Winston-Salem, N.C.
Winston-Salem, N.C.
Winston-Salem, N.C., has had an economic and cultural renaissance.
Population: 229,600
% over 50: 34%
Median home price: $133,000
Top state income tax: 7.75%
Cost of living index: 91

Winston-Salem may be known for its close ties to the tobacco industry, but over the past decade the high-tech sector has helped breathe new life into this central North Carolina city.

For retirees, this economic renaissance has translated into a cultural renaissance, complete with a bustling downtown art district, live music events several nights a week, and an internationally recognized film festival.

Winston-Salem has a longstanding tradition supporting the arts. Its symphony, founded in 1947, is the oldest in the state; its arts council was the first in the nation; and the University of North Carolina School of the Arts is among one of the most prestigious in the country.

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Demographic information provided by Onboard Informatics.
Median home price: Based on 2010 data.
Cost of living index: The national average is 100; the lower a place's number, the less expensive it is. An index value of 95 means the town's cost of living is 95% of the national median.

Last updated September 16 2011: 12:56 PM ET
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