Bowling Green, Kentucky Population 2019

Bowling Green is a city located in the state of Kentucky. It is located in Warren County, where it is the county seat. It is the third-most populous city in Kentucky, falling only behind Lexington and Louisville. Bowling Green is home to many major manufacturers, including Fruit of the Loom and the Bowling Green Assembly Plant that assembles Chevy Corvettes. The city is also the site of Western Kentucky University, the second largest public university in Kentucky. In the past, the city has been named as one of the best places in the nation for retirement.

Population Size and Density in Bowling Green

Bowling Green had a population of 58,067 at the time of the 2010 census. Recent estimates show that the number of residents has since risen to 67,924. Bowling Green has a total area of 35.6 square miles, and it has a population density of 1,392 people per square mile.

Bowling Green Age and Gender Statistics

People that are 18 to 24 make up the largest age group, accounting for 28% of the population. Over 20% of the population is under the age of 18, while 10.6% are at least 65 years old.

There are more women than men, with women making up 51.7% of Bowling Green’s population. Approximately 19.4% of the city’s residents live below the federal poverty line.

Population Growth

The educational and job opportunities available in Bowling Green have contributed to its steady growth since its founding. Recent estimates show that the city’s population is up 12.3% since the last census was taken in 2010, indicating that an increase in Bowling Green is showing no sign of slowing down in the years ahead.

Bowling Green Demographics

According to the most recent ACS, the racial composition of Bowling Green was:

  • White: 73.83%
  • Black or African American: 13.71%
  • Asian: 4.88%
  • Other race: 3.78%
  • Two or more races: 3.30%
  • Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander: 0.38%
  • Native American: 0.12%

Bowling Green, Kentucky's estimated population is 68,401 according to the most recent United States census estimates. Bowling Green, Kentucky is the 3rd largest city in Kentucky based on official 2017 estimates from the US Census Bureau.

The population density is 1767.27 people/mi² (682.34 people/km²), with a household density of 263.34 people/km² (682.04 people/mi²).

The overall median age is 27.2 years, 26.6 years for males, and 28.1 years for females. For every 100 females there are 96.7 males.

Based on data from the American Community Survey, in 2017 there were 26,398 households in the city, with an average size of people per household. The homeowner vacancy rate was 1.2%, with a median rent of $722/month. The median house has 5 rooms, and has a value of $145,500.

The median income for households in Bowling Green, Kentucky is $39,901, while the mean household income is $55,350.

Year Population Growth Annual Growth Rate
201868,4011,1271.68%
201767,2741,6112.45%
201665,6631,2521.94%
201564,4111,4122.24%
201462,9997011.13%
201362,2981,3942.29%
201260,9049401.57%
201159,9646171.04%
201059,34710,0511.87%
200049,2968,6551.95%
199040,6411910.05%
198040,4503,7450.98%
197036,7058,3672.62%
196028,3389,9914.44%
195018,3473,7622.32%
194014,5852,2371.68%
193012,3482,7102.51%
19209,6384650.50%
19109,1739471.10%
19008,2264230.53%
18907,8032,6894.32%
18805,1145401.12%
18704,5740.00%
Year Total Population Growth Annual Growth Rate
2018171,4519350.55%
2017170,5164980.29%
2016170,0183140.18%
2015169,7041,3490.79%
2014168,3558830.52%
2013167,472250.01%
2012167,4478310.50%
2011166,6161,0330.62%
2010165,5830.00%

Population by Race

Race Population
White47,472
Black or African American8,813
Asian3,136
Some Other Race2,431
Two or More Races2,125
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander245
American Indian and Alaska Native80

Bowling Green Population Pyramid 2019

Bowling Green Median Age

27.2


Total

26.6


Male

28.1


Female

Bowling Green Adults

There are 50,688 adults, (7,166 of whom are seniors) in Bowling Green.

Bowling Green Age Dependency

47.7

Age Dependency Ratio

16.5

Old Age Dependency Ratio

31.3

Child Dependency Ratio

Bowling Green Sex Ratio

Female

32,686

50.83%

Male

31,616

49.17%

Bowling Green Households and Families

Bowling Green Renter vs Owner Occupied by Household Type

Bowling Green Household Types

Type Owner Renter
Married61.5%38.5%
All39.4%60.6%
Female30.1%69.9%
Non Family26.6%73.4%
Male25.5%74.5%

39.4%

Rate of Home Ownership

Type Count Average Size Owned
All23,8102.439.4
Non Family10,8911.4426.6
Married8,4563.2261.5
Female3,2613.130.1
Male1,2023.4925.5

3.1

Average Family Size

2.4

Average Household Size

7.8%

Unmarried (Opposite Sex)

0.5%

Unmarried (Same Sex)

Bowling Green Education

Education Attained Count Percentage
Less Than 9th Grade2,4447.01%
9th to 12th Grade2,4286.96%
High School Graduate9,46227.12%
Some College7,22520.71%
Associates Degree2,5977.44%
Bachelors Degree6,38118.29%
Graduate Degree4,35012.47%

Bowling Green Educational Attainment by Race

Name Total High School Bachelors
White26,45523,7449,029
Black4,2603,584795
Hispanic1,9931,019194
Asian1,4291,014487
Other Race1,23754015
Multiple Races595514258
Islander146146
Native American72576

The highest rate of high school graduation is among islander people with a rate of 100.00%.

The highest rate of bachelors degrees is among islander people with a rate of 43.36%.

Name Average Male Female
Overall$28,784$31,098$26,224
Less Than High School$16,529$20,903$10,417
High School Grad$21,969$23,919$20,064
Some College$26,877$28,326$25,592
Bachelors Degree$36,599$45,667$30,942
Graduate Degree$50,532$54,846$46,676

$28,784

Average Earnings

$31,098

Average Male

$26,224

Average Female

Bowling Green Language

Bowling Green Language by Age

Bowling Green Language

83.46% of Bowling Green residents speak only English, while 16.54% speak other languages. The non-English language spoken by the largest group is Spanish, which is spoken by 5.14% of the population.

Bowling Green Poverty

Bowling Green Poverty by Race

Name Total In Poverty Poverty Rate
White40,1358,46121.08%
Black7,8682,77435.26%
Hispanic4,1341,67640.54%
Asian3,0261,41146.63%
Other2,17398245.19%
Multiple1,92182142.74%
Islander24514458.78%
Native721216.67%

26.35%

Overall Poverty Rate

25.16%

Male Poverty Rate

27.54%

Female Poverty Rate

Poverty in Bowling Green

The race most likely to be in poverty in Bowling Green is Islander, with 58.78% below the poverty level.

The race least likely to be in poverty in Bowling Green is Native, with 16.67% below the poverty level.

The poverty rate among those that worked full-time for the past 12 months was 5.94%. Among those working part-time, it was 35.07%, and for those that did not work, the poverty rate was 34.64%.

Name Poverty
Less Than High School37.99%
High School23.05%
Some College16.11%
Bachelors or Greater6.01%
Name Poverty
Female Unemployed53.40%
Male Unemployed38.69%
Female Employed16.85%
Male Employed15.51%

Bowling Green Income

Bowling Green Income by Household Type

Name Median Mean
Households$39,901$55,350
Families$51,599$68,776
Married Families$62,717-
Non Families$25,632$37,661

Bowling Green Marital Status

Bowling Green Marital Status

Marriage Rates

35.0%

Overall Marriage Rate

36.6%

Male Marriage Rate

33.5%

Female Marriage Rate

Bowling Green Married by Age and Sex

Bowling Green Marriage

The age group where males are most likely to be married is Over 65, while the female age group most likely to be married is 35-44.

Bowling Green Marital Status by Race

Bowling Green Veterans

3,162

Number of Veterans

2,862

Male Veterans

300

Female Veterans

War Veterans
Vietnam1,045
Second Gulf War710
First Gulf War576
Korea274
World War II208

Bowling Green Veterans by Race

Name Veterans % of Total
White2,7967.09%
Black2744.31%
2 or More665.57%
Hispanic361.33%
Hawaiian1910.67%
Indian78.75%

Bowling Green Veterans by Education

10.44%

Veteran Poverty Rate

28.51%

Veteran Disability Rate

Bowling Green Employment Status

63%

Labor Force Participation

58.3%

Employment Rate

7.2%

Unemployment Rate

Bowling Green Place of Birth

Origin of Non Citizens

Non citizens include legal permanent residents (green card holders), international students, temporary workers, humanitarian migrants, and illegal immigrants.

Origin of Naturalized Citizens

55.65%

Born in Kentucky

86.35%

Native Born

13.65%

Foreign Born

9.89%

Non Citizen

Place of Birth

86.35% of Bowling Green residents were born in the United States, with 55.65% having been born in Kentucky. 9.89% of residents are not US citizens. Of those not born in the United States, the largest percentage are from Asia.