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City of Winston - Salem

City of Winston - Salem


 Winston-Salem, North Carolina
City of Winston-Salem
Winston-Salem skyline
Winston-Salem skyline
Flag of Winston-Salem, North Carolina
Official seal of Winston-Salem, North Carolina
Official logo of Winston-Salem, North Carolina
City of Arts & Innovation, Twin City, Cigarette City, Camel City, Winston, The Dash, Tre 4
Urbs Condita Adiuvando (A city founded on cooperation)
Location in Forsyth County and the state of North Carolina.
Location in Forsyth County and the state of North Carolina.
Winston-Salem, North Carolina is located in the US
Winston-Salem, North Carolina
Winston-Salem, North Carolina
Location in the contiguous United States
Coordinates: 36°6′9.95″N 80°15′37.77″WCoordinates36°6′9.95″N 80°15′37.77″W
Country United States
State North Carolina
Counties Forsyth
Founded 1766 (Salem),
1849 (Winston)
Consolidated 1913 (Winston-Salem)
 • Mayor Allen Joines (D)[1]
 • City Manager Lee D. Garrity
 • Total 133.7 sq mi (346.3 km2)
 • Land 132.4 sq mi (343.0 km2)
 • Water 1.2 sq mi (3.2 km2)
970 ft (300 m)
(2010 (population_footnotes = [2][3])
 • Total 245,549
 • Estimate 
 • Density 1,800/sq mi (710/km2)
 • MSA
667,733 (US: 83rd)
 • CSA
1,642,506 (US: 33rd)
Demonym(s) Winston-Salemite
Time zone UTC−5 (Eastern)
 • Summer (DST) UTC−4 (EDT)
Area code(s) 336/743

Winston-Salem is a city in and the county seat of Forsyth CountyNorth Carolina, United States.[5] With a 2018 estimated population of 245,549 it is the second largest municipality in the Piedmont Triad region and the 5th-most populous city in North Carolina, and the 89th-most populous city in the United States. With a metropolitan population of 667,733 it is the fourth largest metropolitan area in North Carolina and is expected to keep that fourth spot for many more years. Winston-Salem is home to the tallest office building in the region, 100 North Main Street, formerly the Wachovia Building and now known locally as the Wells Fargo Center.



Winston-Salem is called the "Twin City" for its dual heritage and "City of the Arts and Innovation" for its dedication to fine arts and theater and technological research. "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 Camelcigarettes. Many locals refer to the city as "Winston" in informal speech. Another nickname, "the Dash," comes from the (-) in the city's name, although technically it is a hyphen, not a dash; this nickname is only used by the local minor league baseball team, the Winston-Salem Dash.


In 2012, the city was listed among the 10 best places to retire in the U.S. by CBS MoneyWatch.[6] Winston-Salem has seen an explosion in growth and urbanization in the downtown area with hotels, entertainment, and apartments being constructed. In 2017, the city was ranked the second-most livable downtown in America by the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal.