A+ Goldsboro Amenities Lots of amenities close to this location
B- Goldsboro Cost of Living Cost of living is 7% lower than North Carolina
8812% less expensive than the US average
North Carolina
955% less expensive than the US average
United States
100National cost of living index
Goldsboro cost of living
F Goldsboro Crime Total crime is 36% higher than North Carolina
Total crime
3,91352% higher than the US average
Chance of being a victim
1 in 2652% higher than the US average
Year-over-year crime
-41%Year over year crime is down
Goldsboro crime
F Goldsboro Employment Household income is 33% lower than North Carolina
Median household income
$32,14842% lower than the US average
Income per capita
$19,24335% lower than the US average
Unemployment rate
9%85% higher than the US average
Goldsboro employment
F Goldsboro Housing Home value is 24% lower than North Carolina
Median home value
$119,10036% lower than the US average
Median rent price
$73822% lower than the US average
Home ownership
35%44% lower than the US average
Goldsboro real estate or Goldsboro rentals
F Goldsboro Schools HS graduation rate is 3% lower than North Carolina
High school grad. rates
80%4% lower than the US average
School test scores
33%32% lower than the US average
Student teacher ratio
13:117% lower than the US average
Goldsboro K-12 schools or Goldsboro colleges

Living in Goldsboro, NC

Located in the state of North Carolina, Goldsboro is a moderately-sized city with a population of 35,924 people. Goldsboro is known to be an ethnically diverse city. The two most common races are White (41%) and Black or African American (51%). If you are a young adult or student, you might be pleased to know that the average age of all Goldsboro residents is 33.

Living in Goldsboro can be a fulfilling experience for anyone relocating to the city. Having said that, in the state of North Carolina, there are many incredible places to live, so choose wisely! With useful information like crime, cost of living, education and other key data points, finding the best places to live in Goldsboro and in the areas around Goldsboro is a much easier task.

With a livability score of 56 out of 100, Goldsboro is ranked #26,791 in the United States and #636 in North Carolina. This score ranks well below the US average. With such a low livability score, it might be worth investigating a little further. This city has also earned the dubious distinction of of being ranked among the bottom 10 percent of all US cities. For each of the livability categories, we can establish that Goldsboro ranks very well for amenities (A+) and cost of living (B-). Regrettably for Goldsboro, there are some categories for which it does not score well, this includes: crime (F), education (F), employment (F) and housing (F).

Based on the proximity of local amenities like grocery stores, restaurants, coffee shops, parks, librairies, etc., Goldsboro has received a higher than average score for its local amenities. If you’re planning on relocating and making this area your permanent home, it’s nice to know that there is an ample amount of amenities and things to do within walking distance or a short drive.

There are many factors that go into deciding if an area is the right fit for your lifestyle. Certain “must haves” like low crime, great schools and nearby amenities are all at the top of most people's lists. But before even considering if those options are available, most people will need to know if the real estate in Goldsboro is actually affordable. The median home price for Goldsboro homes is $119,100, which is 24.2% lower than the North Carolina average. If we take a closer look at the affordability of homes in Goldsboro, we’ll see that the home price to income ratio is 3.7, which is 12.1% higher than the North Carolina average. Year over year appreciation rates for homes in the Goldsboro area were 2.8% and the 5 year appreciation rates came in at 1.6%. Why is this important? Knowing the appreciation rates for any area is a quick and easy way to determine if you will see a solid return on your investment.

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      Goldsboro, A Charming And Growing Downtown Display

      It's a relaxing city of jazz with the charm of Southern comfort--and I don't mean the drink, but that's perfectly fine for a night of Bebop in Goldsboro.

      Goldsboro, NC is a growling little town that has figured out modernization a lot better than other southern towns. It has all the looks of an old timey downtown that you'd expect to see on the Andy Griffith show, but they're not letting downtown fall to pieces. The best part of Goldsboro is the downtown area, and it's proof that the city can turn things around.

      Their investment in the downtown area is gorgeous. My only criticism would be the need to do more and expand that growth, and take lessons from other successful small towns. Get some factories outside of the city, help your poor move up a bit.

      A lot of people talk about the need for affordable housing, and while I agree, I think it's a battle between affordable housing and small businesses that doesn't need to be fought. Fix box middle areas with a business that needs a lot of employees and bring an industrial--yet neat--burst of business to a beautiful town to help it become a charming city.

      This is a great time to make living in Goldsboro, NC a perfect idea for people who want to make North Carolina, the South, and America in general a better place with a booming, local economy.
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      Source: The Goldsboro, NC data and statistics displayed above are derived from the 2016 United States Census Bureau American Community Survey (ACS).