Winston-Salem, NC Profile: Facts & Data

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Winston-Salem, North Carolina - Basic Facts

The City of Winston-Salem is the 5th largest city in North Carolina with a population of 246,224 as of July 1, 2018. Winston-Salem ranks in the upper quartile for Population Density and Diversity Index when compared to the other cities, towns and Census Designated Places (CDPs) in North Carolina. See peer rankings below.

The primary coordinate point for Winston-Salem is located at latitude 36.1027 and longitude -80.261 in Forsyth County. The formal boundaries for the City of Winston-Salem (see map below) encompass a land area of 132.5 sq. miles and a water area of 1.23 sq. miles. Forsyth County is in the Eastern time zone (GMT -5). The elevation is 912 feet.

The City of Winston-Salem (GNIS ID: 2405771) has a C1 Census Class Code which indicates an active incorporated place that does not serve as a county subdivision equivalent. It also has a Functional Status Code of "A" which identifies an active government providing primary general-purpose functions.

The City of Winston-Salem is located within Township of Winston, a minor civil division (MCD) of Forsyth County.

Alternate Unofficial Names for Winston-Salem: Winston.

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Winston-Salem, NC Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2018)

POPULATION

Total Population 246,224
Population in Households 236,220
Population in Familes 182,550
Population in Group Qrtrs 10,004
Population Density2 1,858
Diversity Index3 73
 

INCOME

Median Household Income $45,682
Average Household Income $68,746
Per Capita Income $28,243

HOUSING

Total Housing Units 110,796 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 52,776 (47.6%)
Renter Occupied HU 45,495 (41.1%)
Vacant Housing Units 12,525 (11.3%)
Median Home Value $155,110
Average Home Value $212,009
 

HOUSEHOLDS

Total Households 98,271
Average Household Size 2.4
Family Households 58,374
Average Family Size 3
NOTES
  1. Demographics are point estimates for July 1st of the current year and each for the forecast years. See References for more information.
  2. Population Density = Total Population per square mile.
  3. The Diversity Index is a scale of 0 to 100 that represents the likelihood that two persons, chosen at random from the same area, belong to different race or ethnic groups. If an area's entire population belongs to one race AND one ethnic group, then the area has zero diversity. An area's diversity index increases to 100 when the population is evenly divided into two or more race/ethnic groups.

GROWTH RATE / YEAR

2010-2018 2018-2023
Population 0.86% 0.93%
Households 0.76% 0.94%
Families 0.58% 0.81%
Median Household Income   2.38%
Per Capita Income   2.18%

Winston-Salem, NC - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Winston-Salem to the other 739 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs in North Carolina by rank and percentile using July 1, 2018 data. The location Ranked # 1 has the highest value. A location that ranks higher than 75% of its peers would be in the 75th percentile of the peer group.

Variable Description Rank Percentile
Total Population # 5 99th
Population Density # 45 94th
Diversity Index # 47 94th
Median Household Income # 321 57th
Per Capita Income # 213 71st

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