2010: 229,617, #83 in U.S., #4 in North Carolina

1950: 87,811, #127 in U.S.

2010 Metropolitan Area: 477,717, #105 in U.S.

1950 Metropolitan Area: 146,135, #120 in U.S.


Salem was founded as a Moravian settlement in 1766. Winston was founded in 1849. The towns were officially joined in 1913.


Tallest building: 100 N. Main St., 460 feet (1995)

List of tallest buildings


Winston-Salem has no downtown department stores.


Amtrak has no service to Winston-Salem, but it does serve nearby Greensboro and High Point.


The Old Salem Museums and Gardens are just south of downtown.

Downtown Winston-Salem


The Aperture Cinema opened in 2010, showing independent films in downtown Winston-Salem.

The Carolina Theater (1929), a restored movie palace, is now called the Stevens Center and is part of the University of North Carolina School of the Arts. It hosts the Winston-Salem Symphony, the Piedmont Opera Theater, touring Broadway shows, and a variety of other concerts.


The Winston-Salem Dash, Single-A Carolina League affiliate of the Chicago White Sox, play at BB&T Ballpark (2010), just west of  downtown. The LJVM Coliseum (1989), north of downtown, has sporting events, concerts, and other events.

Map of Downtown Winston-Salem

Downtown Winston-Salem Partnership

Convention and Visitors Bureau