Greensboro, North Carolina Population 2020

298,902
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Greensboro is a city located in North Carolina. With a 2020 population of 298,902, it is the 3rd largest city in North Carolina (after Charlotte and Raleigh) and the 66th largest city in the United States. Greensboro is currently growing at a rate of 0.74% annually and its population has increased by 10.84% since the most recent census, which recorded a population of 269,666 in 2010. Spanning over 134 miles, Greensboro has a population density of 2,316 people per square mile.

The average household income in Greensboro is $71,453 with a poverty rate of 18.48%. The median rental costs in recent years comes to $877 per month, and the median house value is $156,300. The median age in Greensboro is 35.1 years, 33.9 years for males, and 36 years for females. For every 100 females there are 87.1 males.

This exciting city is known for the arts and its many events and attractions that lure residents and visitors alike.

Greensboro Population Statistics

Almost half of the residents in the city have a religious affiliation. The primary religion is Christianity. However, there are also followers of Islam, Judaism, and Eastern religions that reside in Greensboro.

The largest employers in the city include Guilford County Public Schools, which employs over 10,000 people, Coen Health, the City of Greensboro, the United States Postal Service and Guilford County.

Greensboro Population Growth

Greensboro has seen substantial growth since it was founded. Its population between 1870 and 1880 grew over 323%. The city has seen multiple periods where its population more than doubled in just ten years. While growth has slowed slightly from its earliest years, it continues to proliferate. Most recently, it went up by over 20% between the census taken in 2000 and the poll taken in 2010. Since the last count, the population has grown by 6.4%. Based on this data, it won’t be long before Greensboro has a population exceeding 300,000 residents.

Greensboro was established in 1808 and was named after General Nathanael Greene. By 1821, the city had a population of 369 people. Substantial growth was on the horizon, though, as the city was picked by the state government to be a stop for a railroad line. With this rail traffic and expanded market access, the city’s population surged. Greensboro during this time secured its spot as a center for transportation in the Piedmont region.

Greensboro has a long history with the textile industry, and remains a center for this industry to this day. It is home to many brands including Galey & Lord and VF Corporation, which is the company behind popular brand names including Nautica and the North Face. It was through the cotton trade and merchandising that Greensboro generated much wealth during its early history, resulting in the construction of villas, plantation houses, and estates.

Following the Civil War, textile mills were restored and continued to expand. As the center of the textile industry in the southern United States, the city continued to build wealth and with it, develop buildings including courthouses and churches. This expansion continued into the 20th century, and more companies made their way over to Greensboro. This includes Carolina Steel Corporation and Vicks Chemical Co. More people continued to move to Greensboro, even during the Great Depression, primarily because of its education, parks and employment opportunities. The city did, however, face dark times during the Civil Rights Movement, like many other southern cities. This included the Greensboro Massacre.

Today, Greensboro continues to be a thriving city. Investments have been made to revitalize the downtown area, while the Southside neighborhood has been redeveloped into an award-winning community. There are many nightclubs, restaurants, retail shops, parks, and attractions, as well as multiple institutes of higher learning that provide educational opportunities for residents.

Greensboro Demographics

According to the most recent ACS, the racial composition of Greensboro was:

  • White: 47.25%
  • Black or African American: 41.40%
  • Asian: 4.98%
  • Two or more races: 3.05%
  • Other race: 2.73%
  • Native American: 0.49%
  • Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander: 0.09%
The current population of Greensboro, North Carolina is 298,902, based on our projections of the latest US Census estimates. The US Census estimates the 2018 population at 294,518.The last official US Census in 2010 recorded the population at 269,666.

Greensboro, North Carolina Population 2020

2019 and 2020 population is estimated by projecting the raw 2018 numbers.

Year Total Population Growth Annual Growth Rate
2020777,2295,3780.69%
2019771,8515,3780.70%
2018766,4734,4020.57%
2017762,0713,4360.45%
2016758,6357,3500.97%
2015751,2854,7880.64%
2014746,4975,8930.79%
2013740,6045,1290.69%
2012735,4755,3800.73%
2011730,0954,8310.66%
2010725,2640.00%

Greensboro Metro Area Population by Year

Population by Race

Race Population Percentage
White137,65047.25%
Black or African American120,61041.40%
Asian14,5164.98%
Two or More Races8,8783.05%
Some Other Race7,9522.73%
American Indian and Alaska Native1,4360.49%
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander2610.09%
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Greensboro Population by Race

Greensboro Population Pyramid 2020

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Greensboro Median Age

35.1


Total

33.9


Male

36


Female

Greensboro Adults

There are 227,814 adults, (39,907 of whom are seniors) in Greensboro.

Greensboro Age Dependency

55

Age Dependency Ratio

21.2

Old Age Dependency Ratio

33.8

Child Dependency Ratio

Greensboro Sex Ratio

Female

155,731

53.46%

Male

135,572

46.54%

Greensboro Population by Age

Greensboro Renter vs Owner Occupied by Household Type

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Greensboro Household Types

Type Owner Renter
Married72.9%27.1%
All50.3%49.7%
Non Family38.5%61.5%
Male36.8%63.2%
Female34.3%65.7%

50.3%

Rate of Home Ownership

Greensboro Households and Families

Type Count Average Size Owned
All116,3092.3750.3
Non Family49,2791.2938.5
Married42,3763.1372.9
Female19,6023.2234.3
Male5,0523.2936.8

3.08

Average Family Size

2.37

Average Household Size

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Greensboro Households by Type

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Education Attained Count Percentage
Less Than 9th Grade6,8723.60%
9th to 12th Grade12,6436.63%
High School Graduate41,01621.51%
Some College41,33321.67%
Associates Degree15,9838.38%
Bachelors Degree45,87824.06%
Graduate Degree26,97514.15%
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Greensboro Educational Attainment by Sex (over 25)

Greensboro Educational Attainment by Race

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Name Total High School Bachelors
White93,16088,94147,779
Black72,76364,37917,846
Hispanic11,3357,2762,064
Asian9,2536,9583,879
Other Race3,9062,248540
Multiple Races3,1862,9441,081
Native American1,018777153
Islander1204926

The highest rate of high school graduation is among white people with a rate of 95.47%.

The highest rate of bachelors degrees is among white people with a rate of 51.29%.

Greensboro Educational Attainment by Race

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Name Average Male Female
Overall$35,126$39,362$31,305
Less Than High School$22,484$25,524$17,993
High School Grad$26,895$30,517$24,463
Some College$30,608$35,917$26,506
Bachelors Degree$43,569$54,180$39,511
Graduate Degree$56,907$71,442$50,688

$35,126

Average Earnings

$39,362

Average Male

$31,305

Average Female

Greensboro Earnings by Educational Attainment

Greensboro Language by Age

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Greensboro Language

86.01% of Greensboro residents speak only English, while 13.99% speak other languages. The non-English language spoken by the largest group is Spanish, which is spoken by 6.12% of the population.

Greensboro Language

Greensboro Poverty by Race

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Name Total In Poverty Poverty Rate
Black112,79829,29625.97%
White119,08911,4589.62%
Hispanic22,2156,49129.22%
Other7,7002,34630.47%
Multiple8,5362,15825.28%
Asian14,3571,90413.26%
Native1,42347633.45%
Islander25722185.99%

18.48%

Overall Poverty Rate

16.74%

Male Poverty Rate

20.01%

Female Poverty Rate

Poverty in Greensboro

The race most likely to be in poverty in Greensboro is Islander, with 85.99% below the poverty level.

The race least likely to be in poverty in Greensboro is White, with 9.62% below the poverty level.

The poverty rate among those that worked full-time for the past 12 months was 3.57%. Among those working part-time, it was 24.58%, and for those that did not work, the poverty rate was 27.05%.

Greensboro Poverty

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Name Poverty
Less Than High School32.14%
High School18.63%
Some College14.94%
Bachelors or Greater5.25%

Greensboro Poverty Rate by Education

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Name Poverty
Female Unemployed48.86%
Male Unemployed34.16%
Female Employed11.63%
Male Employed7.39%

Greensboro Poverty Rate by Employment Status and Sex

Greensboro Income by Household Type

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Name Median Mean
Households$48,964$71,453
Families$62,006$87,121
Married Families$84,454$112,457
Non Families$34,573$47,977
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Income by Household Type

Greensboro Marital Status

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Marriage Rates

38.4%

Overall Marriage Rate

43.3%

Male Marriage Rate

34.4%

Female Marriage Rate

Greensboro Married by Age and Sex

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Greensboro Marriage

The age group where males are most likely to be married is Over 65, while the female age group most likely to be married is 45-54.

Greensboro Marital Status by Race

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Greensboro Marital Status

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14,130

Number of Veterans

12,694

Male Veterans

1,436

Female Veterans

War Veterans
Vietnam4,486
First Gulf War3,013
Second Gulf War2,898
Korea962
World War II438

Greensboro Veterans by War

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Age Group Veterans
35 to 543,803
65 to 743,133
75+2,903
55 to 642,789
18 to 341,502

Greensboro Veterans by Age

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Name Veterans % of Total
White7,7286.74%
Black5,7396.27%
Hispanic4353.10%
2 or More3157.13%
Asian1471.35%
Other991.98%
Indian928.38%
Hawaiian108.06%

Greensboro Veterans by Race

Greensboro Veterans by Education

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10.79%

Veteran Poverty Rate

24.47%

Veteran Disability Rate

Greensboro Veterans by Education

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64.3%

Labor Force Participation

60.4%

Employment Rate

6.1%

Unemployment Rate

Greensboro Employment by Age

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Greensboro Employment by Race

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Greensboro Employment by Education

Origin of Non-Citizens

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Non citizens include legal permanent residents (green card holders), international students, temporary workers, humanitarian migrants, and illegal immigrants.

Origin of Naturalized Citizens

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55.18%

Born in North Carolina

88.94%

Native Born

11.06%

Foreign Born

6.08%

Non Citizen

4.98%

Naturalized

Place of Birth

88.94% of Greensboro residents were born in the United States, with 55.18% having been born in North Carolina. 6.08% of residents are not US citizens. Of those not born in the United States, the largest percentage are from Asia.

Greensboro Place of Birth

Year Population Growth Annual Growth Rate
2020298,9022,1920.74%
2019296,7102,1920.74%
2018294,5182,9811.02%
2017291,5372,3550.81%
2016289,1824,5721.61%
2015284,6102,3490.83%
2014282,2613,0171.08%
2013279,2443,2031.16%
2012276,0413,6111.33%
2011272,4302,8321.05%
2010269,59845,7071.88%
2000223,89140,3702.01%
1990183,52127,8791.66%
1980155,64211,5660.78%
1970144,07624,5021.88%
1960119,57445,1854.86%
195074,38915,0702.29%
194059,3195,7501.02%
193053,56933,70810.43%
192019,8613,9662.25%
191015,8955,8604.71%
190010,0356,71811.71%
18903,3171,2174.68%
18802,1001,60015.43%
18705000.00%

Greensboro Population by Year