Winston-Salem is located in North Carolina’s Piedmont Triad region, which is home to more than 1.5 million people. It is situated halfway between Atlanta and Washington, D.C., less than 90 miles from the Charlotte metro area and the Raleigh/Durham metro area.
The city is just four hours from North Carolina’s renowned beaches to the east and two hours from the scenic Blue Ridge Mountains to the west.
The Triad, and Winston-Salem in particular, is a hub for banking, finance, entrepreneurship, biotechnology, medical and high-tech enterprises, all of which build upon the area’s traditional industrial base.
Wake Forest actively supports downtown Winston-Salem’s Piedmont Triad Research Park, a magnet for area entrepreneurial, life science and information technology enterprises. The area also is the center of furniture manufacturing and sales, and is home to the semi-annual High Point Market, one of the largest events of its kind in the world. Other major local employers include BB&T, VF Corporation, Ingersoll-Rand, Hanesbrands, Reynolds American and Wake Forest University Medical Center. Winston-Salem was recently named by Businessweek magazine as one of the top 20 cities in the nation for "The Best Places to Start Over".
The city’s low cost of living and attractive quality of life make it a destination for new businesses and professionals eager to pursue a career and raise a family. A 2005 survey by Mercer Human Resources Consulting named Winston-Salem the least expensive U.S. city in which to live. Residents also enjoy the city’s mild winters and moderate year-round climate.
Taking advantage of the climate, a wine-making industry has taken root in the region, with many wineries beginning to flourish. Designated as the first American Viticultural Area in North Carolina, the Yadkin Valley provides excellent conditions for growing European varietals such as Chardonnay, Riesling, Viognier, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Syrah, and Cabernet Franc. Convenient access to the Yadkin Valley wineries means that area residents & visitors can easily explore many wineries in one easy day-trip.
North Carolina also prides itself on the quality of its higher education, and Winston-Salem is home to five colleges and universities, including Wake Forest, Winston-Salem State University, Salem College, University of North Carolina School of the Arts, and Piedmont Bible College.
Winston-Salem is well known for its arts culture; the city is home to a professional symphony and an opera company, several museums and art galleries, and numerous theater groups. The city ranks among the nation’s leaders in per capita contributions to the arts, and is home to the highly regarded University of North Carolina School of the Arts and the biennial National Black Theatre Festival.
Need a reason to get out and enjoy Winston-Salem's year-round mild climate? You'll find plenty of golf courses, camp sites, hiking trails and fishing spots, and the nearby mountains and foothills make it easy to pursue cycling, canoeing, kayaking and rafting.
Sports fans can enjoy the excitement of Atlantic Coast Conference action or take a short trip to Charlotte or Raleigh for NBA, NFL or NHL games and NASCAR races. The city is also home to the Winston-Salem Dash, a minor league affiliate of the Chicago White Sox. Golf fans may enjoy a variety of professional golf tournaments throughout the Piedmont Triad area as well.
Thanks to its ideal geographic location in the Southeast and its suburb infrastructure, North Carolina enjoys extensive and efficient transportation service. North-south Interstates 77, 85 and 95 and east-west Interstate 40 criss-cross the state and place Winston-Salem within one day’s drive of 55 percent of the U.S. population.
Direct flights are available to Piedmont Triad International Airport in Greensboro from most major U.S. metropolitan areas. The airport is only 30 minutes from campus. The city is located near the intersection of Interstates 40 and 85.