About Winston-Salem

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About Winston-Salem

Full of beauty, charm, history and culture, the city of Winston-Salem is located in central North Carolina’s Piedmont Triad region. It is the fourth-largest city in North Carolina and the largest city in Forsyth County, with a population of approximately 230,000 people in the city and 660,000 in its metropolitan statistical area (MSA).Traditionally associated with tobacco and textiles, the city was established in 1913. The town of Winston joined with the Moravian town of Salem and became Winston-Salem (also known as the Twin City). Today, the city is home to Wake Forest Baptist Health (our city’s largest employer) and to corporations such as Reynolds American, Krispy Kreme Doughnuts, Inc., Branch Banking & Trust Company (BB&T), TW Garner Food Company, HanesBrands, Novant Health and more. Wake Forest University, Winston-Salem State University, Salem College, University of North Carolina School of the Arts and Forsyth Technical Community College also call Winston-Salem home.

Considered North Carolina’s “City of the Arts and Innovation,” Winston-Salem has a wealth of historic, cultural and innovation areas to explore. We have the distinction of being the home of the first Arts Council in the country. The city’s Downtown District is thriving with a variety of residences, restaurants, craft breweries and BB&T Ballpark, home of the Winston-Salem Dash Single A baseball team. We are home to the University of North Carolina School of the Arts, The Sawtooth School for Visual Art, the Trade Street Arts District, The Stevens Center, MESDA (Museum of Early Southern Decorative Arts) and SECCA (Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art) and more. Wake Forest Innovation Quarter is home to an extension of Wake Forest University School of Medicine downtown is renowned as one of the fastest growing districts for innovation and research in the country.

Throughout the city and Triad region, there are numerous annual festivals and special events to attend such as the Burke Street Food Truck Festival, the National Black Theater Festival, RiverRun International Film Festival, The Dixie Classic Fair, Gears and Guitars, Bookmarks Festival of Books and Authors, UNCSA’s The Nutcracker Ballet, The Winston-Salem Open (Professional Tennis), The NC Wine Festival and much, much more! The region has also transformed itself from a tobacco growing region to a burgeoning wine region. There are numerous wineries to explore throughout our area.

Attractions in and around Winston-Salem include the Moravian settlements of Old Salem Museum and Gardens, Historic Bethabara, Reynolda House Museum of Art; Gardens and Village, Tanglewood Park, Pilot Mountain State Park, Hanging Rock State Park, SciWorks, National Cycling Center, The Children’s Museum of Winston-Salem and the Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art (SECCA).

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