Winston-Salem, N.C., has had an economic and cultural renaissance.
% 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. See complete data and interactive map for Winston-Salem
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