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Overview

Introduction to Winston-Salem, North Carolina

The North Carolina city of Winston-Salem is Forsyth County's largest city and also its county seat. Located in the Piedmont Triad, a region of North Carolina which also includes the cities of Greensboro and High Point, Winston-Salem is situated about 100 miles west of the state capital of Raleigh and about 80 miles northeast of the city of Charlotte. Interstate I-40 runs adjacent to the city, which is also serviced by U.S. Routes 52 and 421; and North Carolina State Highway 8. Winston-Salem is home to Wake Forest University, as well as Winston-Salem State University and Salem College.

Founded in 1766, the town of Salem began as a congregational site for the Moravian church and soon evolved into an active trading center and haven for entrepreneurs. In 1849 the town of Winston was founded, named in honor of a local Revolutionary War hero, Joseph Winston. Both towns thrived as dual elements of the newly created Forsyth County and established prominence in the tobacco, furniture and textile industries. In 1851 Winston was designated as the county seat and plans were already underway to eventually connect the cities of Winston and Salem. A notable business event occurred in 1874 when Richard Joshua Reynolds established one of the world's largest tobacco firms in Winston-Salem. Since that time, the Reynolds family, proprietors of the R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company, have played a large role in the city's history. During the twentieth century, other notable businesses got their start in Winston-Salem, including Krispy Kreme, which opened its first doughnut shop there in 1937; and Piedmont Airlines, which was officially formed in 1948.

Art and Culture in Winston-Salem

Winston-Salem is replete with historical attractions. Reynolda Village, which includes Reynolda Gardens and the Reynolda House Museum of American Art, is a good example. The museum is housed in the former home of tobacco baron R.J. Reynolds. Built in the early twentieth century, the structure contains one of the premiere public collections of American art in the South. The Museum of Early Southern Decorative Arts (MESDA) is dedicated to the original decorative arts of America's early South. Featured are the paintings, textiles, and furniture made and used in regional southern states up until the early 19th century. The Old Salem Children's Museum is geared towards visitors under the age of ten and features a child-size early-Salem house, a secret tunnel, and old costumes which children can try on.

Winston-Salem is also renowned for its local art schools and art-related attractions. Performance arts venues include the Piedmont Opera Theater, the Stevens Center for the Performing Arts, the Winston-Salem Symphony, and the Little Theatre of Winston-Salem. The city boasts many galleries in the city's art district and plays host to the RiverRun Film Festival and the National Black Theatre Festival. The 1.4 million-acre Yadkin Valley, located just west of Winston-Salem, is home to numerous vineyards and wineries and was approved as the state's first American Viticultural Area (AVA).

Sports attractions in Winston-Salem include a minor league professional baseball team. The Winston-Salem Warthogs are a Class High-A team playing in the Carolina League and have been an affiliate of the Chicago White Sox since 1997. Top rate collegiate sports can be found at Wake Forest University, a member of the prestigious Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC). The University's basketball teams, known as the "Demon Deacons", have been particularly successful, frequently being nationally ranked and having claimed an NIT championship in 2000 and a trip to the NCAA's Sweet Sixteen in 2004.

People

Total Population
Male Share of the Population
Female Share of the Population
Senior Citizens
Employed Population 16+
Age of the Population

Families

% of people married
Average household size

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher
Median Earnings25+
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification
Median Earnings With High School Degree

Wealth

Median Family Income
% Above Poverty Level
% Below Poverty Level

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time
% Working from Home
% Walking and Biking to Work
% Using Public Transportation

Housing

People Living Alone
Median Gross Rent
Median House Value

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)
US/American
English
Irish

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Winston Salem Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Large City 69 miles NE of Charlotte, North Carolina
County Forsyth
Metro Area Greensboro - - Winston - Salem - - High Point
Standard Zip Codes 27101, 27103, 27104, 27105, 27106, 27107, 27127
P.O. Box Zip Codes 27102, 27108, 27109, 27113, 27114, 27115, 27116, 27117, 27120, 27130
Company Zip Codes 27110, 27111, 27150, 27151, 27152, 27155, 27156, 27157, 27198, 27199
Phone Area Codes 336
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 36.099
Longitude -80.244

Winston Salem Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)

Station GREENSBORO RGNL AP
Distance 16.5 miles
Jan Temp 28 to 47 F
Apr Temp 46 to 70 F
Jul Temp 68 to 88 F
Oct Temp 48 to 70 F
Annual Precip 43.1 inches
Station HIGH POINT
Distance 18.1 miles
Jan Temp 30 to 50 F
Apr Temp 47 to 72 F
Jul Temp 67 to 89 F
Oct Temp 48 to 72 F
Annual Precip 46.1 inches
Station DANBURY 5 SE
Distance 21.4 miles
Jan Temp 26 to 48 F
Apr Temp 42 to 70 F
Jul Temp 65 to 88 F
Oct Temp 43 to 71 F
Annual Precip 48 inches

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

According to the US Postal Service, Winston Salem, its neighborhoods, and/or surrounding areas are also referred to as:

Ardmore (27103)

Eller (27107)

Gumtree (27107)

Hanes (27103)

Mount Tabor (27106)

Muddy Creek (27103)

North (27105)

Oldtown (27106)

Peace Haven Estates (27104)

Sedges Garden (27105)

Waughtown (27107, 27127)

Winston Salem (27104, 27105, 27106, 27107, 27108, 27109, 27113, 27114, 27115, 27116, 27117, 27127, 27101, 27102, 27103)

Note that not all alternate names are acceptable for use in US Post Office addresses.

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Bethania 359 $68,750
Clemmons 19,340 $88,766
Kernersville 23,617 $67,826
Lewisville 13,212 $88,964
Rural Hall 3,046 $46,905
Walkertown 4,839 $46,411

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Winston Salem Public Libraries

Library
Forsyth County Public Library
660 WEST FIFTH STREET
Winston Salem, North Carolina
(336) 727-2557
Library Web Site

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Winston Salem Hospitals

FORSYTH MEMORIAL HOSPITAL
(Voluntary non-profit - Other)
3333 SILAS CREEK PARKWAY
(336) 718-5000
Emergency Service: Yes

MEDICAL PARK HOSPITAL
(Voluntary non-profit - Other)
1950 S HAWTHORNE RD
(336) 718-0600
Emergency Service: No

NORTH CAROLINA BAPTIST HOSPITAL
(Voluntary non-profit - Private)
MEDICAL CENTER BOULEVARD
(336) 716-2011
Emergency Service: Yes

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Winston Salem High Schools

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REYNOLDS HIGH
301 N HAWTHORNE ROAD
336-727-2061
Serves 1,831 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 18.9

MOUNT TABOR HIGH
342 PETREE ROAD
336-774-4600
Serves 1,774 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 20.2

NORTH FORSYTH HIGH
5705 SHATTALON DRIVE
336-661-4880
Serves 1,693 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 17.8

PARKLAND HIGH
1600 BREWER ROAD
336-771-4700
Serves 1,278 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 19.4

CARVER HIGH
3545 CARVER SCHOOL ROAD
336-727-2987
Serves 1,118 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 17.5

C G WOODSON SCH OF CHALLENGE
437 GOLDFLOSS STREET
336-723-6838
A Charter School.
Title I eligible, not participating.
Serves 307 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 23.6

FORSYTH VOCATIONAL HIGH
2700 S MAIN STREET
336-771-4590
A Special Education School
Serves 170 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 5.7

MIDDLE COLLEGE OF FORSYTH CNTY
2100 SILAS CREEK PARKWAY
336-734-7163
Serves 94 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 13.4

12TH STREET ACADEMY
2020 EAST 12TH STREET
336-727-2604
A Non-traditional School
Serves 28 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 2.8

HOMEBOUND/HOSPITAL EDUC CTR
1649 EAST 21 STREET
336-748-4155
A Non-traditional School
Serves 25 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 1.1

CAREER CENTER
1615 MILLER STREET
336-727-8181
A Vocational School

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