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this is by far the worst place I've lived. - 4/5/2009
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JZ
Greensboro, NC

This has been one of the worst mistakes I've made, if you disregard my personal life. I hate Greensboro, and for that matter am unimpressed and uninspired by North Carolina, in general. Every day I ask myself "what am I doing here?"
7 months, and I haven't come up with any other answer, other than "my nephews and nieces are fun"
North Carolina is cheaper for a reason.

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D
Franklin, NC

Greensboro is Fine; Pay No Attn to Haters - 3/4/2014

Having lived in so many differing regions in the U.S., what I've found is that people who move to a small town from a large one and/or moving to one region from another one, these people tend to bring their own prejudices with them. If they expect the town or region to be a certain way, especially if they want it to be "their" way, they talk very badly about the place. Northerners move to the South and criticize the Southerners very badly... VERY badly. Southerners who need to move to the North try to assimilate, but then get resentful because of the way they get "teased" even called -- supposedly in all "good humor" -- names. These negative comments about Greensboro are evidently from people who probably expect the fun to come to them. The town is in the middle of the state and it's obvious that the mountains and beaches are a few hours' drive away. It's also a small town, meaning that there's not going to be a great big party lifestyle there; it's the same for small northern town. The people there are down-to-earth and they are not racist; almost half the population there is African American. The one commenter who talks about having to go to the police station(?)/court house(?) with his/her "black friends" and where they were treated poorly as compared to when he went to the same place with his "white friends" probably didn't find out exactly why that was. I spoke with a magistrate about this and he said that it had to have been because there was something going on in the other part of the building and the officials had to ask them to wait in the uncomfortable area because of that. There IS a sense of community because it IS small. If you don't want to see your neighbor often, then go move to a big city where you can remain anonymous, especially if that's your thing. In the Midwest, folks there are retentive about opening up to you, but then warm up to you later on (Johnny Carson is a good example: a Midwesterner who is warm and charming, but kept his private life private). And they are guarded about their opinions, too. Out west, they are open to start with and are pretty laid back, but are snobs to people they don't know you, and drivers are considered crazy. I honestly know all this: been there, done all that. Do your research! Nowadays, there's so much information available to us, especially by way of the Internet, that you can get a pretty good idea of where you're moving to. Greensboro is truly a nice place to work and live. It's what YOU make of it -- or ANYwhere you live, for that matter -- and YOU need to learn to grow where you're planted. Otherwise, you'll shrivel up and will have to up-root yourself and go elsewhere. If you do, do it on your own; don't blame the area or the people.[read more...]


Amanda
Greensboro, NC

Greensboro is a wasteland - 10/5/2013

So, thinking about moving to Greensboro? Don't. I moved here for work a year and a half ago and it's probably the worst decision I've ever made. You'd be perfectly happy here if you grew up here, went to school nearby, and decided that Greensboro is awesome and I'm gonna live here forever! IE you have no frame of reference for the mediocrity at best that this 'city' has to offer. You'd be perfectly content going to the same trashy bars in strip malls, you'd love the fact that everyone dresses the same and goes to the same 2-3 churches and parrots the same opinions. You'd think it was awesome to try different networking events only to see the same damn people over and over and over. By all means, if you're very Southern and like to surround yourself with the same simple minded stereotypical Southern people, this is your town. I could write a novel but I'll leave it at that. If you like diversity of opportunity in every aspect of your life, don't move here. If you do, prepare to have to compromise and lower your standards in every part of your life. Greensboro is unbearable. I'm thrilled to be joining the statistic of young professionals running away screaming![read more...]


pete
Greensboro, NC

great place - 8/24/2013

Whatever your situation is (student, raising a family, professional) DO NOT MOVE to Greensboro, NC. As a student, please do yourself a favor and spend these 4 special years in a fun and reputable school far away from Greensboro!!!! You will cherish these 4 years for ever...make them special. I agree that raising a family correctly is important, but think of this....in Greensboro your kids will become ignorant, drama filled racists! Greensboro creates this bubble that kind of blocks external influence. While the world is changing, Greensboro is stuck in the past. And of course that will affect your kids life when they grow up. At the same time, and since there is nothing to do for parents (yes, there are some parks etc, but after a while they get old), the parents focus and spend all their time on their kids (good you will say) which is not good. The kids attitudes from mingling with southern kids becomes dramatic (in order not to use a worst word), which then passes on to the parents and makes them "slow" as well. Overall there is plenty of drama down here. Also and as you might see, the city is one giant suburb....there is no social fiber. Unless you are a loner, then depression comes naturally. There was an effort to revitalize the 2 blocks that make the downtown, but it was a failure. Again an uneducated population, southern lifestyle, and as i mentioned above racism, have made the down town even worse. During the day, downtown is DEAD. At night, it splint into two zones....one for whites with sport bars serving beer and fat food and one zone for all others....looks bad. Restaurant scene is pretentious, just like its population. The only good thing about this place...If you have a good paying job, you can actually save money since there is nothing to do (unless you become depressed and start spending money on worthless shopping). Also, yes there are mountains and beaches close by (min 2 hours for mountains and min 3 hours for beach).....thats not close by. Greensborians bring that up as an point of something good, but lets be honest, no-one wakes up Sat morning and says "lets drive THREE hours to go to the beach." Thats quite a hike. Oh, and lets not forget the weather....yes as everyone says, the weather is fantastic. Yes, i like my long summers (although a little muggy) but don't bloody sell that point you ignorant local, when i as a northerner i am the only one asking for outdoor patio or enjoying sitting in my garden, while you are in the AC all day.... Anyway, I got my family out of that city. My wife was getting moody and too dramatic with all these southern belles. My kids had no idea that there is whole other world out there (they did learn how to gossip and become dramatic at school)....after this I refuse to go anywhere below the PA border. Hope this helps some people before they make a move to this place. Fi you are planning, please do yourself a favor and do a pre-visit. If you cant avoid it, consider Winston as a living place....school system it bad, but the community is much better [read more...]


pete
Greensboro, NC

terrible - 8/24/2013

Whatever your situation is (student, raising a family, professional) DO NOT MOVE to Greensboro, NC. As a student, please do yourself a favor and spend these 4 special years in a fun and reputable school far away from Greensboro!!!! You will cherish these 4 years for ever...make them special. I agree that raising a family correctly is important, but think of this....in Greensboro your kids will become ignorant, drama filled racists! Greensboro creates this bubble that kind of blocks external influence. While the world is changing, Greensboro is stuck in the past. And of course that will affect your kids life when they grow up. At the same time, and since there is nothing to do for parents (yes, there are some parks etc, but after a while they get old), the parents focus and spend all their time on their kids (good you will say) which is not good. The kids attitudes from mingling with southern kids becomes dramatic (in order not to use a worst word), which then passes on to the parents and makes them "slow" as well. Overall there is plenty of drama down here. Also and as you might see, the city is one giant suburb....there is no social fiber. Unless you are a loner, then depression comes naturally. There was an effort to revitalize the 2 blocks that make the downtown, but it was a failure. Again an uneducated population, southern lifestyle, and as i mentioned above racism, have made the down town even worse. During the day, downtown is DEAD. At night, it splint into two zones....one for whites with sport bars serving beer and fat food and one zone for all others....looks bad. Restaurant scene is pretentious, just like its population. The only good thing about this place...If you have a good paying job, you can actually save money since there is nothing to do (unless you become depressed and start spending money on worthless shopping). Also, yes there are mountains and beaches close by (min 2 hours for mountains and min 3 hours for beach).....thats not close by. Greensborians bring that up as an point of something good, but lets be honest, no-one wakes up Sat morning and says "lets drive THREE hours to go to the beach." Thats quite a hike. Oh, and lets not forget the weather....yes as everyone says, the weather is fantastic. Yes, i like my long summers (although a little muggy) but don't bloody sell that point you ignorant local, when i as a northerner i am the only one asking for outdoor patio or enjoying sitting in my garden, while you are in the AC all day.... Anyway, I got my family out of that city. My wife was getting moody and too dramatic with all these southern belles. My kids had no idea that there is whole other world out there (they did learn how to gossip and become dramatic at school)....after this I refuse to go anywhere below the PA border. Hope this helps some people before they make a move to this place. Fi you are planning, please do yourself a favor and do a pre-visit. If you cant avoid it, consider Winston as a living place....school system it bad, but the community is much better [read more...]


Donna
Greensboro, NC

Greensboro, NC - Great Place to Live - 5/1/2013

Greensboro is a clean, resourceful, urban area in North Carolina. There's lots to do both for singles as well as families. Greensboro is also close to both the mountains as well as the coast.[read more...]


Jenny

Agree with the Racist Comment - 4/18/2013

I completely agree with Ophelia and I'm a white person. Seriously, I saw actual (wannabe) Nazis here with their SS and confederate flag tattoos. The craziest example was when I went down to the jail - once with two black friends who were trying to get married quit before he deployed (the magistrate was out) and once to bail out a white friend. The first time, with my black friends, we were herded into a nasty hot airless room to wait for hooooours - but in the end were told to leave and come back some other day. The second time? I was walked back and put in what I can only describe as the "white's only" waiting room. Air conditioning, comfy chairs, not an ounce of melanin... and service was quick and friendly all of a sudden. Same place, so, yeah, that was no accident. I'm from the deep south (Southern GA) but this place has floored me with it's racism and classism. Don't live here. You deserve better and there are a lot of really nice cities within no more than 40mins of this shithole. [read more...]


chris
Efland, NC

dont move here - 2/14/2012

Big mistake if you move here, we have been here for 7 years now. we are from up north, mass.they are still living the war down here, north against south.Do not bring your kids here, go to the coast, not inland. you also will hit numerous road blocks here checking your information, i never hit 1 up north, very weird down here, not welcoming.[read more...]


Camilla
Greensboro, NC

Good living in Greensboro - 8/3/2011

Greensboro, NC is not the most exciting place to live but it is a good place to raise a family or to slow down from metro life. There are plenty of cultural activities to take part in, lots of lovely parks, and as the name indicates, one of the first things people say when visiting from other areas is, "Wow, I didn't know the 'green' in 'Greensboro' was so appropriate!" Greensboro has plenty of trees and greenways, especially for a city its size. We're within easy driving distance to the beach and to the mountains, the cost of living is not high, and other than its own cultural activities, Greensboro is also close to Raleigh, Durham, and Charlotte. Its central location makes it an even more desirable place to live. Traffic is not terrible. There is the usual snarl at rush hour but other than that, traffic isn't an issue. Greensboro is home to many colleges and universities (A&T State, Bennett College, Elon University School of Law, Guilford College, Greensboro College, Guilford Technical Community College, and UNC-Greensboro). Additionally, Greensboro is within commuting distance of many more colleges and universities in the surrounding areas. The people are (mostly) friendly, life comes at a manageable pace, and Greensboro is an overall wonderful place to live. With its long-time, active Newcomer's Club, to the Greensboro Symphony and theater groups, the famous Carolina Theater, and the active downtown and art districts, Greensboro has a little something for everyone. Come see![read more...]


Liz
Greensboro, NC

Greensboro, NC - 3/6/2011

Greensboro is basically a small college city. Downtown is mostly filled with clubs and bars, that's about it. It also has a lot of historical significance from the Civil Rights Movement. Google it.[read more...]


Tim
Greensboro, NC

Living in Greesnsoro - 12/29/2010

I have lived in Greensboro for 5 years. It seems like a nice place for a family. The downtown area is nice but be careful after 10pm. Single life okay for ages 20 to 30 but not good for the above 35 group. Nothing much to do in Greesboro but you can access other places easily, Beaches, Mountains etc.[read more...]


dwes612
Greensboro, NC

Climate - 8/29/2010

The climate i find to be nice because the temperature varies throughout the year. It sunny most of the time, and the scenery is very pretty throughout Greensboro, NC.[read more...]


marquetta
Oak Lawn, IL

moving - 6/26/2010

i will like to move to a nice quit city with no crime,nice neibghor and the living isn;t so high. i will keep looking.[read more...]


DeSean
Greensboro, NC

It is what you make of it - 6/13/2010

Greensboro is what you make of it, I've lived here for most of my life. It's not the most exciting to place to live but there are things to do here. The downtown area is nice and clean and trust me compared to the surrounding cities in NC, is pretty vibrant. The job climate here isn't great at all but I'm sure it'll improve, though I plan on living this city very soon. If you're raising a family then Greensboro is a great city to live in, for a person in their 20s or out of college, it's not the best city to live in. It is a diverse area, the people are friendly but there seems to be a resistance to Greensboro expanding and becoming the major city it truly can become. The thing is this isn't a major city, people who move here from larger cities will of course think Greensboro sucks. If they're coming from a smaller city then Greensboro is exciting. Like I said before Downtown is a nice, clean area with music and arts, there are quite a few clubs here to go to and theaters. There are the Grasshopper baseball games which are played in a very nice ballpark, the ACC and NCAA tournaments are played in the Coliseum. NC A&T's homecoming is a pretty big event and tourist attraction, there are quite a few concerts and shows that happen here too. We have a PGA tour golf tournament, the Chrysler Classics. There's a rich history here and we have some museums and quite a few colleges. If you have to live here coming from a bigger city, just be more creative in how you decide to spend your leisure time. [read more...]


nashwan

where i live - 5/15/2010

i live in a small town in yemen. It is called the evergrenn city ( ibb)[read more...]


Tom
Greensboro, NC

Escape from G'boro - 10/27/2009

Up until recently, I lived in Greensboro for several years, and could not be happier since moving. I would have left sooner had my company not kept me there. This is no place to live if you want to do anything other than go to work and go home. There is literally nothing to do here outside of a few places to hang out in the downtown (which gets old quickly). This town is sprawling, which is a big part of the problem with Greensboro IMO. You have to drive EVERYWHERE, it often seems like a maze of endless strip malls and chain restaurants. I will say I think downtown Greensboro has potential in terms of revitalizing the city's image and economy, but it seems an apathetic notion as the population and economic interests are dispersed over such a huge geographic area. On the other hand, this just might be a good place for a young couple starting a family. It is cheap to live here, and there is no shortage of very affordable housing. So, if you're on a tight budget, and looking to raise a family in an isolated suburban twilight zone, Greensboro might be the place for you. [read more...]


laurie
Greensboro, NC

asthma/allergies - 7/7/2009

i've had asthma and allergies almost all my life as do my 2 children. My mother has it as well but it didn't affect her until years after moving to greensboro. i've read that greensboro, nc is not a good place to live for allergy/asthma sufferers. i believe it. Apart from that, i love Greensboro - it's a great place to raise kids and the downtown is really growing.[read more...]


melissa
Twin Valley, MN

Waubun - 6/8/2009

I live in Waubun Minnesota. Waubun Minnesota is on the White Earth Reservation. Its very small and quiet. I personally come from Minneapolis with thousands of people and to move to a city that only has 400 people, it was alot different and hard for me.[read more...]


JZ
Greensboro, NC

this is by far the worst place I've lived. - 4/5/2009

This has been one of the worst mistakes I've made, if you disregard my personal life. I hate Greensboro, and for that matter am unimpressed and uninspired by North Carolina, in general. Every day I ask myself "what am I doing here?" 7 months, and I haven't come up with any other answer, other than "my nephews and nieces are fun" North Carolina is cheaper for a reason. [read more...]


Katie
Greensboro, NC

friendly - 3/29/2009

I have lived in Greensboro for a little over three years now. It's surprisingly diverse with a range of ethnic food markets and ethnicity in general. The city is a fairly green one. It houses one of the most environmentally friendly hotels in the US (the Proximity). The people are friendly and down to earth. This is a great place to send your kid off to college or raise a family. The only downside to this is that there isn't as much nightlife as there would be in larger cities. Most stores are closed my 10:00 PM and the bars are closed at 2:00AM. The downtown area is small, but fun. It is a very arts friendly place as well.[read more...]


David
Greensboro, NC

Not a bad town - 12/13/2008

Like most cities, it depends on where you live in Greensboro in terms of housing, crime, and so forth. Generally, the price of housing is reasonable when compared to other similar sized cities. As to the climate, the best time is the Fall and Spring. Summers can be humid and hot to the point of being brutal. Winters usually have regular welcome breaks from the cold. This year November and early December have been much colder than normal with long periods of incessant cold drizzling rain like it used to be when I was a kid here in the 60's. I hope it doesn't continue or I will be looking for a new place to live. I am retired now and really can’t honestly address in detail the employment situation. However, as NC has essentially lost most of the furniture industry, the tobacco program and the textile industry, this state is still undergoing a transition period in its economy. Greensboro is large enough to have most anything you want in terms of recreation, shopping and dining at least from the standpoint of a person my age (58) and one who has never lived in a really large city. Beaches are less than 4 hours away as are the mountains. Generally, it is not a bad town. [read more...]


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