Quality of Life
Hampton is a thriving town where the residents are proud of their community, and for good reason. Unique natural setting, gracious older homes, and tree lined streets set the stage for a vibrant local economy and lively local activities.
Public education facilities for Hampton are under the jurisdiction of School District 6. Four schools fall within the municipal boundaries: Leatherbarrow Primary, Hampton Elementary, Hampton Junior High and the recently constructed Hampton High School. The new High School includes scientific labs, classrooms, computer facilities, outdoor game fields, a gymnasium, and a theatre. Total enrolment at the schools (as of 1993-94) was approximately 2,000.
Post-secondary education is available at the nearby University of New Brunswick Saint John campus, and New Brunswick Community College in Saint John.
The town of Hampton has four general practitioners providing services from the medical centre. Hampton is only a short distance from the Saint John Regional Hospital, one the most modern and advanced medical facilities in Canada. There are Four dentists who provide service to the town of Hampton form the Hampton Dental Clinic.
The Municipal Building also includes a senior citizens resource centre, which offers a variety of programs that cater to the elderly of Hampton.
The average price for a three bedroom bungalow in the Fundy Region in 1994 was $70,456, with the average price for 2-storey executive homes at $86,886. Although the community is predominantly composed of single-family homes, there are several apartment buildings in the Town. The vacancy rate for rental units stands at around 7%.
The Dr. V.A. Snow Centre offers a nursing home facility for seniors as well as residential housing for senior citizens by providing 50 nursing home beds and twenty apartment units.
Hampton is the home of the Kings County Museum, established in 1967 as a centennial project by the local historical society. The museum features display rooms based on themes such as shipbuilding and period decor. Approximately 3,200 artifacts are on exhibit, and most are related to the United Empire of Loyalists, who settled in the area.
The Vivian Myles Fowler Library is situated in the centre of the town. The library is furnished with an extensive collection of books and periodicals.
There is a Royal Canadian Mounted Police detachment in the town that provides round the clock protection and services for the municipality.
Excellent fire protection service is provided by the Hampton Volunteer Fire Department which is pager equipped. The Fire Department is manned by 31 trained volunteers, and equipped with two pumpers, two tankers and a heavy rescue unit with a communication centre and command post capabilities which also provides back-up service for the ambulance. Mutual aid agreements with eight surrounding fire departments are currently in place.