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Overview

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 1830s, 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.

Demographics

People

Total Population31,641
Male Share of the Population45.9%
Female Share of the Population54.1%
Senior Citizens10%
Employed Population 16+15,466
Age of the Population23

Families

% of people married27.3%
Average household size2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher42.4%
Median Earnings25+$30,697
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$20,833
Median Earnings With High School Degree$24,103

Wealth

Median Family Income$63,063
% Above Poverty Level64.2%
% Below Poverty Level35.8%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time16 minutes
% Working from Home2.5%
% Walking and Biking to Work16.4%
% Using Public Transportation0.7%

Housing

People Living Alone36.3%
Median Gross Rent$667
Median House Value$157,900

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)19.2%
Irish16.1%
English8.7%
Polish5.5%
Italian5.1%
French Except Basque3.3%
Scottish2%
Hungarian1.9%
Swedish1.5%
Dutch1.4%
Arab1.4%
Russian1.3%
Welsh1.1%
African0.7%
Swiss0.7%
Slovak0.7%
Czech0.6%
West Indian0.5%
Greek0.5%
Jamaican0.4%
Belgian0.4%
Kenyan0.3%
Syrian0.3%
Norwegian0.3%
Canadian0.3%
Finnish0.3%
Danishn0.2%
Iranian0.2%
Ukrainian0.2%
Lebanese0.2%
Lithuanian0.2%
Romanian0.2%
Iraqi0.2%
Palestinian0.1%
Serbian0.1%
Luxemburger0.1%
Croatian0.1%
Bulgarian0.1%
German0.1%
Slovene0.1%
Austrian0.1%
Australian0.1%
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Bowling Green Almanac

CategoryValue
County Wood County
Standard Zip Codes43402
Company Zip Codes43403
Phone Area Codes419,567
Time ZoneAmerica/New_York
Approximate Latitude41.37
Approximate Longitude-83.64

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)

StationBOWLING GREEN WWTP
Distance1.9 miles
Jan Temp15 to 31 F
Apr Temp36 to 59 F
Jul Temp62 to 84 F
Oct Temp40 to 63 F
Annual Precip33.1 inches
StationTOLEDO EXPRESS AP
Distance16.4 miles
Jan Temp16 to 31 F
Apr Temp38 to 59 F
Jul Temp63 to 83 F
Oct Temp42 to 62 F
Annual Precip33.2 inches
StationWAUSEON WATER PLANT
Distance27.7 miles
Jan Temp14 to 30 F
Apr Temp36 to 58 F
Jul Temp61 to 84 F
Oct Temp39 to 63 F
Annual Precip34.5 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income
Cygnet750$53,750
Haskins1,435$85,104
Portage427$54,375
Tontogany452$82,798
Weston1,630$48,875

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

Wood County Hospital
(Non-profit)
950 West Wooster Street
(419) 354-8900

Bowling Green Public Schools

Bowling Green High School
530 W Poe Rd
ZIP: 43402
(419) 354-0100
High
Total Enrollment 831
Bowling Green Middle School
1079 Fairview Ave
ZIP: 43402
(419) 354-0200
Middle
Total Enrollment 675
Bowling Green Preschool
1020 Scott Hamilton Ave
ZIP: 43402
(419) 352-3576
Primary
Total Enrollment 79
Conneaut Elementary School
542 Haskins Rd
ZIP: 43402
(419) 354-0300
Primary
Total Enrollment 447
Crim Elementary School
1020 Scott Hamilton Ave
ZIP: 43402
(419) 354-0400
Primary
Total Enrollment 480
Kenwood Elementary School
710 Kenwood Ave
ZIP: 43402
(419) 354-0500
Primary
Total Enrollment 431

Bowling Green Private Schools

Bowling Green Christian Academy
1165 Haskins Rd
ZIP: 43402
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 152
Montessori School Of Bowling Green
515 Sand Ridge Rd
ZIP: 43402
Elementary
Total Enrollment 52
Plan Do & Talk Primary School
115 E Oak St
ZIP: 43402
Elementary
Total Enrollment 15
St Aloysius Elementary School
148 S Enterprise St
ZIP: 43402
Elementary
Total Enrollment 222
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