Greensboro-High Point, NC

The Greensboro-High Point Metropolitan Statistical Area, commonly known as part of the Piedmont Triad, is located in the North-Central portion of North Carolina.

The Metro Area grew by 13.11% between 2000-2012, making it one of the faster growing communities in North Carolina. This area actually touches 6 counties within North Carolina, including Guilford, Forsyth, Davidson, Alamance, Randolph, and Rockingham.

The Greensboro-High Point MSA has an immigrant population speaking 118 different languages and representing 142 people groups.

The Greensboro economy and the surrounding Piedmont Triad area has traditionally been centered around textiles, tobacco, and furniture. High Point's ability as a "Niche City" to capture global centrality in the furniture merchandising market is said to signal a new era in what is possible for small cities. Area leaders are also working to attract new businesses in the nanotech, high-tech, aviation and transportation/logistics sectors.

Greensboro's central proximity in the state has made it a popular place for families and businesses, as well as becoming more of a logistical hub with FedEx having regional operations based in the city.

Total Population: 752,157

(An increase of 3.92 % in the past 5 years.)

Census Data

  • Foreign Born - 57,075
  • Language Spoken at Home - 72,398

[ Source: American Community Survey (ACS) 5-Year Foreign Born and Language Spoken at Home]

Quick Facts

  • A major education center.

  • High Point's official slogan is "North Carolina's International City" due to the role of international business and the semi-annual High Point Market that attracts 100,000 exhibitors and buyers from around the world.

  • High Point is sometimes referred to as the "Furniture Capital of the World."

  • Home to a variety of retail and service options.

  • The Triad occupies a prominent place in the history of the American Civil Rights Movement.

  • Known for resettling refugees from around the world and was the resettlement location of many Montangnards during and after the Vietnam War.

  • A popular destination for those relocating from West Africa, East Africa, Central Asia, South-east Asia, and the Arab World.

  • 118 different languages spoken in the homes of those attending public schools.

  • Greensboro maintains a "sister city" relationship with three cities (Montbéliard, France; Buiucani sector, Moldova; Yingkou, People's Republic of China) in order to foster international cooperation.


Politics and education attract a wide variety of people to the Greensboro-High Point Metro area from across the country and around the world. With this new growth in population and diversity comes new challenges for existing churches. Greensboro-High Point is geographically located between the largest North Carolinian cities of Charlotte and Raleigh-Durham. This makes it one of the most strategic places in the state for ministry and church planting among some of the most transient and diverse communities.

Greensboro-High Point has 22 different geographic pockets where the unevangelized population is 71% or greater. These geographic pockets represent an estimated unevangelized population of almost 100,000 households from all three major socio-economic groups. At the same time, Greensboro-High Point has at least 23 people groups from around the world that are unreached and in need of church planting efforts.

Many existing churches need revitalization and many new churches need to be planted. All churches need to make disciples who obey the Great Commandment, fulfill the Great Commission, and demonstrate a loving knowledge of the changing context around them.

People Group Highlights

Displaying 1-17 of 17 results.
PG Name Country Of Birth IMB Affinity Group Affinity Bloc Primary Religion Baseline Population Total
Arab, SudaneseSudanNorth African and Middle Eastern PeoplesArab WorldIslam2,700
VietnameseVietnamSoutheast Asian PeoplesSoutheast Asian PeoplesBuddhism7,500
HindiIndiaSouth Asian PeoplesSouth Asian PeoplesHinduism4,000
PunjabiIndiaSouth Asian PeoplesSouth Asian PeoplesIslam3,500
UrduPakistanSouth Asian PeoplesSouth Asian PeoplesIslam2,500
Hausa MuslimNigerSub-Saharan African PeoplesSub-Saharan AfricanIslam - Sunni2,200
Arab, PalestinianIsraelNorth African and Middle Eastern PeoplesArab WorldIslam420
Ethiopian, AmharaEthiopiaNorth African and Middle Eastern PeoplesHorn of AfricaChristianity - Orthodox1,400
Cambodian, KhmerCambodiaSoutheast Asian PeoplesSoutheast Asian PeoplesBuddhism1,216
GermanGermanyEuropean PeoplesEurasian PeoplesChristianity - Orthodox838
NepaliNepalSouth Asian PeoplesSouth Asian PeoplesHinduism800
Karen, SgawMyanmar [Burma]Southeast Asian PeoplesTibetan / Himalayan PeoplesChristianity - Protestant650
ItalianItalyEuropean PeoplesEurasian PeoplesChristianity - Roman Catholic633
Nepali, BhutaneseBhutanSouth Asian PeoplesTibetan / Himalayan PeoplesHinduism400
RussianRussiaEuropean PeoplesEurasian PeoplesChristianity - Orthodox257
PolePolandEuropean PeoplesEurasian PeoplesChristianity - Roman Catholic239
BunongCambodiaSoutheast Asian PeoplesSoutheast Asian PeoplesChristianity - Protestant200

Ethnic Links

CWS Greensboro Immigration and Refugee Program - CWS provides basic needs assistance, cultural orientation, integration and referral services, intensive job preparation and placement support, immigration legal services and citizenship preparation classes to Greensboro’s refugee and immigrant community. Additionally, the program helps to nourish a community of welcome through education and events that foster understanding and appreciation of diversity.

New Arrivals Institute - The New Arrival School was as a place where families could come together to learn English and participate in employment readiness and cultural orientation programs.

North Carolina African Services Coalition - NCASC is one of several organizations responsible for resettling newly arriving refugee families from all over the world into the Greensboro area. This includes assisting families in acclimating to their new environment, and tapping into a well-developed network of resources to achieve success in the areas of employment, education, finances, health, and more.

The Center for New North Carolinians - The Center for New North Carolinians is committed to advancing the capacity of immigrants and refugees and building bridges between immigrant populations and existing communities throughout the state by providing: Community-based outreach and advocacy; Educational programming; Research and evaluation; Immigrant and refugee leadership development; and Educational opportunities for faculty and students.

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