Introduction to Winston-Salem, North Carolina

Winston-Salem is the county seat for Forsyth County. 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. 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.

Winston Salem Almanac

CountyForsyth County
Standard Zip Codes27106, 27107, 27101, 27103, 27109, 27104, 27105, 27127
P.O. Box Zip Codes27102, 27108, 27113, 27114, 27115, 27120, 27130, 27116, 27117
Company Zip Codes27152, 27157, 27199, 27110, 27111, 27150, 27155, 27198
Phone Area Codes336
Time ZoneAmerica/New_York
Approximate Latitude36.1
Approximate Longitude-80.24

Winston Salem Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


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

Distance16.5 miles
Jan Temp28 to 47 F
Apr Temp46 to 70 F
Jul Temp68 to 88 F
Oct Temp48 to 70 F
Annual Precip43.1 inches
Distance18.1 miles
Jan Temp30 to 50 F
Apr Temp47 to 72 F
Jul Temp67 to 89 F
Oct Temp48 to 72 F
Annual Precip46.1 inches
Distance21.4 miles
Jan Temp26 to 48 F
Apr Temp42 to 70 F
Jul Temp65 to 88 F
Oct Temp43 to 71 F
Annual Precip48 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income
Rural Hall3,137$53,413

Winston Salem Hospitals

North Carolina Baptist Hospital
Medical Center Blvd
(336) 716-4750
Novant Health Medical Park Hospital
1950 South Hawthorne Rd
(336) 718-0600
Novant Health Forsyth Medical Center
3333 Silas Creek Pkwy
(336) 718-5000

Winston Salem Public Schools

Career Center
910 Highland Court
ZIP: 27101
(336) 727-8181
Carter High School
851 Highland Court
ZIP: 27101
(336) 703-4119
Total Enrollment 160
Diggs-latham Elementary
986 Hutton Street
ZIP: 27101
(336) 703-4102
Total Enrollment 518
J F Kennedy High
890 E 11th Street
ZIP: 27101
(336) 703-4143
Total Enrollment 344
The Downtown School
601 N Cherry Street
ZIP: 27101
(336) 703-4125
Total Enrollment 415
Bolton Elementary
1250 Bolton Street
ZIP: 27103
(336) 703-4247
Total Enrollment 479
Early College Of Forsyth Co
2100 Silas Creek Prky
ZIP: 27103
(336) 757-3290
Total Enrollment 211
Moore Magnet Elementary
451 Knollwood Street
ZIP: 27103
(336) 727-2860
Total Enrollment 600
Brunson Elementary
155 N Hawthorne Road
ZIP: 27104
(336) 703-4206
Total Enrollment 658
R J Reynolds High
301 N Hawthorne Road
ZIP: 27104
(336) 703-4145
Total Enrollment 1828
South Fork Elementary
4332 Country Club Road
ZIP: 27104
(336) 703-4231
Total Enrollment 522
Whitaker Elementary
2600 Buena Vista Road
ZIP: 27104
(336) 703-6740
Total Enrollment 595
Wiley Middle
1400 Northwest Boulevard
ZIP: 27104
(336) 727-2378
Total Enrollment 601
Carver High
3545 Carver School Road
ZIP: 27105
(336) 727-2987
Total Enrollment 648
Hanes Middle School
2900 Indiana Avenue
ZIP: 27105
(336) 703-4171
Total Enrollment 944
Ibraham Elementary
5036 Old Walkertown
ZIP: 27105
(336) 703-6771
Total Enrollment 445
Kimberley Park Elementary
1700 Old Cherry Street
ZIP: 27105
(336) 703-6731
Total Enrollment 312
Lowrance Middle
2900 Indiana Avenue
ZIP: 27105
(336) 703-4181
Total Enrollment 126
Mineral Springs Elementary
4527 Ogburn Avenue
ZIP: 27105
(336) 703-6788
Total Enrollment 584
Mineral Springs Middle
4559 Ogburn Avenue
ZIP: 27105
(336) 703-6733
Total Enrollment 393
North Forsyth High
5705 Shattalon Drive
ZIP: 27105
(336) 661-4880
Total Enrollment 1244
Paisley Ib Magnet School
1400 Grant Avenue
ZIP: 27105
(336) 703-4168
Total Enrollment 770
Childrens Center
2315 Coliseum Drive
ZIP: 27106
(336) 727-2440
Total Enrollment 59
Mount Tabor High School
342 Petree Road
ZIP: 27106
(336) 703-6700
Total Enrollment 1532
Northwest Middle
5501 Murray Road
ZIP: 27106
(336) 703-4161
Total Enrollment 957
Old Town Elementary
3930 Reynolda Road
ZIP: 27106
(336) 703-4283
Total Enrollment 649
Sherwood Forest Elementary
1055 Yorkshire Road
ZIP: 27106
(336) 774-4646
Total Enrollment 583
Speas Elementary
2000 W Polo Road
ZIP: 27106
(336) 703-4135
Total Enrollment 459
Easton Elementary School
734 E Clemmonsville Road
ZIP: 27107
(336) 748-4063
Total Enrollment 526
Forest Park Elementary
2019 Milford Street
ZIP: 27107
(336) 703-4291
Total Enrollment 660
Hall-woodward Elementary
125 Nicholson Road
ZIP: 27107
(336) 703-4238
Total Enrollment 733
Griffith Elementary
1385 W Clemmonsville Road
ZIP: 27127
(336) 703-4245
Total Enrollment 594
Konnoak Elementary
3200 Renon Road
ZIP: 27127
(336) 703-4163
Total Enrollment 741
Parkland High
1600 Brewer Road
ZIP: 27127
(336) 771-4700
Total Enrollment 1359
Philo-hill Magnet Academy
410 Haverhill Street
ZIP: 27127
(336) 703-4165
Total Enrollment 503

Winston Salem Private Schools

Ephesus Jr Academy
1225 N Cleveland Ave
ZIP: 27101
Total Enrollment 22
Gospel Light Christian School
4940 Gospel Light Church Rd
ZIP: 27101
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 377
Salem Academy
500 E Salem Ave
ZIP: 27101
Total Enrollment 167
Salem Baptist Christian School
429 S Broad St
ZIP: 27101
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 315
Salem Montessori School
529 S Church St
ZIP: 27101
Total Enrollment 2
Jefferson Day School
2390 Bethel Church Rd
ZIP: 27103
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 12
Our Lady Of Mercy School
1730 Link Rd
ZIP: 27103
Total Enrollment 198
Redeemer School
1046 Miller St
ZIP: 27103
Total Enrollment 155
St Johns Lutheran School
2415 Silas Creek Pkwy
ZIP: 27103
Total Enrollment 102
Abc Of Nc Child Development Center
3904 Old Vineyard Rd
ZIP: 27104
Total Enrollment 32
Calvary Baptist Day School
5000 Country Club Rd
ZIP: 27104
Total Enrollment 597
St Leo School
333 Springdale Ave
ZIP: 27104
Total Enrollment 248
Cedar Forest Christian School
4634 Shattalon Dr
ZIP: 27106
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 29
First Assembly Christian School
3730 University Pkwy
ZIP: 27106
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 292
Greenhills School
1360 Lyndile Dr
ZIP: 27106
Total Enrollment 15
Summit School
2100 Reynolda Rd
ZIP: 27106
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 478
Woodland Baptist Christian School
1175 Bethania Rural Hall Rd
ZIP: 27106
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 165
Triad Academy
905 Friedberg Church Rd
ZIP: 27127
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 51
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