Conway styles itself 'City of Colleges.' The city has an official population of 52,430 souls, but ten months of the year it's closer to 70,000.
It's the colleges that do it. There is a small private college, Central Baptist College, that all in all takes up about one city block; its student body tends to be quiet and well-behaved.
There is a somewhat larger private liberal arts school, Hendrix College, with an enrollment nearing 2000; this school is something of The Jewel in the Crown for Arkansas, and prides itself on educating the state's future professionals, leaders, movers and shakers. It's affiliated with The United Methodist Church (though that does not mean the same thing it did when I attended Methodist colleges in the mid-Sixties. No required religion classes here.) Hendrix is in the process of building a 'new-concept' Village that combines homes, shops, restaurants, offices, green space....Mr. Roger's Neighborhood? Hendrix has students from most of the 50 states and a number of other countries; the school is very selective, and the occasional students who get into trouble are usually in the kind of trouble very bright kids can think up.
And then there is the huge state school: The University of Central Arkansas. It's gigantic by Arkansas standards, with an enrollment over 17,000 last time I checked. It is continually adding new buildings--classrooms, labs, dorms, and an indoor practice facility (so that the athletes do not drop from heat stroke.) Any school that large has a major impact on its location.
What do these colleges have in common? Cars. As in, just about every student has one. The impact on the city's traffic is impressive.
Not everyone minds.