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Why Winston-Salem is one of the best places to live

Don’t take our word for it — here is how Winston-Salem ranks compared to the rest of the nation.

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Wanna know what makes Winston-Salem a great place to live? Don’t take it from us, we have numbers to prove the Twin City is one of the best cities to live in America.

With Winston-Salem constantly growing and undertaking multiple high-profile developments this year, we figured it was time to talk about what the Twin City is known for. Livability has ranked Winston-Salem among the top 25 best places to live in the Southeast. The Twin City is recognized for its quality of higher education — including top-ranking HBCU Winston-Salem State University, Wake Forest University, Salem College and UNC School of the Arts.

Housing affordability + living cost

The median household income in Forsyth County is $56,830 according to the most recent data available from the US Census Bureau — that’s compared to $62,317 for residents in Winston-Salem. When it comes to the cost of living, the median gross rent for the city is $880 compared to $1,163 nationwide. Still not convinced? The average home price of $260,000 is 37% below the national median and the cost of living is 6% below national average, according to Redfin.

Here are some other accolades the Twin City is known for:

Overall, Winston-Salem ranks highest for housing, environment, and transportation.