Not everyone is cut out for city life. Some people would prefer to live in the cities and towns that surround Greensboro.
So the question arises, do the suburbs maintain a semblance of the larger-than-life appeal of their more famous neighbor?
Today, we’ll use science and data to determine which Greensboro ‘burbs need a little tender loving care – the sore thumbs of the Greensboro area if you will. Realistically, you can’t expect all the suburbs to live up to Greensboro proper, although Oak Ridge certainly tries.
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…
We examined the 27 biggest suburbs of Greensboro to find out the worst places to live. And while you won’t necessarily find them on the worst places to live in North Carolina lists, these ten places are a little too far downwind of Greensboro in terms of quality of life.
Here are the 10 worst suburbs around Greensboro for 2018:
- Thomasville (Photos)
- Reidsville (Photos)
- Haw River (Photos)
Read on to see how we determined the places around Greensboro that need a pick-me-up. And remember, don’t blame the messenger.
And remember, there are some good places to live around Greensboro too.
Editor’s Note: If you see a slight difference between the worst in state rankings and this suburb ranking, it’s because of the methodology. We needed a way to include more places, so we eliminated crime and commute times as criteria for this analysis.
Determining The Worst Suburbs Around Greensboro for 2018
To figure out how bad a place is to live in, we only needed to know what kinds of things people like and then decide what cities have the least amount of those things.
We threw a lot of criteria at this one in order to get the best, most complete results possible. Using the most recent American Community Survey data, this is the criteria we used:
- High unemployment rate
- Low median household incomes
- Low population density (no things to do)
- Low home values
- A lot of high school drop outs
- High poverty
- High rate of uninsured families
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 27 suburbs to evaluate around Greensboro.
We ranked each place with scores from 1 to 27 in each category, where 1 was the ‘worst’.
Next, we averaged the rankings for each place to create a quality of life index.
And finally, we crowned the city with the worst quality of life index the ‘Worst Suburb near Greensboro.’ We’re lookin’ at you, Eden.
Read on below to learn more about what it’s like to live in the worst of the worst. Or skip to the end to see the list of all the suburbs ranked from worst to best.
Population: 15,434Unemployment Rate: 13.8%
Median Home Price: $82,300
Median Income: $28,908
We’ll get the ball rolling with Eden, the absolute worst place to live around Greensboro according to the data.
And in the world of worst rankings, Eden beat the competition pretty handily thanks to scoring in the bottom 15% in three major categories. Income is the 2nd worst in the Greensboro area, and to make matters worse, the city ranks 1st worst when it comes to home values.
But hey, at least it’s cheap to live there. But there’s a reason for that… it’s Eden.
You won’t feel bad about not having a great income for the area, there aren’t a bunch of places to spend your money anyway.
Population: 2,685 Unemployment Rate: 10.2%
Median Home Price: $108,600
Median Income: $33,529
Welcome to Liberty. Home to KMart, Big Lots, and a lot of gas stations.
This city is 22.0 miles to Greensboro. Income levels here are the 5th lowest in the metro area, where families bring in about $33,529 a year, which doesn’t go a long ways even on a shoestring budget.
But on the bright side, there are a lot of fast food joints in the area.
Population: 2,760 Unemployment Rate: 12.2%
Median Home Price: $87,900
Median Income: $26,667
Back up the highway we go for the third worst Greensboro suburb you can live in. You might have expected to see Mayodan on here. While the cost of living is low, your entertainment and work options are limited. And that’s an understatement.
In terms of numbers, it’s in the worst 15% for insurance, and the adult high school drop out rate is poor compared to other Greensboro suburbs.
But at least there are nice parks to bring the kids during the day.
Population: 2,259 Unemployment Rate: 11.0%
Median Home Price: $105,200
Median Income: $31,535
If you live in Madison, most likely you struggle to make ends meet every month. It ranks as the 3rd lowest Greensboro suburb when it comes to residents making money.
Not only that, but this is the 5th worst unemployed suburb you can live in if you choose to live near Greensboro. Remember, we looked at 27 cities for this study.
Madison is about 22.2 miles to downtown.
Population: 25,978 Unemployment Rate: 9.5%
Median Home Price: $111,400
Median Income: $34,100
Asheboro has the distinction of being a Greensboro suburb. Which means that’s about all it has going for it.
All snarkiness aside, Asheboro has the 8th lowest home values in the metro Greensboro area, where the median price is $111,400. To put that into perspective, in Oak Ridge, the median income is $109,509, which is the best in the area.
Asheboro has an unemployment rate of 9.5% which ranks 9th worst.
Population: 14,506 Unemployment Rate: 7.4%
Median Home Price: $128,600
Median Income: $32,020
Graham has 14,506 residents that probably know it’s a pretty crummy place to live when you look at the data. (Or, if you’ve ever been there, you don’t need to look at the data.)
Incomes are towards the bottom and the poverty rate sits at 27.8%.
Population: 27,178Unemployment Rate: 13.2%
Median Home Price: $109,900
Median Income: $36,796
Ah, Thomasville. You rank as the 7th worst place to live around Greensboro.
It’s the place with the 2nd most out of work residents in the Greensboro metro area (13.2%).
Population: 14,107Unemployment Rate: 9.8%
Median Home Price: $102,200
Median Income: $35,599
Reidsville is a city about 18.9 miles from Greensboro, but Greensboro probably wishes it was further away. It ranks as the 8th worst burb for 2018.
You’d be hard pressed to find a worse place to live. Reidsville has the 15th most uninsured people, 7th worst incomes, and has the 8th highest unemployment rate (9.8%) in the entire Greensboro metro area.
Homes only cost $102,200 for a reason. That’s cheap for Greensboro standards.
Population: 52,570Unemployment Rate: 8.0%
Median Home Price: $124,400
Median Income: $37,862
If you absolutely have to live near Greensboro, then Burlington might be a place for you to consider as it’s only the 9th worst Greensboro suburb.
About 8.0% of residents are out of work.
10. Haw River
Population: 2,634Unemployment Rate: 3.3%
Median Home Price: $98,100
Median Income: $42,917
Rounding out the ten worst Greensboro suburbs to call home is Haw River.
Located 26.0 miles outside the city, Haw Rivers is a real pit when you look at the data. Its residents have the 25th highest unemployment rate (3.3%), and poverty is far above the area average.
The areas around Greensboro where the dream is more of a nightmare for 2018
Well there you have it — the worst of the ‘burbs surrounding Greensboro with Eden casting itself ahead of the pack.
As we mentioned earlier, the suburbs around Greensboro aren’t all bad. Oak Ridge takes the cake as the best place to live around Greensboro.
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