Winston-Salem, NC
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Living in Winston-Salem


Winston-Salem is a relatively large city located in the state of North Carolina. With a population of 242,203 people and 66 constituent neighborhoods, Winston-Salem is the fourth largest community in North Carolina.

Unlike some cities, Winston-Salem isn’t mainly white- or blue-collar. Instead, the most prevalent occupations for people in Winston-Salem are a mix of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Winston-Salem is a city of professionals, sales and office workers, and service providers. There are especially a lot of people living in Winston-Salem who work in office and administrative support (12.44%), sales jobs (9.96%), and management occupations (9.13%).

Also of interest is that Winston-Salem has more people living here who work in computers and math than 95% of the places in the US.

A lot of people in Winston-Salem take the bus for their daily commute. For the size of the city, the number of people who use public transportation is quite high. For many people in Winston-Salem, this fills their need for low-cost transportation.

The population of Winston-Salem is very well educated relative to most cities and towns in the nation, where the average community has 21.84% of its adult population holding a 4-year degree or higher: 34.18% of adults in Winston-Salem have a bachelor's degree or even advanced degree.

The per capita income in Winston-Salem in 2010 was $25,852, which is upper middle income relative to North Carolina, and middle income relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $103,408 for a family of four. However, Winston-Salem contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

Winston-Salem is an extremely ethnically-diverse city. The people who call Winston-Salem home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Winston-Salem residents report their race to be White, followed by Black or African-American. Winston-Salem also has a sizeable Hispanic population (people of Hispanic origin can be of any race). People of Hispanic or Latino origin account for 14.90% of the city’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Winston-Salem include English, Irish, Italian, and Scottish.

The most common language spoken in Winston-Salem is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Chinese.