The town includes a rural fire station, a fish-and-chip shop, a supermarket, a motel, and backpackers, a popular camping ground, a café, the Hampden Lodge and mechanics workshop, a second-hand goods shop, a tavern, and a historic town hall which houses a library. Sheep farming is the primary economic activity of the region and is augmented by farming of other livestock.
The Hampden Energy Forum, established in 2007, has grown into a community self-help scheme that involves nearly everyone in the settlement, growing from a small group of enthusiasts who were concerned about the future of small rural communities in “post-oil”
days. The township has continued to be “energy wise” and the community has raised funds to install a charging point for e-vehicles.