The 10 Worst Greensboro Suburbs

The worst Greensboro suburbs are Mayodan and Reidsville based on Saturday Night Science. Find out where your town ranks.

More and more people would prefer to live in the cities and towns that surround Greensboro to avoid all the hustle and bustle.

So the question arises: what suburbs of Greensboro are the worst?

Today, we’ll use Saturday Night Science to determine which Greensboro ‘burbs need a little tender loving care – the sore thumbs of the Greensboro area if you will. Realistically, you can only expect some of the suburbs to live up to Greensboro proper, although Gibsonville certainly tries.

We examined the 30 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.

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The 10 worst suburbs around Greensboro for 2024

  1. Mayodan
  2. Reidsville
  3. Liberty
  4. Green Level
  5. Asheboro
  6. Eden
  7. Thomasville
  8. Madison
  9. Haw River
  10. Wentworth

Now don’t freak out.

What’s the worst suburb of Greensboro? Mayodan ranks as the worst suburb of Greensboro for 2024 based on the most recent Census and FBI data.

Or, if you’re thinking of moving to elsewhere in North Carolina check out the best places in North Carolina overall or the worst.

And remember, there are some good places to live around Greensboro too.

The 10 Worst Greensboro Suburbs To Live For 2024

1. Mayodan

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Population: 2,438
Median Income: $40,458 (2nd lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 11.2% (2nd highest)
Median Home Value: $148,549 (2nd lowest)
More on Mayodan: Crime

We’ll get the ball rolling with Mayodan, the absolute worst place to live around Greensboro according to the data.

And in the world of worst rankings, Mayodan 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 2nd 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 Mayodan.

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.

Reidsville, NC

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Population: 14,526
Median Income: $35,061 (lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 10.1% (4th highest)
Median Home Value: $188,591 (5th lowest)
More on Reidsville: Data | Crime | Cost Of Living

Welcome to Reidsville. Home to KMart, Big Lots, and a lot of gas stations.

This city is 18.9 miles to Greensboro. Income levels here are the lowest in the metro area, where families bring in about $35,061 a year, which only goes so far even on a shoestring budget.

But on the bright side, there are a lot of fast food joints in the area.

3. Liberty

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Population: 2,666
Median Income: $48,672 (8th lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 10.2% (3rd highest)
Median Home Value: $250,780 (17th lowest)
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Back up the highway we go for the third worst Greensboro suburb you can live in. You might have expected to see Liberty 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 dropout rate is poor compared to other Greensboro suburbs.

But at least there are lovely parks to bring the kids during the day.

4. Green Level

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Population: 3,111
Median Income: $42,695 (4th lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 3.1% (23rd highest)
Median Home Value: $166,502 (3rd lowest)
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If you live in Green Level, most likely you struggle to make ends meet every month. It ranks as the 4th lowest Greensboro suburb for median household incomes.

Not only that, but this is the 23rd worst unemployed suburb you can live in if you choose to live near Greensboro. Remember, we looked at 30 cities for this study.

Green Level is about 26.8 miles to downtown.

Asheboro, NC

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Population: 27,117
Median Income: $44,405 (6th lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 5.5% (13th highest)
Median Home Value: $229,584 (12th lowest)
More on Asheboro: Data | Crime | Cost Of Living

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 12th lowest home values in the metro Greensboro area, where the median price is $229,584. The median income is $148,182.

Asheboro has an unemployment rate of 5.47% which ranks 13th worst.

Eden, NC

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Population: 15,349
Median Income: $43,607 (5th lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 6.0% (10th highest)
Median Home Value: $135,635 (lowest)
More on Eden: Data | Crime | Cost Of Living

Eden has 15,349 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 22.166621585068974%.

Thomasville, NC

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Population: 27,130
Median Income: $48,457 (7th lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 5.2% (15th highest)
Median Home Value: $214,034 (9th lowest)
More on Thomasville: Data | Crime | Cost Of Living

Ah, Thomasville. You rank as the 7th worst place to live around Greensboro.

It’s the place with the 15th most out of work residents in the Greensboro metro area (5.16%).

8. Madison

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Population: 2,185
Median Income: $51,150 (9th lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 7.6% (7th highest)
Median Home Value: $198,186 (6th lowest)
More on Madison: Crime

Madison is a city about 22.2 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. Madison has the 8th most uninsured people, 9th worst incomes, and has the 7th highest unemployment rate (7.6%) in the entire Greensboro metro area.

Homes only cost $198,186 for a reason. That’s cheap for Greensboro standards.

9. Haw River

Haw River, NC

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Population: 2,894
Median Income: $57,404 (15th lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 4.4% (16th highest)
Median Home Value: $209,057 (8th lowest)
More on Haw River: Crime

If you absolutely have to live near Greensboro, then Haw River might be a place for you to consider as it’s only the 9th worst Greensboro suburb.

About 4.39% of residents are out of work.

10. Wentworth

Wentworth, NC

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Population: 2,664
Median Income: $71,806 (2lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 5.2% (14th highest)
Median Home Value: $225,337 (11th lowest)
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Rounding out the ten worst Greensboro suburbs to call home is Wentworth.

Located 21.4 miles outside the city, Wentworths is a real pit when you look at the data. Its residents have the 14th highest unemployment rate (5.2%), and poverty is far above the area average.

Methodology: Determining The Worst Suburbs Around Greensboro for 2024

To figure out how bad a Greensboro suburb is to live in, we used Saturday Night Science to identify the kinds of things people like and then decide what suburbs have the least amount of those things.

Using the most recent American Community Survey data from 2018-2022, 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 dropouts
  • High poverty
  • High rate of uninsured families

We defined a suburb as any town within 30 miles of Greensboro.

We also limited the analysis to places with over 2,000 people. This left us with a grand total of 30 suburbs to evaluate around Greensboro.

We ranked each place with scores from 1 to 30 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 looking at you, Mayodan.

We updated this article for 2024, which reflects our tenth time ranking the worst suburbs around Greensboro.

Summary: The areas around Greensboro where the dream is more of a nightmare for 2024

Well there you have it — the worst of the ‘burbs surrounding Greensboro with Mayodan casting itself ahead of the pack.

The worst suburbs of Greensboro are .

As we mentioned earlier, the suburbs around Greensboro aren’t all bad. Gibsonville takes the cake as the best place to live around Greensboro.

  • Gibsonville
  • Stokesdale
  • Oak Ridge

For more North Carolina reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Worst Greensboro Suburbs

Rank City Population Median Income Median Home Values
1 Mayodan 2,438 $40,458 $148,549
2 Reidsville 14,526 $35,061 $188,591
3 Liberty 2,666 $48,672 $250,780
4 Green Level 3,111 $42,695 $166,502
5 Asheboro 27,117 $44,405 $229,584
6 Eden 15,349 $43,607 $135,635
7 Thomasville 27,130 $48,457 $214,034
8 Madison 2,185 $51,150 $198,186
9 Haw River 2,894 $57,404 $209,057
10 Wentworth 2,664 $71,806 $225,337
11 Graham 17,136 $51,482 $259,204
12 Burlington 56,951 $52,963 $223,842
13 Winston-Salem 249,571 $54,416 $241,673
14 Jamestown 15,850 $53,389 $184,873
15 High Point 114,120 $58,582 $229,659
16 Randleman 4,573 $63,040 $246,521
17 Walnut Cove 2,028 $42,398 $204,063
18 Trinity 7,012 $70,368 $268,416
19 Rural Hall 3,376 $56,037 $258,003
20 Wallburg 3,081 $80,592 $300,004
21 Midway 4,773 $72,574 $277,641
22 Archdale 11,873 $63,627 $233,051
23 Kernersville 27,177 $66,151 $302,017
24 Elon 11,161 $73,597 $322,868
25 Swepsonville 2,464 $84,737 $335,184
26 Pleasant Garden 4,987 $84,395 $282,693
27 Summerfield 10,986 $148,182 $467,749
28 Oak Ridge 7,637 $146,131 $514,942
29 Stokesdale 5,900 $118,159 $349,634
30 Gibsonville 8,827 $98,558 $278,388
About Nick Johnson

Nick Johnson earned his masters in Business Administration from the Drucker School At Claremont Graduate University. He has written for 39 publications across the country and ran the media relations department at Movoto, a real estate portal based in San Francisco. He has been featured in over 500 publications as an expert in real estate and as an authority on real estate trends.

Nick's the creator of the HomeSnacks YouTube channel that now has over 260,000 subscribers and is an excellent source to learn about different parts of the country.

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