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.