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About Winston-Salem

234,349 in city
1,581,122 in metro
282 km² (109 mi²)
243 m
Winston-Salem is a manufacturing, educational, and medical center located in northwestern North Carolina, about 45 miles from the Blue Ridge Mountains. With Greensboro and High Point, it forms a metropolitan area of over 1,000,000 – sometimes referred to as the Piedmont Triad. The home of RJ Reynolds Tobacco company, it is a major manufacturing center of tobacco products and has a large leaf-tobacco market. Other major industries include knitwear, hosiery, and electronic equipment. The city's largest employer is currently the Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center. Salem was founded in 1766 by a group of Moravians from Pennsylvania who settled the area – which they called Wachovia – in 1753. Remains of their original village of Bethabara are preserved in the northwestern part of the city. Winston was founded in 1849 one mile north of Salem Square as the seat of the newly formed Forsyth County. In 1913 the two cities merged to form Winston-Salem. Salem has been preserved in the Old Salem historic district. It is a popular tourist attraction besides being a center of Moravian Church activities and the home of Salem College.

No. of Buildings

No. Current status
185 All Buildings
under construction

Tallest Buildings

# Building Height Year
1 100 North Main Street 460 ft 1995
2 Winston Tower 410 ft 1966
3 GMAC Tower 330 ft 1980
4 Reynolds Building 314 ft 1929
5 Nissen Building 238 ft 1927