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  1. Public Schools
    B-
  2. Crime & Safety
    NG
  3. Housing
    B-
  4. Nightlife
    B+
  5. Good for Families
    A-
  6. Diversity
    A+
  7. Jobs
    B
  8. Weather
    B
  9. Cost of Living
    B
  10. Health & Fitness
    B-
  11. Outdoor Activities
    A-
  12. Commute
    A-
Winston-Salem is a city in North Carolina with a population of 240,193. Winston-Salem is in Forsyth County and is one of the best places to live in North Carolina. Living in Winston-Salem offers residents a dense suburban feel and most residents own their homes. In Winston-Salem there are a lot of parks. Many families and young professionals live in Winston-Salem and residents tend to lean liberal. The public schools in Winston-Salem are above average.
About Winston-Salem...
Population
240,193

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$142,200
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$765
National
$949
Area Feel
Dense Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    46%
  • Own
    54%
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Winston-Salem Rankings

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Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
NG
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    494.8
    282.7
  • Murder
    5.5
    6.1
  • Rape
    32.3
    40.7
  • Robbery
    179.8
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    1,564.2
    500.1
  • Theft
    3,556.3
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    296.1
    284

Residents

Diversity
A+
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Age
  • <10 years
    14%
  • 10-17 years
    10%
  • 18-24 years
    12%
  • 25-34 years
    14%
  • 35-44 years
    12%
  • 45-54 years
    12%
  • 55-64 years
    12%
  • 65+ years
    14%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    14%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    20%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    29%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    24%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    13%
    13%

Working in Winston-Salem

Jobs
B
Based on employment rates, job and business growth, and cost of living.
Median Household Income
$42,219
National
$55,322
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Winston-Salem Reviews

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Winston Salem is like New York City for most kids where I'm from. That being because there's nothing to do except in Winston-Salem. Winston Salem has so many culturally diverse restaurants that my friends and I will spend the weekend trying as many as we can. It also has an extremely large mall, which is very exciting for the average teenage girl, such as myself. It houses several different movie theaters as well, which is always good for a date night. The nightlife there is fun too! I've been to Winston Salem's bowling alley and nightclub, and I had a blast at both! But my favorite part of Winston-Salem is it's historic district, Old Salem. People can walk on cobblestone streets around the restored old building, and there's a living (interactive) history museum. Employees dress up in 1700's style clothes and speak in old English. I have very fond memories from it as a child. There is no doubt that Winston-Salem has been a source of my happiness for many years.
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In Winston-Salem there are so many new businesses coming like Dave and Busters opening at Hanes Mall in April 2019, trampoline parks, restaurants, and revitalization of downtown and North Winston. Over 3,500 apartment units are under construction downtown along with several hotels. Urban parks, green spaces, restaurants, and more shopping are coming. Winston-Salem is turning into a bigger city with most of the roads being developed. Downtown has turned into another city of it's own now we don't have to drive that far for things. Although Winston-Salem is very spread out. At the rate Winston-Salem is growing in ten years it will be completely transformed from medium sized city to BIG city! I am very excited what Winston-Salem's future is.
I love how everything has just EXPLODED in the last five years, downtown is rapidly expanding, the Innovation Quarter is the fastest growing innovation district in America! There are lots of express ways and boulevards to get you from one place to another. Winston is very car-dependent because it is pretty large in terns of area. Try to avoid i-40, US-52, and Business 40 at rush hour because its just a big mess, but everything else about Winston is 10/10