Kernersville Community Summary

Kernersville is an excellent place to locate your family or business. Most people are looking for a few key factors in determining an area to locate. Kernersville and the Triad shines in all these areas:

  • Reasonable Cost of Living
  • Cohesive, caring community to raise a family
  • Available business sites
  • Available work force
  • Education/training opportunities for work force development
  • Excellent colleges and technical schools
  • Moderate climate for year-round recreation
  • Transportation
  • Convenience to the beach and ocean
  • Advantages of a smaller community without the problems of an urban environment
  • Reasonable distribution costs of products
  • Strong churches, non-profit organizations and United Way
  • Reasonable tax rate (no inventory tax on finished foods, raw materials, goods-in-process)
  • High bond rating – Forsyth County has a AAA debt rating by Standard & Poor’s.

Advantages of a Kernersville Business

Location, Location, Location

  1. Air Freight and Passenger: Kernersville offers a close proximity to the Piedmont Triad International Airport, and the Federal Express Mid-Atlantic Hub. PTI has a 10,000 foot runway and offers air cargo and passenger service. We are also located within 15 miles of Smith-Reynolds Airport in Winston-Salem.  A Fed-Ex Ground hub will open in 2011.  Smith-Reynolds is an excellent location for corporate air travel and includes corporate hangers, charter service and repair facilities.
  2. Interstate travel: Kernersville is located right on I-40 and Business I-40. Nearby interstates also include I-77, I-85 and future I-73 and I-74. (The future I-73 and I-74 will provide a direct interstate connection from Detroit and the mid-west, to Charleston, South Carolina.
  3. Heart of the Triad: Our location is in the center of the triad — equidistant to High Point, Greensboro and Winston-Salem, with each just 10-15 miles away. This makes Kernersville and ideal location for families, providing convenient access to three major North Carolina cities.
  4. Key southeastern location: Our eastern seaboard location is mid-way between Washington, DC and Atlanta, Georgia.
  5. Short delivery time for products to reach most the population: We are located within 600 miles of half of the population of the United States.
  6. Other travel routes near Kernersville: US routes 52, 158, 311 and 421. State routes 8, 67, 109, 150, 65 and North Carolina 66.
  7. Shipping is our specialty: Kernersville alone has 28 logistics carriers, with the largest being Roadway Express. Kernersville is also located on an active Norfolk & Southern rail line.
  8. Roadway Terminal on Highway 66 South
  9. Moderate climate.
  10. Workforce Development: The Swisher Center, a branch of Forsyth Tech, is located in Kernersville. It has a wide variety of fields of study, both for full time and evening students. The educational format is contemporary, and includes a new Global Commerce Education Center, preparing students for success in a global economy.

Nationally Recognized Benchmarks

  1. The triad is 2nd in the United States for lowest cost of construction, and warehouse rental prices.
  2. The triad is 2nd in the United States for workforce training and management.
  3. The triad is the 3rd hottest real estate market in the US for expanding and relocating companies.

New Developments

  1. Air Freight: Construction has been completed on the new Federal Express Mid-Atlantic Hub, located at Piedmont Triad International airport, less than 10 minutes from anywhere in Kernersville. The new hub is a 1 million square foot facility capable of sorting 24,000 packages per hour, and shipping out 20-25 outgoing flights per day. The new Fed Ex hub will be operational between 2007-2009. Companies will want to locate near the hub because it will allow local overnight delivery of products, and have a much later drop off time for overnight shipment, perhaps as late as 11 PM.
  2. Piedmont Triad Research Park: The research park capitalizes on the strong medical research presence in the community, and Wake Forest University. A Biotech research facility has been developed in downtown Winston-Salem, less than 15 minutes from Kernersville. The combination of high tech research with the expanding transportation capabilities are great tools for success in the business world.
  3. Diversified Economy: Historically textile, furniture and tobacco have been the “bread and butter” for area employment. The Triad and Kernersville communities have done a good job of diversifying our economic base, reducing our reliance on a few industries. Banking, high tech research and small business development have all been important to our area.
  4. Kernersville Economy: Kernersville’s economy is based on 33% manufacturing, 23% retail and 17% wholesale trade. Kernersville manufacturing plants produce the following products: hydraulic cylinders, paper tubes, cosmetics, air bags, electrical panels, plastic injection molds, prefabricated metal buildings, printed circuit board, hinges, furniture, socks, machined goods, treated lumber, fishing accessories, lab cleaning products, printing and hydraulic excavating equipment.
  5. Kernersville Medical Center, a full-service 50 bed hospital will open in early 2011.  In addition, Moses Cone MedCenter/Kernersville has a new facility with 14 specialty practices and an urgent care center.
  6. The Paul J. Ciener Botanical Gardens is open with their initial phase, and will open a Welcome Center facility in late 2010.  The facility contains an event center with dining seating for 150+.
  7. A new 8-bay Farmer’s Market shelter is now open, serving fresh produce and flowers on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday mornings, from 7 AM – noon during the growing season.

Statistics About the Area

Population of the Triad region: 1,397,157 people (2001)
Population of Kernersville city limits: 22,500 (Kernersville is the centerpiece of a 12-county area Triad)
Population of Forsyth County: 310,331
Median Age: 36
Median Family Income: $52,032

Average Temperatures

January – 38
February – 41
March – 48
April – 58
May – 67
June – 74
July – 77
August – 76
September – 70
October – 59
November – 49
December – 40

Natural Resources

Electricity is provided by Duke Energy and Energy United
Plentiful water supply from the Yadkin River. We are currently only using 58% of capacity of our water resources.

Kernersville Business Parks

  • South Park – 150 acres Office/warehouse, light industrial.
  • North Park – 75 acres general industrial.
  • Stafford Centre – 75 acres restaurant, office, light industrial.
  • Tobacco Warehouse district – 52 acres office/warehouse, light industrial.
  • Peddycord Industrial – 50 acres light industrial.
  • Furlong Industrial Park – 39 acres – light industrial.
  • Piedmont East – 33 acres office, light industrial.
  • Park Center – 20 acres office, warehouse, light industrial.


Winston-Salem is considered the “City of the Arts & Sciences”. There are 14 institutions of higher learning within 15 miles, most notably:

  • Wake Forest University (enrollment of 6,453 students)
  • Winston-Salem State University/University of North Carolina system (3,500)
  • Salem College/private women’s college (1,100 students)
  • North Carolina School of the Arts/UNC system (1,100 students)
  • Forsyth Technical College, which has a Kernersville campus “The Swisher Center”(7,000 students at FTCC)
  • Piedmont Bible College (320 students)
  • High Point University (main campus in High Point; also a Winston-Salem campus with 500 students)
  • K-12 Education is part of a county-wide Winston-Salem/Forsyth County schools
  • Kernersville’s Swisher Center at Forsyth Tech
  • Kernersville Middle School Campus

Our neighboring city of Greensboro is home to UNC-Greensboro, North Carolina A&T and Greensboro College, also within a 25-minute drive to any of these campus’

Collegiate Sports

Wake Forest is a highly regarded ACC school that is nationally ranked in men’s basketball, soccer, women’s field hockey (national champion), golf.

Winston Salem State University plays in the CIAA

We are within 90 minutes of major college ACC sports teams: Duke University (Durham, NC), University of North Carolina (Chapel Hill, NC), North Carolina State University (Raleigh, NC).

Professional Sports

Winston-Salem is home to the Dash professional baseball team. A new downtown Winston-Salem ballpark opened in April 2010.  Greensboro is home to Greensboro Grasshoppers baseball team and Generals hockey team. High Point is home to the Carolina Dynamo professional soccer team. Kernersville is located within 90 minutes of the Carolina Panthers football team, Carolina Hurricanes hockey team and the Charlotte Bobcats basketball team.

The Performing Arts

The Winston-Salem/Kernersville area is known for its exceptional theatre and music, anchored by the North Carolina School of the Arts.

Several of the area arts groups include:

  • Moravian Music Foundation
  • Winston-Salem Dance Forum
  • Piedmont Chamber Singers
  • Winston-Salem Symphony Chorale
  • Fiddle & Bow Society
  • Delta Arts Center
  • Chamber Music Society
  • North Carolina Black Repertory
  • W-S Piedmont Triad Symphony
  • Children’s Theatre
  • The Little Theatre
  • Flonnie Anderson Theatrical Assoc.
  • Kernersville Little Theatre
  • Piedmont Craftsmen
  • W-S Crafts Guild
  • Associated Photographers
  • Sawtooth Center of Visual Design
  • Historic Bethabra Park
  • W-S Fibre Guild
  • Associated Artists of W-S
  • Museum of Early Southern Decorative Art
  • Reynolda House & Museum of American Art
  • SciWorks
  • Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art
  • Old Salem Village
  • Bethabara Concert Band
  • Brass Society
  • Piedmont Blues Preservation Society
  • Winston-Salem Children’s Chorus
  • Winston-Salem Cinema Society
  • Steeplechase at Tanglewood
  • ArtsIgnite Festival

Numerous private theatre & dinner theatre companies