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A+ Winston-Salem Amenities Lots of amenities close to this location
C+ Winston-Salem Cost of Living Cost of living is 1% higher than North Carolina
955% less expensive than the US average
North Carolina
946% less expensive than the US average
United States
100National cost of living index
Winston-Salem cost of living
F Winston-Salem Crime Total crime is 44% higher than North Carolina
Total crime
4,17952% higher than the US average
Chance of being a victim
1 in 2452% higher than the US average
Year-over-year crime
-6%Year over year crime is down
Winston-Salem crime
D- Winston-Salem Employment Household income is 15% lower than North Carolina
Median household income
$40,89826% lower than the US average
Income per capita
$25,85213% lower than the US average
Unemployment rate
6%33% higher than the US average
Winston-Salem employment
D- Winston-Salem Housing Home value is 9% lower than North Carolina
Median home value
$142,40023% lower than the US average
Median rent price
$73423% lower than the US average
Home ownership
54%15% lower than the US average
Winston-Salem real estate or Winston-Salem rentals
F Winston-Salem Schools HS graduation rate is equal to North Carolina
High school grad. rates
82%1% lower than the US average
School test scores
36%27% lower than the US average
Student teacher ratio
14:113% lower than the US average
Winston-Salem K-12 schools or Winston-Salem colleges

Living in Winston-Salem, NC

Winston-Salem is a large city located in the state of North Carolina. The city has a population of 238,474 residents. Individuals of White (57%) and Black or African American (35%) backgrounds make up a significant portion of the population of the city. Not a fan of sitting in traffic? One big advantage of living in Winston-Salem is the reasonable commute times to work. With an average one way commute time of 20 minutes, getting to work is faster than the national average of 26 minutes.

If you’re considering moving to any new city, it could be a very discouraging task. However, it could also be a great experience if you are willing to get to know the area before actually living in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. With useful information like crime, cost of living, weather, housing and other key data points, finding the best places to live in Winston-Salem and in the areas around Winston-Salem is a much easier task.

Using data and statistics Winston-Salem has received a livability score of 65 out of 100. This score is ranked in the 39th percentile when compared to all other cities. For each of the livability categories, we see that Winston-Salem ranks very well for amenities (A+). The bad news for Winston-Salem, there are some categories for which it does not score well, this includes: crime (F), education (F), employment (D-) and housing (D-).

Conveniently located amenities and interesting attractions are a great way to continuously enjoy Winston-Salem on a regular basis. Knowing that there are an abundance of amenities and things to do can ensure that you always have access to nearby grocery stores, restaurants and coffee shops. Some of the interesting things to do and attractions include: Old Salem Museums & Gardens, Reynolda House Museum of American Art, and SciWorks.

Assuming that Winston-Salem meets all of your requirements, the next most important item to examine is the affordability of real estate in Winston-Salem. Everything else becomes a lot less important if it turns out that home prices in Winston-Salem are simply unattainable. The median home price for Winston-Salem homes is $142,400, which is 9.4% lower than the North Carolina average. If we take a closer look at the affordability of homes in Winston-Salem, we’ll see that the home price to income ratio is 3.5, which is 6.1% higher than the North Carolina average. Real estate appreciation rates in Winston-Salem are important to consider, as they can act as a guide to determine if your new home purchase will be a solid investment going forward. During the last twelve months, the appreciation rate for Winston-Salem homes comes in at 5%, and the 5 year appreciation rates were 4.4%.

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Winston Salem - A 21st Century City with Great History

I live in North Carolina, not so far from Winston Salem. My wife and I always enjoy visiting the city . For us, the number 1 attraction in Winston Salem and the place we enjoy most is Old Salem. This authentic European-style village was restored to show what life was like in the early days of our country. It will probably exceed your expectations; but don't go on Sundays, because some buildings are not open.

The SciWorks and Children's Museum of Salem both have interesting exhibits and are well worth a visit. The Children's Museum has many interactive displays and proved to be a fun stop for kids.

Winston Salem is the home base where Krispy Kreme donuts were first created. If you are so unfortunate as to not have eaten them (and even if you have), you must pay this scrumptious place a visit.

This city is also the home of Wake Forest University. It is one of the great universities in the south. Overall, there are many reason to visit the city of Winston Salem, even though I have only named a few.
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Source: The Winston-Salem, NC data and statistics displayed above are derived from the 2016 United States Census Bureau American Community Survey (ACS).
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