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Bowling Green, Kentucky - Basic Facts

The City of Bowling Green is the 4th largest city in Kentucky with a population of 71,212 as of July 1, 2020. Bowling Green ranks in the upper quartile for Population Density and 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 36.9903 and longitude -86.4436 in Warren County. The formal boundaries for the City of Bowling Green 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.

Alternate Unofficial Names for Bowling Green: Bowlinggreen.

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Bowling Green, KY Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2020)

POPULATION

Total Population 71,212 (100%)
Population in Households 64,527 (90.6%)
Population in Families 43,646 (61.3%)
Population in Group Quarters1 6,685 ( 9.4%)
Population Density 1,805
Diversity Index2 54
 
 

INCOME

Median Household Income $44,417
Average Household Income $62,017
% of Income for Mortgage4 16%
Per Capita Income $24,677
Wealth Index5 57
 

HOUSING

Total HU (Housing Units) 30,221 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 12,675 (41.9%)
Renter Occupied HU 15,368 (50.9%)
Vacant Housing Units 2,178 ( 7.2%)
Median Home Value $167,504
Average Home Value $209,993
Housing Affordability Index3 154
 

HOUSEHOLDS

Total Households 28,043
Average Household Size 2.3
Family Households 14,541
Average Family Size 3
NOTES
  1. Group Quarters - a place where people live or stay in a group living arrangement. Includes college residents halls, nursing facilities, military barracks, and correctional facilities.
  2. The Diversity Index is a scale of 0 to 100 that represents the likelihood that two persons, chosen at random from the same area, belong to different races 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.
  3. The Housing Affordability Index base is 100 and represents a balance point where a resident with a median household income can normally qualify to purchase a median price home. Values above 100 indicate increased affordability, while values below 100 indicate decreased affordability.
  4. The % of Income for Mortgage quantifies the percentage of median household income dedicated to mortgage payments on a home priced at the median value (assuming a 30-year mortgage and a 20% down payment).
  5. The Wealth Index is based on a number of indicators of affluence including average household income and average net worth, but it also includes the value of material possessions and resources. It represents the wealth of the area relative to the national level. Values above or below 100 represent above-average wealth or below-average wealth compared to the national level.

GROWTH RATE / YEAR

2010-2020 2020-2025
Population 1.69% 1.51%
Households 1.72% 1.6%
Families 1.65% 1.48%
Median Household Income   1.16%
Per Capita Income   1.55%
Owner Occupied HU   1.12%

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Bowling Green, KY - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Bowling Green to the other 541 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs in Kentucky by rank and percentile using July 1, 2020 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 Density # 128 77th
Median Household Income # 286 47th
Housing Affordability Index # 66 12th
Per Capita Income # 248 54th
Diversity Index # 21 96th

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