Where Life Starts
With more than 75 restaurants and 30 bars & breweries to enjoy in Winston-Salem’s walkable downtown, there’s always something new to discover. The Arts District, Innovation Quarter, and Industry Hill offer unique cultural experiences to explore just moments away from Winston-Salem’s roots in Old Salem’s renowned historic district. Throughout town, you’ll find everything from local crafts and boutiques to family-owned restaurants and incredible fine dining. Further out, Winston-Salem is the gateway to the Yadkin Valley Wine Country region which is home to more than 70 wineries within a short drive of the city.
Winston-Salem offers big-city amenities in a place that’s small enough to make your mark. Our rankings for job growth outlook and safety are among the best nationwide. There are endless sports, activities, entertainment, and community events to explore. Between games at The Dash or attending renowned events including the National Black Theatre Festival, RiverRun International Film Festival, and more, there is always something to do. You’re guaranteed to get moving with more than 3,500 acres of parks and recreation, and 25 miles of greenways and trails.
Forsyth County is within 650 miles of half of the US population. With access to major interstates, residents enjoy an average commute of 21.4 minutes – less than the national average. The 65 Daily Non-Stop Flights from PTI mean you can easily and quickly access the rest of the country. Bus transportation through WSTA and PART also make traveling a breeze.
Looking to enjoy all four seasons without the frigid winters and dry summers? With annual average temperatures ranging from 49 to 70 degrees, the moderate climate is enjoyable most of the year. Forsyth County enjoys an average of 216 sunny days a year, meaning you have more time to explore the multitude of outdoor activities.
Forsyth County is home to some of the best healthcare institutions in the state and country. With two major healthcare systems and the #5 Best Hospital in North Carolina, there is no shortage of quality care.
Novant Health is an integrated network of physician clinics, outpatient facilities and hospitals that delivers a seamless and convenient healthcare experience. In 2017, Becker’s Hospital Review named Novant Health as one of the nation’s 150 best places to work in healthcare. In 2018, Novant Health provided more than $883.7 million in community benefit and was one of the first recipients of the CMS Health Equity Award.
Atrium Health Wake Forest Baptist
Since the founding of the medical school in 1902 and North Carolina Baptist Hospital in 1923, Atrium Health Wake Forest Baptist has grown into a nationally-recognized academic medical center and integrated health care system. Atrium Health Wake Forest Baptist combines the delivery of superb patient- and family-centered care with a proven record of outstanding achievement and pioneering efforts in education and research.
Where Business Starts
Winston-Salem is home to some of the biggest names in business. Hanesbrands, Reynolds American, Inmar and Garner Foods are headquartered here, while financial services companies like Truist and
Wells Fargo have major operations here. Collins Aerospace, Caterpillar, Cook Medical, Corning, Deere-Hitachi and scores of other advanced manufacturers thrive in Forsyth County. Healthcare is a leading industry here with Novant Health and Wake Forest Baptist Health. Brands like Krispy Kreme and Texas Pete also got their start here.
Where Innovation Starts
Innovation and entrepreneurialism are in Winston-Salem’s DNA. Founded in 1913 by the towns of Winston and Salem coming together for a strong economic future, the way we get things done is collaborative, not competitive.