Quality of Life

Cost of Living

In a state known for its favorable cost of living, Sampson County ranks as one of the most affordable places to live in North Carolina. Compared to the rest of the U.S., our cost of living is 25% lower than the average.

Housing, in particular, will feel like a bargain for families moving from other parts of the country, with a median home price between $225,000 and $250,000. For those seeking a house with the bonus of extra acreage or a neighborhood golf course, our housing affordability may open up your options.


Ease of Access

With quick access to two major interstates, it’s easy to plan for a night out, a day trip, or a long weekend.   



Our weather is one reason outdoor recreation, porch sitting, cookouts, and community festivals are so popular here.

We enjoy four distinct seasons, but our winters are mild—and snow is a rare and short-lived delight that won’t have you shoveling the driveway.

And while we’re close to the beach, we’re also far enough inland to avoid the serious impact of coastal hurricanes.



Sampson County’s Public School systems and Sampson Community College offer an array of accredited education and training credentials for area learners.  The credentials may be in the form of a High School diploma, a professional or trade certificate, or an Associate degree.           

We are a quick drive to many public and private universities such as Campbell University, Duke University, East Carolina University, Fayetteville State University, Mt. Olive University, N.C. State University, the University of North Carolina, and UNC-Wilmington. 

Health Care

Sampson Regional Medical Center (SRMC) is one of only a handful of independent, community-based hospitals in North Carolina.   SRMC offers a range of medical services, including acute care, outpatient surgery, emergency and critical care, and women’s health and children’s services. 

Physician practices and specialists include family medicine, women’s health, pediatrics, physical therapy, mental health, senior care, pain management, and more.

Nearby, both Duke and UNC are well-known for their advanced work in health care and innovation. East Carolina’s Brody School of Medicine also provides specialized medical expertise, particularly for surgery and heart health.


Recreation, Arts, & Entertainment

Dozens of organized and informal recreation opportunities occur across Sampson County.  There is something for everyone such as: