Moving to Winston Salem
As others have said, both pollen and humidity can be wicked. Winters are mild. In my neighborhood over the 16 years I've lived here we've only had a few incidents of crime. My dog kept my house from being broken into once.
I feel perfectly safe here (in Winston) walking my dog at night. I'd check into the specific neighborhoods for crime reports.
Winston has some treasures. One is Salem Lake, a large lake with a seven mile trail around it, surrounded by lots of woods. Another is Reynolda Gardens, the former home of RJ and Katharine Reynolds. There's a large green lawn out front (great for a picnic) and lots of walking trails. The house itself is a home to a museum of American art. The downtown transformation has been amazing, including repurposing of old tobacco factories.
In non-covid times Winston hosts the national Black Theater festival and River Run film festival. If you like sports, there's minor league baseball and hockey, and teams from Wake Forest University and Winston-Salem State University.
You'll find total strangers speaking to you as you pass by, and generally there are a lot of good hearted people here. The person who said that it's really more like a town than a city nailed it. Older Southern women (I'm in my 60's, so I count I guess) have been trained from a young age never to communicate directly, especially if it's confrontational. If they say, "bless your heart," you know it wasn't a compliment. I've found this to be one of the confusing things for transplants.
The worst weather we get is the occasional tornado. TAKE THE WARNINGS SERIOUSLY. (I have family members who are alive today only because they went to their basement.
One of the downsides to Winston is that it's pretty car dependent. Ardmore is one of the few walkable neighborhoods. We have outstanding medical care with two major health systems in town, including a medical school.
Well, this is long, but I grew up here and have been back here for about fifteen years.