Greensboro is located in the Piedmont region of North Carolina. Greensboro is the third largest city in North Carolina with about 269,666 people currently residing there. It is the largest city in Guilford County. The area is approximately 132.19 square miles. Greensboro is located at the intersection of I-85 and I-40, two major interstate highways. Greensboro is part of the Triad which includes the cities of High Point and Winston-Salem as well. The Piedmont Triad International Airport is located in Greensboro and also serves High Point and Winston-Salem.
Greensboro was named after Major General Nathanael Greene, the commander of the American forces at the Battle of Guilford Court House. Greensboro was the first city in the Southeast to desegregate their all white public school system on September 3, 1957. In February 1st, 1960, the Greensboro Sit-Ins were launched. Students organized peaceful protests at the Woolworth’s lunch counter with more than five hundred participants. On July 25th, the company agreed to integrate its service policy and began serving whites and blacks at the same time. Because of these historic events, Greensboro is home to the International Civil Rights Center and Museum and the Greensboro Historic Museum.
The climate of Greensboro is pleasant with an average high of sixty eight degrees and an average low of forty seven. Greensboro has many private and public education institutions, the most popular being the University of North Carolina Greensboro which currently has almost twenty thousand students. Traveling to Greensboro can be easy with all the hotels and restaurants available. Downtown Greensboro is the largest commercial district in the region and is a perfect place to shop and dine. It is known for its antique shops and art galleries. Downtown Greensboro is a mix of shops, museums, restaurants, offices and parks. Greensboro has numerous children’s attractions such as the Children’s Museum, The Ice House, Bog Garden, and the Wet ‘N Wild Emerald Pointe Water Park.
Submitted by student authors, Katie Camilleri and Sarah Christian