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Greensboro is a city located in Guilford County, North Carolina. As of the 2000 census, the city had a total population of 223,891 making it the third most populous city in North Carolina. It is located at the intersection of two interstate highways (I-85 and I-40) in the Piedmont ("foot of the mountains") region, in Guilford County in the central part of the state. In 1808, "Greensborough" (as it was spelled then) replaced Guilford Court House as the county seat.

The city was named for Major General Nathanael Greene, commander of the American forces at the Battle of Guilford Court House on 15 March 1781. The Americans lost that battle but slowed up Lord Cornwallis's British forces enough to allow the Americans to prepare to defeat them at Yorktown (Virginia), where the British were forced to surrender on 19 October 1781, after a 20-day siege, thus ending the American Revolution.

In 1960 four black college students sat down at an all-white Woolworth's lunch counter, and refused to leave when they were denied service. Hundreds of others soon joined in this first sit-in, which lasted for several months. Such protests quickly spread across the South, ultimately leading to the desegregration of Woolworth's and other chains. (The original Woolworth's counter and stools now sit in the Smithsonian Museum.)

On November 3, 1979 gunfire was exchanged between Communist Workers Party members holding an anti-Ku Klux Klan rally, and a group of KKK and neo-Nazi counter-protesters. Five CWP members were killed and seven were wounded and television footage of the event was shown across the nation.

First Lady Dolley Madison and writer O. Henry were born in Greensboro; science fiction/fantasy author Orson Scott Card is a current resident.

Greensboro has Piedmont Triad International Airport, which also serves High Point, North Carolina and Winston-Salem, North Carolina.

Greensboro geography

Greensboro is located at 36°4'48" North, 79°49'10" West (36.079868, -79.819416).

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 283.0 km² (109.2 mi²). 271.2 km² (104.7 mi²) of it is land and 11.8 km² (4.5 mi²) of it is water. The total area is 4.16% water.

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