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Overview

Conway is a smaller, historic city located in Coastal South Carolina. Conway offers residents a quaint downtown area and a variety of aquatic activities at the Conway Marina. Conway is just a short distance away from Myrtle Beach, making for an easy trip to the beach during the warmer months.

Climate & Geography

Conway is northwest of Myrtle Beach situated on flat, low land on the Atlantic Coastal Plain. Conway has numerous bodies of water running through it, including Crabtree Swamp, Oakey Swamp, Kingston Lake, Altman Branch, and the Waccamaw River.

Conway receives more rainfall than average and rarely receives any snowfall, averaging 1 inch per year. There are more sunny days in Conway than the national average. 

Recreation, Culture & Entertainment

Conway provides residents with many opportunities to get outdoors. Conway Riverwalk visitors can take a peaceful walk through nature along the Waccamaw River, and locals can enjoy fishing, canoeing, and kayaking at the Conway Marina, located downtown.

History buffs will love the town’s appreciation and preservation of its past. The Horry County Museum, located downtown, seeks to educate locals on the area’s history. The L.W. Paul Living History Farm provide a snapshot into the past. Visitors at the farm can view and experience what living on a Conway farm was like during the early-to-mid 20th century.

Downtown Conway is home to a number of restaurants and boutiques, providing plenty of entertainment for locals. Conway offers a number of events and festivals throughout the year, such as the Conway Strong Festival and Halloween Carnival.

Cost of Living & Taxes

The cost of living in Conway is lower than the average when compared to both South Carolina and the rest of the United States. Costs for grocery, health, and housing are all lower than the state and national averages as well. Income tax can range from 3 percent to 7 percent in South Carolina, and Social Security is not taxed.

Health Care

Gallup’s Well-Being Index rates Conway on the higher end of average in comparison to other US cities, while the state of South Carolina ranks on the lower end of average.

As for hospitals in the area, Conway Medical Center provides convenient access to health care for residents. Other hospitals include McLeod Seacoast Hospital, located in nearby Little River, and Grand Strand Medical Center, located in Myrtle Beach.

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