Those who retire in Conway Arkansas will find a bustling college town just 30 miles northwest of Little Rock, the state capitol. Because of the colleges and close proximity to Little Rock, there is ample access to cultural activities year round. The colleges (U of Central Arkansas, Hendrix and Central Baptist) also have galleries, theatre, sports, and the Arkansas Shakespeare Theatre calls Conway home with an annual festival.
There is a symphony, a Community Theatre, and the public school’s marching band often competes in state competition. If you like fishing, Lake Conway has world class largemouth bass fishing, crappie and catfish.
The annual “Toad Suck Daze” festival is held in May. Named for the local legend, the early steamboats holed up along the river waiting for the water to rise and sailors hung out in the local taverns. The locals said “They suck on the bottle till they swell up like toads.” The tavern is gone but the legend lives on. Who knew?
Conway has 63,000 people, many are college students, and 8.7% are over 65. More than 35% of the residents have a college degree. The median home price of an owner occupied home is $150,700 which is well above the rest of the state but modest on a national scale. We easily found rentals in the $500 range. The airport is 30 miles away. The coldest day in January is usually 27 degrees and the hottest day in July is around 92. Conway usually sees about 50 inches of rain/snow a year. The crime rate is a little above the national average and lower than the state average.
Conway makes several lists including Best Bicycle Cities, the 7th best Value for a City (Kiplinger in 2011), the 14th Cheapest City in the U.S (Forbes), 25 Best Cities to Retire (CNN Money) and the 6th “Geekiest” city in America (Online Universities), just to name a few. Due to early settlers of the German Catholic Church, the town retains a strong German influence as noted it in many street and business names.
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