Bowling Green, KY

Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA)

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2020 Population
176,852
1.35% 1-year growth
US Senator
Mitch McConnell
Republican Party
US Senator
Rand Paul
Republican Party
2020 Median Age
35.1
0% 1-year change
2020 Poverty Rate
17.5%
1.01% 1-year increase
2020 Median Household Income
$51,591
3.8% 1-year growth
2020 Median Property Value
$161,500
6.95% 1-year growth
2020 Employed Population
85,431
2.76% 1-year growth

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In 2020, Bowling Green, KY had a population of 177k people with a median age of 35.1 and a median household income of $51,591. Between 2019 and 2020 the population of Bowling Green, KY grew from 174,498 to 176,852, a 1.35% increase and its median household income grew from $49,700 to $51,591, a 3.8% increase.

The 5 largest ethnic groups in Bowling Green, KY are White (Non-Hispanic) (82.2%), Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) (6.65%), Asian (Non-Hispanic) (3.2%), Two+ (Non-Hispanic) (2.7%), and White (Hispanic) (2.54%).

None of the households in Bowling Green, KY reported speaking a non-English language at home as their primary shared language. This does not consider the potential multi-lingual nature of households, but only the primary self-reported language spoken by all members of the household.

95.4% of the residents in Bowling Green, KY are U.S. citizens.

The largest universities in Bowling Green, KY are Western Kentucky University (4,803 degrees awarded in 2020), Southcentral Kentucky Community and Technical College (3,051 degrees), and PJ's College of Cosmetology-Bowling Green (136 degrees).

In 2020, the median property value in Bowling Green, KY was $161,500, and the homeownership rate was 62.7%.

Most people in Bowling Green, KY drove alone to work, and the average commute time was 22.3 minutes. The average car ownership in Bowling Green, KY was 2 cars per household.

geosearchPopulation & Diversity

Bowling Green, KY is home to a population of 177k people, from which 95.4% are citizens. As of 2020, 7.09% of Bowling Green, KY residents were born outside of the country (12.5k people).

In 2020, there were 12.4 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (145k people) in Bowling Green, KY than any other race or ethnicity. There were 11.8k Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) and 5.66k Asian (Non-Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

Citizenship

95.4%
2020 Citizenship
95.3%
2019 Citizenship

As of 2020, 95.4% of Bowling Green, KY residents were US citizens, which is higher than the national average of 93.4%. In 2019, the percentage of US citizens in Bowling Green, KY was 95.3%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been increasing.

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Race and Ethnicity

The 3 largest ethnic groups in Bowling Green, KY
  1. White (Non-Hispanic)
    145k ± 303
  2. Black or African American (Non-Hispanic)
    11.8k ± 518
  3. Asian (Non-Hispanic)
    5.66k ± 345
4.58%
Hispanic Population
8.1k people

In 2020, there were 12.4 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (145k people) in Bowling Green, KY than any other race or ethnicity. There were 11.8k Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) and 5.66k Asian (Non-Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

4.58% of the people in Bowling Green, KY are hispanic (8.1k people).

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Global Diversity

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Most Common Origin
  1. Mexico
    29,760 ± 4,221 people
  2. India
    12,679 ± 2,761 people
  3. Cuba
    12,635 ± 2,756 people

In 2020, the most common birthplace for the foreign-born residents of Kentucky was Mexico, the natal country of 29,760 Kentucky residents, followed by India with 12,679 and Cuba with 12,635.

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Foreign-Born Population

7.09%
2020 Foreign-Born Population
12.5k people
7.14%
2019 Foreign-Born Population
12.5k people

As of 2020, 7.09% of Bowling Green, KY residents (12.5k people) were born outside of the United States, which is lower than the national average of 13.5%. In 2019, the percentage of foreign-born citizens in Bowling Green, KY was 7.14%, meaning that the rate has been decreasing.

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Veterans

Most Common Service Period
  1. Vietnam
    3,543 ± 327
  2. Gulf War (2001-)
    1,767 ± 362
  3. Gulf War (1990s)
    1,544 ± 291

Bowling Green, KY has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 2.01 times greater than any other conflict.

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The economy of Bowling Green, KY employs 85.4k people. The largest industries in Bowling Green, KY are Manufacturing (14,178 people), Health Care & Social Assistance (11,225 people), and Retail Trade (10,602 people), and the highest paying industries are Management of Companies & Enterprises ($150,078), Utilities ($78,723), and Manufacturing ($44,220).

Males in Kentucky have an average income that is 1.34 times higher than the average income of females, which is $45,693. The income inequality in Kentucky (measured using the Gini index) is 0.454, which is lower than than the national average.

Occupations

85.4k
2020 Value
± 2,420
2.76%
1 Year growth
± 3.71%

From 2019 to 2020, employment in Bowling Green, KY grew at a rate of 2.76%, from 83.1k employees to 85.4k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Bowling Green, KY, are Office & Administrative Support Occupations (9,303 people), Sales & Related Occupations (9,198 people), and Production Occupations (7,952 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Bowling Green, KY.

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Unemployment Insurance Claims

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Employment by Industries

85.4k
2020 Value
± 2,420
2.76%
1 Year growth
± 3.71%

From 2019 to 2020, employment in Bowling Green, KY grew at a rate of 2.76%, from 83.1k employees to 85.4k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Bowling Green, KY, are Manufacturing (14,178 people), Health Care & Social Assistance (11,225 people), and Retail Trade (10,602 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Bowling Green, KY, though some of these residents may live in Bowling Green, KY and work somewhere else. Census data is tagged to a residential address, not a work address.

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Median Earnings by Industry

$37,014
Median earning men ± $1,227
$25,545
Median earning women ± $1,042

The industries with the best median earnings for men in 2020 are Public Administration ($52,432), Wholesale Trade ($47,960), and Manufacturing ($46,560).

The industries with the best median earnings for women in 2020 are Manufacturing ($37,227), Finance & Insurance, & Real Estate & Rental & Leasing ($36,272), and Public Administration ($33,472).

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Employment by Industry Sector

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8.45%
Year-over-year growth
Employment change between May 2020 and May 2021

As of May 2021, there are 145M people employed in Kentucky. This represents a 8.45% increase in employment when compared to May 2020.

The following chart shows monthly employment numbers for each industry sector in Kentucky.

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Establishments by Size

The industries with the most establishments
  1. 1,706
    Educational Services, Health Care & Social Assistance
  2. 951
    Finance & Insurance, and Real Estate, Rental & Leasing
  3. 766
    Retail Trade

The visualization shows the distribution of establishments by industry and by size according to the number of employees.

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Payroll by Industry Sector

The industries with the highest total annual payroll
  1. $2.29M
    Manufacturing
  2. $1.17M
    Educational Services, Health Care & Social Assistance
  3. $433k
    Professional, Scientific & Management, and Administrative & Waste Management Services

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Domestic Production & Consumption

Domestic production and consumption consists of products and services shipped from Kentucky to other states, or from other states to Kentucky.
Top Domestic Production in Dollars
  1. $57B
  2. $34.7B
  3. $31.1B

In 2020, the top outbound Kentucky product (by dollars) was Motorized vehicles with $57B, followed by Electronics ($34.7B) and Machinery ($31.1B).

The following chart shows the share of these products in relation to all outbound Kentucky products.

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Domestic Trade Growth

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$326B
2020 Value in Kentucky
$644B
Projected 2050 Value in Kentucky
97.4% growth

In 2020, total outbound Kentucky trade was $326B. This is expected to increase 97.4% to $644B by 2050.

The following chart shows how the domestic outbound Kentucky trade is projected to change in comparison to its neighboring states.

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Interstate Trade

Interstate trade consists of products and services shipped from Kentucky to other states, or from other states to Kentucky.
Most Common Trade Partners
  1. $24.4B
  2. $18.8B
  3. $17.9B

In 2020, the top outbound Kentucky domestic partner for goods and services (by dollars) was Tennessee with $24.4B, followed by Ohio with $18.8B and California and $17.9B.

The following map shows the amount of trade that Kentucky shares with each state (excluding itself).

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Mitch McConnell and Rand Paul are the senators currently representing the state of Kentucky. In the United States, senators are elected to 6-year terms with the terms for individual senators staggered.

Kentucky is currently represented by 6 members in the U.S. house, and members of the House of Representives are elected to 2-year terms.

US Senators from Kentucky

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Mitch McConnell
Senator from Kentucky2
Assumed office on January 3, 1985
Rand Paul
Senator from Kentucky3
Assumed office on January 3, 2011

Mitch McConnell and Rand Paul are the senators currently representing Kentucky.

In the United States, senators are elected to 6-year terms with the terms for individual senators staggered.

The following chart shows elected senators in Kentucky over time, excluding special elections, colored by their political party.

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US Representatives from Kentucky

Kentucky is currently represented by 6 members in the U.S. house.

Members of the House of Representives are elected to 2-year terms, and the following chart shows the how the members for Kentucky have changed over time starting in 2008.

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In 2020, universities in Bowling Green, KY awarded 8,112 degrees. The student population of Bowling Green, KY in 2020 is skewed towards women, with 8,361 male students and 13,758 female students.

Most students graduating from Universities in Bowling Green, KY are White (6,704 and 84.8%), followed by Black or African American (510 and 6.45%), Hispanic or Latino (273 and 3.45%), and Two or More Races (213 and 2.69%).

The largest universities in Bowling Green, KY by number of degrees awarded are Western Kentucky University (4,803 and 59.2%), Southcentral Kentucky Community and Technical College (3,051 and 37.6%), and PJ's College of Cosmetology-Bowling Green (136 and 1.68%).

The most popular majors in Bowling Green, KY are General Business Administration & Management (479 and 5.9%), Electrician (468 and 5.77%), and Industrial Mechanics & Maintenance Technology (450 and 5.55%).

The median tuition cost in Bowling Green, KY for a public four year colleges is $10,802 for in-state students and $26,496 for out-of-state students.

Applicants, Admissions & Enrolled

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In 2020 in Bowling Green, KY, the percentage of applicants admitted was 97.8%, while the percentage of admitted who enrolled was 37.3%. The number of students enrolled in 2020 was 22,119 (37.8% men and 62.2% women).

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Enrollments by Gender and Races

Universities

In 2020 there were 22,119 students enrolled in Bowling Green, KY, 37.8% men and 62.2% women.

By race, the largest number of students enrolled was concentrated in White with 17,294 records, of which 62.7% were women and 37.3% men.

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Concentrations

Most Common
  1. 163 degree-majors awarded
  2. 221 degree-majors awarded
  3. 220 degree-majors awarded

In 2020, the most common concentation for Bachelors Degree recipients in Bowling Green, KY was General Business Administration & Management with 163 degrees awarded.

This visualization illustrates the percentage of students graduating with a Bachelors Degree from schools in Bowling Green, KY according to their major.

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Universities

Gender
Race
Largest Universities by degrees awarded
  1. 4,803 degrees awarded
  2. 3,051 degrees awarded
  3. 136 degrees awarded

In 2020, the institution with the largest number of graduating students was Western Kentucky University with 4,803 degrees awarded.

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Student Diversity

University

In 2020, 4,000 men were awarded degrees from institutions in Bowling Green, KY, which is 0.973 times less than the 4,112 female students who received degrees in the same year.

In 2020 the most common race/ethnicity group awarded degrees at institutions was White students. These 6,704 degrees mean that there were 13.1 times more degrees awarded to White students then the next closest race/ethnicity group, Black or African American, with 510 degrees awarded.

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Awarded Degrees over Time

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Average Net Price by Sector

Universities

Private for-profit, 4-year or above ($20,636) is the sector with the highest median state tuition in 2020.

Public, 2-year ($192) is the sector with the highest median state fee in 2020.

Public, 4-year or above ($1,000) is the sector with the highest average net price of books and supplies.

The graph shows the average net price by sector and year.

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Educational Pyramid

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In 2020, 0.764% of men over 25 years of age had not completed any academic degree (no schooling), while 0.662% of women were in the same situation.

This visualization shows the gender distribution of the population according to the academic level reached.

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Educational Attainment

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The most common educational levels obtained by the working population in 2020 were High School or Equivalent (1.15M), Some college (792k), and Secondary Education (572k).

This visualization illustrates the percentage distribution of the population according to the highest educational level reached. You can filter the data by race by using the selector above.

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The median property value in Bowling Green, KY was $161,500 in 2020, which is 0.703 times smaller than the national average of $229,800. Between 2019 and 2020 the median property value increased from $151,000 to $161,500, a 6.95% increase. The homeownership rate in Bowling Green, KY is 62.7%, which is approximately the same as the national average of 64.4%.

People in Bowling Green, KY have an average commute time of 22.3 minutes, and they drove alone to work. Car ownership in Bowling Green, KY is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.

Median household income in Bowling Green, KY is $51,591. In 2020, the county with the highest Median Household Income in Bowling Green, KY was Oldham County, KY with a value of $103,761, followed by Spencer County, KY and Boone County, KY, with respective values of $85,488 and $82,838.

Property

$161,500
Median Property Value 2020
±$3,135
$42,377
Median Property Taxes
±$1,416

The following chart display owner-occupied housing units distributed between a series of property tax buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. In Bowling Green, KY the largest share of households pay taxes in the < $800 range.

The chart underneath the paragraph shows the property taxes in Bowling Green, KY compared to it's parent and neighbor geographies.

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Rent vs Own

62.7%
Homeownership
2020
67.9%
Homeowners with Mortgage
2020

In 2020, 62.7% of the housing units in Bowling Green, KY were occupied by their owner. This percentage declined from the previous year's rate of 63.2%.

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Income by Location

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Highest Median Household Income (Total)

In 2020, the county with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Bowling Green, KY was Oldham County, KY with a value of $103,761, followed by Spencer County, KY and Boone County, KY, with respective values of $85,488 and $82,838.

The following map shows all of the counties in Bowling Green, KY colored by their Median Household Income (Total).

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Household Income

Please note that the buckets used in this visualization were not evenly distributed by ACS when publishing the data.
$51,591
Median Household Income
± $1,555
67.5k
Number of Households
± 2,125

In 2020, the median household income of the 67.5k households in Bowling Green, KY grew to $51,591 from the previous year's value of $49,700.

The following chart displays the households in Bowling Green, KY distributed between a series of income buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households have an income in the $75k - $100k range.

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Wage Distribution

The closest comparable wage GINI for Bowling Green, KY is from Kentucky.
0.454
2020 Wage GINI in Kentucky
0.456
2019 Wage GINI in Kentucky

In 2020, the income inequality in Kentucky was 0.454 according to the GINI calculation of the wage distribution. Income inequality had a 0.305% decline from 2019 to 2020, which means that wage distribution grew somewhat more even. The GINI for Kentucky was lower than than the national average of 0.478. In other words, wages are distributed more evenly in Kentucky in comparison to the national average.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Commute in 2020
  1. Drove Alone (80.2%)
  2. Carpooled (11.3%)
  3. Worked At Home (3.66%)

In 2020, 80.2% of workers in Bowling Green, KY drove alone to work, followed by those who carpooled to work (11.3%) and those who worked at home (3.66%).

The following chart shows the number of households using each mode of transportation over time, using a logarithmic scale on the y-axis to help better show variations in the smaller means of commuting.

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Commute Time

22.3 minutes
Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Bowling Green, KY have a shorter commute time (22.3 minutes) than the normal US worker (26.9 minutes). Additionally, 2.66% of the workforce in Bowling Green, KY have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Car Ownership

2 cars
Average Number

The following chart displays the households in Bowling Green, KY distributed between a series of car ownership buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households in Bowling Green, KY have 2 cars.

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Poverty & Diversity

17.5% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Bowling Green, KY (29.4k out of 168k people) live below the poverty line, a number that is higher than the national average of 12.8%. The largest demographic living in poverty are Females 18 - 24, followed by Males 18 - 24 and then Females 25 - 34.

The most common racial or ethnic group living below the poverty line in Bowling Green, KY is White, followed by Black and Hispanic.

The Census Bureau uses a set of money income thresholds that vary by family size and composition to determine who classifies as impoverished. If a family's total income is less than the family's threshold than that family and every individual in it is considered to be living in poverty.

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94.1% of the population of Bowling Green, KY has health coverage, with 47.6% on employee plans, 22.1% on Medicaid, 11.4% on Medicare, 11.2% on non-group plans, and 1.8% on military or VA plans.

Per capita personal health care spending in Kentucky was $8,004 in 2014. This is a 6.11% increase from the previous year ($7,543).

Primary care physicians in Kentucky see 1543 patients per year on average, which represents a 1.31% increase from the previous year (1523 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 1491 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 416 patients per year.

Daily New Cases by Date

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This chart shows the number of COVID-19 daily new cases by date in Kentucky, as a 7-day rolling average, compared with the four states with the most similar number of confirmed cases.

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Patient to Clinician Ratios

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1,543 to 1
Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio in Kentucky

Primary care physicians in Kentucky see an average of 1,543 patients per year. This represents a 1.31% increase from the previous year (1,523 patients).

The following chart shows how the number of patients seen by primary care physicians has been changing over time in Kentucky in comparison to its neighboring geographies.

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Community Mobility

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This chart presents movement trends over time in the state of Kentucky across different categories of places such as retail and recreation, groceries and pharmacies, parks, transit stations, workplaces, and residential.

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Health Care Diversity

In 2020, insured persons according to age ranges were distributed in 25% under 18 years, 25% between 18 and 34 years, 36% between 35 and 64 years, and 14% over 64 years.

By gender, of the total number of insured persons, 48.5% were men and 51.5% were women.

The following chart shows the number of people with health coverage by gender.

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Uninsured People

5.88%
Uninsured
47.6%
Employer Coverage
22.1%
Medicaid
11.4%
Medicare
11.2%
Non-Group
1.8%
Military or VA

Between 2019 and 2020, the percent of uninsured citizens in Bowling Green, KY grew by 0.212% from 5.87% to 5.88%.

The following chart shows how the percent of uninsured individuals in Bowling Green, KY changed over time compared with the percent of individuals enrolled in various types of health insurance.

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