Moving to Greensboro? 10 Things to Know

Drone Aerial of Downtown Greensboro North Carolina NC Skyline

Nestled in the Piedmont of North Carolina, Greensboro is a bustling and growing city. Here are some interesting facts to know if you are planning on relocating to the “Gate City.”

Woolworth’s in Downtown Greensboro

1- Greensboro is Steeped in Civil Rights History.

On February 1st, 1960, four African American students sat down at the lunch counter at Woolworth’s department store in downtown Greensboro and did not leave until the store closed that evening. The students kept coming back and the sit-in grew. Eventually the sit-in inspired at much larger sit-in campaign nationwide as the Civil Rights Movement began to grow. Today, Woolworth’s is the site of the International Civil Rights Museum.

Greensboro is host to numerous championships

2 – Greensboro is Big on Sports.

Greensboro is home to the NBA G-League team the Swarm, minor league baseball team the Grasshoppers, and the headquarters of the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC). The Greensboro Coliseum consistently hosts ACC championship events and NCAA men’s and women’s basketball tournament games. The Greensboro Aquatic Center has hosted national championships and Olympic qualifiers.

Guilford Courthouse is a National Military Park Open to the Public.

3 – Revolutionary War History is in Greensboro.

The Battle of Guilford Courthouse took place on March 15th, 1781 when Nathaniel Greene and the Americans triumphed over Cornwallis and the British. The defeat led the British to Yorktown where Cornwallis eventually surrendered to George Washington. Today, Guilford Courthouse is a National Military Park with miles of walking trails.

Greensboro is right in the middle of North Carolina.

4 – Mountains or the Beach? Greensboro does both!

Greensboro is situated in the Piedmont of North Carolina and is in the half-way point of the state where there are mountains and beaches equally distant from the city. So it is perfectly acceptable to invest in a snowboard and a surfboard.

Sculptures of jeans can be found throughout downtown Greensboro.

5 – Greensboro aka “Jeansboro.”

Greensboro is the home of Wrangler and Lee Jeans, which gives the city the nickname “Jeansboro.” Throughout downtown, visitors can see several jean sculptures and artwork. A denim suit is perfectly acceptable here, if it says Wrangler.

Mellow Mushroom in downtown Greensboro is a resident favorite.

6 – Greensboro’s Cuisine is Award-Winning.

Greensboro offers countless delicious restaurants and cuisine from all over the world. The city’s own Hops Burger Bar was even awarded America’s Best Burger in 2015.

The Greensboro Science Center is popular among families.

7 – There is Fun for Adults, Children, and the Whole Family.

Families can enjoy time together on any number of the greenways (paved pathways) that connect much of the city. Children will be amazed at what the Greensboro Science Center has to offer. Mom and dad can enjoy an evening out with a Broadway show at the newly opened Tanger Center, a local show at the Triad Stage, or have a drink at one of Greenboro’s eight breweries.

Boxcar Bar + Arcade is Millenial favorite in Greensboro.

8 – Millennials are Moving to Greensboro.

In a 2019 Smart Asset study, Greensboro ranked #18 on cities where Millennials are moving to. And it is not surprising as the job market in Greensboro is one of the strongest in the state of North Carolina.

UNC – Greensboro is just one of several colleges and universities in Greensboro.

9 – Greensboro is a College Town.

Greensboro is home to five (5) 4-year colleges and universities and one (1) 2-year college: North Carolina A&T; UNC-Greensboro; Greensboro College; Guilford College; Bennett College; and Guilford Technical Community College. Greensboro is also close to many other colleges in Winston-Salem, High Point, and the Tobacco Road universities in Durham, Chapel Hill, and Raleigh.

Despite being the 3rd biggest city in North Carolina, Greensboro has a small town feel.

10 – Greensboro May Be Big, But it Has a Small Town Feel.

With a population of over 270,000, Greensboro does have a small town flavor. Many neighborhoods in the city have their own parks and “main streets.” Neighborhood areas like Irving Park, Lindley Park, Historic Fisher Park, Lake Jeanette, Adams Farm, and Sedgefield all have their own flavors. Greensboro loves its festivals and parades and much like small towns, everyone comes out and enjoys the festivities. Greensboro is the perfect combination of a big city and small town feel.