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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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Winston-Salem Reviews

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I love Winston-Salem there is so many things to choose from and it is becoming that big city with all the events and things to do. In the past five years Winston went from being a decent city to major city in NC. There are lots of activities to do like the Kaleidium Children's Museum, Bailey Park, or go shopping at Reynolda or go eat at some restaurant downtown. Everyone here seems like they love it here. My only negative thing is the roads and traffic. The roads are like roads in a small town instead of a city with 250,000 plus people. Otherwise Winston is a 10/10!
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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!
Winston-Salem is a family friendly city. There are several colleges located within it. The downtown area has grown with the opening of new businesses, and restaurants. The Wake Forest Innovation headquarters is a fairly new facility located downtown; it is devoted biotechnology and business growth. Winston-Salem has two major hospitals which are Novant Health and Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center. These hospitals provide ideal career opportunities for those working in healthcare. There are many parks and new trails for family time or just to take a walk. I also recommend this city for entrepreneurs. There are many workshops and financial support available for those with innovative business ideas that can help the city grow in certain locations.