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Conway, Missouri
City of Conway
Location of Conway, Missouri
Location of Conway, Missouri
Country United States
State Missouri
County Laclede
 • Total 1.83 sq mi (4.75 km2)
 • Land 1.82 sq mi (4.72 km2)
 • Water 0.01 sq mi (0.03 km2)
1,407 ft (429 m)
 • Total 780
 • Density 425.67/sq mi (164.40/km2)
Time zone UTC-6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP code
Area code(s) 417
FIPS code 29-16192
GNIS feature ID 0716212

Conway is a city in Laclede County, Missouri, United States. The population was 788 at the 2010 census. Conway is located 15 miles (24 km) southwest of Lebanon.


Conway was platted in 1869, and named after a local merchant. A post office has been in operation at Conway since 1871.


Conway is located at 37°30′3″N 92°49′28″W / 37.50083°N 92.82444°W / 37.50083; -92.82444 (37.500822, -92.824369).

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 1.83 square miles (4.74 km2), of which, 1.82 square miles (4.71 km2) is land and 0.01 square miles (0.03 km2) is water.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1890 217
1900 272 25.3%
1910 394 44.9%
1920 546 38.6%
1930 576 5.5%
1940 516 −10.4%
1950 514 −0.4%
1960 500 −2.7%
1970 547 9.4%
1980 601 9.9%
1990 629 4.7%
2000 743 18.1%
2010 788 6.1%
2019 (est.) 776 −1.5%
U.S. Decennial Census

2010 census

As of the census of 2010, there were 788 people, 303 households, and 213 families residing in the city. The population density was 433.0 inhabitants per square mile (167.2/km2). There were 362 housing units at an average density of 198.9 per square mile (76.8/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 94.8% White, 0.4% African American, 0.9% Native American, 0.1% Asian, 0.1% Pacific Islander, 1.0% from other races, and 2.7% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.8% of the population.

There were 303 households, of which 43.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 46.2% were married couples living together, 16.5% had a female householder with no husband present, 7.6% had a male householder with no wife present, and 29.7% were non-families. 25.7% of all households were made up of individuals, and 14.2% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.60 and the average family size was 3.08.

The median age in the city was 33.9 years. 30.6% of residents were under the age of 18; 7.9% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 24.7% were from 25 to 44; 21.3% were from 45 to 64; and 15.2% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 49.6% male and 50.4% female.


Annual town festival

The citizens of Conway hold a community festival each year. This community festival is known as "Conway Community Days" and is held the weekend after Labor Day, in September. The community festival begins on a Friday evening and lasts until the early hours of Sunday morning. Activities include food vendors, dancing, singing, and amusement rides. Local youth, church, and adult organizations participate in a parade.


Conway is also the home of a proud athletics program; Conway "Bears". In the 2006-2007 basketball season, the Conway Bears were 26-3, Summit Conference Champions (6-0), Class 3 District 13 Champs, Sectional Champs and were a point away from going to the state final four. The 06-07 basketball Bears were also Conway Invitational Tournament Champs for the third time in four years and the Skyline Invitational Champs after a win over then 4th ranked Warsaw. They had the best record in school history. In 2008 the Conway baseball Bears finished third in the state tournament for the first time in school history. Also in 2008, Conway track was well represented at the state meet with Dallis Bailey winning the 800 meter state championship as a freshman. There was also a girls relay team that placed high enough to earn all state honors.


Conway has a long history of Scouting for youth. Cub Scout 'Pack 44', Boy Scout 'Troop 44', BSA Venture 'Crew 44' are an active part of the community. Each of these units are part of the Ozark Trails Council (# 306) of the Boy Scouts of America. Conway also has girls participating in Girl Scouting as part of Girl Scouts of the Missouri Heartland.

Youth education

Conway is the site for all schools of the Laclede County R-1 school district. The district is the result of various school district consolidations that occurred in the mid 20th century, the most controversial of which was the consolidation with Phillipsburg School District.

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