Winston-Salem, NC Profile: Facts, Map & 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 244,338 as of July 1, 2017. 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.

Beneath the boundary map are tables with Winston-Salem population, income and housing data, five-year growth projections and peer comparisons for key demographic data. The estimates are for July 1, 2017.

Alternate Unofficial Names for Winston-Salem: Winston.

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Winston-Salem, NC Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2017)


Total Population 244,338
Daytime Population: Workers 154,102
Daytime Population: Residents 136,126
Total Daytime Population (TDP) 290,228
Ratio TDP/Total Population1 1.19
Population in Households 234,334
Population in Familes 179,951
Population in Group Qrtrs 10,004
Population Density2 1,844
Diversity Index3 73


Median Household Income $42,581
Average Household Income $66,073
Per Capita Income $27,169


Total Housing Units 110,130 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 51,593 (46.8%)
Renter Occupied HU 45,952 (41.7%)
Vacant Housing Units 12,585 (11.4%)
Median Home Value $151,101
Average Home Value $208,266


Total Households 97,545
Average Household Size 2.4
Family Households 57,915
Average Family Size 3
  1. If the ratio of the TDP to Total Population is greater than 1, the location gains population during the day when commuting workers are present. If the ratio is less than 1, the location is more of a bedroom community where people commute to another place for work.
  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.


2010-2017 2017-2022
Population 0.87% 0.91%
Households 0.77% 0.9%
Families 0.55% 0.77%
Median Household Income   1.57%
Per Capita Income   2.26%

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, 2017 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 # 43 94th
Diversity Index # 46 94th
Median Household Income # 338 54th
Per Capita Income # 213 71st

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