Greensboro is located in the geographic center of populous Guilford County (almost 400,000 people), one of 11 prominent counties constituting the Piedmont Triad region. More than half the county's 213,000 residents live in Greensboro.
The story of Greensboro's birth in 1808 and its subsequent growth is rich in historic details. From its early days as a frontier town to the major developments in manufacturing, education, transportation and the Underground Railroad, Greensboro has emerged as a modern, prosperous city. Henry Humphreys, the wealthiest man in town in 1829, started the economic boom by opening a steam-powered cotton mill. The early success of textile manufacturing laid the foundation for Greensboro's traditional employment base.
The establishment of a number of local colleges and universities in the early 1930s helped lay the foundation for today's economic expansion. Guilford College, Greensboro College, Bennett College, UNCG and North Carolina A&T have all influenced the city's business climate and expanded its cultural and educational opportunities. Both educational opportunities and railroads have influenced the development of suburbs, as people chose to live outside the more congested business districts. Modern houses and apartments co-exist with more historic neighborhoods, such as Southside and the renovated College Hill Historic District.
Finally, the Underground Railroad, a system of people and routes used during the era of slavery to help people escape from the South, was a strong and active symbol of the cooperation of local blacks and whites. It set a positive precedent and was certainly an influential stepping-stone in the city's historic growth.
After the Civil War, flocks of Northerners, Quakers and freed blacks flocked to Greensboro to enjoy the wealth of reconstruction. Tobacco manufacturing, lumber, furniture plants and foundries for metal products joined textiles as major industrial opportunities. With the growth of Jefferson Standard and Pilot Life, insurance also joined textiles and education as a major industry. By the 1940s, Greensboro was the home of Cone Mills, the world's largest denim maker, Burlington was the world leader in rayon weaving and Blue Bell was America's leader in overalls manufacturing. Real estate development was also vital and neighborhoods like Westerwood, Lake Daniels, Sunset Hills, Hamilton Lakes, Latham Park and Sedgefield gave residents a varied choice of beautiful and affordable housing.
The actual Piedmont Triad consists of three cities -- Greensboro, High Point and Winston-Salem - that are serviced by the Piedmont Triad International Airport, located northwest of Greensboro. Two international highways, I-40 and I-85, dissect the city. Today, Greensboro is the third largest city in North Carolina.
There are considerable historical and cultural venues available in Greensboro such as the Greensboro Symphony Orchestra, the National Science Center and the Children's Museum. Year-round sports enthusiasts will enjoy the Bats, a minor league baseball team, the Generals hockey franchise and the Prowlers, an arena football league; as well as the sixty-year tradition of the Greater Greensboro Chrysler Classic and two annual men's basketball tournaments, the Atlantic Coast Conference and the Southern Conference.
Whether you are searching for your next home in Greensboro, or looking to invest in real estate, browse current real estate listings, residential Greensboro homes for sale, single - family houses, condominiums, townhouses, or investment opportunities, to find your perfect home. View other relocation resources such as real estate market trends, sold property values in your neighborhood, mortgage financing options and professional real estate agent assistance.