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Bowling Green, Kentucky - Basic Facts

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The City of Bowling Green is the 4th largest city in Kentucky with a population of 63,276 as of July 1, 2016. Bowling Green ranks in the upper quartile for Diversity Index when compared to the other cities, towns and Census Designated Places (CDPs) in Kentucky. See peer rankings below.

The primary coordinate point for Bowling Green is located at latitude 36.9709 and longitude -86.4385 in Warren County. The formal boundaries for the City of Bowling Green (see map below) encompass a land area of 38.21 sq. miles and a water area of 0.32 sq. miles. Warren County is in the Central time zone (GMT -6). The elevation is 528 feet.

The City of Bowling Green (GNIS ID: 2403903) has a C1 Census Class Code which indicates an active incorporated place that does not serve as a county subdivision equivalent. It also has a Functional Status Code of "A" which identifies an active government providing primary general-purpose functions.

Kentucky is one of 20 states where Census County Divisions (CCDs) are used for statistical tracking of subdivisions within each county. The City of Bowling Green is located within Bowling Green Division of Warren County.

Beneath the boundary map are tables with Bowling Green population, income and housing data, five-year growth projections and peer comparisons for key demographic data. The estimates are for July 1, 2016.

Alternate Unofficial Names for Bowling Green: Bowlinggreen.

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Bowling Green, KY Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2016)


Total Population 63,276
Population in Households 57,160
Population in Familes 38,684
Population in Group Qrtrs 6,116
Population Density1 1,656
Diversity Index2 51


Total Households 24,940
Average Household Size 2.29
Family Households 12,907
Average Family Size 3


Total Housing Units 27,178 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 9,798 (36.1%)
Renter Occupied HU 15,142 (55.7%)
Vacant Housing Units 2,238 ( 8.2%)
Median Home Value $146,503
Average Home Value $186,825


Median Household Income $36,263
Average Household Income $53,570
Per Capita Income $21,990
  (Compound Annual Growth Rates)


2010-2015 2015-2020
Population 1.15% 1.17%
Households 1.24% 1.3%
Families 1.16% 1.08%
Median Household Income   0.48%
Per Capita Income   1.75%
1) Population Density = Total Population per square mile.
2) The Diversity Index is a scale of 0 to 100 that represents the likelyhood that two persons, chosen at random from the same area, belong to different race or ethnic groups. If an area's entire population belongs to one race AND one ethnic group, then the area has zero diversity. An area's diversity index increases to 100 when the population is evenly divided into two or more race/ethnic groups.
Based on Census 2010 counts, the Diversity Index for the United States was 60.6 and it is expected to increase to 64.8 by July 1, 2018.

Bowling Green, KY - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Bowling Green to the other 540 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs in Kentucky by rank and percentile using July 1, 2016 data. The location Ranked # 1 has the highest value. A location that ranks higher than 75% of its peers would be in the 75th percentile of the peer group.

Variable Description Rank Percentile
Total Population # 4 99th
Population Density1 # 144 74th
Diversity Index2 # 23 96th
Median Household Income # 338 38th
Per Capita Income # 240 56th

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