NO. 7

NO. 7

Winston-Salem, N.C.

Companies planning to hire in next quarter: 22%
Best job prospects: Construction, Durable Goods Manufacturing, Transportation & Utilities, Wholesale & Retail Trade, Professional & Business Services, Education & Health Services, Leisure & Hospitality, Other Services
Population: 196,990
Average home price in January: $115,113
Unemployment rate: 10.2%

Winston-Salem, in northwestern North Carolina, has become a hub for high-tech business including biomedical life sciences, design, nanotechnology, and advanced manufacturing. The Piedmont Triad Research Park is located in downtown Winston-Salem.