Did you know that Winston-Salem, North Carolina, is known as one of the top places for retirement? According to the Forbes “Best Places to Retire 2022” and the SmartAsset “Top 25 Cities for an Early Retirement,” this city has a number of benefits for seniors to consider when looking for the right place to plant roots for a new start with independent living.

Mayor Allen Joines told the Winston-Salem Journal that “Winston-Salem has consistently been rated as a great place to retire with superb medical facilities, a comprehensive selection of art activities, relatively low cost of living, and a wonderful quality of life.” In this article, we’ll discuss some of the quality-of-life perks of calling this wonderful city home.

Cultural Hot Spot

Dive into unique aspects of historic, cultural, and artistic locales that will educate and entertain. Some of the most popular museums in the city include the Old Salem Museums and Gardens, the Reynolda House Museum of American Art, the Timothy S.Y. Lam Museum of Anthropology, MUSE Winston-Salem, and the Winston Cup Museum. If you’re looking for art galleries, the City of Arts and Innovation won’t disappoint! Make sure to visit the Downtown Arts District and the Piedmont Craftsmen Gallery. Plus, this city has a year-round calendar of great events for you to explore, such as the RiverRun International Film Festival in April.

Top-Tier Medical Access

The Forbes “Best Places to Retire” list highlighted that Winston-Salem’s high ratio of physicians per capita is one of the advantages of retiring in the city. When it comes to healthcare, you have access to top-tier medical attention if ever needed with two of the Piedmont region’s best medical centers: the Novant Health Forsyth Medical Center and the Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center.

A City of Convenience

With the Piedmont Triad International Airport just 30 minutes away, traveling to see family and friends is easy. And if you’re looking for a day trip to explore the sights of North Carolina, Charlotte is less than 1.5 hours away, while Greensboro is only a little more than 30 minutes. Check out the sites of our beautiful state, then come home to idyllic Winston-Salem.

Sports Paradise

Whether you’re interested in hitting the greens with friends, supporting local university activities, or exploring city-based teams, any sports fan will love the highlights of what Winston-Salem has to offer. Enjoy a number of impeccably manicured golf courses, as well as the Winston-Salem Open (ATP Tour), the Winston-Salem Dash (Minor League Baseball), Wake Forest University (NCAA Division I), and the Carolina Thunderbirds (hockey). And if you’re a Charlotte Hornets basketball fan, you’re just 80 miles away from exciting court action.


If you’re considering a retirement move to Winston-Salem, we invite you to learn more about the lifestyle offered at our Life Plan Community set on 46 wooded acres. Our goal is to provide an enriching, maintenance-free living experience with first-rate service, impressive amenities, beautiful residences, engaging activities, quality care should you ever need it, and so much more. Please contact us to schedule your tour or ask any questions.