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Best Suburbs of Greensboro

Moving to Greensboro or one of the surrounding areas? There are plenty of great places to live near Greensboro, offering beautiful local parks, excellent education and job opportunities, fun activities, and more. Here are the best suburbs of Greensboro!

Burlington

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  • Home Price: $243,588 average purchase price; $1,395 median monthly rent
  • Crime Rate: Safer than 12% of North Carolina cities
  • Perfect For: Singles, young professionals, families, retirees

Burlington is a large suburb east of Greensboro with a great mix of interesting things to do and access to nature. Beautiful Burlington parks and community spaces like Springwood Park, Fairchild Community Center, and Town and Country Park offer many opportunities for outdoor recreation. You can also get your fill of water sports with kayaking, boating, and rowboat rentals at the Lake Mackintosh Marina. Homebuyers in Burlington can find a variety of housing options, including ranches, Federals, and Craftsman-style homes on large lots—and retirees will appreciate highly-rated independent living options like The Village at Brookwood and Twin Lakes Community. Burlington residents are also close to Cone Health Alamance Regional Medical Center for healthcare, and have easy access to the Greensboro city center via I-40 or US-70!

Things to Do in Burlington

Ride nostalgic Burlington, NC attractions like the Carousel or Miniature Train in Burlington City Park. Walk the paved path through 17 acres of park to observe a wide variety of plant life, or view the park from above in an accessible suspended treehouse at the Burlington Arboretum at Willowbrook Park—operated in partnership with the New Leaf Society. Host a birthday party, play in a tournament, or sign the kids up for camps, clinics, and private basketball lessons at Triple Threat NC Basketball Center. Explore two acres of antiques under one roof for your next vintage find at Granddaddy’s Antique Mall. Sit down for Greek dishes like Authentic Chicken Souvlaki, Fried Calamari, or Spanakopita at Mykonos Grill. Feast on Baked Spaghetti, Cajun Chicken Pasta, or Pasta alla Putanesca at Valerio’s Italian Restaurant. Order Yolandas, Pollo Chipotle, or Mole Ranchero at Greensboro Mexican restaurant La Cocina. Or snack on Pimento Cheese Fritters, the Pub Pretzel, or a Fried Chicken Sandwich at Michelle’s Kitchen & Table, a Burlington, NC restaurant with a daily changing menu.

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Elon

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  • Home Price: $340,941 average purchase price; $1,449 median monthly rent
  • Crime Rate: Safer than 93% of North Carolina cities
  • Perfect For: Students, singles, young professionals, families

Also located to the east, Elon is one of the best suburbs of Greensboro, especially for students and those working in academia. Its innovative namesake college, Elon University, has one of the top-ranked teaching programs in the country and helps make Elon one of the South’s most charming college towns. The small, friendly campus vibe mixed with the surrounding large metropolitan area makes Elon the best of both worlds, providing a combination of quiet, small-town vibes and proximity to big-city amenities. Families can also find educational opportunities for young children at Elon Elementary School. The Elon suburb is full of beautiful ranch-style and Neocolonial homes, and the town’s downtown area is lined with locally owned businesses. And if you ever run out of things to do in Elon, you can head just ten minutes east into Burlington, or 30 minutes down the interstate for great Greensboro attractions!

Things to Do in Elon

Catch the Elon Phoenix (NCAA D-I) at an Elon University football, soccer, or lacrosse game at Rhodes Stadium. Spend hot summer days at the pool, play tennis, or get in a round of pickleball at the indoor and outdoor facilities at Olde Forest Racquet Club. See a large ensemble musical, play, or concert put on by the Elon University performing arts department at McCrary Theatre. Walk the One-Mile Loop Trail, play the nine-hole disc golf course, or plan a picnic at Beth Schmidt Park. Eat at Elon restaurants with signature dishes like the Pad Prik, Thai Basil, or Sweet and Sour at Simply Thai. Try the Skids Cheeseburger, Twin Hot Dog, or Ribeye Sandwich at Skid’s Restaurant of Elon. Pick up a Seas of Cheese or New York State of Mind pizza, or order a Green Heaven calzone at Pandora’s Pies. Or settle in for a nice dinner of Pesto Gnocchi, Carolina Shrimp and Grits, or Caprese Salad at The Mark at Elon—where all the profits go towards student scholarships for Elon University.

High Point

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  • Home Price: $243,694 average purchase price; $1,750 median monthly rent
  • Crime Rate: Safer than 30% of North Carolina cities
  • Perfect For: Students, singles, young professionals, families, retirees

High Point is a great Greensboro suburb located southwest of the city, offering homes in ranch, Colonial, and Neocolonial styles. This area is considered “North Carolina’s International City” since it’s home to over 80 internationally-based companies, providing ample job opportunities. With over 100 furniture stores and outlets, High Point is also known as the “Home Furnishings Capital of the World.” In fact, this Greensboro suburb hosts the High Point Market trade show for home furnishings each year, and is even home to the World’s Largest Chest of Drawers! Residents of High Point can find a variety of educational opportunities for adults at High Point University, while kids can attend Guilford County Schools like Southwest Guilford Elementary School, Florence Elementary School, Southwest Guilford Middle School, and Southwest Guilford High School. And if residents need to commute into Greensboro, it’s just 25 minutes by car, or 20 minutes by train from the High Point Amtrak station.

Things to Do in High Point

Take the kids to explore two floors of fun attractions like the Hall of Mysteries, the Double-Decker Carousel, and Water Works at the Nido & Mariana Qubein Children’s Museum. See permanent exhibits on the town’s history and the Native Americans who first settled the land in the Core Gallery, or check out rotating exhibits like Makers to Manufacturers at the High Point Museum. Walk 6.6 miles of natural trails or see small animal exhibits at the Piedmont Environmental Center. Climb, tackle the obstacle course, jump on trampolines, or take a break at the snack bar at Velocity 360 Fun Zone. Try classic American comfort foods like Country Style Steak, Meatloaf, or a Reuben Sandwich at Spiros Family Restaurant. Sample personal pies like the Pigs on Parade, Vampire Slayer, or Wicked Garden at PiesOn. Pizza Co.—one of many fantastic High Point restaurants in the Stock & Grain Assembly Hall. Create your own pasta dish or order Italian classics like Homemade Lasagna and Farfalle Primavera at Giannos of High Point. Or satisfy your cravings with the Eggplant Parmigiana, Gyro Dinner, and Adana Kebab at Sumela Turkish and Mediterranean.

Jamestown

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  • Home Price: $343,814 average purchase price; $2,050 median monthly rent
  • Crime Rate: Safer than 91% of North Carolina cities
  • Perfect For: Families, retirees

Jamestown is a quaint suburb of Greensboro located just outside the city’s edge and under 20 minutes from the center of Downtown Greensboro. An oasis of green space and beautiful countryside, the Jamestown suburb has a strong sense of community, offering fun local events like Music in the Park where neighbors can gather together. This area also has a historical feel thanks to well-preserved sites like the 19th-century Quaker homestead at Mendenhall Homeplace. Residents can stay active at a number of Jamestown Parks and Recreation facilities at Jamestown Park and the Charles P. Turner Sports Complex, and families with kids will appreciate close proximity to great schools like Jamestown Elementary School and Ragsdale High School. As for housing options, ranch, Federal, and Neocolonial styles are most common in the Jamestown area—and many of these have large yards where kids can play.

Things to Do in Jamestown

Play 18 holes, book a lesson, or schedule your next event in the clubhouse at Jamestown Park Golf Course. Search for your next favorite author on the shelves, or participate in Storytime events, the Summer Reading Program, or the Knit, Crochet, & Stitch Club at Jamestown Public Library. See a show in the amphitheater, chill in a picnic shelter, or attend a yoga session held by the Greensboro YMCA in Wrenn Miller Park. Shop new arrivals in clothing, bags, jewelry, and more at the Guilford + Main. Taste artisan barbecue recipes like Sliced Texas Style Brisket, a Smoke House Hotdog, or the Pork Sandwich at Black Powder Smokehouse. Order menu items like the Black Angus Burger, Cobb Wrap, or Olivia’s Fish Tacos at Southern Roots. “Discover India’s Culinary Treasures” like Saag Panner, Mango Mint Chicken, or Vindaloo at Peppers Indian Grill and Bar. Or stop in for a dinner of Fresh Oysters, The Full Moon, or Voodoo Shrimp at The Full Moon Oyster Bar.

Oak Ridge

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  • Home Price: $549,895 average purchase price; $1,695 median monthly rent
  • Crime Rate: Safer than 88% of North Carolina cities
  • Perfect For: Families, retirees

Oak Ridge is a northwest Greensboro suburb located just outside the city’s edge and bordered by farms and beautiful green spaces like the Cascades Preserve—making it one of the best suburbs in Greensboro for outdoor enthusiasts. The Oak Ridge Mountains-to-Sea Trails Committee has curated a number of outdoor hiking opportunities for locals, including Headwaters Trail, Beaver Trail, and the Mountains-to-Sea Campsite at Oak Ridge Town Park. Residents in Oak Ridge can choose from classic single-family ranch and Federal-style homes with large yards, and families can access great schools in the Guilford County School District like Oak Ridge Elementary School. Plus, if you’re craving some vacation time, Oak Ridge is about 12 minutes away from the Piedmont Triad International Airport!

Things to Do in Oak Ridge

View and purchase handmade pottery wares from a local artist at David Cole Pottery. Play on soccer and softball fields, fish in the catch-and-release pond, or let your pup run in the off-leash dog park in Oak Ridge Town Park. Book a General Aviation, Introductory Flight, and Formula 1 simulation session at The Wright Stuff. Head ten minutes outside of the Oak Ridge suburb for a horse jumping, dressage, or general riding lesson at Steeple Hill Farm. Place your order for the Pizza Pub Special, Bill’s Feast, or the Sweet Heat Pizza at Bill’s Pizza Pub, a family-owned restaurant in Oak Ridge. Satisfy your burger craving with the Joey’s Original or Hawaii Burger, or switch things up with a Crispy Chicken Sandwich at Joey’s Burger Bar. Try Mexican dishes like the Mahi Mahi Tacos, Burrito Pacifico, and Hibachi Rio Style at Rio Grande Kitchen & Cantina. Or chow down on seafood entrees like the Flounder Sesame, Shrimp Scampi, and Southern Fried Catfish at Ridge Shrimp & Oyster.

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