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Hope Mills, North Carolina

Hope Mills, North Carolina
Hope Mills Town Hall
Hope Mills Town Hall
Motto: "Where Families Live and Grow"
Location in Cumberland County and the state of North Carolina.
Location in Cumberland County and the state of North Carolina.
Country United States
State North Carolina
County Cumberland
 • Mayor Jackie Warner[1]
 • Total 7.0 sq mi (18.2 km2)
 • Land 6.9 sq mi (18.0 km2)
 • Water 0.1 sq mi (0.3 km2)
Elevation 108 ft (33 m)
Population (2010)
 • Total 15,176
 • Density 2,487.9/sq mi (960.6/km2)
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP code 28348
Area code(s) 910
FIPS code 37-32640[2]
GNIS feature ID 0987040[3]
Website .com.townofhopemillswww

Hope Mills is a town in Cumberland County, North Carolina, United States. The population was 15,176 at the 2010 census.[4]


  • Geography 1
  • History 2
  • Ancestry 3
  • Today 4
  • Demographics 5
  • Crime 6
  • Churches 7
  • Notable people 8
  • References 9
  • External links 10


Hope Mills is located in western Cumberland County at (34.970679, -78.956603),[5] south of Fayetteville, the county seat. The town center is next to a dam on Little Rockfish Creek, forming Hope Mills Lake. Little Rockfish Creek flows southeast to Rockfish Creek, a tributary of the Cape Fear River.

North Carolina Highway 59 (Main Street) runs through the center of the town, leading north 5 miles (8 km) to U.S. Route 401 in western Fayetteville, and south 2.5 miles (4.0 km) to Interstate 95 at Exit 41. Several pieces of land around Exit 41 are within the town limits although not connected to the town center.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 7.0 square miles (18.2 km2), of which 6.9 square miles (18.0 km2) is land and 0.08 square miles (0.2 km2), or 1.40%, is water, including Hope Mills Lake.[4]


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 powered by the Hope Mills Dam 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's troops during the Civil War.

The Big Rockfish Presbyterian Church and Hope Mills Historic District are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.[6]


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 or Latino - 1%, Korean - 1%, Lumbee - 1%, Norwegian - 1%, West Indian (excluding Hispanic groups) - 1%, Dutch - 1%, French Canadian - 1%, Cherokee - 1%


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, five elementary schools Baldwin Elementary, Rockfish Elementary, Collier Elementary Cashwell Elementary, two middle schools South View Middle and Hope Mills Middle, two high schools South View High and Gray's Creek High and more than twenty churches round out a community in which to raise a family and enjoy life.

Hope Mills Lake, January 2009, after a rare snowfall


As of the census[2] 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 per square mile (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 or Latino 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.

Hope Mills crime statistics report an overall downward trend in crime based on data from 9 years with violent crime increasing and property crime decreasing. Based on this trend, the crime rate in Hope Mills for 2013 is expected to be lower than in 2010.

The city violent crime rate for Hope Mills in 2010 was higher than the national violent crime rate average by 11.42%, and the city property crime rate in Hope Mills was higher than the national property crime rate average by 129.31%.

In 2010 the city violent crime rate in Hope Mills was higher than the violent crime rate in North Carolina by 23.76%, and the city property crime rate in Hope Mills was higher than the property crime rate in North Carolina by 95.69%.

Hope Mills Crime Statistics – Summary Report
2010 crime (actual data) and number of incidents:

  • Aggravated assault: 39
  • Arson: 7
  • Burglary: 416
  • Forcible rape: 1
  • Larceny and theft: 494
  • Motor vehicle theft: 35
  • Murder and manslaughter: 0
  • Robbery: 23
  • Total incidents: 1,010
  • Property crime:945
  • Violent crime: 63

2013 crime (projected data) and number of incidents:

  • Aggravated assault: 51
  • Arson: 2
  • Burglary: 396
  • Forcible rape: 2
  • Larceny and theft: 417
  • Motor vehicle theft: 43
  • Murder and manslaughter: 0
  • Robbery: 25
  • Total incidents: 919
  • Property crime: 854
  • Violent crime: 78

The data source is the FBI "Report of Offenses Known to Law Enforcement" for the corresponding year or years. Arson numbers are reported inconsistently. Zero values may indicate the data was not available. The projected crime rate data displayed above was generated from the trends and crime data available from previous years of actual reported data. In this case, the Hope Mills crime report data for 2013 was projected from nine years of actual data. The last year of actual available crime data, as reported above, was 2010.

The FBI cautions the data users against comparing yearly statistical data solely on the basis of their population coverage. The comparisons made herein are thus, only meaningful upon further examination of all variables that affect crime in each reported city, state or other reported jurisdiction.


  • Christ Worship Center Church (
  • Highland Baptist Church
  • Manna Church of Hope Mills, one of five sites of the Manna Church mega-church and senior pastor Michael Fletcher. (
  • Big Rockfish Presbyterian Church has historic cemetery and is on the national register of historic places.
  • Hope Mills Presbyterian Church
  • Mars Hill Presbyterian Church Worships on 2nd, 4th and 5th Sundays.
  • Sherwood Presbyterian Church
  • Southview Presbyterian Church
  • Good Shepherd Catholic Church
  • Crossroads United Methodist Church
  • Southview Baptist Church
  • First Baptist Church, Hope Mills
  • Lighthouse Baptist Church
  • Victory Baptist Church
  • Unity Baptist Church
  • The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
  • St. Jude Missionary Baptist Church
  • Golfview Baptist Church
  • Hope Mills Church of God
  • Christ Episcopal Church
  • Friendship Baptist Church
  • The Church of the Apostles
  • Divine Empowerment International,
  • Grace Place Christian Church

Notable people


  1. ^ "Cape Fear Region Results". Fayetteville Observer. November 9, 2011. 
  2. ^ a b "American FactFinder".  
  3. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names".  
  4. ^ a b "Geographic Identifiers: 2010 Demographic Profile Data (G001): Hope Mills town, North Carolina". U.S. Census Bureau, American Factfinder. Retrieved January 6, 2015. 
  5. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990".  
  6. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places.  
  7. ^ "Annual Estimates of the Resident Population for Incorporated Places: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2014". Retrieved June 4, 2015. 
  8. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". Retrieved June 4, 2015. 

External links

  • Town of Hope Mills official website
  • Hope Mills Area Chamber of Commerce
  • Cumberland County Schools
  • SandSpur Newspaper, published by the Fayetteville Observer each Wednesday for Hope Mills
  • The Hope Mills Bee, online publication
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