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Best Cities 2010: Greensboro, NC

City: Greensboro

State: North Carolina

Best Cities Overall Rank: 59

About Greensboro:

Greensboro is home to more than 20 public golf courses and the prestigious Wyndham Championship golf tournament.

Greensboro has a manageable 14-to-1 student-teacher ratio.

County: Guilford

Population: 250,642

Official website for city visitors' bureau/city: Visitors' bureau website 

Newspaper with the largest circulation: Greensboro News & Record 

Greensboro blogs:

The Chalkboard

Bargain Blog

Let's See Action

Greensboro's Facebook page: Follow Greensboro on Facebook 

Greensboro's Twitter page: Follow Greensboro on Twitter 

 

Education rank: 67

High School graduation rate 2008: 79.7%

Blue Ribbon Schools, 2003-2009: 1

Blue Ribbon Schools per 100,000 people: 0.39

NEAYC-accredited preschools: 4

NAEYC schools per 100,000 people: 1.59

NAEP State proficiency reading, grade 8: 260

Pupil/Teacher Ratio: 14.4

Total Expenditures Per Student: $10,537

 

Health rank: 79

Quality children's hospitals: 0

Hospitals per 100,000 people: 0

Quality Pediatricians: 0

Quality Pediatricians per 100,000: 0

Average number of Unhealthy Air Quality days between 2006-2008, by county: 0.66

 

Safety rank: 51

Violent Crimes, 2008: 2157

Violent Crime Rate per 100,000: 860.59

Sex Offenders: 342

Sex Offenders per 100,000: 136.45

 

Economy rank: 71           

Travel time to work, 2006-2008, in minutes: 19.5             

Percent of labor force unemployed, January 2010: 12.30           

Best Performing Cities Job Index: 1217.22

Median Home Sale Price: 118000                         

5-Year Home Value Index: 1.19%                         

Percent of homes sold for a loss: 28.19%           

 

Recreation Rank: 19

Parkland acreage, 2008 (includes pools and playgrounds): 5,927           

Parkland per 100,000: 2,364.72

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