🇺🇸 Winston-Salem is a city in and the county seat of Forsyth County, North Carolina, United States. It is the second largest municipality in the Piedmont Triad region. It is the fourth largest metropolitan area in North Carolina. Winston-Salem is home to the tallest office building in the region, 100 North Main Street, known locally as the Wells Fargo Center.
Winston-Salem is situated close to Greensboro-High Point. The population of the Winston-Salem metropolitan area spans over the five counties of Forsyth, Davidson, Stokes, Davie, and Yadkin.
Winston-Salem is called the "Twin City" for its dual heritage. "Camel City" is a reference to the city's historic involvement in the tobacco industry related to locally based R. J. Reynolds Tobacco Company's Camel cigarettes. Many natives of the city and North Carolina refer to the city as "Winston" in informal speech. Winston-Salem is also home to six colleges and institutions, most notably Wake Forest University, Winston-Salem State University, and the University of North Carolina School of the Arts which ranks as one the best film schools in America. In 2021, the city ranked No. 46 on the "Best Places to Live" list from U.S. News & World Report. In April 2021, a study from Lendingtree's Magnify Money blog ranked Winston-Salem as the second-best tech market for women.
It is the location of the corporate headquarters of HanesBrands, Inc., Krispy Kreme Doughnuts, Inc., Lowes Foods Stores, ISP Sports, Reynolds American, Reynolda Manufacturing Solutions, K&W Cafeterias, and TW Garner Food Company. Blue Rhino, the nation's largest propane exchange company and a division of Ferrellgas, is also headquartered in Winston-Salem. PepsiCo has its Customer Service Center located in Winston-Salem.
Although traditionally associated with the textile and tobacco industries, Winston-Salem is transforming itself to be a leader in the nano-tech, high-tech and bio-tech fields. Medical research is a fast-growing local industry, and Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center is the largest employer in Winston-Salem. Herbalife run a manufacturing facility in in south-eastern Forsyth County.
Public and private investment of $713 million has created the Wake Forest Innovation Quarter, an innovation district in downtown Winston-Salem which features business, education in biomedical research and engineering, information technology and digital media, as well as public gathering spaces, apartment living, restaurants, and community events.
The largest employers in the city include: Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center; Novant Health; Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools; City/County Government ; Reynolds American, Inc.; Wells Fargo; Hanesbrands Inc; Truist Financial ; Wake Forest University; Lowe's Foods.
The major industries in Winston-Salem/Forsyth County are by percentage: 1 Health Care and Social Assistance 29%; 2 Trade, Transportation and Utilities 19%; 3 Professional and Business Services 14%; 4 Manufacturing 10%; 5 Leisure and Hospitality 10%; 5 Financial Activities 6%; 7 Public Administration 4%; 8 Construction 3%; 9 Other Services 3%; 10 Information 1%.
Winston-Salem was ranked #299 by the Nomad List which evaluates and ranks remote work hubs by cost, internet, fun and safety. Winston-Salem has a population of over 247,945 people. Winston-Salem also forms part of the wider Winston-Salem metropolitan area which has a population of over 680,876 people. Winston-Salem is the #224 hipster city in the world, with a hipster score of 3.2793 according to the Hipster Index which evaluates and ranks the major cities of the world according to the number of vegan eateries, coffee shops, tattoo studios, vintage boutiques, and record stores.