Winston-Salem, N.C. (pop. 143,485), has one of the
largest tobacco-manufacturing plants in the world and one of the largest leaf-tobacco
markets. The city lies in northwestern North Carolina, about 45 miles (72 kilometers) from
the Blue Ridge Mountains. With Greensboro and High Point, the city forms a metropolitan
area with 1,050,304 people. Winston-Salem plants produce men's and boys' knitwear,
hosiery, electronic equipment, and tobacco products. Salem College, Wake Forest
University, and Winston-Salem State University are in the city.
A group of Moravians founded Salem in 1766. Winston was founded in 1849. Winston and Salem
consolidated in 1913. The city has a council-manager form of government.
Contributor: John W. Florin, Ph.D., Associate Prof. of Geography,
Univ. of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.