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Things You Should Know Before Moving to Greensboro, NC

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There are a lot of really great reasons to move to Greensboro. Part of the Piedmont Triad, the north-central region of North Carolina comprised of three major cities, Greensboro is unique in and of itself, offering unique opportunities to anyone considering changing locations

Adjacent to High Point and Winston-Salem cities, Greensboro is a 131-mile wide metropolis with mountains to the west and the Atlantic Ocean to the east. With up to seven higher education institutions and many affluent corporate employers, the city is appealing to anyone considering furthering their schooling or looking to resume their career in a new region.

There is no time like the present to make a much needed move in your life, so take some time to read this guide to find out why Greensboro has got so much to give new residents.

Greensboro Climate

Winter, spring, summer and fall can all be enjoyed in Greensboro's great weather conditions. The southeastern city sees an average of 43 inches of rain in the spring and summer seasons, which tend to be humid. With an average high of 87 degrees in the hottest month of July, Greensboro has frequent thunderstorms with tornadoes possible in rare conditions.

In the fall and winter months, the temperature drops to as low as 29 degrees in the coldest month of January. The area only sees around 8.5 inches of snow every winter, making winter sports like sledding and skiing a rare event.

Greensboro Neighborhoods

College Hill, the earliest neighborhood, was developed around 1840, giving Greensboro a 173-year old history. To this day, historic mansions line the streets reflecting the past in the present moment. Locals are so serious about preserving the quality-of-life in the area that they formed the Greensboro Neighborhood Congress in an effort to establish local connections in the Greensboro community.

While other neighborhoods like Manchester Village and Glenwood make up Greensboro's lush landscape, the city's downtown center is a site to see. Local officials are being nationally noted for the development of the greenway loop that will encircle downtown, defining the area as a hot spot for outdoor activities. Theaters, museums and cultural centers add ethnicity to the city center environment, creating a unique space for locals to enjoy themselves.

Registering Your Car

To switch out your license and swipe out your license plates, new residents must visit the North Carolina Division of Motor Vehicles. When moving to Greensboro, you must change over your license within 60 days of relocating. To receive a license, you must pass the road sign recognition, written and vision tests.

You will need all necessary paperwork to even apply, including two documents that provide your full name and birth date, one document proving your social security number, one document proving your new address and at least one document that proves you maintain liability insurance.

Registering your vehicle also requires documentation. You must be able to prove your vehicle taxes are paid, you have liability insurance and your car must be inspected. Getting a Greensboro address on your new North Carolina license will solidify you as a citizen of the region.

Greensboro Schools

As noted, Greensboro offers quite a selection of schools. With seven local higher education institutions to decide from, including the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, a new college student may want to consider relocating to the area.

Students who are in grades K-12 will attend Guilford County Schools. With approximately 72,000 students in the system occupying 116 schools, the district is the third largest in the state.

With 29 high schools, the system offers several locations for teenagers to attend their final years of public education. Southern Guilford High, ranked 13th in the state and awarded a silver medal by U.S. News, may be exactly where you want to enroll your child.

If you're looking to have your child instructed in the private school system, the Greensboro Day School, Noble Academy or Saint Pius X Catholic School are among at least a dozen private institutions to chose from.

Greensboro Employment

With Google reporting an 8.8% percent unemployment rate in Greensboro, a higher average than the American rate of 7.7%, finding a job may not seem reasonable in the region. However, major employers like Bank of America, UPS, Volvo and AT&T counter the high average employing thousands of area residents.

Working for Greensboro City is a viable option. Noted as one of the city's top employers, the local government keeps more than 3,000 residents working and always accepts applications for currently posted jobs. Also noted as a top employer, Guilford County employs around 2,700 residents, making it an excellent establishment to submit your resume to.

However, if working for the government is not your thing, try applying for a job through the Greensboro Chamber of Commerce and you might just land the perfect local profession.

Living Costs in the City

Though the unemployment rate is higher than the national average, new residents should not be discouraged, since the average cost of living is 1.65% less than the national average. According to CNN Money, the median family income in Greensboro is $57,997 and the average home price is $120,000.

Greensboro Moving Resources

Moving and storage companies are ready and willing to help you with your move to Greensboro, whether you're moving from out of state or from another county in North Carolina. Make sure you get estimates from multiple moving services before you commit to hiring any (at least three estimates). Check back to our guides for tips on how to choose your moving service wisely with important questions to ask, differentiating between types of estimates, and mistakes to avoid. Visit the following pages at to get quotes for the following services:

Greensboro Transportation

There are many ways to get around Greensboro. Major Interstates I-40, I-80 and I-73 are highly traveled, with locals taking these routes to get from home to work. The 41-mile Greensboro Loop, a beltway that will allow traffic to bypass the city, is now being constructed so motorists may have more efficient travel times.

Amtrak trains are a major part of the city's transportation, taking residents to and from Greensboro to other major cities along the East Coast. Amtrak also offers local and long-distance buses to get around town. The Greensboro Transit Authority offers 15 routes from Monday to Saturday and seven routes on Sunday. A one-way fare for an adult is $1.50 with free transfers and a one-day unlimited pass for adults is $4.00. Children ride free and seniors are offered discount prices.

With so many colleges and universities in the area, the city offers the Higher Education Area Transit, HEAT, which offers service from the schools to downtown, making it easy for students to transport themselves to the city center.

Culture & Contemporary Life

Greensboro is filled with culture. With a large art community, exploring paintings, drawings and sculptures can be an everyday experience. Music, theatre and modern dance events are always on the city calendar, making Greensboro a great place to broaden one's cultural horizons. No matter what you are in the mood for, urban events are easy to find in the area so that you can evenly balance work and play.

However, if you are less inclined to buy a ticket to an event and decide to just do a little dining and dancing, Greensboro always offers great places to eat and shake a leg. With an exciting nightlife available at Boston's House of Jazz, Arizona Pete's, The Blind Tiger and many more locations, new residents will have no problem making late-night memories here.

Greensboro Relocation Tips

  • Get to know Greensboro before making the move. Search out area websites and visit the top, local news source News & Record to read up on the area so you may become more familiar with the city.


  • Once you have decided to call Greensboro your home, connect all your utilities and search out local shopping centers you will need to frequent upon arriving.


  • Change your address ahead of time so you once you arrive to Greensboro you are able to receive all your important mail, and be able to change your license and registration, which requires documents with your new address.

Staff Writer  Posted by Staff Writer on March 1, 2013

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