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Winston-Salem is a city in Forsyth County.
It is the county seat.
The community was named after Revolutionary War Maj. Joseph Winston; merged with Salem in 1913.
The latitude of Winston-Salem is 36.099N. The longitude is -80.244W.
It is in the Eastern Standard time zone. Elevation is 961 feet.
The estimated population, in 2003, was 190,299.
Median household income
$41,994Source: 2000 census, U.S. Census BureauFor more census details and comparisons, see our Winston-Salem demographic reports
Winston-Salem is in the Piedmont Region.
Founded by Moravians from Pennsylvania in 1766
Public transportation: Winston-Salem Transit Authority (See the transit and travel sections below.)
Crime: The number of violent crimes recorded by the FBI in 2003 was 1,579. The number of murders and homicides was 11. The violent crime rate was 8.3 per 1,000 people.
Filming location for:
· 2002 movie, "Cabin Fever"
· 2005 movie, "Junebug"
Well-known residents have included:
· Howard Cosell, sportscaster
· Ed Berrier, race car driver
· Pam Grier, actress
· Rolanda Watts, TV talk show host
National and regional coffee companies with outlets here include Gloria Jean's, Starbucks, Panera Bread
Local festivals include:
- ARTSfest - Sept. 29, 2007
- Apple Festival - Sept. 22, 2007
- Greek Festival - May 18-20, 2007
- Hispanic Heritage Festival - Oct. 13, 2007
- Bookmarks - Winston-Salem's Festival of Books - Sept. 8, 2007
- Dixie Classic Fair - Sept. 28-Oct. 7, 2007
- HarvestFest - Oct. 27, 2007
- Celtic Festival & Highland Games - May 12, 2007
- African American Cultural Day - Feb. 10, 2007
- RiverRun International Film Festival - April 18-23, 2007
Dates often change. Check Winston-Salem web sites and events links in the sections below.
Performing arts: Piedmont Opera Theatre, Winston-Salem Symphony
Nearby parks & recreation:
Sports teams: Warthogs (minor league baseball)
Historic sites and museums: Old Salem, Museum of Anthropology, Museum of Early Southern Decorative Arts, Reynolda House, Museum of American Art, Children's Museum at Old Salem, Single Brothers' House, Historic Bethabara Park
Colleges and universities:
Winston-Salem State University, Salem College, Wake Forest University, Forsyth Technical Community College, North Carolina School of the Arts
Support for libraries: Local government funding for the local library system, in fiscal years 2001-2002, was on par with the national average. (See library links below.)
Gays & lesbians
National index: 100
Local index: 107
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Ancestry & family history
10% of Winston-Salem residents report German ancestry, and 6% report Irish. For more info on local ancestry groups, see the Winston-Salem ancestry & family history guide.
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At the time of the 2000 census, the per capita income in Winston-Salem was $22,468, compared with $21,587 nationally.
30% of Winston-Salem residents age 25 and older have a bachelor's or advanced college degree.
Winston-Salem festival dates:
Fairs, festivals & other events
- Dixie Classic Fair - S
- Apple Festival - S
- Celtic Festival & Highland Games - M
- Greek Festival - M
- African American Cultural Day - F
- Hispanic Heritage Festival - O
- RiverRun International Film Festival - A
- Bookmarks - Winston-Salem's Festival of Books - S
- ARTSfest - S
- HarvestFest - O
Dates often change. Check with local tourism officials to be sure.
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Historic districts in Winston-Salem include Bethabara Historic District, Old Salem Historic District ... View historic districts
Median rent in Winston-Salem, at the time of the 2000 Census, was $432. Monthly homeowner costs, for people with mortgages, were $958.
Libraries in Winston-Salem include Carver School Road Branch Library, East Winston Heritage Center, Forsyth County Public Library, Happy Hill Mini Library, Reynolda Manor Branch Library, Salvation Army Boys & Girls Club, Southside Branch Library, YWCA Youth Mini Library ... View libraries
Newspapers in Winston-Salem include Winston-Salem Journal
TV stations in Winston-Salem include WUNL, WXII, WXLV.
National Public Radio programming is carried locally by WFDD., WSNC.
Forsyth County supported George W. Bush in the 2004 presidential election. For more information, see our Winston-Salem political report.
Winston-Salem restaurants taking online reservations include Camel City Cafe, Noble's Grille, Village Tavern ... View restaurants
The average commute time for Winston-Salem workers is 20 minutes, compared with 26 minutes nationwide.
A total of 54 fatal motor vehicle accidents occurred in Winston-Salem between 2001 and 2003, according to reports gathered by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
This is a rate of 2.9 fatal crashes per 10,000 population, which was lower than the national norm.
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