Winston-Salem, NC


Winston-Salem’s roots date to 1753, when the Moravians, a religious group from Eastern Europe, settled in the area and established the town of Salem. A century later the nearby city of Winston became a bustling industrial center with strong ties to textiles and tobacco. In 1913, the two cities became one, and Winston-Salem was born.

Located halfway between the mountains and the beach, North Carolina’s fifth-largest city boasts a flourishing arts scene and vibrant downtown, with more than 100 restaurants, 30 galleries and museums, and live-music venues.


Winston-Salem has received national recognition as a great city to live, work, learn and play. There are just a few of the recent accolades that recognize the great diversity that the community has to offer:

  • Americas Best Downtowns (
  • Top 25 Best Places to Retire in 2013 (
  • No. 6 Best Place to Retire (
  • No. 70 Best Places for Business and Careers (
  • Top 10 Cheapest U.S. Cities to Live in (MSNBC Real Estate)
  • No. 2 Most Liveable Downtown (
  • No. 46 America’s Top Large City (Business Week)
  • No 10 America’s Most Fun, Affordable Cities (Better Homes & Gardens Real Estate)
  • No. 12 Best Film School Rankings – UNCSA (The Hollywood Reporter)
  • No. 18 World’s Cheapest City for Expensive Living (Mercer)
  • No. 22 Best Minor League Market in U.S. (Street & Smith Sports Business Journal)
  • Eight Most Overlooked Foodie Towns in the South (

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