A-
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Public Schools
    B
  2. Crime & Safety
    C
  3. Housing
    B-
  4. Nightlife
    B+
  5. Good for Families
    B+
  6. Diversity
    A+
  7. Jobs
    C+
  8. Weather
    B
  9. Cost of Living
    B
  10. Health & Fitness
    B-
  11. Outdoor Activities
    A-
  12. Commute
    A-

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$142,400
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$734
National
$949
Area Feel
Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    46%
  • Own
    54%

Winston-Salem Rankings

Niche rankings are based on rigorous analysis of key statistics from the U.S. Department of Education and millions of reviews.

Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
C
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    495
    283
  • Murder
    5
    6
  • Rape
    32
    41
  • Robbery
    180
    136
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    1,564
    500
  • Theft
    3,556
    2,043
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    296
    284

Residents

Diversity
A+
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Median Household Income
$40,898
National
$55,322
Children
20%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    14%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    21%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    28%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    24%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    14%
    13%
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I have lived in Winston - Salem my whole life and I love it. A very good place for business and young people who want a fresh start. The roads could use some work. Traffic here is a disaster especially on Stratford Road and Hanes Mall Boulevard. There is more than enough to do here such as the Downtown Arts District, Old Salem, Reynolda, Kid Entertainment, and the shopping. Winston - Salem is growing and we need a little bit more entertainment. The schools are some of the best in the state. Overall Winston - Salem is a great place to live if you're single, married, have kids, or retired. Thanks Mayor Allen Joines!
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I have lived here all my life. It is not as safe as it was before. Crime is up. But I still love living here. It is quiet most of the time. There are some good public schools and excellent colleges. The city/county taxes are high. Duke Energy is very expensive due to coal ash situation. This is a great place to retire. Lots of excellent assisted livings, CCRC, and long term care facilities. Still a great place to live!
Winston-Salem is a great place to raise a family and children. The weather is beautiful I love the rain and all the green trees. There's not a good selection in the job market, but that's OK because Winston Salem is also a great place to retire. The cost of living is very reasonable if you plan on buying a home in Winston Salem you hit the jackpot because the houses comes with a lot of land . The people in Winston Salem are friendly and helpful, there are many historical places to visit and the food is remarkable! So if you're looking for a place to raise children or retire Winston Salem is the perfect place to live.