Conway is a friendly city in the heart of Arkansas, 24 miles from the state capital of Little Rock. Asa P. Robinson, the Little Rock-Fort Smith Railroad's chief engineer, founded the city in 1872 and promptly set about building a track through the city. America's growing reliance on the automobile led to the disappearance of the local rail service, but the city is proud of its railroad roots. Today you'll find locals enjoying the annual Toad Suck Daze festival, marveling at performances by The Conway Symphony Orchestra and the Arkansas Shakespeare Theatre, or fishing in Lake Conway.
Many people like to call Conway home because its cost of living is 12 percent less than the national average and five percent less than the Arkansas average. This rating considers the city's affordable groceries, utilities, transport, medical expenses, and property prices. Housing is especially cheap, with the median home price sitting at $164,177, 42 percent less than the national average. The median household income is $47,516, compared to $40,112 across the state.
Conway Job Opportunities
Conway is home to the Central Baptist College, Hendrix College, and University of Central Arkansas. These three tertiary institutions give the city its nickname, "The City of Colleges." There are education jobs in Conway at all grades and levels. The Conway Public School District is the eighth largest in the state with more than 9,400 students. Conway's pair of private schools, Conway Christian School and St. Joseph Catholic School, offer a non-secular educational experience.
Manufacturing is also a big industry for Conway jobs. In 1949, R.D. "Bob" Nabholz set up Nabholz Construction in the city. The company has created around 800 jobs in Conway, AR. Since 1986, it's made Engineering News Record's list of the top 400 general contractors in the United States every year.
Nabholz Construction built Hewlett-Packard's 150,000 square foot facility, which opened in The Meadows Office and Technology Park in 2009. This Fortune 500 firm has created many Conway, AR jobs in sales, analysis, HR and technology.
Conway Employment Trends
Recently, growth for Conway jobs has dropped to -0.94 percent, but the situation is expected to turn around swiftly. Forecasters suggest that jobs in Conway will grow by 32.3 percent over the next 10 years.
Unemployment in Conway is below the national average at 5.8 percent. This may be because more than 36 percent of Conway's adult workforce holds at least a bachelor's degree. This makes it the third most-educated city in Arkansas after Maumelle and Fayetteville.