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Winston-Salem, North Carolina

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Winston-Salem is a city and the county seat of Forsyth County, North Carolina, United States.[4] In the 2020 census, the population was 249,545, making it the second-largest municipality in the Piedmont Triad region, the 5th most populous city in North Carolina, the third-largest urban area in North Carolina, and the 90th most populous city in the United States.[5] With a metropolitan population of 679,948 it is the fourth largest metropolitan area in North Carolina. Winston-Salem is home to the tallest office building in the region, 100 North Main Street, formerly known as the Wachovia Building and now known locally as the Wells Fargo Center.

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Winston-Salem, North Carolina
Skyline of Winston-Salem with the redeveloped Bailey Power Plant in the foreground and 100 North Main Street, Winston Tower, and the Reynolds Building in the background
Twin City, Winston, W-S, The Dash City, The 336
Urbs Condita Adiuvando
(A city founded on cooperation)
Location in Forsyth County and the state of North Carolina
Winston-Salem, North Carolina
Location in the contiguous United States
Coordinates: 36°6′9.95″N 80°15′37.77″W
CountryUnited States
StateNorth Carolina
CountiesForsyth County
Founded1766 (Salem),
1849 (Winston)
Consolidated1913 (Winston-Salem)
Named forJoseph Winston and a merger with the Town of Salem
  MayorAllen Joines (D)[1]
  City ManagerLee D. Garrity [2]
  City134.74 sq mi (348.98 km2)
  Land133.53 sq mi (345.84 km2)
  Water1.21 sq mi (3.14 km2)
970 ft (300 m)
  Rank5th in North Carolina
89th in United States
  Density1,868.82/sq mi (721.55/km2)
420,924 (US: 98th)
  Urban density1,354.4/sq mi (522.9/km2)
675,966 (US: 90th)
1,699,123 (US: 36th)
Time zoneUTC−5 (Eastern)
  Summer (DST)UTC−4 (EDT)
ZIP code
27023, 27040, 27045, 27101-27110, 27113-27117, 27120, 27127, 27130, 27150, 27152, 27155, 27157, 27198-27199, 27284
Area code336/743
FIPS code37-75000
Primary AirportPiedmont Triad International Airport
U.S. Routes

In 2003, the Greensboro-Winston-Salem–High Point metropolitan statistical area was redefined by the OMB and separated into the two major metropolitan areas of Winston-Salem and Greensboro-High Point. The population of the Winston-Salem metropolitan area in 2020 was 679,948. The metro area covers over 2,000 square miles and spans the five counties of Forsyth, Davidson, Stokes, Davie, and Yadkin.

Winston-Salem is called the "Twin City" for its dual heritage, and "the Camel City" is a reference to the city's historic involvement in the tobacco industry related to locally based R. J. Reynolds' Camel cigarettes. Many natives of the city and North Carolina refer to the city as "Winston" in informal speech. Winston-Salem is also home to six colleges and institutions, most notably Wake Forest University, Winston-Salem State University, and the University of North Carolina School of the Arts, which ranks as one of the best arts schools in America. In 2021, the city ranked No. 46 out of 150 cities on the "Best Places to Live" list from U.S. News & World Report. In April 2021, a study from Lendingtree's Magnify Money blog ranked Winston-Salem the second-best tech market for women.[6]