Best Greensboro Suburbs To Live For 2020

We analyzed over 27 places around Greensboro to identify the most in demand places to live.

Editor’s Note: Data has been updated for 2020. This is our sixth time ranking the best Greensboro suburbs.

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Big city living isn't for everyone--but at the same time, urban areas certainly have their perks.

There's the culture, the food, the arts, the food, the energy, and you know, the food. But there are drawbacks. There's traffic, expensive parking, expensive housing--pretty much, expensive everything, depending on which big city you're looking at.

But that's where the suburbs come in--they have all of the benefits of being near big cities, without actually having to be big cities.

Of course, not all suburbs of Greensboro are created equally, which is precisely why we set out to find the best ones. So without further ado...

What's the best suburb of Greensboro? Oak Ridge ranks as the best suburb of Greensboro for 2020 based on the most recent Census and FBI data. If you happen to be a resident of Oak Ridge, you're probably not too surprised to find it on the top our list.

We'll tell you what makes each of these 10 Greensboro 'burbs better than the rest--but first, a bit about our methodology.

Note: This result may differ from our state wide data as we did not include commute times and crime for this analysis to allow for a larger selection of suburbs.
Or feel free to check out some more reading about North Carolina:

The 10 Best Greensboro Suburbs To Live For 2020

Oak Ridge, NC

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Population: 6,829
Rank Last Year: 1 (No Change)
Median Income: $124,342
Unemployment Rate: 2.4%
Poverty Rate: 3.5%
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Oak Ridge is always mentioned as one of the best suburbs in the Greensboro area. We'll tell you the good about "Awesome Oak Ridge."

Everyone here is rich; families average $124,342 a year, which is the 1st highest in the Greensboro region. And only 2.43% are out of work. Homes average more than $342,700 each.

Summerfield, NC

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Population: 11,044
Rank Last Year: 2 (No Change)
Median Income: $104,883
Unemployment Rate: 3.3%
Poverty Rate: 3.8%
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Summerfield is the second best 'burb we looked at near Greensboro for 2020.

It ranks 2nd for incomes in the area and only 2.04% of residents lack insurance, good for 1st best.

Elon, NC

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Population: 11,008
Rank Last Year: 3 (No Change)
Median Income: $59,962
Unemployment Rate: 3.6%
Poverty Rate: 20.1%
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Here in Elon, it's really safe, and residents are just about as rich as you'll see in the Greensboro metro area.

The bad side? Schools are more crowded, and the cost of living puts a large part of the city out of reach for most families.

But price is based on demand and a lot of people want to live in Elon.

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Population: 3,029
Rank Last Year: 6 (Up 2)
Median Income: $61,815
Unemployment Rate: 4.9%
Poverty Rate: 8.4%
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Wallburg ranks as the 4th best suburb of Greensboro for 2020.

You won't find many better places to raise your kids in the region than in Wallburg and the schools are some of the best around.

Gibsonville, NC

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Population: 7,024
Rank Last Year: 7 (Up 2)
Median Income: $61,311
Unemployment Rate: 5.4%
Poverty Rate: 10.7%
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Coming in as the fifth best is Gibsonville.

Gibsonville gets kudos for having the 6th most expensive homes in the Greensboro area, where houses sell for an average of $168,200. However, the cost of living here is among the highest in the area.

Pleasant Garden, NC

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Population: 4,814
Rank Last Year: 9 (Up 3)
Median Income: $61,445
Unemployment Rate: 3.9%
Poverty Rate: 8.3%
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Pleasant Garden is proud of its 6th place finish on this list. And here's why.

Most residents have great jobs and the unemployment rate sits at 3.88% which is 8th best in the area.

According to online reports, Pleasant Garden is quickly becoming one of the more affluent suburbs in the Greensboro area, meaning you need to get in soon.

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Population: 5,367
Rank Last Year: 5 (Down 2)
Median Income: $76,436
Unemployment Rate: 5.1%
Poverty Rate: 7.6%
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The 7th best suburb on our list goes to Stokesdale.

Stokesdale schools are some of the best in the region, and crime is really low. The cost of living makes it a lot more desirable for many families, especially first-time home buyers.

And, it's only 12.4 miles to downtown, which is a good thing.

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Population: 15,368
Rank Last Year: 4 (Down 4)
Median Income: $53,310
Unemployment Rate: 3.2%
Poverty Rate: 14.1%
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Jamestown is growing quickly, and for a good reason. Crime is far below average, and most residents are gainfully employed. Even the cost of living is reasonable.

A solid 7.23% of people lack insurance, good for 8th in the area.

Kernersville, NC

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Population: 24,088
Rank Last Year: 8 (Down 1)
Median Income: $49,407
Unemployment Rate: 4.1%
Poverty Rate: 14.2%
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It placed 9th on our list thanks to the fact that it's really expensive to live here, but the schools are great, so you get what you pay for in that regard.

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Population: 11,538
Rank Last Year: 11 (Up 1)
Median Income: $52,117
Unemployment Rate: 5.6%
Poverty Rate: 10.4%
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And rounding out the top ten for 2020 is Archdale.

This city is far above average in every category, and the best part? It's far more affordable than the other cities listed above. So, you get a big bang for your buck here.

How We Determined The Best Suburbs Around Greensboro for 2020

Figuring out the best suburbs around Greensboro was pretty simple; we just needed to list several things that people like, and then find out which cities have the most of those things.

We threw a lot of criteria at this one in order to get the best, most complete results possible:

  • Low unemployment rate
  • High Median household incomes
  • Population density (lots of things to do)
  • High home values
  • A lot of college educated people
  • Low poverty
  • High rate of insured families

Then we used the newest American Community Survey data for 2014-2018 to research each suburb.

FYI: We defined a suburb as being within 30 miles of Greensboro.

Additionally, we limited the analysis to places that have over 2,000 people. This left us with a grand total of 28 suburbs to evaluate around Greensboro.

We ranked each place with scores from 1 to 28 in each category, where 1 was the "best.

Next, we averaged the rankings for each place to create a quality of life index.

And finally, we crowned the city with the best quality of life index the "Best Suburb near Greensboro." We're lookin' at you, Oak Ridge. You can download the data here.

Read on below to learn more about what it's like to live in the best of the best. Or skip to the end to see the list of all the suburbs ranked from best to worst.

Welcome to the Best Greensboro 'Burbs of 2020

We said it once and we'll say it again--life in the big city isn't for everyone. At least not all the time.

So if you're hankering for some of the amenities of a larger city like Greensboro, but don't want to deal with the drawbacks, one of these suburbs might just be for you.

For more North Carolina reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Best Greensboro Suburbs

Rank City Population Median Income
1 Oak Ridge, NC 6,829 $124,342
2 Summerfield, NC 11,044 $104,883
3 Elon, NC 11,008 $59,962
4 Wallburg, NC 3,029 $61,815
5 Gibsonville, NC 7,024 $61,311
6 Pleasant Garden, NC 4,814 $61,445
7 Stokesdale, NC 5,367 $76,436
8 Jamestown, NC 15,368 $53,310
9 Kernersville, NC 24,088 $49,407
10 Archdale, NC 11,538 $52,117
11 Midway, NC 4,815 $57,449
12 Randleman, NC 4,111 $42,909
13 Rural Hall, NC 3,137 $49,413
14 Trinity, NC 6,621 $52,255
15 Wentworth, NC 2,724 $53,750
16 High Point, NC 111,035 $45,373
17 Winston-Salem, NC 242,125 $44,311
18 Burlington, NC 52,524 $40,061
19 Haw River, NC 2,516 $36,971
20 Madison, NC 2,463 $43,542
21 Graham, NC 14,670 $35,152
22 Thomasville, NC 26,839 $38,764
23 Asheboro, NC 25,859 $35,609
24 Eden, NC 15,121 $32,764
25 Reidsville, NC 13,909 $32,375
26 Mayodan, NC 2,754 $29,079
27 Green Level, NC 2,153 $31,627
28 Liberty, NC 2,657 $39,665

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About Chris Kolmar

Chris Kolmar has been in the real estate business for almost ten years now. He originally worked for Movoto Real Estate as the director of marketing before founding HomeSnacks.

He believes the key to finding the right place to live comes down to looking at the data, reading about things to do, and, most importantly, checking it out yourself before you move.

If you've been looking for a place to live in the past several years, you've probably stumbled upon his writing already.

You can find out more about him on LinkedIn or his website.