Winston-Salem, also known as the City of Arts and Innovation, has a population of more than 300,000 and is located in Forsyth County, NC.
Our city was named number 37 in the 100 Best Places to Live in the USA by U.S. News and World Report.
- City of Winston-Salem
- Forsyth County
- State of North Carolina
- Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools
- Visit Winston-Salem
- Piedmont Triad International Airport (GSO)
- Charlotte Douglas International Airport (CLT)
- Smith Reynolds Airport
Newcomers to Winston-Salem enjoy its mild winters and moderate year-round climate. Located roughly halfway between Washington, DC and Atlanta, GA, the average annual rainfall is about 42 inches and snowfall accumulations are rare.
A Place of Higher Learning
Winston-Salem is home to several institutions of higher learning which offer excellent opportunities in education and add to the cultural richness of the city.
- Wake Forest University (WFU)
- Winston-Salem State University (WSSU)
- Salem College
- Forsyth Tech
- University of North Carolina School of the Arts (UNSCA)
A City of the Arts
The first local Arts Council in America was chartered here in 1948. A city long noted for the arts, Winston-Salem offers residents and visitors many venues from which to choose, from traditional museums and galleries to the Downtown Arts District Association’s (DADA) Gallery Hop on the first Friday of every month, as well as the annual performances of the Nutcracker at the Roger L. Stevens Center for the Performing Arts produced by UNCSA.
The Winston-Salem Symphony is one of the most accomplished local professional symphonies in the nation, and the community abounds with high-quality music, theater and dance performances. The city is also home to Piedmont Craftsmen, a guild of the most talented artisans in the Southeast.
Social and Cultural Information
- Smitty's Notes
- Old Salem
- Reynolda House Museum of American Art
- Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art (SECCA)
A Place to Play
Residents take advantage of the mild climate with recreation at more than 80 public parks. People of all ages can enjoy more than 100 tennis courts, 11 swimming pools, 12 golf courses and 17 general recreation centers.
The county's largest recreational area is Tanglewood Park, with 1,100 acres of scenic countryside and an arboretum, only 10 minutes from downtown. The park has two 18-hole championship golf courses (the site of the Vantage Senior Golf Tournament), an annual steeplechase, tennis courts, picnic areas and places for horseback riding, camping, boating and fishing.
Hanes Park, which is located only 2 blocks from the Medical Center, has the city's largest tennis complex and a paved track and playing fields.
Located at the foot of the Blue Ridge Mountains, Winston-Salem is close to national parks and plenty of hiking and camping areas.
A Place to Grow Your Businesses
Winston-Salem has a rich history of fostering successful entrepreneurial endeavors. Many familiar companies such as R.J. Reynolds Tobacco, Krispy Kreme, Hanes Corporation (a division of Sara Lee Corporation), Piedmont Airlines (now US Airways), Wachovia Bank, Targacept, and BB&T have origins in Winston-Salem, and many continue to call Winston-Salem home.
Today, medical care and biomedical research are the leading employers in Winston-Salem and Forsyth County, with a total workforce approaching 25,000.
Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center is the largest employer in the Piedmont Triad (a 12-county region encompassing Winston-Salem, Greensboro, and High Point).
The burgeoning Wake Forest Innovation Quarter in downtown Winston-Salem, covers about 200 acres, and, at maturity in 20-25 years, is expected to include up to 5 million square feet of laboratory, office, and mixed-use space and provide up to 30,000 new jobs for the region.
A Place of History
Salem, founded by the Moravians in 1766, was one of the earliest planned communities in the colonies. The early Moravians, a protestant denomination from Germany, believed in hard work and fostered appreciation for the arts, music, and quality craftsmanship.
The nearby town of Winston was founded in 1849 as an industrial tobacco and textile community.
Winston reaped the benefits of the Moravian values and sharing attitudes. The 2 communities voted to merge in 1913, creating the Twin City of Winston-Salem.
Today Old Salem, the restored town of Salem, contains historical 18th-century buildings and the nation’s largest museum of furniture and early Southern decorative art. Old Salem attracts thousands of visitors and tourists annually from near and far.