Conway : South carolina


What it's Like to Retire in Conway

Conway is a fast growing small town of 17,000 in northern South Carolina, about 20 miles from Myrtle Beach.  The town grew 45% since 2000 thanks to an influx of retirees and active adults.  Active adult communities spread out in all directions.  Being adjacent to Myrtle Beach is a good thing because it provides an anchor and easy access to the amazing shopping, beaches, golf courses, and cultural venues of Myrtle Beach.

Conway has several buildings on the National Register of Historic Places- including City Hall - designed by Robert Mills who was also designed the Washington Monument. Conway's  Main Street USA project has given Conway's downtown a revitalized appearance with quaint shops and bistros. The Riverwalk is  big attraction with many great dining opportunities. Photo of the marina courtesy of Wikipedia and Carson True (public domain). Photo of City Hall courtesy of Wikipedia and Pollinator, Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0/


Where to Retire in Conway and Home Prices

There are many active communities to choose from in this area (see link above to SC Directory). The National Association of Realtors reports the median sale price was $242,600 in the Myrtle Beach-Conway-North Myrtle Beach area during the1st quarter of 2020.


What is special about Conway

Low cost of living and easy access to Myrtle Beach. Coastal Carolina College adds an interesting element to the town.  Riverwalk and a revitalized downtown add to the appeal. The cost of living and taxes are very low.


What is not special about Conway

Crime rate appears to be very high in Conway. Hard to tell if that is just property crime or other types.

Who will like retirement in Conway

People looking for a lower cost, relaxed retirement lifestyle will enjoy Conway.  Golfers and small town lovers will like it.

Local economy is driven by

Construction and retirement are big industries in Conway.

Climate and Physical Environment

Conway is about 20 miles from Myrtle Beach in extreme northeastern South Carolina. The climate is hot and humid in summer, winters are fairly mild with many nice days. The average July temp is about 80 and the average January temp is in the mid to high 40's.


Restaurants & Cultural Scene

Conway itself is not too rich in culture but nearby Myrtle Beach has many theatres and other cultural venues. Having a college in Conway helps. Its YRT2 arena has cultural events and Coastal Carolina's sports teams play here as well.


The crime rate is high in Conway, although improving. The crime index was 498 vs. National average of 319.


Medical facilities

Conway Hospital


Myrtle Beach Airport is very convenient with low cost carriers - it is 16 miles away

Valuable Links

Wikipedia page on Conway

City of Conway

South Carolina retirement information


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