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Living a College Town Lifestyle in Conway, South_Carolina

Conway is a fast growing small college town, home to Coastal Carolina University as well as Horry-Georgetown Technical College. The town is in northern South Carolina, about 20 miles from Myrtle Beach. 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.

Where to Retire in Conway and Home Prices

According to, the median listing price was about $155,500 in late 2018. There are many active communities to choose from in this area (see link above to SC Directory).

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.

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

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