Winston-Salem, North Carolina 

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Small town complex - Northern Piedmont in an area of transition between the eastern coastal plain and mountains to the west. September, May and October are the most pleasant months in Winston-Salem, while January and December are the least comfortable months.

Winston-Salem, NC Housing Market
Lowest Priced HomesHOMES UNDER $250,000
Most Expensive ListingsHOMES $250,001 to $500,000
Largest HomesHOMES $500,001 to $750,000
Median Priced HomesHOMES $750,001 to $1,000,000
Pleasant climate
Central location
Nearby mountains
Economic decline
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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.

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Real Estate: See Homes
Country: United States
State: North Carolina
County: Forsyth County
Metro Area: Winston-Salem Metro Area
Political Ideology: Somewhat liberal
City: Winston-Salem
Zip Codes: 27106, 27107, 27105, 27127, 27103, 27104, 27101, 27040, 27109, 27110, 10 total
Time zone: Eastern Standard Time (EST)
Elevation: 970 ft above sea level


The unemployment rate in Winston-Salem is 4.7% (U.S. avg. is 3.7%). Recent job growth is Positive. Winston-Salem jobs have increased by 1.6%. More Economy

Compared to the rest of the country, Winston-Salem's cost of living is 18.7% lower than the U.S. average. More Cost of Living or Compare Winston-Salem's Cost of Living

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Forsyth county voted Democratic in the last three Presidential elections, after voting Republican in 2000 and 2004. More Voting Stats

Winston-Salem's population is 240,193 people. Since 2010, it has had a population growth of 6.9%. Learn More...

Average Commute time is 20.6 minutes. The National Average is 26.4 minutes. Learn More...

The median home cost in Winston-Salem is Real Estate: $134,900. Home appreciation the last 10 years has been 6.0%.

Winston-Salem public schools spend $9,010 per student. The average school expenditure in the U.S. is $12,383. There are about 14.4 students per teacher in Winston-Salem. More Education

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It's a good time to buy in Winston-Salem. Home Appreciation is up 6.0% in the last 12 months.
The median home price in Winston-Salem is $134,900.

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Reviews for Winston-Salem   26 Reviews
A sad and corrupt city - 2/26/2020
Winston Salem is a corrupt and sad city. Many residents aren't open to new comers and crime is rampant. The abysmal crime rate is due in part to the corrupt and... Read More

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Beautiful and Quiet - 1/4/2020
I’ve lived here since 2008 and the community is beautiful and quiet. Convenient to everything and if you’re not a lazy person you can walk to Walmart, the bank,... Read More

Progressive, artsy small city - 6/14/2018
I didn't fully appreciate WS until I left. I still have family and friends there, and when I visit (I've lived in various places, now in the midwest for about 20 years)... Read More

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27106, 27107, 27105, 27127, 27103, 27104, 27101, 27040, 27109, 27110, 10 total


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