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 (Forbes.com)
- Top 25 Best Places to Retire in 2013 (Forbes.com)
- No. 6 Best Place to Retire (CNNMoney.com)
- No. 70 Best Places for Business and Careers (Forbes.com)
- Top 10 Cheapest U.S. Cities to Live in (MSNBC Real Estate)
- No. 2 Most Liveable Downtown (Livability.com)
- 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 (BourbonandBoots.com)