Interesting Facts about Greensboro, NC

A trip to North Carolina would be incomplete without visiting Greensboro. The city’s rich history dates back to its humble foundation that took place in 1808. After more than 200 years ago, the 3rd largest town in the state boasts a modern, metropolitan look and acts as a business hub for many startups and entrepreneurs. Here are a few interesting facts about Greensboro, NC that will come in handy when you visit the town:

Early history

When the Europeans first came to today’s Greensboro, NC, the place was inhabited by a Siouan-speaking people called Saura. The settlers bought the land from the Native Americans for just $98 and branded the town as Greensborough, a name that it would hold until 1895.

Population boost

Greensboro is the 3rd most populous city in North Carolina and number 68 in the same hierarchy at a national level. With the backing of a booming economy the local population numbers almost 270,000 people according to the last census data from 2010.

Perfect location

Among all the cities in North Carolina, Greensboro has the best position for commercial business. It is located between the state’s Blue Ridge to the East and the Great Smoky Mountains to the West. Its position in and around the Piedmont hills is at the juncture of three main interstate highways (40, 73 and 85).

Greensboro is big on sports

The people of Greensboro, NC are crazy about sports, so much that the city’s nickname is “Tournament Town.” The metropolis is home of many sports teams from various disciplines, including the NBA G League Greensboro Swarm, the Greensboro Grasshoppers that play in the South Atlantic Baseball League, and the Carolina Dynamo who participate in the Premier Development Soccer League.

Birthplace of Vicks VapoRub

The town of Greensboro in North Carolina is where one of the most famous topical ointments first hit the shelves. Back in 1905, a local man by the name of Lunsford Richardson invented the pharmaceutical cream that treats chest pain and minor aches. Nowadays, the product enjoys international success and people all over the world use it regularly.

Greensboro’s peculiar restaurant law

All restaurants in Greensboro are required by law to attach a sign or a billboard of their current menu outside the establishment. The weirdness of this law regards the sign’s placement, which must be visible from the sidewalk, but not from the street. So, if you are looking for a nice place to eat in Greensboro, NC, you will need to get out of your car and walk up and down the pavement until you find a menu that suits your taste and your budget.

Famous people living in Greensboro, NC

Greensboro is the birthplace of the former First Lady and wife of President James Madison Dolley Madison, the American jazz guitarist Tal Farlow, and the billionaire investor Ronald Perelman. Today, among its most notable residents we find Emmy award-winning writer Rex M. Best, American Idol alumni Chris Daughtry and Fantasia Barrino, and author Nicholas Sparks.