Greensboro is part of the Piedmont Triad, which includes neighboring cities Winston-Salem and High Point, and it is often referred to as the Gate City. Its nickname took root in the 1890s when there were more than 60 trains passing through the city every day, creating a “gateway” to the West and the South. And, Gate City still applies today. Greensboro is a quick trip east to over 300 miles of Atlantic beaches or north to the Blue Ridge mountains.
Greensboro is the third largest city in North Carolina boasting a population of approximately 275,000. Although it’s big enough to offer a range of amenities, Greensboro still carries a small-town feeling. The city has 170 well-maintained public parks and gardens and 90 miles of trails and greenways for hiking, biking, and running. And, due to a growing number of requests by cyclists, the city is expected to add 75 miles of bike lanes by 2022. There is an abundance of arts/culture, entertainment, shopping, and restaurants to keep both residents and visitors engaged; many of the notable attractions include:
Although the cost of living in Greensboro is less than the national average, residents pay on average the same for everyday expenses such as groceries and transportation. One of the real benefits to living in Greensboro is housing costs. With 76 core neighborhoods, Greensboro offers a broad range of living accommodations to satisfy virtually anyone’s tastes and requirements. The average median home price is approximately $140,000 and property taxes run about $1,900 annually (average).
And, the local weather in the Triad is something to write home about. Greensboro has four distinct seasons. Winters are generally mild with not a lot of snow and summers can be hot and humid—and it’s not uncommon to wear shorts on Thanksgiving Day. Average temperatures for the seasons are:
Work by industry runs the gamut in Greensboro, ranging from agriculture, arts, education, and health services to construction, transportation, and manufacturing. Some of the largest employers in Greensboro include:
However, working for one of the largest Greensboro employers isn’t for everyone. Some of the most respected, successful, and sought-after companies to work for have small- to medium-based operations.
Guilford County: 1771
Greensboro: 132.19 square miles
Guilford County: 650.75 square miles
Greensboro: 275,879 (2012)
Guilford County: 498,959 (2012)
Greensboro Metropolitan Statistical Area: 730,966 (2012)
Average Yearly Temperature
Maximum: 69.3 °F
Minimum: 49 °F
Average Yearly Rainfall
Average Yearly Snowfall
Council/Manager Form – City Council comprises an elected mayor and eight elected council members (nonpartisan)
Guilford County Sales Tax is 6.75%
Greensboro Hotel/Motel Room Tax is 6%
Alcohol Laws – The legal drinking age in North Carolina is 21 years of age. All alcoholic beverages are sold in state-controlled “ABC” stores, except for beer and wine which may be purchased in wine specialty shops or convenience and grocery stores.
Speed Limits – The citywide speed limit is 35 mph unless otherwise posted. School zone speed limits are 20 mph or as posted. Statewide speed limit is 55 mph except where posted on certain sections of interstate highways.