Winston-Salem, NC

Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA)

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2022 Population
678,243
0.792% 1-year growth
US Senator
Thom Tillis
Republican Party
US Senator
Ted Budd
Republican Party
2022 Median Age
40.8
0.493% 1-year increase
2022 Poverty Rate
14.4%
4.82% 1-year decrease
2022 Median Household Income
$60,145
8.46% 1-year growth
2022 Median Property Value
$193,800
17.5% 1-year growth
2022 Employed Population
311,728
0.911% 1-year growth

About

In 2022, Winston-Salem, NC had a population of 678k people with a median age of 40.8 and a median household income of $60,145. Between 2021 and 2022 the population of Winston-Salem, NC grew from 672,914 to 678,243, a 0.792% increase and its median household income grew from $55,454 to $60,145, a 8.46% increase.

The 5 largest ethnic groups in Winston-Salem, NC are White (Non-Hispanic) (66.5%), Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) (17.3%), White (Hispanic) (4.29%), Two+ (Hispanic) (3.19%), and Other (Hispanic) (2.93%).

None of the households in Winston-Salem, NC reported speaking a non-English language at home as their primary shared language. This does not consider the potential multi-lingual nature of households, but only the primary self-reported language spoken by all members of the household.

95.6% of the residents in Winston-Salem, NC are U.S. citizens.

The largest universities in Winston-Salem, NC are Wake Forest University (2,979 degrees awarded in 2022), Forsyth Technical Community College (1,987 degrees), and Davidson-Davie Community College (1,614 degrees).

In 2022, the median property value in Winston-Salem, NC was $193,800, and the homeownership rate was 67.7%.

Most people in Winston-Salem, NC drove alone to work, and the average commute time was 24.3 minutes. The average car ownership in Winston-Salem, NC was 2 cars per household.

Population & Diversity

Winston-Salem, NC is home to a population of 678k people, from which 95.6% are citizens. As of 2022, 7.06% of Winston-Salem, NC residents were born outside of the country (47.9k people).

In 2022, there were 3.84 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (451k people) in Winston-Salem, NC than any other race or ethnicity. There were 117k Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) and 29.1k White (Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

Citizenship

95.6%
2022 Citizenship
95.6%
2021 Citizenship

As of 2022, 95.6% of Winston-Salem, NC residents were US citizens, which is higher than the national average of 93.5%. In 2021, the percentage of US citizens in Winston-Salem, NC was 95.6%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been decreasing.

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Race and Ethnicity

The 3 largest ethnic groups in Winston-Salem, NC
  1. White (Non-Hispanic)
    451k ± 834
  2. Black or African American (Non-Hispanic)
    117k ± 1.14k
  3. White (Hispanic)
    29.1k ± 2.41k
11%
Hispanic Population
74.8k people

In 2022, there were 3.84 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (451k people) in Winston-Salem, NC than any other race or ethnicity. There were 117k Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) and 29.1k White (Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

11% of the people in Winston-Salem, NC are hispanic (74.8k people).

The following chart shows the 7 races represented in Winston-Salem, NC as a share of the total population.

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Global Diversity

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Most Common Origin
  1. Mexico
    214,508 ± 11,254 people
  2. India
    79,868 ± 6,912 people
  3. Honduras
    39,759 ± 4,886 people

In 2022, the most common birthplace for the foreign-born residents of North Carolina was Mexico, the natal country of 214,508 North Carolina residents, followed by India with 79,868 and Honduras with 39,759.

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Foreign-Born Population

7.06%
2022 Foreign-Born Population
47.9k people
7.01%
2021 Foreign-Born Population
47.2k people

As of 2022, 7.06% of Winston-Salem, NC residents (47.9k people) were born outside of the United States, which is lower than the national average of 13.6%. In 2021, the percentage of foreign-born citizens in Winston-Salem, NC was 7.01%, meaning that the rate has been increasing.

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Veterans

Most Common Service Period
  1. Vietnam
    13,409 ± 719
  2. Gulf War (2001-)
    5,806 ± 649
  3. Gulf War (1990s)
    5,228 ± 534

Winston-Salem, NC has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 2.31 times greater than any other conflict.

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Economy

The economy of Winston-Salem, NC employs 312k people. The largest industries in Winston-Salem, NC are Health Care & Social Assistance (49,831 people), Manufacturing (46,173 people), and Retail Trade (35,379 people), and the highest paying industries are Management of Companies & Enterprises ($76,500), Finance & Insurance ($68,726), and Mining, Quarrying, & Oil & Gas Extraction ($67,963).

Males in North Carolina have an average income that is 1.31 times higher than the average income of females, which is $57,464. The income inequality in North Carolina (measured using the Gini index) is 0.47, which is lower than than the national average.

Occupations

312k
2022 Value
± 4,759
0.911%
1 Year growth
± 2.16%

From 2021 to 2022, employment in Winston-Salem, NC grew at a rate of 0.911%, from 309k employees to 312k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Winston-Salem, NC, are Office & Administrative Support Occupations (34,614 people), Management Occupations (31,082 people), and Sales & Related Occupations (30,219 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Winston-Salem, NC.

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Unemployment Insurance Claims

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Employment by Industries

312k
2022 Value
± 4,759
0.911%
1 Year growth
± 2.16%

From 2021 to 2022, employment in Winston-Salem, NC grew at a rate of 0.911%, from 309k employees to 312k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Winston-Salem, NC, are Health Care & Social Assistance (49,831 people), Manufacturing (46,173 people), and Retail Trade (35,379 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Winston-Salem, NC, though some of these residents may live in Winston-Salem, NC and work somewhere else. Census data is tagged to a residential address, not a work address.

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Median Earnings by Industry

$45,521
Median earning men ± $701
$35,035
Median earning women ± $748

The industries with the best median earnings for men in 2022 are Finance & Insurance, & Real Estate & Rental & Leasing ($74,826), Public Administration ($57,814), and Educational Services, & Health Care & Social Assistance ($55,718).

The industries with the best median earnings for women in 2022 are Finance & Insurance, & Real Estate & Rental & Leasing ($52,440), Public Administration ($46,532), and Construction ($43,509).

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Employment by Industry Sector

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Y-Axis
3.04%
Year-over-year growth
Employment change between February 2022 and February 2023

As of February 2023, there are 4.86M people employed in North Carolina. This represents a 3.04% increase in employment when compared to February 2022.

Right after the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, during April 2020, a general dip can be seen across industry sectors, resulting in an overall decline in employment by 10.9%.

The following chart shows monthly employment numbers for each industry sector in North Carolina.

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Establishments by Size

The industries with the most establishments
  1. 4,057
    Educational Services, Health Care & Social Assistance
  2. 3,286
    Finance & Insurance, and Real Estate, Rental & Leasing
  3. 3,150
    Professional, Scientific & Management, and Administrative & Waste Management Services

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Civics

In the 2020 presidential election, the popular vote in North Carolina went to Donald J. Trump with 49.9% of the vote. The runner-up was Joseph R Biden Jr. (48.6%), followed by Jo Jorgensen (0.881%).

Thom Tillis and Ted Budd are the senators currently representing the state of North Carolina. In the United States, senators are elected to 6-year terms with the terms for individual senators staggered.

North Carolina is currently represented by 14 members in the U.S. house, and members of the House of Representives are elected to 2-year terms.

US Senators from North Carolina

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Thom Tillis
Senator from North Carolina2
Assumed office on January 3, 2015
Ted Budd
Senator from North Carolina3
Assumed office on January 3, 2023

Thom Tillis and Ted Budd are the senators currently representing North Carolina.

In the United States, senators are elected to 6-year terms with the terms for individual senators staggered.

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US Representatives from North Carolina

North Carolina is currently represented by 14 members in the U.S. house.

Members of the House of Representives are elected to 2-year terms, and the following chart shows the how the members for North Carolina have changed over time starting in 2008.

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Education

In 2022, universities in Winston-Salem, NC awarded 8,450 degrees. The student population of Winston-Salem, NC in 2022 is skewed towards women, with 10,458 male students and 18,270 female students.

Most students graduating from Universities in Winston-Salem, NC are White (4,825 and 60.8%), followed by Black or African American (1,606 and 20.2%), Hispanic or Latino (741 and 9.33%), and Two or More Races (242 and 3.05%).

The largest universities in Winston-Salem, NC by number of degrees awarded are Wake Forest University (2,979 and 35.3%), Forsyth Technical Community College (1,987 and 23.5%), and Davidson-Davie Community College (1,614 and 19.1%).

The most popular majors in Winston-Salem, NC are Liberal Arts & Sciences (673 and 7.96%), General Business Administration & Management (520 and 6.15%), and Information Technology (409 and 4.84%).

The median tuition costs in Winston-Salem, NC are $21,550 for private four year colleges, and $4,949 and $18,894 respectively, for public four year colleges for in-state students and out-of-state students.

Applicants, Admissions & Enrolled

University
Measure

In 2022 in Winston-Salem, NC, the percentage of applicants admitted was 39.7%, while the percentage of admitted who enrolled was 24.2%. The number of students enrolled in 2022 was 28,728 (36.4% men and 63.6% women).

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Enrollments by Gender and Races

Universities

In 2022 there were 28,728 students enrolled in Winston-Salem, NC, 36.4% men and 63.6% women.

By race, the largest number of students enrolled was concentrated in White with 13,591 records, of which 61% were women and 39% men.

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Concentrations

Most Common
  1. 173 degrees awarded
  2. 213 degrees awarded
  3. 175 degrees awarded

In 2022, the most common concentation for Bachelors Degree recipients in Winston-Salem, NC was General Biological Sciences with 173 degrees awarded.

This visualization illustrates the percentage of students graduating with a Bachelors Degree from schools in Winston-Salem, NC according to their major.

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Universities

Gender
Race
Largest Universities by degrees awarded
  1. 2,979 degrees awarded
  2. 1,987 degrees awarded
  3. 1,614 degrees awarded

In 2022, the institution with the largest number of graduating students was Wake Forest University with 2,979 degrees awarded.

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Student Diversity

University

In 2022, 3,551 men were awarded degrees from institutions in Winston-Salem, NC, which is 0.725 times less than the 4,899 female students who received degrees in the same year.

In 2022 the most common race/ethnicity group awarded degrees at institutions was White students. These 4,825 degrees mean that there were 3 times more degrees awarded to White students then the next closest race/ethnicity group, Black or African American, with 1,606 degrees awarded.

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Awarded Degrees over Time

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Average Net Price by Sector

Universities

Private not-for-profit, 4-year or above ($21,550) is the sector with the highest median state tuition in 2022.

Public, 4-year or above ($2,883) is the sector with the highest median state fee in 2022.

Public, 4-year or above ($1,520) is the sector with the highest average net price of books and supplies.

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Educational Pyramid

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Measure

In 2022, 0.944% of men over 25 years of age had not completed any academic degree (no schooling), while 0.805% of women were in the same situation.

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Educational Attainment

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Race

The most common educational levels obtained by the working population in 2022 were High School or Equivalent (2.16M), Some college (1.84M), and Bachelors Degree (1.63M).

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Housing & Living

The median property value in Winston-Salem, NC was $193,800 in 2022, which is 0.687 times smaller than the national average of $281,900. Between 2021 and 2022 the median property value increased from $165,000 to $193,800, a 17.5% increase. The homeownership rate in Winston-Salem, NC is 67.7%, which is approximately the same as the national average of 64.8%.

People in Winston-Salem, NC have an average commute time of 24.3 minutes, and they drove alone to work. Car ownership in Winston-Salem, NC is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.

Median household income in Winston-Salem, NC is $60,145. In 2022, the county with the highest Median Household Income in Winston-Salem, NC was Wake County, NC with a value of $96,734, followed by Union County, NC and Orange County, NC, with respective values of $95,533 and $85,785.

Property

$193,800
Median Property Value 2022
±$2,357
$183,586
Median Property Taxes
±$3,380

The following chart display owner-occupied housing units distributed between a series of property tax buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. In Winston-Salem, NC the largest share of households pay taxes in the $800 - $1,499 range.

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Rent vs Own

67.7%
Homeownership
2022
67.6%
Homeowners with Mortgage
2022

In 2022, 67.7% of the housing units in Winston-Salem, NC were occupied by their owner. This percentage grew from the previous year's rate of 67.7%.

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Income by Location

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Highest Median Household Income (Total)

In 2022, the county with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Winston-Salem, NC was Wake County, NC with a value of $96,734, followed by Union County, NC and Orange County, NC, with respective values of $95,533 and $85,785.

The following map shows all of the counties in Winston-Salem, NC colored by their Median Household Income (Total).

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Household Income

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$60,145
Median Household Income
± $1,122
271k
Number of Households
± 4,448

In 2022, the median household income of the 271k households in Winston-Salem, NC grew to $60,145 from the previous year's value of $55,454.

The following chart displays the households in Winston-Salem, NC distributed between a series of income buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households have an income in the $75k - $100k range.

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Wage Distribution

The closest comparable wage GINI for Winston-Salem, NC is from North Carolina.
0.47
2022 Wage GINI in North Carolina
0.47
2021 Wage GINI in North Carolina

In 2022, the income inequality in North Carolina was 0.47 according to the GINI calculation of the wage distribution. Income inequality had a 0.0732% decline from 2021 to 2022, which means that wage distribution grew somewhat more even. The GINI for North Carolina was lower than than the national average of 0.478. In other words, wages are distributed more evenly in North Carolina in comparison to the national average.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Commute in 2022
  1. Drove Alone (79%)
  2. Carpooled (9.31%)
  3. Worked At Home (8.88%)

In 2022, 79% of workers in Winston-Salem, NC drove alone to work, followed by those who carpooled to work (9.31%) and those who worked at home (8.88%).

The following chart shows the number of households using each mode of transportation over time, using a logarithmic scale on the y-axis to help better show variations in the smaller means of commuting.

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Commute Time

24.3 minutes
Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Winston-Salem, NC have a shorter commute time (24.3 minutes) than the normal US worker (26.7 minutes). Additionally, 2.28% of the workforce in Winston-Salem, NC have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Car Ownership

2 cars
Average Number

The following chart displays the households in Winston-Salem, NC distributed between a series of car ownership buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households in Winston-Salem, NC have 2 cars.

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Poverty & Diversity

14.4% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Winston-Salem, NC (95.4k out of 664k people) live below the poverty line, a number that is higher than the national average of 12.5%. The largest demographic living in poverty are Females 25 - 34, followed by Females 35 - 44 and then Females 55 - 64.

The most common racial or ethnic group living below the poverty line in Winston-Salem, NC is White, followed by Black and Hispanic.

The Census Bureau uses a set of money income thresholds that vary by family size and composition to determine who classifies as impoverished. If a family's total income is less than the family's threshold than that family and every individual in it is considered to be living in poverty.

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Health

89.4% of the population of Winston-Salem, NC has health coverage, with 45.2% on employee plans, 16.3% on Medicaid, 14.4% on Medicare, 12.3% on non-group plans, and 1.27% on military or VA plans.

Primary care physicians in North Carolina see 1399 patients per year on average, which represents a 0.427% decrease from the previous year (1405 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 1710 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 363 patients per year.

Patient to Clinician Ratios

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1,399 to 1
Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio in North Carolina

Primary care physicians in North Carolina see an average of 1,399 patients per year. This represents a 0.427% decrease from the previous year (1,405 patients).

The following chart shows how the number of patients seen by primary care physicians has been changing over time in North Carolina in comparison to its neighboring geographies.

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Health Care Diversity

In 2022, insured persons according to age ranges were distributed in 23.5% under 18 years, 20% between 18 and 34 years, 38.8% between 35 and 64 years, and 17.6% over 64 years.

By gender, of the total number of insured persons, 47.3% were men and 52.7% were women.

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Uninsured People

10.6%
Uninsured
45.2%
Employer Coverage
16.3%
Medicaid
14.4%
Medicare
12.3%
Non-Group
1.27%
Military or VA

Between 2021 and 2022, the percent of uninsured citizens in Winston-Salem, NC declined by 4% from 11% to 10.6%.

The following chart shows how the percent of uninsured individuals in Winston-Salem, NC changed over time compared with the percent of individuals enrolled in various types of health insurance.

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