Best Places to Live

Greensboro, NC

Population: 279,427
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While its affordable housing, plentiful amenities and high-scoring infrastructure went a long way towards helping Greensboro make the list of the Top 100 Best Places to Live, it’s the community’s diversity and dedication to inclusiveness that make it truly special.

With beautiful city parks, technology-forward museums and access to outdoor activities, this southern town is perfect for those looking for a place that has the perks of both big-city and small-town living all rolled into one.

Local Obsession: The legacy of the A&T Four

Climate Described in 6 Words Or Less: Thunderstorms and lightning, very, very frightening!

Top Industries and Employers: Greensboro’s top industries include technology, education and health care. The top employers are Guilford county schools, Cone Health and the City of Greensboro.

Local Dream Job: A guide at the Greensboro Science Center. Diving in shark tanks, playing with baby penguins, swinging through tree tops — who could ask for more?

Quintessential Meal: Greensboro loves some mac and cheese. Try it in a taco (yes, really) at Crafted: Art of the Taco. It’s as crazy delicious as it sounds.

Favorite Weekend Activity: Catch a concert at the Blind Tiger or go on a guided tour at the Greensboro Science Center.

After-Work Meetup Spot: The 1618 Midtown serves modern cuisine with hand-curated wines in a fun, but relaxed atmosphere.

Best Brewery/Local Beer: Little Brother Brewery is located in Greensboro’s historic Hamburger Square and offers space to amateur brewers to hone their craft in addition to serving up their signature, creative brews.

Beloved Bookstore: Scuppernog Books has a variety of books you can pick up and read while sipping coffee, wine or beer in the store’s café.

Free Way to Have Fun: Head to Lake Brandt Marina for a day of kayaking or fishing.

Truly Hidden Gem: The Elsewhere Museum lives inside an old thrift shop with a cool backstory. Now an artist’s residency, visitors can see all kinds of cool finds and unique creations.

- Annette Benedetti

Read More:

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Southern Pride: A Guide to Greensboro’s LGBTQ Scene

Why Greensboro is a Top 100 Best Places to Live

“What’s really nice about Greensboro is that it’s still very affordable. You can buy a house two minutes outside of downtown for under $300,000, which to me is an affordable home for being so close to downtown. I love knowing the people that walk through my door and I love seeing new faces. We are a very tight-knit community.”

- Kristina Fuller, owner of Crafted: the Art of the Taco and Crafted: the Art of Street Food

Greensboro, NC Ranking Data

Civic
53
Demographics
65
Economy
69
Education
59
Health
43
Housing
60
Infrastructure
64