The Winston-Salem Chamber of Commerce defines the metropolitan statistical area (MSA) of Winston-Salem to include 4 counties, Forsyth, Davie, Stokes, and Yadkin. In 2008, the population of Forsyth was reported as 343,000 and the population of the MSA was listed as 468,124. The Winston-Salem area is primarily recognized for its contributions to the education and health services industries. In 2007, the two top employers were Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center (13,000 employees) and Novant Health (8,145 employees). Other top employers within the area include Reynolds American, Hanesbrands Inc., Wells Fargoand BB&T.
Corporate executives from these companies and others often travel into and out of Smith Reynolds Airport in order to conduct normal business between their home and satellite offices. For this reason, INT experiences a significant amount of corporate jet and large aircraft charter activity. In addition to business-related activity, several National Association of Stock Car Auto Racing (NASCAR) teams often travel to and from INT to conduct business and to attend the NASCAR series races that occur at the Bowman Gray Stadium which is located approximately 2 miles southeast of downtown Winston-Salem.
The Smith Reynolds Airport is located in north central North Carolina where the climate is typically mild. The warmest month of the year is July which has an average high of 89 degrees Fahrenheit (F); whereas, the coldest month of the year is January which has an average low temperature of 29 degrees F. The area receives approximately 3.79" of precipitation per month and receives an average annual precipitation of 45.44". March was recognized as one of the wettest months with an average of 4.31" of precipitation.