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Conway County
Conway County Courthouse
Downtown Morrilton
Arkansas River
Train Station
Cedar Falls
View from Petit Jean State Park
Clockwise from top: Conway County Courthouse, the Arkansas River, Cedar Falls, a panoramic view of the Arkansas River Valley from Petit Jean State Park, the Morrilton Train Station, and downtown Morrilton
Map of Arkansas highlighting Conway County
Location within the U.S. state of Arkansas
Map of the United States highlighting Arkansas
Arkansas's location within the U.S.
Country  United States
State  Arkansas
Founded October 20, 1825
Named for Henry Wharton Conway
Seat Morrilton
Largest city Morrilton
 • Total 566.66 sq mi (1,467.6 km2)
 • Land 556.15 sq mi (1,440.4 km2)
 • Water 10.51 sq mi (27.2 km2)  1.8%%
 • Total 21,273
 • Density 37.5/sq mi (14.5/km2)
Time zone UTC−6 (Central)
 • Summer (DST) UTC−5 (CDT)
Congressional district 2nd

Conway County is a county located in the U.S. state of Arkansas. Created as Arkansas's 11th county on October 20, 1825, Conway County has four incorporated municipalities, including Morrilton, the county seat and most populous city. The county is also the site of numerous unincorporated communities and ghost towns. The county is named for Henry Wharton Conway, a politician from a powerful political family who served as the delegate from the Arkansas Territory to the U.S. Congress from 1823 to 1827.

As of the 2010 census, the population was 21,273. The county seat is Morrilton. The county was formed on October 20, 1825, from a portion of Pulaski County and named for Henry Wharton Conway who was the territorial delegate to the U.S. Congress.

In 2010, the center of population of Arkansas was located in Conway County, near the city of Plumerville.


Henry W. Conway, namesake for Conway County.

Conway County was formed on October 20, 1825 from a portion of Pulaski County and named for Henry Wharton Conway, who was the territorial delegate to the U.S. Congress. From 1831 until 1883, Lewisburg was the county seat.


According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 567 square miles (1,470 km2), of which 552 square miles (1,430 km2) is land and 14 square miles (36 km2) (2.5%) is water. It is the fifth-smallest county in Arkansas by area.

Major highways

  • I-40 (AR).svg Interstate 40
  • US 64.svg U.S. Highway 64]
  • Arkansas 9.svg Highway 9
  • Arkansas 92.svg Highway 92
  • Arkansas 95.svg Highway 95
  • Arkansas 124.svg Highway 124
  • Arkansas 154.svg Highway 154

Adjacent counties

National protected area


Historical population
Census Pop.
1830 982
1840 2,892 194.5%
1850 3,583 23.9%
1860 6,697 86.9%
1870 8,112 21.1%
1880 12,755 57.2%
1890 19,459 52.6%
1900 19,772 1.6%
1910 22,729 15.0%
1920 22,578 −0.7%
1930 21,949 −2.8%
1940 21,536 −1.9%
1950 18,137 −15.8%
1960 15,430 −14.9%
1970 16,805 8.9%
1980 19,505 16.1%
1990 19,151 −1.8%
2000 20,336 6.2%
2010 21,273 4.6%
2019 (est.) 20,846 −2.0%
U.S. Decennial Census
1790–1960 1900–1990
1990–2000 2010–2016

2020 Census

Conway County racial composition
Race Number Percentage
White (non-Hispanic) 16,148 77.95%
Black or African American (non-Hispanic) 2,190 10.57%
Native American 136 0.66%
Asian 89 0.43%
Pacific Islander 8 0.04%
Other/Mixed 1,258 6.07%
Hispanic or Latino 886 4.28%

As of the 2020 United States census, there were 20,715 people, 8,309 households, and 5,600 families residing in the county.

2010 Census

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Racial/Ethnic Makeup of Conway County treating Hispanics as a Separate Category (2010)      White Non-Hispanic (82.4%)     Black Non-Hispanic (11.2%)     Native American Non-Hispanic (0.7%)     Asian Non-Hispanic (0.4%)     Pacific Islander Non-Hispanic (0.0%)     Other Non-Hispanic (0.0%)     Two or more races Non-Hispanic (1.7%)     Hispanic Any Race (3.6%)

As of the 2010 census, there were 21,273 people, 8,463 households, and 4,473 families in the county. The population density was 38 people per square mile (14/km2). There were 9,720 housing units at an average density of 17 per square mile (7/km2). The racial makeup of the county was 84.2% White, 11.2% Black or African American, 0.7% Native American, 0.4% Asian, 0.0% Pacific Islander, 1.5% from other races, and 2.0% from two or more races. 3.6% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

Of the 8,463 households 28.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 52.9% were married couples living together, 11.8% had a female householder with no husband present, and 30.4% were non-families. 26.4% of households were one person and 11.6% were one person aged 65 or older. The average household size was 2.48 and the average family size was 2.98.

The age distribution was 24.2% under the age of 18, 7.9% from 18 to 24, 23.4% from 25 to 44, 27.7% from 45 to 64, and 16.9% 65 or older. The median age was 40.5 years. For every 100 females there were 98.1 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 95.1 males.

The median household income was $32,700 and the median family income was $48,116. Males had a median income of $38,675 versus $26,318 for females. The per capita income for the county was $19,909. About 10.2% of families and 17.0% of the population were below the poverty line, including 19.8% of those under age 18 and 14.5% of those age 65 or over.




Census-designated place

Unincorporated communities


Conway County Arkansas 2010 Township Map large
Townships in Conway County, Arkansas as of 2010

Townships in Arkansas are the divisions of a county. Each township includes unincorporated areas; some may have incorporated cities or towns within part of their boundaries. Arkansas townships have limited purposes in modern times. However, the United States Census does list Arkansas population based on townships (sometimes referred to as "county subdivisions" or "minor civil divisions"). Townships are also of value for historical purposes in terms of genealogical research. Each town or city is within one or more townships in an Arkansas county based on census maps and publications. The townships of Conway County are listed below; listed in parentheses are the cities, towns, and/or census-designated places that are fully or partially inside the township.

  • Austin
  • Bentley (Oppelo)
  • Bird
  • Catholic Point
  • Cedar Falls
  • Gregory
  • Griffin
  • Higgins
  • Howard (Menifee, Plumerville)
  • Lick Mountain (CDP Center Ridge)
  • Martin
  • McLaren
  • Nichols
  • Old Hickory
  • Petit Jean
  • St. Vincent
  • Steele
  • Union
  • Washington
  • Welborn (Morrilton)
  • White Eagle


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