Forsyth County

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 A  =  Forsyth County Department of Social Services
741 North Highland Avenue
Winston Salem, NC 27101
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Demographics

In 2005 62.9% of Forsyth county's population was non-Hispanic whites. 25.9% of the population was African-American. 9.5% was Latino. 1.3% was Asian and 1.1% reported two or more races. In 2000 there were 123,851 households out of which 30.50% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 48.90% were married couples living together, 13.50% had a female householder with no husband present, and 34.00% were non-families. The average household size was 2.39 and the average family size was 2.94.

Winston-Salem

Winston-Salem is the county seat and largest city of Forsyth County and the fourth-largest city in the state.

Museums

 Most famous of Winston-Salem's museums is Old Salem, a living history museum centered on the main Moravian settlement founded in 1766. Along with the original 18th century buildings, Old Salem is also home to the Museum of Early Southern Decorative Arts (MESDA), a gallery of 18th and 19th century furniture, ceramics, and textiles. The Reynolda House Museum of American Art is another of Winston-Salem's premier museums. The Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art (SECCA) is a local art museum. The Wake Forest University Museum of Anthropology is an anthropological museum, maintained by Wake Forest University, that has many artifacts and other pieces of history.

The city also offers places oriented for children. SciWorks is an interactive museum for children, teaching basics in all areas of science, and offering experiments and educational tours. The Children's Museum of Winston-Salem offers engaging exhibits and programs designed to develop creative thinking, strengthen language skills, and encourage curiosity for children ages birth to eight.

Art

Winston-Salem has the first arts council in the United States, founded in 1949.  Its arts institutions include the University of North Carolina School of the Arts, Twin City Stage, Winston-Salem Theatre Alliance, the Piedmont Opera Theater, the Winston-Salem Symphony, the Stevens Center for the Performing Arts, and the Sawtooth Center for Visual Arts. There are many galleries and workshops in the city's art district centered at Sixth and Trade streets. The city plays host to the National Black Theatre Festival, the RiverRun International Film Festival and the Reynolda Film Festival. 

The city is also home to Carolina Music Ways, a grassroots arts organization focusing on the area's diverse, interconnected music traditions, including bluegrass, blues, jazz, gospel, old-time string-band, and Moravian music. Once a year the city is also the home of the Heavy Rebel Weekender music festival. Winston-Salem is also home to one of the largest "Indie" music and art scenes in the state. The Werehouse, a local hang-out, artists' residence, and theater is the center of this growing lifestyle and artistic genre.

Gardens

Reynolda Gardens is a 4-acre (16,000 m2) formal garden set within a larger woodland site, originally part of the R. J. Reynolds country estate.

Sports

Winston-Salem provides a number of athletic attractions. The Dash is a Class A Minor-League baseball team currently affiliated with the Chicago White Sox. The Dash plays home games at the new BB&T Ballpark, which opened in 2010. Its players have included Carlos Lee, Joe Crede, Jon Garland, and Aaron Rowand, all of whom have played extensively at the major league level.

Wake Forest University is an original member of the prestigious Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC). Wake Forest's football team plays its games at BB&T Field (formerly Groves Stadium), which seats 32,500. Also Wake Forest's soccer program made four consecutive final four appearances (2006–2009) and were NCAA champions in 2007. Their women's field hockey team won three consecutive national championships between 2002 and 2004.

NASCAR Dodge Weekly Series racing takes place from March until August at city-owned Bowman Gray Stadium, after which the stadium is converted for football and is used by Winston-Salem State for Rams games.

Winston-Salem offers a variety of community and children's sports programs and has an active YMCA presence. Several community pools are available for membership.

Shopping

Winston-Salem is home to Hanes Mall, one of the largest shopping malls in North Carolina. The area surrounding the mall along Stratford Road and Hanes Mall Boulevard has become the city's largest shopping district. Other shopping areas exist in the city, including Thruway Shopping Center, Hanes Point Shopping Center, Hanes Commons, Pavilions, Stone's Throw Plaza, Silas Creek Crossing, and the troubled Marketplace Mall. 

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Sources:  Text from "Forsyth County, NC" (Wikipedia) and "Winston-Salem" (Wikipedia).  Image from "Visit Winston-Salem" at http://visitwinstonsalem.com/about/past-present-future .

DSS Contact Information

Forsyth County Department of Social Services
741 North Highland Avenue
Winston Salem, NC 27101
Phone: (336) 703-3400 | Fax: (336) 727-2850
 

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