Greensboro, North Carolina

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Greensboro, North Carolina
City
Greensboro skyline
Greensboro skyline
Nickname(s): Tournament Town, Gate City,
The Boro
Location in Guilford County and the state of North Carolina
Location in Guilford County and the state of North Carolina
Greensboro, North Carolina is located in the US
Greensboro, North Carolina
Greensboro, North Carolina
Location in the contiguous United States
Coordinates: 36°4′48″N 79°49′10″W / 36.08000°N 79.81944°W / 36.08000; -79.81944Coordinates: 36°4′48″N 79°49′10″W / 36.08000°N 79.81944°W / 36.08000; -79.81944[1]
Country United States
State North Carolina
County Guilford
Established 1808
Named for Major General Nathanael Greene
Government
 • Type City Council
 • Mayor Nancy B. Vaughan (D)
 • City Manager Jim Westmoreland
Area
 • City 131.8 sq mi (341.4 km2)
 • Land 126.5 sq mi (327.7 km2)
 • Water 5.3 sq mi (13.7 km2)
Elevation[1] 897 ft (272 m)
Population (2010)
 • City 269,666 (US:68th)
 • Estimate (2016) 287,027
 • Urban 311,810 (US: 120th)
 • MSA 723,801
 • CSA 1,599,477
Time zone EST (UTC−5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC−4)
ZIP code 27402, 27403, 27405, 27406, 27455
Area code 336
FIPS code 37-28000[1]
GNIS feature ID 1020557[1]
Website www.greensboro-nc.gov

Greensboro is a city in the U.S. state of North Carolina. It has about 260,000 people and is growing. Greensboro is near Winston Salem and High Point in an area called The Triad. It is in Guilford County.

History[change | change source]

Greensboro was started in 1808. It was built in the middle of Guilford County. It grew slowly, but was rich because of cotton. In the 1840s, a railroad was built going through Greensboro, making it grow faster. The Civil War did not hurt Greensboro much.

In the early 1900s, Greensboro grew a lot because of textiles. They also became rich.

A lot of stuff happened during the African-American Civil rights movement in the 1960s in Greensboro, including a sit-in at a counter in a restaurant.

Now, Greensboro continues to grow, and is located at the intersection of two big freeways, Interstate 40 and I-85.

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