Winston-Salem/Forsyth County is located in the Piedmont Triad region of north central North Carolina. North Carolina is the 10th most populous state in the nation, with an estimated 2011 population of 9,656,401. The state is part of the South Atlantic region, which the Census Bureau estimated having a population of over 61 million in the year 2012. This region is one of the fastest growing parts of the U.S.
The Piedmont Triad region is a 12-county area of more than 1.6 million residents and is equidistant from Washington, D.C. and Atlanta. The counties that comprise this region are Alamance, Caswell, Davidson, Davie, Forsyth, Guilford, Montgomery, Randolph, Rockingham, Stokes, Surry and Yadkin. The urbanized core of this region is the ten-county CSA known as the Winston-Salem—Greensboro—High Point Combined Statistical Area, with a current estimated population of 1,685,573.