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A+ Greensboro Amenities Lots of amenities close to this location
B- Greensboro Cost of Living Cost of living is 4% lower than North Carolina
9010% less expensive than the US average
North Carolina
946% less expensive than the US average
United States
100National cost of living index
Greensboro cost of living
F Greensboro Crime Total crime is 47% higher than North Carolina
Total crime
4,28856% higher than the US average
Chance of being a victim
1 in 2456% higher than the US average
Year-over-year crime
3%Year over year crime is up
Greensboro crime
D Greensboro Employment Household income is 11% lower than North Carolina
Median household income
$42,80223% lower than the US average
Income per capita
$26,80910% lower than the US average
Unemployment rate
5%5% higher than the US average
Greensboro employment
D- Greensboro Housing Home value is 5% lower than North Carolina
Median home value
$148,50020% lower than the US average
Median rent price
$78717% lower than the US average
Home ownership
50%21% lower than the US average
Greensboro real estate or Greensboro rentals
D- Greensboro Schools HS graduation rate is 6% higher than North Carolina
High school grad. rates
86%4% higher than the US average
School test scores
41%17% lower than the US average
Student teacher ratio
15:15% lower than the US average
Greensboro K-12 schools or Greensboro colleges

Living in Greensboro, NC

Located in the state of North Carolina, Greensboro is a highly populated city with a population of 282,177 residents. Greensboro is known to be an ethnically diverse city. The two most common races are White (48%) and Black or African American (42%). If you are not a fan of long commutes, you will enjoy living in Greensboro. With average one way commute time of only 20 minutes, getting to and from work is a breeze compared to the national average of 26 minutes.

Are you trying to decide if living in Greensboro is the right fit for your lifestyle? To ensure a good experience before relocating to any new city in North Carolina, you will probably want to make sure that you check all of the most important boxes. Using the livability score which includes data from categories like amenities, crime, cost of living, education, you can easily compare the best places to live in Greensboro and also determine if there are any nearby cities that might be a better match for your lifestyle. You can also compare Greensboro to North Carolina and the national average.

Using data and statistics Greensboro has received a livability score of 69/100. This score is ranked in the 56th percentile when compared to all other cities. There are seven total categories that create the livability score. Greensboro ranks well for amenities (A+) and cost of living (B-). Regrettably for Greensboro, there are some categories for which it does not rank well, this includes: crime (F), education (D-), employment (D) and housing (D-).

Conveniently located amenities and interesting attractions are a great way to continuously enjoy Greensboro on a regular basis. Knowing that there are an abundance of amenities and things to do can ensure that you always have access to nearby grocery stores, restaurants and coffee shops. Some of the notable things to do include: Natural Science Center of Greensboro, International Civil Rights Museum, and Wet N Wild Emerald Pointe.

Being close to public transportation, grocery stores, parks and other conveniences are all important when weighing your options for a new home in Greensboro. Before you determine if any of these amenities are available in the area, you will also want to know if the real estate prices in Greensboro are affordable. The median home price for Greensboro homes is $148,500, which is 5.5% lower than the North Carolina average. If we take a closer look at the affordability of homes in Greensboro, we’ll see that the home price to income ratio is 3.5, which is 6.1% higher than the North Carolina average. Knowing if your home will appreciate on a long term or even a short term basis should be factored into your decision making. An increase in your home’s value can be a good way to generate tax-free equity that can create long term financial security. In the past year, appreciation rates for homes in the Greensboro area were 7.1% and 5 year appreciation rates were 4%.

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I Love Greensboro

I loved living in Greensboro, and cannot believe this wonderful city ranked so low.? Compared to other places in the states, the crime rate is really low. No serial killers, rapist, murders, heavy drugs to speak of here. Housing prices are low and if need be you can go to smaller neighboring towns, for even cheaper housing, with about 20-45 minute drive to Greensboro, Winston Salem and other larger cities. Up town Greensboro has been renovated with great restaurants, antique shops, Lebauer Park, Outsoor Ice Skating Rink, Museums, Natural Science Center, Coffee Shops and more. The outskirts of Greensboro you will find Wet’n’Wild Water Park, Golf Courses and National Tournaments, Piedmont Drag Strip, Ball Parks, City Lakes(fishing, swimming, boating), Geeat Restaurants from Southern Comfort Foods To Italian Cuisines, Several Colleges, City Stage, Theatre, Ballet, Street Festivals, Reinassiance. so much to do. Schools are good, not sure about test scores.. however a schools ratings shouldn’t be based on great test scores anyway. Suburbs are great, Forest Oaks, Oak Ridge, Summerfield, Starmount, Southern Guilford. Lots of nightlife if you looking. Weather is mild and good compared to other places in the states. Greensboro should be ranked as one of the top 10 cities to live. I now live In a small town 15 minitesvsouth of Greensboro that is even better.
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Stunning life in NC

i was surprised that the crime was put at an F! i love it in Greensboro i live in and it's been amazing. i have a great community around us and the crime hasn't been that bad around us. we love it here and it really is gorgeous.
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The Vibrant Colors of Greensboro, North Carolina

If you love flowering dogwood trees in the spring and colorful foliage in the fall, Greensboro is the ideal place to live. The beautiful landscape, particularly on the outskirts of town, is definitely the region's most appealing characteristic. I lived in this mid-sized city briefly while my daughter attended graduate school at UNCG. It is a college town with several postsecondary schools to draw students from far away. The local government is currently working to revitalize the downtown section; residents already enjoy a variety of restaurants and nightclubs in the area. A nice little selection of specialty shops and antique stores give Greensboro a quaint, charming atmosphere.

Both Charlotte and Raleigh are within a couple of hours driving distance, but I rarely needed to travel outside the Piedmont Triad sphere which includes Greensboro, High Point, and Winston-Salem. It is a perfect mixture of urban convenience and small town serenity. During our stay, my daughter was asked to be a bridesmaid in a close friend's wedding. Although the bride lived in a neighboring town, she chose to hold her wedding in Greensboro where the venues were near the university she attended. The town proved to be the optimal location, offering professional services while maintaining its down-home semblance. The airport just west of the hub, along with the hotels that provide transportation by shuttle, made travel plans easy for out-of-town guests and participants. The ceremony was held at the Canterbury School in a lovely brick, cathedral-style chapel situated on a large plot with plenty of background scenery for photographs. Afterwards, we celebrated in the events center at Revolution Mill Studios, a turn-of-the-century textile plant that is currently under renovation. The beautifully restored reception space is an enchanting assimilation of brick, wood, and wrought iron.

The city of Greensboro hosts cultural festivals and features many museums. The area is quite community-oriented. In the summer months, you can visit the coast about 200 miles to the east or escape the heat and humidity by taking a two-hour trip west to the mountains. I liked driving along the nearby winding, hilly roads. The cold months are not unbearable; my favorite pastime was renting one of the mountain farmhouses and sitting with my family by the fire pit listening to the coyotes yipping.
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A nearly perfect city!!

Greensboro will really surprise you! I recently relocated here from Raleigh and to my surprise Greensboro has more to do and a lot more options that the larger Raleigh-Durham metro. Greensboro is highly under-rated compared to it's neighboring cities in North Carolina, which makes Greensboro a true hidden gem for those who enjoy life with just the right amount of hustle and bustle. Only a small section of the city has crime issues (and you'll immediately pick up on the fact that it's not the safest part of town), but the rest of the city is safe, peaceful, with plenty of green ways. It's a perfect city for the outdoors enthusiasts and every corner of the city has convenient places to shop, eat, or lounge. People are really friendly and always willing to assist you, which is rare in most places these days. The city does lack a vibrant nightlife. The options for mature singles or even couples are slim, after hours. The best thing about the location of Greensboro is that it's centrally located between Charlotte, Raleigh-Durham, and Asheville. The options are endless, the cost of living is low, and the peace of mind makes this city one of the best cities I've lived in by far.
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I love Greensboro, NC

I currently live in Greensboro, and I really enjoy the city. There are many attractions in the city, such as the National Science Center of Greensboro and The Bog Garden. From time to time I like to head over to Wet N Wild Emerald Pointe, which is a great amusement park. There's also tons of restaurants to eat at. The best restaurants, bars and night clubs are located in downtown Greensboro, mainly the South Elm Street area. The night light is very laid back too. I love going to the South side when I want to go shopping. There are many unique and inexpensive shops in the area.

The part of the city I live in, College Hill, is very laid back but very close to the center of the city. The community is very relaxed and everybody knows everybody where I live. Downtown Greensboro is a bit more fast paced and a lot of people are usually out and about. However, the center of the city is more than safe and I never feel unsafe when I am in downtown. I do recommend not going into the east side area of the city, as there seems to be a fair bit of crime there, but other than that most areas are very safe.

Getting around all areas of the city is easy for me. There's never a huge abundance of traffic. I lived in LA before moving to Greensboro and I prefer Greensboro's traffic to Los Angele's traffic. If anybody wants to move to Greensboro, then I recommend looking for an apartment to rent in the N.Battleground Avenure corridor area, as rent is cheap there and close to everything. The Adams Farm road area is also a good area to live in and is close to the GTCC Campus.
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Greensboro - "Greens-boring" No Longer

When I first moved to this mid-sized city nestled in the foothills of North Carolina, I was amused to hear it called "Greens-boring". Over the last ten years though, Greensboro has experienced a revival of the downtown area. Greensboro restaurants, attractions, stores and nightclubs have sprung up, so that now they don't roll the sidewalks up at 5:00. Because Greensboro is small compared to New York or Washington, it's easy to get around in, and it doesn't take very long to get anywhere in the city.

Many great attractions were already here, such as the Children's Museum, Emerald Pointe Water Park, the Natural Science Center, Tannenbaum Park and the Battle of Guilford Courthouse Park. Every March there is a re-enactment of this important Revolutionary War Battle, attended by thousands of local residents of Greensboro and travelers alike.

Triad Stage is an award-winning theatre in downtown Greensboro, and we also have other theatres, a ballet company, and a symphony orchestra. There are six colleges in Greensboro, which encourages the arts and cultural scene to flourish.
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