Life in Winston Salem

Keys to the City of Winston-Salem

Located at the foot of the Blue Ridge Mountains, Winston-Salem, North Carolina is one of the top ten most livable mid-sized cities in the US (pop. 218,000) according to the Partners for Livable Communities, a national non-profit organization. 

Top 12 Reasons that Winston-Salem is a Top 10 Most Livable City

1. RECREATION

• Hiking & Camping

• Mountain and Road Biking

• Boating, Fishing, Sailing

• 264 Golfing Days / Year

• Ice skating

• Tennis – 114 Public Courts

• Parks & Recreation

• 16 – 35 Miles of Greenway for Biking, Running, Skating

Just 1 to 4 Hours Away:

• Downhill Skiing

• Whitewater Rafting

• Ocean Kayaking 

2. NIGHT & DAY LIFE

• 50 Downtown Restaurants

• Downtown Farmer’s Market (August – September)

• Local bars such as Finnigan’s Wake Irish Pub & Kitchen, The Garage, 6th & Vine Wine Bar, Foothills Brewing Company, and many more.

3. WEATHER 

Winston Salem has four very pleasant seasons with few extremes of weather. This leads to almost year-round outdoor activities and a delightful climate.

 

Temperature

 Jan 

 Feb 

 Mar 

 Apr 

 May 

 Jun 

 Jul 

 Aug 

 Sep 

 Oct 

 Nov 

 Dec 

 Annual

Average

36.7

 40.0 

 48.8

 57.6

 65.9 

73.1

 76.9

75.7

69.7

58.6

49.5

40.5

57.8

Average Maximum

46.7

 50.7

 60.2

69.6

77.0

 83.6

 86.9

85.5

 79.9

 69.9 

 60.5 

50.5

 68.4

Average Minimum

 26.6

 29.3

37.4

 45.6

 54.7

 62.6

 66.9

 65.9

 59.5

 47.2

 38.5

30.5

 47.1

Temp of 90 F or  Higher

 0.0

 0.0

 0.0

< 0.5

1.0

6.0

 12.0

 8.0

 2.0

< 0.5

0.0

0.0

 29.0

Temp Below Freezing

22.0

 18.0

10.0

 2.0

< 0.5

 0.0

0.0

0.0

0.0

1.0

10.0

18.0

81.0

 

4. EDUCATION (50,000+ college students)

• Wake Forest University

• North Carolina School of the Arts

• Winston-Salem State University

• Salem Academy & College

• Bennett College

• Greensboro College

• Guilford College 

• Forsyth Technical Community College

• UNC-Greensboro

• North Carolina A&T State University

• Piedmont Baptist College

• High Point University

More than half the residents of Winston-Salem have attended college.

The Winston-Salem school district with 48,000 students recently adopted the “Schools of Choice” plan which allows parents to choose among several public schools in the area. 

5. SPORTS

• Wake Forest Demon Deacons compete in the ACC and NCAA against their in-state rivals the Duke Blue Devils, UNC Tarheels, and NC State Wolf Pack.

• The Wake Forest men’s soccer team were AC champs in ‘02, ‘04, and ‘06 and have competed in the NCAA tournament 5 years in a row and a total of 10 times.

• Wake Forest’s women’s field hockey team has advanced to the NCAA finals five times in the past six years and are three-time champions.

• Wake Forest’s men’s golf team has won the NCAA championship four times.

• Wake Forest was the only school in the nation to have its men’s and women’s soccer teams, football team and field hockey team ranked nationally during the 2006 season.

6. WINE

• Yadkin Valley is North Carolina’s first official American Viticultural Area and there are 30 Vineyards within an hour or less of Winston-Salem.

• Annual North Carolina Wine Festival with 31 Wineries, music, food and art.

7. SHOPPING

• The largest mall in the Carolina’s, Hanes Mall, is in Winston-Salem

8. MUSIC

• Alive After 5 – concert on Thursday nights

• The Fourth Street Jazz and Blues Series – Friday nights

• Summer on Trade – Variety of musical styles on Saturday night

• Fiesta! Hispanic/Latino community celebration

• Winston-Salem Symphony

• Piedmont Jazz and Blues Festival

• MerleFest is an annual celebration of Americana music with 13 stages and 81,500 attendees

9. THEATER / MOVIES

• RiverRun International Film Festival

• National Black Theater Festival – Founded in 1989, the first chairperson was Winston-Salem resident Maya Angelou. Attracting more than 50,000 people over its six-day run it includes theatrical performances, film, poetry, workshops and seminars.

• North Carolina Shakespeare Festival

• The Little Theatre of Winston-Salem

• Piedmont Opera Theatre

10. MUSEUMS

• SciWorks thrills children of all ages with interactive exhibits, a planetarium, and a 15-acre environmental park.

• Museum of Anthropology is the only museum in the Southeast that is dedicated to the study and elucidation of world cultures including the Americas, Asia, Africa, and Oceania.

• Historic Bethabara Park

• Old Salem

• Museum of Early Southern Decorative Arts

• Children’s Museum

Winston-Salem is obviously a very special city. It has 12 top 10 reasons that make it one of the most livable (and loveable) cities in the United States!

11. ART

• South Eastern Center for Contemporary Art (SECCA) presents some of the best contemporary art between New York and Miami in its 11,000 square feet of gallery space.

• Diggs Gallery

• Sawtooth Center for Visual Arts

• The Reynolda House Museum of American Art

• First Friday Gallery Hop on the first Friday of each month in the Downtown Arts District

• Delta Fine Arts

12. SURFING!

• There are fourteen 3-star surfing beaches within 4-6 hours of Winston-Salem 

Last Updated: 03-20-2013
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