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View Poll Results: Third City of North Carolina--Greensboro or Durham?
Greensboro 42 64.62%
Durham 23 35.38%
Voters: 65. You may not vote on this poll

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I was confused by that bump as well. I do wonder how many people voting in this poll have even been to downtown Durham in the last few years. At least in terms of the downtown scene, downtown Durham is easily more lively than downtown Greensboro.
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I was confused by that bump as well. I do wonder how many people voting in this poll have even been to downtown Durham in the last few years. At least in terms of the downtown scene, downtown Durham is easily more lively than downtown Greensboro.
Guarantee you not many, heck, there are people in Raleigh that don't go to Durham because of years old perceptions versus using their own minds to judge(not too long ago there was thread that said, "I live in Raleigh, what is Durham like?" ......drive 15 minutes down the da** road and see for your self), but DT Durham is definitely more lively than Gboro. Not bashing Greensboro, as I like Greensboro, used to live right by the DT YMCA so I hung out in DT all the time, the whole time I was in College. DT Greensboro is full of potential but just isn't on DT Durham's level.
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Historically, the criteria is typically POPULATION to base a city's ranking.....in this case Greensboro is number 3 in the state, Durham is ranked number 4, and Winston-Salem is a close 5th!
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In terms of economy, cosmopolitanism, transportation infrastructure and name recognition, I would put Greensboro as the #3 city in NC.

In terms of being an actual city (urban core, history, character, neighborhoods, culture, etc.), I would put Winston-Salem in #3. (In fact it can be argued that Winston-Salem has a better urban core and more culture than Raleigh--but the economy and population is where Raleigh clearly comes out ahead). For those who think these factors don't matter, look at South Carolina. Columbia is the largest city and Greenville is the largest metro area, but Charleston is considered the premier city in the state (especially outside of City-Data).

Some of the clout of Greensboro's MSA comes from High Point, not Greensboro itself.

Durham is a nice city (I especially like the American Tobacco Trail and Southpoint Mall), but without RTP, Raleigh, and Chapel Hill, I don't think it would be on par with Greensboro and Winston. Greensboro and Winston don't really depend on each other the same way Durham depends on the rest of the Triangle.
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I'm not familiar enough with Durham to compare, but Greensboro has strong private foundations that over the decades that have helped with the parks and museum and advised the city council. Yes the Dukes were a major donors to Durham, but Greensboro had the Cones and Bryan foundation etc.

Durham might be more "interesting" with such a jumble of neighborhoods and land uses, but I'd say Greensboro feels like a more cohesive city.

Someone mentioned how the highways veer around from Durham and that also changes the impression of a city to outsiders. Greensboro is "The Gate City" because it grew from the junction of several railroads - that had a lasting impression on the mindset of city leaders who continued wrangling with the legislature and Congress to get state and Federal highways to lead into the city, get a major airport built nearby, etc.

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I would say Durham is the unofficial 3rd city. I'm sorry but Greensboro doesn't strike to me as an happening place. Yea there's elm street but that's just it, it's one street. It's has nice university's that helps but most come to Charlotte and Raleigh and to a lesser extent Durham after leaving collage. I'm simply in love with the downtown tobacco district. For city of Durhams size it has great things to do and you can't beat being so close to Raleigh. So yea on paper it's Greensboro but I give this one to Durham.

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Well what will 'help' Wilmington is that it will eventually join up with Myrtle to form a coastal Carolina metropolitan area, but it will still mostly be focused on retirees and tourism for the most part. But Wilmington does have more economic potential than Myrtle for a couple of reasons.
So you saying like the Miami area? I honestly never thought of the two growing into each other till I looked at Google maps. Interesting
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So you saying like the Miami area? I honestly never thought of the two growing into each other till I looked at Google maps. Interesting
Over time, who knows...could be like south Florida on a much smaller scale. The two areas are definitely growing towards each other.
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