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Overview

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.

People

Total Population 6,525
Male Share of the Population 43.3%
Female Share of the Population 56.7%
Senior Citizens 11.3%
Employed Population 16+ 2,091
Age of the Population 30

Families

% of people married 39.3%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 12.3%
Median Earnings25+ $0
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $0
Median Earnings With High School Degree $0

Wealth

Median Family Income $41,958
% Above Poverty Level 72.5%
% Below Poverty Level 27.5%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 20 minutes
% Working from Home 0.6%
% Walking and Biking to Work 2.2%
% Using Public Transportation 1.2%

Housing

People Living Alone 28.7%
Median Gross Rent $582
Median House Value $96,100

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 54.1%
US/American 0%
English 9.9%
Irish 9.1%

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

Hamlet Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 47 miles W of Fayetteville, North Carolina (center to center)
Nearest Large City 69 miles E of Charlotte, North Carolina
County Richmond
Standard Zip Codes 28345
Phone Area Codes 910
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 34.884
Longitude -79.694

Hamlet Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

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

Station HAMLET
Distance 0.3 miles
Jan Temp 28 to 53 F
Apr Temp 45 to 75 F
Jul Temp 67 to 91 F
Oct Temp 47 to 74 F
Annual Precip 49 inches
Station LAURINBURG
Distance 15.9 miles
Jan Temp 32 to 53 F
Apr Temp 49 to 74 F
Jul Temp 70 to 91 F
Oct Temp 50 to 74 F
Annual Precip 48.1 inches
Station CHERAW
Distance 16.7 miles
Jan Temp 30 to 53 F
Apr Temp 47 to 74 F
Jul Temp 70 to 90 F
Oct Temp 48 to 74 F
Annual Precip 47.8 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Dobbins Heights 858 $28,000
Ellerbe 1,137 $33,214
Gibson 516 $27,500
Hoffman 572 $36,471
Laurinburg 15,694 $36,578
Rockingham 9,376 $38,648

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

Hamlet Hospitals

SANDHILLS REGIONAL MEDICAL CENTER
(Proprietary)
1000 WEST HAMLET AVENUE
(910) 958-2361
Emergency Service: Yes

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