Hampstead is an unincorporated community in Pender County, North Carolina, United States. It is located between Wilmington and Jacksonville on U.S. Route 17. It is known as the "seafood capital of the Carolinas".
Hampstead is part of the Wilmington Metropolitan Statistical Area.
There are three elementary schools, North Topsail Elementary, South Topsail Elementary, and Topsail Elementary. There is one middle school named Topsail Middle School and one high school, Topsail High School, which is located right next to Topsail Middle and within walking distance of the Hampstead Branch Library.