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Conway County, Arkansas
Map
Map of Arkansas highlighting Conway County
Location in the state of Arkansas
Map of the USA highlighting Arkansas
Arkansas's location in the U.S.
Statistics
Founded October 20, 1825
Seat Morrilton
Largest City Morrilton
Area
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

567 sq mi (1,469 km²)
552 sq mi (1,430 km²)
14 sq mi (36 km²), 2.5%
PopulationEst.
 - (2015)
 - Density

21,019
39/sq mi (15/km²)
Time zone Central: UTC-6/-5
Named for: Henry Wharton Conway

Conway County is a county located in the U.S. state of Arkansas. 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 Perry County, near the city of Plumerville.

History

HWConway
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.

Geography

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

  • Ozark National Forest (part)

Demographics

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%
Est. 2015 21,019 −1.2%
U.S. Decennial Census
1790–1960 1900–1990
1990–2000 2010–2015
USA Conway County, Arkansas age pyramid
Age pyramid Conway County

As of the 2000 United States Census, there were 20,336 people, 7,967 households, and 5,736 families residing in the county. The population density was 37 people per square mile (14/km²). There were 9,028 housing units at an average density of 16 per square mile (6/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 84.27% White, 13.05% Black or African American, 0.50% Native American, 0.23% Asian, 0.03% Pacific Islander, 0.74% from other races, and 1.18% from two or more races. 1.77% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 7,967 households out of which 31.40% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 56.70% were married couples living together, 11.50% had a female householder with no husband present, and 28.00% were non-families. 25.40% of all households were made up of individuals and 12.10% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.51 and the average family size was 2.99.

In the county, the population was spread out with 25.40% under the age of 18, 8.30% from 18 to 24, 26.70% from 25 to 44, 23.50% from 45 to 64, and 16.10% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 38 years. For every 100 females there were 94.40 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 91.50 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $31,209, and the median income for a family was $38,179. Males had a median income of $28,199 versus $20,134 for females. The per capita income for the county was $16,056. About 12.20% of families and 16.10% of the population were below the poverty line, including 21.90% of those under age 18 and 13.10% of those age 65 or over.

Communities

Cities

Town

Census-designated place

Unincorporated communities

Townships

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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