Greensboro, NC

Greensboro, situated in Guilford County, is a city made up of 131.8 square miles.

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Greensboro was first settled in the 1750's by Quakers traveling from Pennsylvania.  

The city was named in honor of Revolutionary War hero Major General Nathaniel Greene.  

In the last days of the Civil War, Greensboro became the last place for the entirety of the Confederate government to meet.  

In November, 1970, the Greensboro Massacre took place, in which African American members of the CWP and the KKK exchanged gun fire at a rally.

Five members of the CWP were killed, with eleven being injured, while one member of the KKK was injured.


The median resident age in Greensboro is 36 years. The median estimated household income is about $45,000 making it about $3,000 less than the North Carolina average. The estimated per capita is about $27,000.

The average price for a home in Greensboro is about $148,000 (2015) which is $12,000 less than the North Carolina Average. Expect to pay about $800 a month for rent.

The racial makeup of Greensboro is 44% White, 41% Black, 3% Two or more races, and 12% other. 90% of the population are high school graduates, with 35% holding a Bachelor's Degree or higher.

41% are married, 10% are divorced, 2% are separated, 6% are widowed, leaving 41% that have never been married.

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Guilford County

Greensboro belongs to Guilford County in the northern part of North Carolina. The county is named after Francis North, who's title was the Earl of Guilford.

It was home of the Battle of Guilford Courthouse during the American Revolution. It was also a stop for the Underground Railroad, and was home to the Greensboro Massacre in 1979.

The county is part of the Greensboro-High Point, NC Metropolitan Statistical Area and the Greensboro-Winston-Salem-High Point, NC Combined Statistical Area.

Guilford County has a population of 517,600, and its largest city Greensboro, which has a population of 285,300, is the county seat.

Guilford County borders Forsyth, Alamance, Rockingham, Davidson and Randolph counties.

Guilford County is made up of 658 square miles. 646 of which is land with the remaining 12 as water.


The population of Greensboro, NC is about 287,000. The population has been steadily increasing since the city's founding.


The elevation of Greensboro, NC is 897 feet above sea level.

Zip Code

The zip codes for Greensboro, NC are 27402, 27405, 27406, and 27455.

Area Code

The area code for Greensboro, NC is 336.

Politics and Religion

Historically speaking Greensboro and Guilford County have voted mostly Democrat, with 58% going to Barrack Obama during the 2012 Presidential Election. This represents the trend for the previous two or three elections.

As of 2010, 51% of the population are religiously unafiliated (Nones). About 42% are Protestants with Catholics and others making up around 7%.


The unemployment rate for Greensboro is about 5% (2015), making it roughly equal to the state average of around 5%.

Manufacturing, retail, construction, and accommodation make nearly 50% of the most common industries in the town.

Newspaper & Obituaries

The Greensboro News & Record, Rhino Times, Jamestown News, and Yes! Weekly are the primary newspapers that cover the Guilford County area.


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