Greensboro is getting older, more diverse and the population density is slowly increasing according to the “Growth and Development Trends” report from the Greensboro Planning Department.

The report is based on data for 2019.

From 2010 to 2019, Greensboro saw an 11.5 percent increase in the population of those over 65 and a decrease in the 20-to-44 age group of 7.1 percent.  The median age in Greensboro is 34.7 and, according to the report, millennials make up about 30 percent of the population.

From 2010 to 2019, the percentage identifying as non-white increased from 47 percent to 57 percent while the population identifying as white decreased from 53 percent to 43 percent.  In 2013, Greensboro was evenly split with 50 percent identifying as non-white and 50 percent as white.

The percentage of the population identifying as Hispanic or Latino increased from 6.6 percent in 2010 to 9.3 percent in 2019.

The Greensboro City Council has stated its goal of increasing the population density, which improves access to transportation and allows a more efficient delivery of public services. 

Greensboro from 2010 to 2019 increased the population density by 7.1 percent, which is far less than Charlotte at 16.8 percent, Durham at 16.5 percent, Raleigh at 13.9 percent and about the same as Winston-Salem at 7.7 percent.

In the growth and development category, from 2010 to 2019, Greensboro hit a peak of residential development in 2016 with 3,156 residential building permits issued compared to 2,604 issued in 2019.

In commercial development, the city hit a peak in 2018 with 1,976 commercial building permits issues compared to 1,174 in 2019.

From 2018 to 2019, Guilford County saw an average wage increase of 2.51 percent, but it still has the lowest annual wage of comparable counties at $49,739.  Durham County has the highest average annual wage of comparable counties at $71,539 and Durham County saw an increase from 2018 to 2019 of 2.99 percent.

Forsyth County is much closer to Guilford with an average annual wage of $52,319 and an increase from 2018 to 2019 of 2.33 percent.