Greensboro, North Carolina

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Greensboro, North Carolina
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]
CountryUnited States
StateNorth Carolina
CountyGuilford
Established1808
Named forMajor General Nathanael Greene
Government
 • TypeCity Council
 • MayorNancy B. Vaughan (D)
 • City ManagerJim Westmoreland
Area
 • City131.8 sq mi (341.4 km2)
 • Land126.5 sq mi (327.7 km2)
 • Water5.3 sq mi (13.7 km2)
Elevation897 ft (272 m)
Population
 • City269,666 (US:68th)
 • Estimate 
(2016)
287,027
 • Urban
311,810 (US: 120th)
 • MSA
723,801
 • CSA
1,599,477
Time zoneUTC−5 (EST)
 • Summer (DST)UTC−4 (EDT)
ZIP code
27402, 27403, 27405, 27406, 27455
Area code336
FIPS code37-28000[1]
GNIS feature ID1020557[1]
Websitewww.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.

References[change | change source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 "GNIS Detail - Greensboro".[permanent dead link]