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    B
  2. Crime & Safety
    C
  3. Housing
    B-
  4. Nightlife
    B+
  5. Good for Families
    B+
  6. Diversity
    A+
  7. Jobs
    C+
  8. Weather
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  9. Cost of Living
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  10. Health & Fitness
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  12. Commute
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Winston-Salem is a city in North Carolina with a population of 238,474. 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 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
238,474

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%
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Winston-Salem Rankings

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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
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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 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 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!