Top 8 Reasons Why Greensboro is a Great Place to Live

If Greensboro tops your list of cities to possibly move to or you already live there, you are in good company. With over 270,000 residents, Greensboro is the third most populous city in North Carolina. Greensboro was founded in 1808 and named after Major General Nathanael Greene, the commander of the rebel American forces during the Battle of Guilford Court House on March 15, 1781.

Greensboro is the 3rd-most populous city in North Carolina.

Greensboro is the 3rd-most populous city in North Carolina.

In 1891, the city was nicknamed the Gate City as there were more than 60 trains arriving or departing the city during any given day. Greensboro continued to be the “gateway” to the West and the South and played a pivotal role in the development of industry and commerce in the area. Besides being steeped in a rich history, there are so many reasons to love Greensboro.

Following are some of the top reasons (trust us, there are many more!) why Greensboro is a great place to call home:

  1. Fabulous amenities: If we listed all of the amenities in Greensboro, the list would be incredibly long. For starters, there are over 90 miles of trails and greenways, more than ten beautiful city parks and garden areas, dozens of neighborhood parks, recreational lakes, top rated restaurants, 9 branches in the city library system and plenty of shopping. It is also home to the Greensboro Children’s Museum, Greensboro Science Center, International Civil Rights Museum, and Wet ’n Wild Emerald Point Water Park.

  2. Great cultural experiences: There are always a wide variety of events to enjoy in Greensboro. From performances at Greensboro Ballet, Greensboro Opera, Greensboro Symphony Orchestra, Eastern Music Festival, Triad Stage and the Community Theater of Greensboro to watching the Greensboro Grasshoppers or Greensboro Swarm to attending the NC Folk Festival, Fun 4th or First Friday Downtown (and much, much more), Greensboro has something for everyone!

  3. Strong schools: There are generous educational opportunities for students in Greensboro. There are 126 schools in the Guilford County School system, which includes 45 magnet and choice schools, and over 22 private schools in Greensboro. Several of our area high schools have been highly ranked in the state and nation. There are more than 10 colleges, universities and technical schools and a community college with several campuses within the Greensboro area. The enrollment for these higher educational institutions exceeds 44,000 students.

  4. Central location: Greensboro is located in the center of the state, which makes for an easy weekend getaway to the mountains or the beach. You can also travel to cities in Virginia, South Carolina, Georgia, Tennessee, West Virginia or Washington, DC in just a few short hours.

  5. Extensive housing options: Whether you are looking for a more urban living experience, a suburban neighborhood, a tight-knit retirement community or anything in between, Greensboro has what you are looking for! There are high rise condos, downtown apartments, golf course communities, established neighborhoods and historic homes. Whatever your taste and home preference, Greensboro has many wonderful communities to choose from.

  6. All four seasons: Greensboro is fortunate to experience all four seasons of the year. While the summers can be on the extra warm side and the winters may bring a few snow days, the spring and fall are delightful and welcome a gorgeous landscape. If you want to live in a city where you can experience all four seasons of the year, then Greensboro is a perfect fit!

  7. Excellent highways, roads and transportation systems: Greensboro is fortunate to have several major interstates, a well-planned city road system with several main arteries and a soon-to-be completed urban loop around the city. Piedmont Triad International Airport makes air travel to anywhere in the world an easy venture, and the extensive rail system, major air and land freight carriers and delivery companies make sure products are transported efficiently and effectively to their final destinations.

  8. Thriving business community: Greensboro is home to large corporations, many locally owned businesses and incubators that support entrepreneurial ventures. In addition, there are strong networking opportunities for young and seasoned professionals, professional organizations and academic institutions that offer support for most every industry, and multiple co-working spaces that invite collaborative exchanges.

Greensboro is just great! This city is made up of wonderful people who care about their community, have a resilient, hardworking spirit and have big plans for Greensboro’s future. Greensboro has so much to offer: fabulous amenities, great cultural experiences, excellent transportation systems, strong schools, a thriving business community, wonderful people and so much more. Greensboro really is a great place to live!