Bowling Green, Ohio

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Bowling Green, Ohio

Introduction to Bowling Green, Ohio

Bowling Green is a city in northwest Ohio, located about 25 miles south of Toledo and 85 miles south of Detroit, Michigan. The county seat of Wood County, Bowling Green is situated on Interstate 75, which provides access to points north and south. A college town, the city is the proud home of Bowling Green State University.

First settled in the 1830's, Bowling Green was incorporated as a town in 1855 and officially achieved city status in 1901. The city got its name from Joseph Gordon, an early postal worker, whose previous residence was Bowling Green, Kentucky. Dependent on farming, fur trading and lumbering during its early years, the city was affected by the discovery of oil in nearby North Baltimore in 1886 which brought people and revenue to the area. Several of Bowling Green's lavish homes built with revenue from oil money are still standing today. In 1910, the Ohio state legislature designated Bowling Green as the site of the State Normal College, later to become Bowling Green State University.

Events and Attractions in Bowling Green

September marks the start of the Black Swamp Arts Festival, an annual event in Bowling Green. Started in 1993, the festival has grown to where it now features close to 150 artists and four musical stages. All types of music, including blues, jazz, and rock, are presented, and the historic Cla-Zel Theatre also participates by showing independent and art-related films throughout the weekend. Another large annual event is the National Tractor Pulling Championships. Held in August, this weekend-long event draws an estimated crowd of 60,000 and awards over $150,000 in purse money and contingency prizes. Bowling Green is also chock full of historic, cultural, and recreational sites for visitors to sample. Some of these are the following:

  • Historical Construction Equipment Museum: Exhibits and displays document the history of construction equipment development.
  • The Little Red Schoolhouse: Houses an historic collection of more than 3,000 items related to education in a one room school-house built in 1875.
  • Joe E. Brown Theatre and Eva Marie Saint Theatre: Located on the Bowling Green State University campus.
  • The Dorothy Uber Bryan Gallery
  • The Willard Wankelman Gallery
  • Wood County Courthouse
  • Wood County Historical Center & Museum

Sports activity in Bowling Green focuses on the Bowling Green State University Fighting Falcons. Hosting teams in 22 different sports, the Falcons participate in NCAA Division I (Division I-A for football) and in the Mid-American Conference. The Falcons Women's Basketball team won back-to-back conference championships in 2005 and 2006 and its Women's Soccer team captured a conference crown in 2005.

Professional sports can be found a few miles north of the city. Minor League Baseball resides in the city of Toledo, about a half-hour away, where the Mud Hens, a Triple-A franchise affiliated with the Detroit Tigers, compete in the International League. An additional hour's drive in the same northerly direction puts the sports fan in Detroit, which plenty of major league teams call home. Major League Baseball's Tigers reside there, as do the Lions of the National Football League and basketball's Pistons of the NBA. Hockey fans can watch first-rate National Hockey League action played by the Detroit Red Wings and fans of women's basketball can follow the Detroit Shock of the WNBA.

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High Points

Bowling Green strengths, compared to Peers (similar size places nationally) or State (other places in Ohio):

Category Trophy
Walking and Biking to Work
(vs. Peers)
Top 3% trophy Bowling Green Walking and Biking to Work
Short Commute Times
(vs. Peers)
Top 7% Bowling Green Short Commute Times
College Educated Adults
(vs. State)
Top 8% Bowling Green College Educated Adults
Racial Diversity
(vs. State)
Top 13% Bowling Green Racial Diversity
Affordability of Rents
(vs. Peers)
Top 18% Bowling Green Affordability of Rents

Comparative Profile of Bowling Green, Ohio

Comparing Bowling Green to similar size places nationwide (Peers) and to other places in Ohio (State):

Ratings range from 1 (lowest) to 10 (highest).

The People

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Female Share of the Population 10 8
Well-Paid Single Women 7 9
Well-Paid Single Men 3 4
Racial Diversity 3 9
Senior Citizens 2 1
Male Share of the Population 2 3
Age of the Population 1 1
Children Under 5 Years Old 1 1


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Average Household Size 1 1
Portion of People Married 1 1


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
College Educated Adults 9 10
Median Family Income 5 7
People in Middle Class or Better 2 2
People Above Poverty 1 1

Commute & Sprawl

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Walking and Biking to Work 10 10
Short Commute Times 10 10
Public Transportation Use 2 6
Working at Home 2 4


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Studio & One-Bedroom Rentals 9 10
People Living Alone 9 9
Affordability of Rents 9 5
Affordability of Property Taxes 6 3
Housing Recently Built 6 9
Seasonal and Vacation Housing 5 5

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Bowling Green Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Large City 20 miles S of Toledo, Ohio
County Wood
Metro Area Toledo
Standard Zip Codes 43402
Company Zip Codes 43403
Phone Area Codes 419
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 41.374
Longitude -83.651

Bowling Green Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)
Distance 1.9 miles
Jan Temp 15 to 31 F
Apr Temp 36 to 59 F
Jul Temp 62 to 84 F
Oct Temp 40 to 63 F
Annual Precip 33.1 inches
Distance 16.4 miles
Jan Temp 16 to 31 F
Apr Temp 38 to 59 F
Jul Temp 63 to 83 F
Oct Temp 42 to 62 F
Annual Precip 33.2 inches
Distance 27.7 miles
Jan Temp 14 to 30 F
Apr Temp 36 to 58 F
Jul Temp 61 to 84 F
Oct Temp 39 to 63 F
Annual Precip 34.5 inches
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Bowling Green Population (2000)

Category Count Percent
Total Population 29,636 100%
Male 13,865 46.8%
Female 15,771 53.2%
Under 18 3,880 13.1%
18+ 25,756 86.9%
65+ 2,266 7.6%
Median Age 22.4
Average Family Size 2.84
White 27,219 91.8%
African-American 837 2.8%
Asian 543 1.8%
American Indian & Alaskan 62 0.2%
Other 537 1.8%
Mixed Race 433 1.5%
Hispanic (included in categories above) 1,031 3.5%

Estimated Bowling Green Population Growth 2000-2005

Category Value
Est. 2005 Population 29,793
Growth 157
Growth % 0.5%

Bowling Green Ancestry

(From 2000 Census, as reported by individuals)

Note: This is national, not racial, ancestry, so, e.g., the Census doesn't have categories for Hispanic and African-American people. CityTownInfo is currently gathering additional ancestry data for this site.
Ancestry Percent
German 32.7%
Other (often includes Hispanic and African American) 12.5%
Irish 9%
English 8.8%
US/American 7%
Italian 5.6%
Polish 4.3%
French (except Basque) 2.1%
Scottish 2.1%
Hungarian 1.6%
Dutch 1.3%
European 1.2%
Scotch-Irish 1.1%
Russian 0.9%
Swedish 0.8%
Norwegian 0.7%
Welsh 0.6%
Swiss 0.6%
French Canadian 0.5%
British 0.5%
Ukrainian 0.5%
Arab/Arabic 0.4%
African 0.4%
Canadian 0.4%
Czech 0.4%
Slovak 0.4%
Lebanese 0.3%
Lithuanian 0.3%
Slovene 0.3%
Romanian 0.2%
Pennsylvania German 0.2%
Finnish 0.2%
Greek 0.2%
Danish 0.2%
Belgian 0.2%
Croatian 0.2%
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Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Pop. Median Family
Income (2000)
Bowling Green 29,636 $51,804
Cygnet 564 $37,750
Haskins 638 $55,208
Jerry City 453 $46,667
Portage 428 $43,125
Tontogany 364 $55,500
Weston 1,659 $44,861

Bowling Green Public Libraries

Wood County District Public Library
251 N. MAIN ST.
Bowling Green, Ohio
(419) 352-5104
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Bowling Green Hospitals

(Voluntary non-profit - Private)
(419) 354-8833
Emergency Service: Yes

Starbucks in Bowling Green

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1094 N Main St

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1120 South Main Street
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