Introduction to Greensboro, North Carolina
Greensboro, North Carolina, is is the third largest city in North Carolina with a population of nearly 230,000 people. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the Greensboro-High Point metropolitan statistical area has an estimated population of nearly 670,000 people.
Greensboro is located in central North Carolina, approximately 40 minutes east of Winston-Salem. Greensboro is home to two Fortune 1000 company headquarters, and nearby Winston-Salem is home to a couple more. Greensboro is also home to several prestigious colleges and universities.
Greensboro-Winston-Salem-High Point is ranked as the 40th "Most Fun U.S. City" in a survey conducted in 2003 by Cranium Inc. Factors taken into account in the ranking include: the number of sports teams, restaurants, dance performances, toy stores, the amount of a city's budget that is spent on recreation, and other factors. Greensboro is also a past winner of the coveted "All-America City Award" from the National Civic League.
Greensboro experiences all four seasons. July is the warmest month of the year with an average daily temperature of almost 88 degrees Fahrenheit. January is the coldest month, with an average daily temperature of 47 degrees Fahrenheit. Greensboro can see sleet and snow a few times a winter. Greensboro receives an average of a little over 43 inches of precipitation a year.
Greensboro was started as a planned community with the name of Greensborough in the early 1800's. It is named after General Nathanael Greene, commander of the American forces at the Battle of Guilford Court House during the American Revolutionary War. Famous Greensboro residents include first Lady Dolley Madison who was born in Greensboro, and famed World War II CBS radio broadcaster Edward R. Murrow who was born just outside of Greensboro.
Greensboro Arts and Culture
Greensboro is a center for arts and culture, including arboretums/gardens, museums, the performing arts, and more. Some of Greensboro's more notable cultural attractions include:
- The Bel Canto Company
- The Bog Garden
- The Broach Theatre
- The Carolina Theatre
- The Greensboro Arboretum
- The Greensboro Coliseum a venue for entertainment, trade shows and sporting events
- The Greensboro Historical Museum
- The Blandwood Mansion and Gardens
- The Greensboro Opera Company
- The Greensboro Symphony Orchestra
- The Richard Petty Museum
Greensboro Sports and Leisure
Greensboro offers enough professional sports teams and events to keep most sports fans happy. Greensboro's professional sports attractions include:
- Baseball - The Minor League Baseball (MiLB) Greensboro Grasshoppers. The Grasshoppers are a Class A affiliate of the Florida Marlins. The Winston-Salem Warthogs also play in nearby Winston-Salem. The Warthogs are a Class A Advanced affiliate of the Chicago White Sox.
- Golf - The Professional Golf Association (PGA) Chrysler Classic of Greensboro.
- Football - The National Indoor Football League (NIFL) Greensboro Revolution.
- Soccer - The United Soccer League (USL Premier Development League Carolina Dynamo and the USL W-League Carolina Dynamo Women
Greensboro "Must See" Attractions
Greensboro has attractions too numerous to do justice in a simple list. Some of Greensboro's more unique attractions include:
- The PGA Chrysler Classic of Greensboro
- The Richard Petty Museum
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Greensboro has more than 500 restaurants to fulfill almost any culinary need. The best source for dining information, the latest events, happenings, night clubs, and performances can be found in the entertainment section of the Greensboro News & Record, or Yes Weekly a free alternative newspaper.