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Greensboro, North Carolina
Greensboro Skyline

Nickname(s): Tournament Town,

Gate City, G-Town
Location in North Carolina
Coordinates: 36°4′48″N 79°49′10″W / 36.08°N 79.81944°W / 36.08; -79.81944Coordinates: 36°4′48″N 79°49′10″W / 36.08°N 79.81944°W / 36.08; -79.81944
Country United States
State North Carolina
County Guilford
Year Established 1808
 • Type City Council
 • Mayor Bill Knight (R)
 • Total 131.2 sq mi (283.0 km2)
 • Land 126.7 sq mi (271.2 km2)
 • Water 4.5 sq mi (11.8 km2)
Elevation 897 ft (272 m)
Population (2009)
 • Total 260,083(74th)
 • Density 2,436/sq mi (940.5/km2)
 • MSA 714,765
 • CSA 1,581,122
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
Area code(s) 336
FIPS code 37-28000[1]
GNIS feature ID 1020557[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.


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.