Winston-Salem is where it starts

Winston-Salem and Forsyth County stand out when it comes to looking for your next place to locate. This growing metro is located in the heart of the Carolina Core with easy access to destinations throughout the Southeast. Its walkable downtown features a mix of innovation and historic charm where you can find local businesses, restaurants, and breweries to enjoy. The Innovation Quarter, one of the world’s leading innovation districts, is home to cutting-edge research, educational institutions, and more than 90 companies, with future development imminent. Our economy is favorable for companies from large headquarters to new startups; in one of the best states for business, Winston-Salem’s low cost of living is a major advantage.

Economy & Employment


Best City for Business Costs

Wallethub 2023


Best City to Start a Small Business

ZenBusiness 2020


Best City for Women in Tech

Magnify Money 2021


City that Gained the Most Workers in 2020

McKinsey Global Institute 2021


Best City to Work from Home

Apartment Guide 2021

Cost of Living


Best Affordable Places to Live

US News & World Report 2023-24


Most Affordable Metro Area

Bureau of Economic Analysis 2022


Most Affordable Downtown in the U.S.

MSN Money 2019



Best Mid-Sized City

The Zebra 2023


Safest Place to Live

US News & World Report 2021


Best College Town in the South

Southern Living 2022

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