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Overview

Introduction to Bowling Green, Kentucky

The Kentucky city of Bowling Green lies in the southern part of the state, about 110 miles south of Louisville and about 60 miles north of Nashville, Tennessee. The city sits alongside the Barren River, and is the county seat of Warren County. Neighboring cities include Franklin, Brownsville, Morgantown, Scottsville, and Russellville. Major highways servicing Bowling Green include Interstate 65; U.S. Routes 231, 31W, and 68; and Kentucky State Highways 185, 234, 240, and 242.

First settled in 1780 and incorporated in 1812, Bowling Green served as the Confederate capital of Kentucky from 1861 to 1862 while the city was under occupation by the Confederacy. After the Civil War, the city saw its economic base expand from agriculture and livestock to a wider variety of industries, as shown by many of the historic business structures still in evidence today. In 1906, The Western Kentucky State Normal School was founded in central Bowling Green and this institution went on to become Western Kentucky University, the third largest public university in the state. Today, the University is one of the city's largest employers, along with other major industries calling Bowling Green home, including the General Motors Corvette Plant, Holley Performance Products, and Pan-Oston.

Bowling Green Attractions

One of the most interesting and vibrant cities in the Bluegrass State of Kentucky, Bowling Green has a lot to offer visitors. Sitting in the center of the city is an urban nature reserve known as the Lost River Cave and Valley. Home to 130 species of birds, reptiles, and mammals, the spacious cavern once housed both Union and Confederate soldiers. Today, floating tours are offered at the underground site. Historic downtown square is near to a multitude of properties listed on the National Register, including the Riverview at Hobson Grove historic house museum, the Kentucky Museum and Library, and several Civil War landmarks. Other area attractions include:

  • Barren River Imaginative Museum of Science
  • Historic L&N Depot and Railpark
  • National Corvette Museum
  • Aviation Heritage Park
  • Fountain Square Park
  • Beech Bend Park & Splash Lagoon
  • Fort Webb
  • Fountain Square
  • Leonard D. Brown Agricultural Exposition Center
  • Beech Bend Raceway
  • Ballance MotoX
  • Race World
  • Shaker Museum at South Union
  • Eloise B. Houchens Center
  • Public Theatre of Kentucky

Sports fans in Bowling Green can follow the exploits of the Western Kentucky University Hilltopper teams. In most sports, including basketball, the Hilltoppers are a member of the Sun Belt Conference. The men's basketball program is one of the most successful in the history of the NCAA. The school has made one appearance in the Final Four (1971) and usually finishes at or near the top of its conference, regularly competing for the conference championship. The Hilltopper football team belongs to the Gateway Football Conference as an NCAA Division 1-AA team; however, the school is considering relocating its football program to Division I-A in the Sun Belt Conference.

There are no major league professional sports teams in Kentucky. However, there are major league teams located only an hour away in nearby Nashville, Tennessee. The National Football League's Tennessee Titans, who moved from Houston before the 1997 season, play in Nashville, as do the National Hockey League's Nashville Predators. Baseball fans can catch some Minor League action there by watching the Nashville Sounds, a Triple-A affiliate of the Milwaukee Brewers. The Sounds compete in the Pacific Coast League.

An early May visitor to Bowling Green will not want to pass up the opportunity to take a two-hour drive north to Louisville to witness the legendary Kentucky Derby. The single most famous event in US thoroughbred racing, the Derby takes place on the first Saturday in May at Churchill Downs in Louisville. The Derby is the first of three major races for three-year-olds which comprise racing's Triple Crown.

People

Total Population 61,617
Male Share of the Population 49.2%
Female Share of the Population 50.8%
Senior Citizens 11.1%
Employed Population 16+ 26,931
Age of the Population 28

Families

% of people married 34.8%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 27.1%
Median Earnings25+ $26,084
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $13,947
Median Earnings With High School Degree $21,883

Wealth

Median Family Income $47,178
% Above Poverty Level 71.9%
% Below Poverty Level 28.1%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 16 minutes
% Working from Home 1.9%
% Walking and Biking to Work 5.9%
% Using Public Transportation 0.8%

Housing

People Living Alone 33.5%
Median Gross Rent $671
Median House Value $141,300

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 33.2%
US/American 0%
English 7.8%
Irish 11.2%

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Bowling Green Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 59 miles NE of Clarksville, Tennessee (center to center)
Nearest Large City 60 miles N of Nashville, Tennessee
County Warren
Standard Zip Codes 42101, 42103, 42104
P.O. Box Zip Codes 42102
Phone Area Codes 270
Time Zone Central (-6 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 36.99
Longitude -86.443

Bowling Green Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)

Station BOWLING GREEN FAA AP
Distance 0.7 miles
Jan Temp 25 to 43 F
Apr Temp 45 to 69 F
Jul Temp 68 to 89 F
Oct Temp 46 to 70 F
Annual Precip 51.6 inches
Station BARREN RIVER LAKE
Distance 18.3 miles
Jan Temp 24 to 44 F
Apr Temp 44 to 69 F
Jul Temp 67 to 90 F
Oct Temp 46 to 72 F
Annual Precip 51.3 inches
Station NOLIN RIVER LAKE
Distance 22.9 miles
Jan Temp 21 to 43 F
Apr Temp 40 to 69 F
Jul Temp 63 to 90 F
Oct Temp 42 to 72 F
Annual Precip 51.5 inches

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

According to the US Postal Service, Bowling Green, its neighborhoods, and/or surrounding areas are also referred to as:

Hadley (42101)

Richardsville (42101)

Note that not all alternate names are acceptable for use in US Post Office addresses.

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Auburn 1,491 $38,750
Brownsville 857 $35,781
Oakland 204 $59,167
Plum Springs 472 $58,250
Smiths Grove 811 $57,500
Woodburn 304 $51,667

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Bowling Green Public Libraries

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Bowling Green Public Library
1225 STATE STREET
Bowling Green, Kentucky
(270) 781-4882

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Bowling Green Hospitals

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(Voluntary non-profit - Private)
250 PARK STREET
(270) 745-1000
Emergency Service: Yes

GREENVIEW REGIONAL HOSPITAL
(Proprietary)
1801 ASHLEY CIRCLE
(270) 793-1000
Emergency Service: Yes

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Bowling Green High Schools

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GREENWOOD HIGH SCHOOL
5065 SCOTTSVILLE ROAD
270-842-3627
Serves 1,305 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 18

WARREN CENTRAL HIGH SCHOOL
559 MORGANTOWN RD
270-842-7302
Serves 1,103 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 16.8

BOWLING GREEN HIGH SCHOOL
1801 ROCKINGHAM LANE
270-746-2300
Serves 975 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 16.5

WARREN EAST HIGH SCHOOL
6867 LOUISVILLE RD
270-781-1277
Serves 829 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 17.1

LIGHTHOUSE ACADEMY ALTERNATIVE SCHOOL
877 JACKSON ST
270-782-5410
A Non-traditional School
Serves 48 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 19.2

RIVENDELL PSYCHIATRIC ALT HIGH SCHOOL
1035 PORTER PIKE ROAD
270-843-1199
A Non-traditional School
Serves 42 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 14

WARREN REGIONAL JUV DETENTION CTR ALT
1020 KENTUCKY ST
270-746-7155
A Non-traditional School
Serves 40 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 10

11TH STREET ALTERNATIVE SCHOOL
877 E 11TH ST
270-746-2321
A Non-traditional School
Serves 17 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 4.3

DAY TREATMENT CTR ALTERNATIVE HIGH SCH
1901 RUSSELLVILLE RD
270-781-2814
A Non-traditional School
Serves 17 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 8.5

BELLEWOOD ALTERNATIVE SCHOOL
331 BROOKWOOD DR
270-782-2756
A Non-traditional School
Serves 11 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 11

CHILDREN'S CRISIS STABILIZATION UNIT ALT
501 CHESTNUT ST
270-781-3997
A Non-traditional School
Serves 8 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 8

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