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Greensboro, North Carolina - Basic Facts

The City of Greensboro is the 3rd largest city in North Carolina with a population of 282,215 as of July 1, 2016. Greensboro ranks in the upper quartile for Population Density and Diversity Index when compared to the other cities, towns and Census Designated Places (CDPs) in North Carolina. See peer rankings below.

The primary coordinate point for Greensboro is located at latitude 36.0965 and longitude -79.8271 in Guilford County. The formal boundaries for the City of Greensboro (see map below) encompass a land area of 126.68 sq. miles and a water area of 5.26 sq. miles. Guilford County is in the Eastern time zone (GMT -5). The elevation is 827 feet.

The City of Greensboro (GNIS ID: 2403745) has a C1 Census Class Code which indicates an active incorporated place that does not serve as a county subdivision equivalent. It also has a Functional Status Code of "A" which identifies an active government providing primary general-purpose functions.

The City of Greensboro is located within Township of Morehead, a minor civil division (MCD) of Guilford County.

Beneath the boundary map are tables with Greensboro population, income and housing data, five-year growth projections and peer comparisons for key demographic data. The estimates are for July 1, 2016.

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Greensboro, NC Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2016)


Total Population 282,215
Population in Households 270,638
Population in Familes 197,534
Population in Group Qrtrs 11,577
Population Density1 2,228
Diversity Index2 67


Total Households 116,664
Average Household Size 2.32
Family Households 65,194
Average Family Size 3


Total Housing Units 130,359 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 57,934 (44.4%)
Renter Occupied HU 58,730 (45.1%)
Vacant Housing Units 13,695 (10.5%)
Median Home Value $157,671
Average Home Value $209,790


Median Household Income $40,980
Average Household Income $62,777
Per Capita Income $26,546
  (Compound Annual Growth Rates)


2010-2015 2015-2020
Population 0.77% 0.86%
Households 0.73% 0.86%
Families 0.54% 0.72%
Median Household Income   1.38%
Per Capita Income   1.54%
1) Population Density = Total Population per square mile.
2) The Diversity Index is a scale of 0 to 100 that represents the likelyhood that two persons, chosen at random from the same area, belong to different race or ethnic groups. If an area's entire population belongs to one race AND one ethnic group, then the area has zero diversity. An area's diversity index increases to 100 when the population is evenly divided into two or more race/ethnic groups.
Based on Census 2010 counts, the Diversity Index for the United States was 60.6 and it is expected to increase to 64.8 by July 1, 2018.

Greensboro, NC - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Greensboro to the other 739 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs in North Carolina by rank and percentile using July 1, 2016 data. The location Ranked # 1 has the highest value. A location that ranks higher than 75% of its peers would be in the 75th percentile of the peer group.

Variable Description Rank Percentile
Total Population # 3 100th
Population Density1 # 22 97th
Diversity Index2 # 89 88th
Median Household Income # 347 53rd
Per Capita Income # 202 73rd

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