Winston-Salem has now been ranked as one of 50 best U.S. cities. The city was listed at No. 46 out of the 100 cities BusinessWeek.com evaluated for its 2011 report.
Winston-Salem is a city of approximately 229,000 people and the fourth largest city in North Carolina. The climate is moderate with an average summer temperature of 78 degrees, and an average winter temperature of 40 degrees. Rainfall is well distributed throughout the year, with a few days of snow.
With more than 3,500 acres of park space, visitors and residents alike will be able to find plenty of outdoor activities for entertainment. Activities range from walking, swimming, biking, playing tennis or golf, hiking through local woodland areas or scenic mountain trails, or just relaxing and enjoying a picnic in the great outdoors in one of the city parks.
In addition to the sporting events of Wake Forest University, Winston-Salem boasts centralized sporting facilities in one convenient location. Minor league baseball, university football, basketball and soccer facilities are located in and around the Lawrence Joel Veterans Memorial Coliseum (LJVM) and the Dixie Classic Fairgrounds just minutes from the main university campus.
The city is also home to the Winston-Salem Symphony Orchestra, Piedmont Opera, the Southeastern Center for Contemporary Arts (SECCA), Reynolda House and gardens, NCSA Stevens Center, Sawthooth School for Visual Art, Museum of Early Southern Decorative Arts (MESDA), and Old Salem, the site of the Moravian town founded in 1766, from which the present city grew.
The city’s downtown area is an active vital neighborhood of cultural events and city living. The center of the city is home to the Stevens Center for the Performing Arts and the Sawtooth School for Visual Arts. During the summer months, music festivals and gallery exhibitions welcome the public to hours of enjoyment. Condominiums, apartments, restaurants, art galleries, sidewalk shopping, and live music bring residents to the downtown year round; while the sidewalk cafes and coffeehouses with their free wireless connections attract the young and the young at heart.
On the east side of the city resides the Piedmont Triad Research Park (PTRP) in the historical downtown business district. The PTRP is a unique community that is being developed to support life science and information technology research and development. The Park is being developed around the expanding bio-medical campus for Wake Forest University Health Sciences (WFUHS) that will create a nexus of intellectual activity attracting new biotechnology investment and development to the heart of the city.