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Statistics & Facts

The North Carolina state capital is Raleigh.
The population of Hamlet is approximately 6,708 (2000), 6495 (2010).
The approximate number of families is 2,687 (1990), 2561 (2010).
The amount of land area in Hamlet is 10.716 sq. kilometers.
The amount of land area in Hamlet is 5.02 sq. miles.
The amount of surface water is 0.219 sq kilometers.
The distance from Hamlet to Washington DC is 318 miles.
The distance to the North Carolina state capital is 88 miles. (as the crow flies)
Hamlet is positioned 34.88 degrees north of the equator and 79.70 degrees west of the prime meridian.
Hamlet elevation is 350 feet above sea level.
Hamlet per capita income is $ 12,454 .
Hamlet median income is $ 32,834.
Hamlet average annual rainfall is 47.97 inches per year
Hamlet average temperature is 60.8 degrees F.


in the south central area of North Carolina where the Piedmont and Coastal plains meet. Hamlet is about 76 miles from Charlotte and 99 miles from Raleigh.
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seasonal. There are mild winters and warm summers with no real extremes during the year. Of course, there are occasional hot or cold spells, but there are the exception rather than the rule.
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History & History Related Items

In the late 1800's, John Shortridge settled here and began a woolen and sawmill along Marks Creek. By 1870, the railroad from Wilmington came through Hamlet. It was Shortridge who influenced the railroad to build through Hamlet when a line was being built from Raleigh to Augusta, Georgia. So stories have it, in 1873, Shortridge told some friends how, in his native England, a small group of houses was known as a hamlet. It was for this reason that the settlement was called Hamlet. Shortridge and his friends planted a sycamore tree to commemorate the naming of the town. It was cut down in 1946 for a building.

Hamlet was later incorporated in 1897. The town grew consistently due to the trains which passed through town regularly. Many railroad workers came here to live. By 1936 there were five Seaboard Railroad lines going out of Hamlet. The many train comings and goings led to the motto for Hamlet, "Hub of the Seaboard."

Fire Violations kill twenty-five in Chicken Plant Fire in 1991
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Annual Seaboard Festival
held the fourth Saturday of October each year.

Seaboard Railway Station

National Railway Museum and Hall of Fame National Railway Museum and Hall of Fame
2 Main Street
Hamlet, North Carolina 28345
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Hamlet City Government

City of Hamlet City of Hamlet
Phone: (910) 582-2651

The City of Hamlet has a Council-Manager form of government

Hamlet Community News

2000, July
Want info on Grandfather
My grandfather was from Hamlet North Carolina. His name was Harry Kanston and I am trying to find info about him.
Thank you,
Karriem K. Kanston

Hamlet Schools

Children of Hamlet attend local schools in K-9 including Fairview Heights (k-3), Monroe Avenue (grades 4-6) and Hamlet Junior High (grades 7-9). Richmond Senior High, about five miles from Hamlet is for grades 9-12. It is a consolidated county high school. Hamlet


The population of Hamlet was:
1980 - 4,720
1990 - 6,196
1999 - 6,704
2000 - 6,708

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