As a repeated contender for CNN Money's list of America's Best Places to Live, Conway is a great city to settle into. The city's official website says "Conway's thriving business community and scenic lakes and parks make it the type of city people dream of when choosing a place to relocate, raise a family, or retire." With the energy of a big city and the quaint qualities typical of an American small town, residents here enjoy a very high quality of life. With a population of more than 60,000, Conway has something to offer people of all ages. Look for Conway apartments for rent, and find one of the best jewels in the South.
A.P. Robinson, the chief engineer for the Little Rock-Fort Smith Railroad, founded Conway shortly after the Civil War ended. He received a deed to a tract of land as part of his compensation, which he gave back to the railroad so he could build a depot site. Conway became the seat of Faulkner County in 1873 and experienced rapid growth in size and population shortly thereafter. The city quickly became a trade center for the rural agricultural area, which, along with local universities, fueled the local economy until after World War II.
World War II led to a more diverse economy as businesspeople and small industries made their way to Conway. Today, the city has a sizeable industry and technological base that keeps intelligent individuals working in town. As a very family-friendly community nestled in a beautiful landscape, Conway has distinguished itself as a unique Southern town.
The University of Central Arkansas, Hendrix College and Central Baptist College are all located in town and are joined by a number of educational opportunities located 32 miles away in Little Rock. Arkansas Baptist College, Philander Smith College, Remington College and the University of Arkansas at Little Rock join campuses of Heritage College and Webster University to offer students some of the most diverse educational opportunities in the South.
Conway has been nicknamed "The City of Colleges" because of the town's number of universities, and many local residents work in various university positions to support the infrastructure of a college town. Twenty-four percent of locals work in educational, health and social services, while manufacturing and retail trade employ another 23 percent of residents.
Despite the beauty of the scenic American South, residents in Conway pay very affordable rent prices. According to U.S. Census Bureau statistics, the average apartment here costs $682 a month, which is $170 less than the national average. The price is also right for everyday life in Conway, as the city received a cost of living index significantly less than the United States average. Whether downtown or in the leafy neighborhoods, Conway rentals are sure to please.
Conway is home to many intriguing events, including the Golf Ball Drop, an event where residents drop a ball from a hot air balloon, with the ball landing closest to the hole getting the grand prize. ArtsFest Downtown Conway covers the city's businesses, universities and parks with artwork from both local and national talents, providing a cultural and colorful activity that all locals look forward to. At the Antique Alley Arkansas Antique Show, residents and visitors alike hope to uncover hidden gems from collections of furniture, family heirlooms and more.
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