What’s it like to live in Winston-Salem, NC?
Profile written by local expert: Brent Patterson of USNews.com
Winston-Salem, referred to by locals as just Winston, is a region with an upward trajectory that still maintains its Southern roots. But while the population is traditionally Southern in its friendliness, it’s also comprised of cultures from around the globe. The metro area celebrates its diversity during an array of festivals and through a variety of cuisines. You’ll find restaurants serving everything from traditional North Carolina barbecue to Indian curries and Greek pastries.
Unlike many of North Carolina’s other larger metro areas, like Charlotte, Raleigh and Durham, Winston has not seen a huge population boom over the years. In fact, since 2000, the population has only increased by about 40,000 people.
This slow-and-steady growth has preserved the region’s small-town feel while allowing for improvements like repurposing the old textile and tobacco factories into loft apartment spaces, and building the new $48.7 million baseball park downtown. Due to the heavy interest in residential and corporate development, the region has become a fertile land for entrepreneurs and small businesses.
U.S. News analyzed 100 metro areas in the United States to find the best places to live based on quality of life and the job market in each metro area, as well as the value of living there and people’s desire to live there. Winston-Salem ranks as #37 with an overall score of 6.6 out of 10.
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