The Greensboro City Council is constantly comparing Greensboro to the other larger cities in North Carolina.
According to the U.S. News and World Report, Greensboro doesn’t compare very favorably on the list of “Best Places to Live” with the larger cities in the state, or some of the smaller ones.
Greensboro was ranked 90th in the country and sixth in the state.
According to the ranking, Raleigh-Durham-Chapel Hill is the best place to live in the state and sixth best in the country.
Charlotte is the second best place to live in the state and 30th best in the country, behind Washington, DC, which ranked 19th, and San Francisco, which ranked 10th.
Hickory is the third best place to live in the state and 31st best in the country.
Asheville is fourth in the state and 46th best in the country.
Winston-Salem right next door ranked fifth in the state and 56th in the country.
And Greensboro ranked sixth in the state and 90th in the country.
US News & World Report ranked Greensboro behind St. Louis and Chicago, but what it has to say about Greensboro makes it sound like a pretty good place to live.
It describes Greensboro as, “one of those places that’s big enough to have everything you need but small enough for you to regularly bump into people you know. People who live here love it and say they have no reason to leave. Those who do leave often return home to Greensboro to raise their families.”
And as usual Greensboro is described as a good place to live because it is close to places people would rather be. The description states, “It’s a short jaunt to and from the major cities in North Carolina. Locals can spend a day in the Blue Ridge Mountains to the west or head east for a beach weekend.”
The description concludes, “There is no shortage of arts, entertainment, recreation, shopping and restaurants to keep locals busy. Greensboro is home to a large hospital, public parks and gardens. A range of neighborhoods offers a diverse array of homes to satisfy different tastes, and a strong sense of community makes North Carolina’s third-largest metro area feel like a small town where the residents are neighborly.”
It makes you wonder why with all that Greensboro ranked 90th.
The fact that we are NOT a big city yet have a lot of the amenities such as arts and entertainment is what I love most about Greensboro. No traffic problems, good range of shopping for all personal needs and enough art, entertainment and sports to have when time and budget allows.
Now if we can just push Skip Alston out of office and his dubious idea of a tax increase during the largest period of inflation in several decades….it would be perfect.
Born and raised here, but what King Skippy and Queen Nancy and their liberal band of thieves have done to this town is sad. Built a new house in SC that I’m at part time for now but hopefully will be there full time soon. Hate to leave you folks with all these crooks and hope one day people will come to their senses and get rid of them.
I voted no on the school bond and tax increase too before i left. Trying hard to keep what little decency there is left.
These ‘best of’ rankings of cities are completely subjective. What matters to some people might not matter to others at all. Greensboro offers miles and miles of bike trails, but unless you ride, who cares. This list obviously didn’t take traffic into consideration. While Greensboro may have its shortcomings, I’ll take the traffic here compared to Raleigh, Charlotte, DC or Atlanta any day of the week.
The bike lanes are more elitist liberal feel good projects. They are hardly used and have fouled up several roads in Greensboro! Always easier to spend other people’s money! Stolen from us at gunpoint.
I’d you want to make Greensboro a better place to live stop trying so hard to be like Durham. Get rid of your liberal city council, lower your taxes, fundyour police department and keep the congestion low. There is a reason the towns in the Northwest of the county are such nice places to live
Well I chose Greensboro out of the entire US (in 1983). I never imagined I’d still be here four decades later, but I’ve not seen any place better.
If I recall right, Greensboro had a population of 153,000 back then, and now we’re about twice that.
Too many bloody immigrants!
Por qué odiarías a los inmigrantes? Son grandes personas y diversifican nuestra cultura para bien.
Austin, you realize you’re an implant, correct? This has done more to raise the population of Greensboro than any immigrants. What is your definition of immigrant, some people would call you that for not being local
Hey everyone – the last sentence was a joke (at my expense). Do try to have a sense of humour.
We’re all immigrants.
Might be time to update the photo attached to this article. The FNB Building has bee complete (and occupied) for quite a little while.
now that’s too funny! all wok cities.
I must say, I am glad Greensboro placed so badly! I grew up in Charlotte, have lived in Ral/Durham area, and in Hiskory. I’m pretty familiar with Asheville and Winston. (also Columbia, L.A., NYC, Philly). In short, I hope everyone heading to North Carolina moves to one of the “top rated” cities! That way we can keep the VERY BEST place to live in North Carolina (or any of the above cities) just the WAY IT IS! Thank you U S News.
You hit the nail on the head! Keep Greensboro a quite uncongested place to live!
Better then Reidsville? I’m shocked!
I moved to GSO when I was 5. When I turned 18 I swore I would leave and never return. That did not happen until I was 38. Moved to TX and never looked back. I find many people who hold this city in high regard never lived anywhere else and have no idea what they are missing. GSO has it’s advantages but I never see myself ever wanting to return.
Never looked back?! You seem to be looking back viewing the Rhino!
Chacun a son gout.
Texas is certainly not my Taste. I love my beaches without oil blobs getting all over me.
Indeed! Those that fight growth and progress have never lived or travelled outside if their limited minded bubble. HSO still lacks diversity, a night life and a great food scene. But boy oh boy do we have plenty of mattress sores and car washes. The good stuff!