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Location in North Carolina
Location in North Carolina
CountryUnited States
StateNorth Carolina
CountyGuilford
Year Established1808
Government
 • TypeCity Council
 • MayorBill Knight (R)
Area
 • Total131.2 sq mi (283.0 km2)
 • Land126.7 sq mi (271.2 km2)
 • Water4.5 sq mi (11.8 km2)
Elevation
897 ft (272 m)
Population
 (2009)
 • Total260,083(74th)
 • Density2,436/sq mi (940.5/km2)
 • MSA
714,765
 • CSA
1,581,122
Time zoneUTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC-4 (EDT)
FIPS code37-28000[1]
GNIS feature ID1020557[2]

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

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.

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