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Pros and Cons of Moving to Greensboro

Skyline of Greensboro NC Written by Marquette Carney

Were you thinking of moving to Greensboro North Carolina? Because if so, you NEED to pay very close attention to what I’m about to tell you. 

Because Greensboro isn’t a place for everyone. Sure, some people love it. But others vow to never return. 

So if you want to know whether or not you should move to this city, you should probably read the pros and cons of moving to Greensboro NC. 

Let’s get started!

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Con #1, Jobs

If you’re looking for a job that will allow you to tap dance out of bed every morning due to the sheer amount of fulfillment that you experience every day…look elsewhere. 

Because Greensboro is not a place known for its booming workforce.

The unemployment rate in this city is actually higher than the national average. This could be good news if you’re a panhandler, but for the rest of us, it doesn’t bode well. 

However, this is a situation that is showing some improvement so don’t count this city out just yet. 

Con #2, High property tax

If you plan on buying a home in Greensboro, this might annoy you a bit. 

Because even though the homes in this city are affordable, they still will cost you a bit more money than expected when you consider property taxes. 

Out of the 5 largest cities in North Carolina, Greensboro has the highest property taxes of all.

So if you don’t want Uncle Sams hand so deep in your pocket, you might want to keep looking for your next dream home. 

Con #3, Crime rate

This is easily the worst part of living in Greensboro.

The crime can be completely out of control. 

If you happen to be a Batman villain listening to this, then Greensboro might be a match made in heaven. But for us, regular rule-following citizens it can be cause for alarm. 

Greensboro’s crime rate is higher than the national average and residence have a 1 in 27 chance of being a victim of a property crime–yea, a crime involving that thing that they tax you heavily for. 

However, if you know what areas to avoid in this city, you can greatly reduce those odds. To quote the late great Mufasa, everywhere the light touches is the pride land. But you must never go to the shadowy spaces. 

The shadowy spots in this scenario are the southern and eastern parts of the city.

You’ve been warned. 

Pro #1, Affordability

Even though the property taxes are higher in this area, Greensboro is still a very affordable place. 

It ranked the 2nd most affordable city out of the 5 largest cities in North Carolina. 

And with inflation steadily on the rise, it may be a wise decision to move to a place like this to offset gas prices being $22 a gallon. 

I really should get a scooter. 

Pro #2, Traffic

Here’s a little-known fact about Greensboro. 

The traffic here is non-existent, and that was before the $22 a gallon price hike on gas. 

Greensboro is considered a mini-charlotte because you can do a lot of the same things in Greensboro as you can in the bigger city. 

But the traffic is nowhere near as aggressive. Greensboro has actually been voted the #1 place for traffic and driver satisfaction by WAZE. 

This means you’ll easily be able to drive to this next pro I’m about to share. 

But before I get to that, there’s something you must know. 

Here at Home and Money, we make the whole process of getting a home easier (even if you’re a first-time home buyer). 

We have a whole team that will connect you to the perfect agent so you can finally get that dream home. Plus, we’ll equip you with your very own personal concierge if you’re a first time home buyer–Which, if you’ve ever purchased a home, you know is a HUGE help considering how complicated the process can be

Best of all, this service is absolutely free!

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Ok, now where were we. 

Pro #3, The arts

Not many people associate Greensboro with the arts. In fact, when doing research on this city, I came across an old disgruntled artist who said to run the other way if you’re an artist. 

And what this pissed-off Picasso didn’t understand is that Greensboro is a great place for artists. 

Thespians are able to perform at the Carolina Theater of Greensboro and even attend Broadway and off-broadway performances at The Community theater of Greensboro.

And that’s just the beginning. 

Greensboro is a city covered in murals and has the Greensboro Mural Project which will allow you to help paint beautiful art projects that shed light on social issues.

And if music is more of your thing, Greensboro will give you access to the symphony, opera, and ballet performances. 

And that my friends are the best reasons to move to and avoid Greensboro, North Carolina. 

I hear doing so can help the price of gas go down. Don’t think about that too much just go ahead and do it. 

Until next time!

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