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Conway SC


Located inland from Myrtle Beach, the city of Conway is diverse and offers its residents many amenities.

From access to a public university to its revitalized downtown and Riverwalk on Waccamaw River, Conway is the residential center of Horry County. Featuring a low cost of living and a short commute to the beach, the population of Conway has grown steadily in the past decades. Whether your community is condo- or apartment-based, or features single-family homes, you can rest easy knowing that William Douglas Property Management has the local expertise to meet the needs of your residents. For more information on how we can transform your community, please contact us today!

Conway, S.C. Facts & Information

Conway is a municipality located within Horry County, South Carolina. Conway has a city municipal charter. It is the second-largest municipality with regard to the population within Horry County after Myrtle Beach. Conway’s annual climate is mild and moderate. 

Conway and Horry County’s History

The “Kings Town” settlement was laid out on the west bank of the Waccamaw River in March of 1732. The settlement was situated on higher ground beside the Waccamaw River to help prevent any possible flooding. Sometime shortly after the founding, the settlement’s name Kings Town was shortened to “Kingston.”  

Kingston’s economy revolved around the Waccamaw River since its founding. A great deal of commerce traveled up and down the Waccamaw River. Products being shipped out of the Kingston area included tobacco, timber, and turpentine. Being exported into Kingston and further upriver include African slaves.  

From the 1730s through the 1750s, Kingston was a prosperous settlement. Trade along the Waccamaw River continued to be the main driver of this prosperity. Leading up to and during the American Revolution, there was a large percentage of Tories or British loyalists within the Kingston population. Two small battles were fought around Kingston, at Bear Bluff on April 1, 1781, and at Black Lake on June 8, 1782.

In 1798, General Conway obtained the grant of land, including Kingston, forfeited by the English Crown through an act of the South Carolina General Assembly. General Conway donated the land for the town of Kingston. Around 1800 William Hemingway, a celebrated English surveyor surveyed the town and formally laid out the town. Because General Conway conveyed the lands of his grant and in this way the town was established and in appreciation of General Conway’s generosity, Kingston was renamed Conwayborough in 1802 by the South Carolina General Assembly. 

The year before, in 1801, the District of Kingston had been renamed Horry District in honor of local Revolutionary War hero Peter Horry. Horry fought under General Francis Marion. Horry District kept the distinction “District” until the adoption of the constitution of 1867 when districts were changed to “counties,” and it was changed to Horry County. 

James H. Porter, Postmaster of Conwayborough, requested that the United States Post Office Department issue a shorter town name as the long name of “Conwayborough” was not convenient in usage. The town name was changed to “Conway” in 1880 by the United States Post Office Department. In 1883, the South Carolina General Assembly changed the town name to “Conway” as well.

The Town of Conway was incorporated in 1898. Colonel Cephas Perry Quattlebaum was the first mayor. Mayor Quattlebaum was a member of South Carolina Confederate General Wade Hampton’s staff during the American Civil War. The Atlantic Coast Line Railroad of South Carolina arrived in Conway around the turn of the 20th century. For many years the railroad ran down the center of town paralleling Main Street, which the citizens of Conway did not object to in the early days. However, after a twenty-year legal battle, the citizens of Conway were successful in having the rail line moved in 1917. Since then, the trains have bypassed the town. 

The Conway historic town hall was built in 1801 as the Horry County Court House. It is located on Third Avenue and Main Street. The old courthouse was purchased from Jeremiah Smith in 1908, and before then, it was the Horry  County Court House. The courthouse was designed by Robert Mills, the architect who designed the Washington Monument

The Presbyterian Church was the first church built in Conway, and it was probably the first church built in Horry County. It was abandoned in or before 1795 when the Methodists were holding services within its walls. The first Methodist Church in Conway was erected in 1829, later replaced by Epworth Hall and St. Paul’s in 1913. The first Baptist church was constructed in Conway in 1881.

  • Conway has a Historic Riverfront area with a Riverwalk and Riverfront Park, which is accessible from Elm Street. The park has a playground, benches, and a fishing area. Canoes and kayaks can be launched from a sandy area adjacent to the Waccamaw River within the park.
  • Coastal Carolina University is home to many arts and cultural activities year-round. The Rebecca Randall Bryan Art Gallery within the Edwards College of Humanities and Fine Arts.
  • The Horry County Museum and L.W. Paul Living History Farm at 805 Main St, Conway, SC. Opened in 1981, the museum focuses on the history, pre-history, and natural history of Horry County and educates the visitors through exhibits, outreach programs, and events. The Museum opened the L. W. Paul Living History Farm in 2009. The Living History Farm is a recreation of life on a one-horse family farm between the years of 1900-1955. The Museum moved to its present location, the renovated 1905 Burroughs School, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. 

Conway Data and other Interesting Facts

  • Conway’s population, per the 2020 United States Census, was calculated to be 24,849. The population of Conway was determined to be 17,103, per the 2010 United States Census. This is a 45.29 percent population growth increase between the 2010 United States Census and the 2020 United States Census. 
  • Conway’s first census was the 1860 United States Census, and the population was determined to be 476. 
  • Conway’s, per Google Earth, Location or Coordinates are – Latitude: 33°50′09.61″ N, Longitude: 79°02′52.13″ W
  • Conway’s Elevation Above Sea Level is 19 feet per Google Earth for the coordinates noted above.
  • Conway was incorporated as a town in 1898.
  • Within South Carolina, Conway is the 19th largest municipality in the state.
  • Conway, per the United States Census Bureau as of 2012, had 1,861 total businesses or firms within the town limits.  
  • The land area of Conway, per the United States Census Bureau as of 2010, was 21.94 square miles.  
  • Conway’s population per square mile was 779.5, per the United States Census Bureau as of 2010. 
  • According to the United States Census Bureau 2015-2019, Conway’s median household income was $42,508 in 2019 dollars.
  • Conway, Per the United States Census Bureau, 2015-2019, has 7,921 households within the town limits.
  • Conway, per the United States Census Bureau, 2015-2019, has 2.61 persons per household within the town limits.
  • As of 2019, per the United States Census, the median value of an owner-occupied home within Conway was $155,000.  
  • Within Conway, per the United States Census Bureau, 89.4 percent of the population who are 25 years of age or older are high school graduates.   
  • Within Conway, per the United States Census Bureau, 21.6 percent of the population who are 25 years of age or older hold a bachelor’s degree or have obtained a higher level of education.   
  • Conway’s area codes are 843 and 854.
  • Conway’s ZIP codes are 29526, 29527, and 29528

Conway sc


Located inland from Myrtle Beach, the city of Conway is diverse and offers its residents many amenities.

From access to a public university to its revitalized downtown and Riverwalk on Waccamaw River, Conway is the residential center of Horry County. Featuring a low cost of living and a short commute to the beach, the population of Conway has grown steadily in the past decades. Whether your community is condo- or apartment-based, or features single-family homes, you can rest easy knowing that William Douglas Property Management has the local expertise to meet the needs of your residents. For more information on how we can transform your community, please contact us today!

Conway, S.C. Facts & Information

Conway is a municipality located within Horry County, South Carolina. Conway has a city municipal charter. It is the second-largest municipality with regard to the population within Horry County after Myrtle Beach. Conway’s annual climate is mild and moderate.

Conway and Horry County’s History

The “Kings Town” settlement was laid out on the west bank of the Waccamaw River in March of 1732. The settlement was situated on higher ground beside the Waccamaw River to help prevent any possible flooding. Sometime shortly after the founding, the settlement’s name Kings Town was shortened to “Kingston.”

Kingston’s economy revolved around the Waccamaw River since its founding. A great deal of commerce traveled up and down the Waccamaw River. Products being shipped out of the Kingston area included tobacco, timber, and turpentine. Being exported into Kingston and further upriver include African slaves.

From the 1730s through the 1750s, Kingston was a prosperous settlement. Trade along the Waccamaw River continued to be the main driver of this prosperity. Leading up to and during the American Revolution, there was a large percentage of Tories or British loyalists within the Kingston population. Two small battles were fought around Kingston, at Bear Bluff on April 1, 1781, and at Black Lake on June 8, 1782.

In 1798, General Conway obtained the grant of land, including Kingston, forfeited by the English Crown through an act of the South Carolina General Assembly. General Conway donated the land for the town of Kingston. Around 1800 William Hemingway, a celebrated English surveyor surveyed the town and formally laid out the town. Because General Conway conveyed the lands of his grant and in this way the town was established and in appreciation of General Conway’s generosity, Kingston was renamed Conwayborough in 1802 by the South Carolina General Assembly.

The year before, in 1801, the District of Kingston had been renamed Horry District in honor of local Revolutionary War hero Peter Horry. Horry fought under General Francis Marion. Horry District kept the distinction “District” until the adoption of the constitution of 1867 when districts were changed to “counties,” and it was changed to Horry County.

James H. Porter, Postmaster of Conwayborough, requested that the United States Post Office Department issue a shorter town name as the long name of “Conwayborough” was not convenient in usage. The town name was changed to “Conway” in 1880 by the United States Post Office Department. In 1883, the South Carolina General Assembly changed the town name to “Conway” as well.

The Town of Conway was incorporated in 1898. Colonel Cephas Perry Quattlebaum was the first mayor. Mayor Quattlebaum was a member of South Carolina Confederate General Wade Hampton’s staff during the American Civil War. The Atlantic Coast Line Railroad of South Carolina arrived in Conway around the turn of the 20th century. For many years the railroad ran down the center of town paralleling Main Street, which the citizens of Conway did not object to in the early days. However, after a twenty-year legal battle, the citizens of Conway were successful in having the rail line moved in 1917. Since then, the trains have bypassed the town.

The Conway historic town hall was built in 1801 as the Horry County Court House. It is located on Third Avenue and Main Street. The old courthouse was purchased from Jeremiah Smith in 1908, and before then, it was the Horry  County Court House. The courthouse was designed by Robert Mills, the architect who designed the Washington Monument

The Presbyterian Church was the first church built in Conway, and it was probably the first church built in Horry County. It was abandoned in or before 1795 when the Methodists were holding services within its walls. The first Methodist Church in Conway was erected in 1829, later replaced by Epworth Hall and St. Paul’s in 1913. The first Baptist church was constructed in Conway in 1881.

  • Conway has a Historic Riverfront area with a Riverwalk and Riverfront Park, which is accessible from Elm Street. The park has a playground, benches, and a fishing area. Canoes and kayaks can be launched from a sandy area adjacent to the Waccamaw River within the park.
  • Coastal Carolina University is home to many arts and cultural activities year-round. The Rebecca Randall Bryan Art Gallery within the Edwards College of Humanities and Fine Arts.
  • The Horry County Museum and L.W. Paul Living History Farm at 805 Main St, Conway, SC. Opened in 1981, the museum focuses on the history, pre-history, and natural history of Horry County and educates the visitors through exhibits, outreach programs, and events. The Museum opened the L. W. Paul Living History Farm in 2009. The Living History Farm is a recreation of life on a one-horse family farm between the years of 1900-1955. The Museum moved to its present location, the renovated 1905 Burroughs School, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Conway Data and other Interesting Facts

  • Conway’s population, per the 2020 United States Census, was calculated to be 24,849. The population of Conway was determined to be 17,103, per the 2010 United States Census. This is a 45.29 percent population growth increase between the 2010 United States Census and the 2020 United States Census.
  • Conway’s first census was the 1860 United States Census, and the population was determined to be 476.
  • Conway’s, per Google Earth, Location or Coordinates are – Latitude: 33°50′09.61″ N, Longitude: 79°02′52.13″ W
  • Conway’s Elevation Above Sea Level is 19 feet per Google Earth for the coordinates noted above.
  • Conway was incorporated as a town in 1898.
  • Within South Carolina, Conway is the 19th largest municipality in the state.
  • Conway, per the United States Census Bureau as of 2012, had 1,861 total businesses or firms within the town limits.
  • The land area of Conway, per the United States Census Bureau as of 2010, was 21.94 square miles.
  • Conway’s population per square mile was 779.5, per the United States Census Bureau as of 2010.
  • According to the United States Census Bureau 2015-2019, Conway’s median household income was $42,508 in 2019 dollars.
  • Conway, Per the United States Census Bureau, 2015-2019, has 7,921 households within the town limits.
  • Conway, per the United States Census Bureau, 2015-2019, has 2.61 persons per household within the town limits.
  • As of 2019, per the United States Census, the median value of an owner-occupied home within Conway was $155,000.
  • Within Conway, per the United States Census Bureau, 89.4 percent of the population who are 25 years of age or older are high school graduates.   
  • Within Conway, per the United States Census Bureau, 21.6 percent of the population who are 25 years of age or older hold a bachelor’s degree or have obtained a higher level of education.   
  • Conway’s area codes are 843 and 854.
  • Conway’s ZIP codes are 29526, 29527, and 29528

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