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Best Cities 2010: Winston-Salem, NC

City: Winston-Salem

State: North Carolina

Best Cities Overall Rank: 57

About Winston-Salem:

Winston-Salem is home to the original Krispy Kreme donut store, which opened in 1937.

Winston-Salem is home to three universities and one college: Wake Forest University, Winston-Salem State University, the University of North Carolina School of the Arts, and Salem College (for women).  

County: Forsyth

Population: 217,600

Official website for city visitors' bureau/city: Visitors' bureau website

Newspaper with the largest circulation: Winston-Salem Journal

Winston-Salem blogs:

Downtown Winston-Salem

Life in Forsyth

Dishing it Out

Winston-Salem's Facebook page: Follow Winston-Salem on Facebook 

Winston-Salem's Twitter page: Follow Winston-Salem on Twitter 

 

Education rank: 63

High School graduation rate 2007: 70.7%

Blue Ribbon Schools, 2003-2009: 2

Blue Ribbon Schools per 100,000 people: 0.92

NEAYC-accredited preschools: 2

NAEYC schools per 100,000 people: 0.92

NAEP State proficiency reading, grade 8: 260

Pupil/Teacher Ratio: 13.5

Total Expenditures Per Student: $9,484

 

Health rank: 47

Quality children's hospitals: 1

Hospitals per 100,000 people: 0.46

Quality Pediatricians: 0

Quality Pediatricians per 100,000: 0

Average number of Unhealthy Air Quality days between 2006-2008, by county: 0.67

 

Safety rank: 58

Violent Crimes, 2008: 2079

Violent Crime Rate per 100,000: 955.42

Sex Offenders: 306

Sex Offenders per 100,000: 140.62

 

Economy rank: 45

Travel time to work, 2006-2008, in minutes: 19.5             

Percent of labor force unemployed, January 2010: 11           

Best Performing Cities Job Index: 936.41

Median Home Sale Price: $126,700                         

5-Year Home Value Index: 0.45%                         

Percent of homes sold for a loss: 14.4%           

 

Recreation Rank: 36

Parkland acreage, 2008 (includes pools and playgrounds): 3,441.7           

Parkland per 100,000: 1581.66

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