is a town in Cumberland County
, North Carolina
, United States
. The population was 11,237 at the 2000 census.
Hope Mills is located at (34.970679, -78.956603).
According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 6.2 square miles (16.2 km²).6.1 square miles (15.8 km²) of it is land and 0.2 square miles (0.4 km²) of it (2.40%) is water.
Chartered in 1891, Hope Mills can trace its beginning back to 1766, when due to the wealth of natural water power and the abundance of timber, a lumber camp
, saw mill
, grist mill
and pottery business were established. In 1839, construction of the first cotton mill
was completed and was the beginning of a new era for the town. Much of the heritage and the town's name itself can be attributed to the cotton milling industry that followed.
Before it was known as Hope Mills, the area was known as Little Rockfish Village and as Hope Mills Number One.
The local cotton mill and many other buildings were burned by General Sherman and his troops during the Civil War.
May of 2008, Bill Clinton visited this town while campaigning for his wife, Hillary Clinton, in the 2008 Democratic Primary. Bill Clinton is the only President of the United States to to visit this town. Jimmy Carter came once only to drive through, while he was President.
Major ancestry groups reported by Hope Mills residents include Black or African American
- 18%, German
- 13%, Irish
- 10%, English
- 8%, Scots-Irish
- 4%, Italian
- 3%, Scottish
- 3%, Puerto Rican
- 3%, French
- 2%, American Indian
tribes, specified - 2%, Polish
- 2%, Mexican
- 2%, European
- 1%, Other Hispanic
- 1%, Korean
- 1%, Lumbee
- 1%, Norwegian
- 1%, West Indian
groups) - 1%, Dutch
- 1%, French Canadian
- 1%, Cherokee
While the town is small, it offers its residents a full variety of services and recreation. There are public parks and recreational facilities located throughout the town. These facilities provide a wide range of activities from walking trails to tennis courts. Hope Mills has its own Police and Fire Departments
and is only minutes away from four major hospitals. The new county library provides a number of special services including summer reading programs and public meeting rooms. Five shopping centers, the historic downtown district, a post office, two medical clinics, four elementary schools Baldwin Elementary
, Rockfish Elementary
, Collier Elementary
, and Cashwell Elementary
, two middle schools South View Middle
and Hope Mills Middle
, two high schools South View Highand Gray's Creek High
, and twenty churches
round out a community in which to raise a family and enjoy life
As of the census
of 2000, there were 11,237 people, 4,112 households, and 3,108 families residing in the town. The population density
was 1,844.6 people per square mile (712.4/km²). There were 4,497 housing units at an average density of 738.2/sq mi (285.1/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 73.04% White
, 17.61% African American
, 2.03% Native American
, 1.26% Asian
, 0.21% Pacific Islander
, 2.77% from other races
, and 3.08% from two or more races. Hispanic
of any race were 6.40% of the population.
There were 4,112 households out of which 46.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 54.0% were married couples living together, 17.4% had a female householder with no husband present, and 24.4% were non-families. 19.7% of all households were made up of individuals and 5.3% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.73 and the average family size was 3.13.
In the town the population was spread out with 32.1% under the age of 18, 8.2% from 18 to 24, 37.0% from 25 to 44, 16.8% from 45 to 64, and 5.8% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 31 years. For every 100 females there were 90.4 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 85.9 males.
The median income for a household in the town was $40,697, and the median income for a family was $44,866. Males had a median income of $34,120 versus $21,845 for females. The per capita income for the town was $16,534. About 5.7% of families and 7.8% of the population were below the poverty line, including 8.7% of those under age 18 and 13.7% of those age 65 or over.
The number of violent crimes recorded by the FBI
in 2003 was 74. The number of murders and homicides was 0. The violent crime
rate was 6.2 per 1,000 people.
Schools in Hope Mills