What do you get when you mix Southern friendliness with an international vibe? You get the Twin-City of Winston-Salem, which is conveniently nestled in the middle of the state, between the Blue Ridge Mountains and the Atlantic Ocean. Winston-Salem is called the "Twin City" for the merging of the cities of Winston and Salem in 1913. The culturally diverse population of Winston-Salem is 242,203, making it the 5th most populous city in North Carolina.
In the 20th century, two prominent companies, R. J. Reynolds Tobacco and the Hanes companies, were instrumental in shaping Winston-Salem and bringing prosperity to the city. The success of these two companies fueled future innovation, as today, Winston-Salem’s economy shifts from manufacturing to finance, healthcare and emerging technologies.
Living up to its nickname as the "City of the Arts and Innovation," Winston-Salem is known for its dedication to fine arts, theater and technological research. The city is well-known for hosting numerous annual events, including well-attended film festivals, wine festivals and craft fairs.
There is so much to see and do in Winston-Salem. Take a tour of one of the 40 wineries in the neighboring Yadkin Valley American Viticultural Area, or dine at your choice of over 450 restaurants offering a diverse array of ethnic cuisine.
For those who crave outdoor activities, there are over 80 recreational parks in the Winston-Salem area, several historic gardens and golfers have a choice of 12 different golf courses.
If you want to shop 'til you drop, Winston-Salem will not disappoint. The city is known to have some of the best shopping in the state, with over 50 shopping centers, and it is home to Hanes Mall, the largest shopping mall in North Carolina.
Wake Forest University, ranked 23rd by U.S. News and World Report, is located in Winston-Salem and enjoys a collaborative relationship with its host city and the surrounding communities.
The median home value in Winston-Salem is $128,076, and there are many popular neighborhoods from which to choose. The downtown area has been revitalized, and many of the tobacco warehouses and mills have been converted into urban lofts, with restaurants, shops and galleries close by. Holly Avenue is a small neighborhood near downtown, with colorful renovated bungalows and duplex homes. The Olde Vineyard neighborhood offers homes at different price points and a variety of architectural styles, with sidewalks throughout the neighborhood.
This friendly and diverse Southern city with all of its amenities and opportunities may be a perfect fit for you!