina and 69 miles E of Charlotte, North Carolina.

Hamlet History

Hamlet was established in the late 1800s following the construction of a woolen and saw mill in the region. John Shortridge, an Englishman, set up the mill along Marks Creek. In 1870, a track of railroad connecting Wilmington to Charlotte was laid through this area. The community was named Hamlet in 1873, and incorporated in 1897. Businesses gradually began prospering in the area, and a large number of railroad workers soon settled in the community.

Hamlet and nearby Attractions

  • National Railroad Museum and Hall of Fame
  • Rankin Museum of American and Natural History
  • Town Creek Indian Mound
  • Cheraw State Recreation Area
  • Weymouth Woods Sandhills Nature Preserve

Things To Do In Hamlet

The National Railroad Museum & Hall of Fame, located in Hamlet, was the depot of the former Seaboard Air Line Railway. It now houses exhibits including a locomotive and caboose. The Rankin Museum of American and Natural History has various antiques, medical memorabilia, 19th-century pottery, a turpentine still and Civil War relics on display. The Weymouth Woods Sandhills Nature Preserve features nature trails and is a popular hiking spot. Cheraw State Recreation Area, spread across 7,361 acres of land, offers boating, fishing, camping, hiking, swimming and horseback riding opportunities. It also includes a golf course and pedal boat rentals. The Loch Haven Golf Course is nearby as well. In addition, Hamlet hosts the Richmond County Fair every October.

Hamlet Transportation

Fayetteville Regional Airport is nearby.

Hamlet Higher Education

Hamlet is home to the Richmond Community College. The University of North Carolina at Pembroke, Francis Marion University and Florence Darlington Technical College are some of the other colleges located nearby.


Total Population6,525
Male Share of the Population43.3%
Female Share of the Population56.7%
Senior Citizens11.3%
Employed Population 16+2,091
Age of the Population30


% of people married39.3%
Average household size3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher12.3%
Median Earnings25+$0
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$0
Median Earnings With High School Degree$0


Median Family Income$41,958
% Above Poverty Level72.5%
% Below Poverty Level27.5%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time20 minutes
% Working from Home0.6%
% Walking and Biking to Work2.2%
% Using Public Transportation1.2%


People Living Alone28.7%
Median Gross Rent$582
Median House Value$96,100


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)54.1%

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Hamlet Almanac

Nearest Medium City 47 miles W of Fayetteville, North Carolina (center to center)
Nearest Large City69 miles E of Charlotte, North Carolina
Standard Zip Codes28345
Phone Area Codes910
Time ZoneEastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight SavingsThe city observes Daylight Saving Time.

Hamlet Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)

Distance0.3 miles
Jan Temp28 to 53 F
Apr Temp45 to 75 F
Jul Temp67 to 91 F
Oct Temp47 to 74 F
Annual Precip49 inches
Distance15.9 miles
Jan Temp32 to 53 F
Apr Temp49 to 74 F
Jul Temp70 to 91 F
Oct Temp50 to 74 F
Annual Precip48.1 inches
Distance16.7 miles
Jan Temp30 to 53 F
Apr Temp47 to 74 F
Jul Temp70 to 90 F
Oct Temp48 to 74 F
Annual Precip47.8 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income
Dobbins Heights858$28,000

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Hamlet Hospitals

(910) 958-2361
Emergency Service: Yes

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