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Pros

-Pleasant climate
-Central location
-Nearby mountains

Cons

-Economic decline
-Entertainment
-Educational attainment


What Bert Has To Say About Winston-Salem Metro Area


Until recently, Winston-Salem and High Point were associated with nearby Greensboro to form one metro area. The three cities are sometimes referred to as the Piedmont Triad. In comparison to the state’s better-known triad of Raleigh–Durham–Chapel Hill, the economy and lifestyle is more industrial and working-class, although there is a strong university presence and a high level of educational attainment. The economy has an interesting mix of declining and emerging industries, but employment overall has been relatively stable. Winston-Salem, as the name suggests, has been a center for the tobacco industry. (The cigarettes are named after the town, not vice versa.) Winston-Salem is also home to Wake Forest University, some affiliated high tech business, a collection of banking centers and is home to Krispy Kreme donuts and a new Dell Computer plant. High Point is a world trade center for furniture and is still center of the state’s largest furniture-manufacturing industry. Unfortunately, the dislocation of that industry offshore, particularly to China, is having an impact on its manufacturing base. Downtown High Point is a fascinating collection of commercial, warehouse and showroom facilities centered on this industry. Winston-Salem epitomizes the shift from older economy to new economy, and High Point is an industry town shifting emphasis from manufacturing to becoming a trade and design center. The nearby Greensboro metro area is perhaps the most prosperous of the three, though all places are generally appealing with a lack of major downsides. The nearby amenities of the Raleigh-Durham area, about 80 miles to the east, are close enough for residents to benefit.

The city complex is located in northern Piedmont in an area of transition between the eastern coastal plain and mountains to the west. The immediate landscape is slightly rolling with woodlands and open country. The climate is a mix of continental and humid subtropical. Winter temperatures and rainfall are modified somewhat by the mountain barrier. The combination of coastal moisture and northern cold air produce more frequent sleet and ice storms than in most of North Carolina. Snow flurries may occur. Summers are generally mild to warm and humid, with varying temperatures. Most summer precipitation occurs as localized thunderstorms. Late summer and fall hurricanes bring heavy rain. First freeze is late October, last is mid-April.


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Quick Facts About Winston-Salem


    ECONOMY
    The unemployment rate in Winston-Salem is 5.70 percent(U.S. avg. is 6.30%). Recent job growth is Positive. Winston-Salem jobs have Increased by 0.26 percent.
    COST OF LIVING
    Compared to the rest of the country, Winston-Salem's cost of living is 14.40% Lower than the U.S. average.
    POPULATION
    As of 2014, Winston-Salem's population is 230,030 people. Since 2000, it has had a population growth of 14.60 percent.
    TRANSPORTATION
    Average Commute time is 19 minutes. The National Average is 25 minutes.
    REAL ESTATE
    The median home cost in Winston-Salem is $106,800. Home appreciation the last year has been -2.20 percent.
    SCHOOLS
    Winston-Salem public schools spend $10,376 per student. The average school expenditure in the U.S. is $12,435. There are about 15.8 students per teacher in Winston-Salem.

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Comments


Can you tell me the best neighborhoods in the Wins
I am planning on moving to the Winston Salem area next spring and wanted to ask what areas are the best to live? I've heard Lewisville is very nice but are there any... (read more)
Don't bother if you didn't grow up here
I have lived many places and I can say that WS has a lot of beautiful neighborhoods. It is laid back, the traffic isn't bad and the costs aren't bad. The bad... (read more)
re: Diamond in the Rough - 3/20/2011
You have such insight on this city... with relocating to Winston Salem 1st of July on short notice I have no idea where is the good parts to live for families with... (read more)
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