The annual Growth & Development Trends report from the Greensboro Planning Department indicates that while the area is growing in several key categories, it isn’t keeping up with its neighbors.
In fact, wages in Guilford County remain below the national average and the state average according to the Trends report.
In 2020, the national average yearly salary increased by 8.1 percent to $64,000 while the state average yearly salary increased 7.3 percent to $56,200.
In Guilford County, the average yearly salary increased by only 6.3 percent to $52,900. According to the report, Durham County led the most populous counties in the state with an increase of 11.5 percent to $79,700. Wake County saw an increase of 5.9 percent to $65,000 and even Forsyth County right next door had higher wages than Guilford with an increase of 6.2 percent to $55,500.
Of the four largest cities in North Carolina, Greensboro had the least population growth from 2010 to 2020. In that decade, Greensboro had growth of 10.9 percent from 269,600 to 299,000. Charlotte grew at 19.6 percent from 731,400 to 874,500. Raleigh grew at a rate of 15.8 percent from 403,800 to 476,600. Durham, which is still number four on the list of the most populous cities in North Carolina, grew more than twice as fast as Greensboro at a rate of 24.2 percent from 228,300 to 283,500.
Winston-Salem grew 8.7 percent from 229,600 to 249,500.
The Trends report also indicates that development in Greensboro may be slowing despite an increase in the value of construction permits issued. The Greensboro Technical Review Committee reviews subdivisions and site plans to ensure compliance with state and local regulations before approving a development.
In both 2019 and 2020, the Technical Review Committee reviewed 606 site plans and subdivisions. In 2021, the number of site plans and subdivisions reviewed by the Technical Review Committee dropped to 489.
I would suggest that this is due to government meddling.
Based on what economic assumptions? Or are you one of those, just blame the democrats for all things bad when you lack an intelligent answer?
Ah, demonizing anyone is not helpful. I didn’t say “democrats”, I said “government”.
I asked a fair question. No answer?
chris has a reading for comprehension and a math problem. chris slowly read this 1and 1 always equals 2 and there’s 12 months in every year
Yes, and Yvonne is getting her “fair share” of funding from the City and paying her kinfolk and friends with your money. How convenient! Why get a job when you can “incorporate” as a 501C-3 non-profit and “profit” all the way to the bank.
I wish we had two year terms ( like Charlotte and Raleigh instead of four year terms for city council.
You could get the right people in position to move the city forward instead of having to wait to vote two additional years.
Who runs the city and who holds Greensboro back?
Liberals like chris and socialist tuna
I’ve been in town 6 months, and am honored I can live rent free in your consciousness after 1 or 2 postings here. Am working fast and furious to turn G’boro into the Gulag Archipelago dystopia of your nightmares. If a ‘ruined” town means high density affordable housing in the core, with plentiful, cheap electrically powered public transit options feeding new technology hubs like the Toyota plant, airport and university tied research centers and business incubators creating the next generation technologies that will propel mankind forward, then yes, I’m your worst nightmare. More solar, wind and hydro power powering government and business centers. Better broadband, more energy efficient buildings, schools that provide world class STEM education to attract leading bio-tech, robotics, software and communications companies. Converting the old decaying factories and malls into affordable housing and business centers would broaden the tax base and raise standards of living region wide. The Triad needs to move past furniture, textiles and cigarettes to embrace hi tech research and development like RTP has. There is a GLOBAL need for more effective gene therapies, medical devices, electrification of transport, robotics and algorithmic computer systems that G’boro can fill if it abandons its antebellum mindset and embraces 21st Century design and management technology. This town needs far fewer lawyers, bankers, mid-managers, public administrators and preachers, and far more engineers, scientists, mathematicians, programmers, statisticians, inventors, healthcare professionals, teachers and technicians if it is going to meet and exceed the state salary and GDP averages. That means public-private partnerships with long-term strategic VISION to transport this area into a mecca where the young, ambitious and creative want to move. The old money Confederate families here could aid in transforming the Triad into something young people don’t need to move away FROM in order to have a rewarding lives and careers. You are blessed with universities, highways, a clean, abundant watershed and relatively cheap real estate. You merely lack the vision and will to spend the time and money to move the Triad into the 21st Century and beyond. The first place to start is your school system, which lags stagnantly behind many towns that young families choose to raise their kids. The billion dollar bond fund is great, but it also needs a VISION to provide an education in how to be a lifelong learner in an age where the average person will have 5-7 different careers.
In order for future generations to be able to ABSORB that education, their parents need jobs that can feed, house and clothe them adequately, which is why I support a state wide $15 minimum wage, Medicare expansion, decriminalization of drug possession and funding for mental health and rehabilitation services, especially for the many veterans who call this area home. If this means half a penny more sales tax and slight increase in property appraisals, it’s a small price to pay to future-proof your economy and raise the standard of living of thousands. To quote a famous Vulcan: “The needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few….or the one”.
The only thing you bring to my conscious is pity…. you must be one miserable person. Have you ever considered angry management classes?
From all of us on here and Gso. It’s been 6 months too long fishbait.
Uh, where have you been…. Greensboro will always be a Milltown. One man brought finance to Greensboro but the City leaders do not want rich people here, unless they own businesses or are attorneys and developers. There are three classes in Greensboro….the Rich Millowners and Corporates (batteries, trucking, distribution warehouses, mail centers) who mostly live in Summerfield, the poor who rather than go find a job rely on our City Council, who gladly will give them affordable housing for free (at the cost of taxpayers), money for crime reduction where hundreds of thousands of dollars seem to disappear into the wind of two neighborhoods and a bunch of corporate folks who for some reason are needed to oversee the money, the poor who get anything and everything they want from Councilwoman Hightower, if they fit her mold. And then there is the disappearing middle class, the school teachers, who’s salary is nothing near what they need or deserve, the factory workers who get no training to move up in the world, the government employees who “represent the people” and are useless, like many of those who constantly complain. Greensboro has never been a town of the rich and has never had an “upper class.” You either have tons of money or you have non and the government gives you everything, if you fit the mold. If you are middle class, forget it. You have no say. You have no voice. Yet, your taxes and water rates are the money that pays for everything.
tuna please take an hour and you and chris read the above post and try to comprehend what was said. when you both get your feet out of your mouth take a long walk on a short bridge In case you’re wondering “Boom” goes in the night
Guilford County is the 3rd largest populated County in the State behind Mecklenburg and Wake Counties. The County employees should be paid in relation to being the 3rd largest. The County Commissioners need to look at those Counties and make appropriate changes to help retain employees.