Living in Conway

A Growing Community in the Heart of Faulkner County

Dynamic and Community-Minded

When Travelocity recognized Conway as No. 2 on their “Most Giving Cities in the U.S.” list, they were telling the world something people here already knew. For Conway residents – new and established – giving, volunteering, and celebrating with each other is a way of life. Whether it’s a special election to invest in schools and infrastructure or a private capital campaign to benefit a nonprofit, Conway has a demonstrated record of success. The residents here continuously plan for and invest in improvements to the city they call home.

Together, the dynamics of growth, education, and community-mindedness create a town that is ready to meet people where they are. Professional, educational, and civic opportunities –  from service organizations and civic clubs to the many houses of worship and community outreach organizations – are around every corner. Discovering and seizing those opportunities is an experience every Conway resident should share.

Regardless of when or how a person discovers Conway, what they discover is the same: Conway is a growing city – rooted in education – with a diverse economy and a visible sense of community.

The Perfect Place to Grow

Here are just a few things that make Conway so special:

Low Cost of Living

The cost of living in Conway is 17% less than the national average and 8% less than the state average. The average income in Conway is also well above the national average, making the city the perfect place to settle down.

The intersection of Front St. and Oak St.

Big City Amenities, Small Town Feel

Conway features a cozy historic downtown area with dozens of local restaurants, boutiques, businesses, and coffee shops that feel right out of a postcard. But if you’re looking for something a little bigger, you’re in luck. Just a couple of miles down the road are the Conway Commons & Lewis Crossing Shopping Centers with all the stores you know and love.

A group of kids playin in the water at the splash pad in Laurel Park.

Outdoor Activities

From the Tucker Creek Trail to Beaver Fork Lake, the outdoor scene in Conway is one of a kind. The city itself is like a suburban forest, interspersed with trees, creeks, and beautiful parks. Laurel Park, nestled in the heart of the city, has play equipment, a splash pad, tennis courts, and even WiFi, making it the perfect place for an afternoon of outdoor studying.

A Diverse Economy

A group of local business leaders made a strategic decision more than 125 years ago to pursue institutions of higher learning as a means of growing the Conway economy. That choice has paid countless dividends ever since. As the colleges have grown, so has their economic impact. Perhaps more importantly, over time, they have laid the foundation for Conway’s modern workforce. The presence of Hendrix College, the University of Central Arkansas, and Central Baptist College is, without a doubt, the reason Conway has such a remarkably young (median age 27.3) and educated (almost 40 percent with at least a bachelor’s degree) population.

A line of UCA graduates waiting for graduation.

Those two qualities stand out nationally as the city competes for jobs in today’s economy. The result is a regional economy that has been recognized as one of the most diverse in the nation.

Fast Facts

Nickname:

City of Colleges

County:

Faulkner County

Population:

67,617 (2023)

Land Area:

60.19 square miles

Sales Tax Rate:

8.75%

Average Temperatures:

January: 53°F
July: 94°F

Average Annual Precipitation:

Rain: 49 in.
Snow: 6 in.

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