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8 Reasons to Move to Greensboro, NC

From scenic views to great local attractions, Greensboro has it all.

By Shayne Jacopian on November 16, 2016

Photo of Elm Street, Looking North: Downtown Greensboro, NC
Greensboro / Joe Wolf under a CC 2.0 License

Only 200 miles from the beach and 120 miles from the mountains, Greensboro, NC is conveniently situated for short nature excursions, and there are plenty of cultural attractions to keep you entertained in town, as well. Add to that this mid-sized city’s college town vibe, and Greensboro is a great place to move for anyone looking for a more relaxed city. Here are eight reasons to consider moving to Greensboro.

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1. Lots of options for higher education

Greensboro, one of our Top 10 College Towns for 2016 is home to both the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University. On top of that, Greensboro is only 90 minutes from Raleigh and the “Research Triangle,” the home of North Carolina State University, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and Duke University.

2. Opportunities to get outdoors, in and out of town

Greensboro is only a couple of hours from the Appalachian Mountains and not much further from the beach, but that doesn’t mean that there’s any shortage of ways to get outdoors closer to home! Thanks to the area’s lakes and easygoing rivers, kayaking and canoeing have seen a rise in popularity in Greensboro. Some great spots to get on the water are Lake McIntosh, Lake Brandt, High Point City Lake, and Lake Jeanette.

3. Be a part of an environmentally friendly community

One of our Top 10 Best Green Cities, Greensboro has taken a lot of steps to reduce the city’s carbon footprint. In addition to making the community more earth-friendly, some of these initiatives, like HEAT (Higher Education Area Transit) and SCAT (Specialized Community Area Transportation), also make getting around town more convenient.

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4. A great place to work

With a steadily-dropping unemployment rate, a pair of universities that employ several thousand staff members, and eight companies either headquartered or running major operations in the city, Greensboro is as great a place to work as it is a place to play.

5. Stay refreshed with local craft brews

If you like local craft beers, you’ll be in luck if you move to Greensboro, where there are several different craft breweries churning out interesting brews, including Gibbs Hundred Brewing Company, Joymongers Brewing Company, and Preyer Brewing Company, among others.

6. Chow on unique local cuisine

There are many interesting dining options in the city of Greensboro. Among them are the Table 16 Restaurant, which serves global fare ranging from Caribbean to Italian, and the Undercurrent Restaurant, which has received the North American Restaurant Association’s Award of Excellence.

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7. Participate in a vibrant art community

Greensboro is home to a thriving arts community. One staple of that community, the ArtQuest gallery at Green Hill Center, frequently hosts workshops for children and adults alike, spreading interest in the arts and creating a great social setting.

8. Home to America’s greenest hotel

Like we said, Greensboro is an environmentally friendly city, so it’s no surprise that it’s home to the “greenest hotel in America.” The Proximity Hotel is the first hotel to receive the LEED Platinum Certification from the U.S. Green Building Council, so while you’re looking for a new home to move to in Greensboro, you can stay in sustainable style. 

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