Bowling Green, Kentucky Population 2020

71,623

Bowling Green is a city located in Kentucky. With a 2020 population of 71,623, it is the 3rd largest city in Kentucky (after Louisville and Lexington) and the 519th largest city in the United States. Bowling Green is currently growing at a rate of 2.30% annually and its population has increased by 23.35% since the most recent census, which recorded a population of 58,067 in 2010. Spanning over 40 miles, Bowling Green has a population density of 1,816 people per square mile.

The average household income in Bowling Green is $57,912 with a poverty rate of 25.22%. The median rental costs in recent years comes to $756 per month, and the median house value is $153,600. The median age in Bowling Green is 27.2 years, 26.8 years for males, and 27.7 years for females. For every 100 females there are 95.1 males.

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 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: 73.70%
  • Black or African American: 13.04%
  • Asian: 5.38%
  • Other race: 3.61%
  • Two or more races: 3.59%
  • Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander: 0.50%
  • Native American: 0.17%
The current population of Bowling Green, Kentucky is 71,623, based on our projections of the latest US Census estimates. The US Census estimates the 2018 population at 68,401.The last official US Census in 2010 recorded the population at 58,067.

Bowling Green, Kentucky Population 2020

Year Total Population Growth Annual Growth Rate
2020182,3722,4701.35%
2019179,9022,4701.37%
2018177,4322,4701.39%
2017174,9622,9671.70%
2016171,9952,5071.46%
2015169,4882,9281.73%
2014166,5601,8631.12%
2013164,6972,2061.34%
2012162,4911,5070.93%
2011160,9841,6491.02%
2010159,3350.00%

Population by Race

Race Population Percentage
White48,44773.70%
Black or African American8,57313.04%
Asian3,5375.38%
Some Other Race2,3753.61%
Two or More Races2,3633.59%
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander3260.50%
American Indian and Alaska Native1100.17%

Bowling Green Population Pyramid 2020

Bowling Green Median Age

27.2


Total

26.8


Male

27.7


Female

Bowling Green Adults

There are 51,709 adults, (7,275 of whom are seniors) in Bowling Green.

Bowling Green Age Dependency

47.9

Age Dependency Ratio

16.4

Old Age Dependency Ratio

31.6

Child Dependency Ratio

Bowling Green Sex Ratio

Female

33,695

51.26%

Male

32,036

48.74%

Bowling Green Households and Families

Bowling Green Renter vs Owner Occupied by Household Type

Bowling Green Household Types

Type Owner Renter
Married59%41%
All38.8%61.2%
Female32.4%67.6%
Male30.7%69.3%
Non Family26.7%73.3%

38.8%

Rate of Home Ownership

Type Count Average Size Owned
All24,1762.4238.8
Non Family11,2441.4526.7
Married8,2963.2859
Female3,3153.1232.4
Male1,3213.4930.7

3.14

Average Family Size

2.42

Average Household Size

8.6%

Unmarried (Opposite Sex)

0.6%

Unmarried (Same Sex)

Bowling Green Education

Education Attained Count Percentage
Less Than 9th Grade2,4947.00%
9th to 12th Grade2,6227.36%
High School Graduate8,99525.26%
Some College7,64621.47%
Associates Degree2,9268.22%
Bachelors Degree6,44618.10%
Graduate Degree4,47712.57%

Bowling Green Educational Attainment by Race

Name Total High School Bachelors
White26,73424,0699,436
Black4,1743,618708
Hispanic2,2541,249196
Asian1,584865375
Other Race1,30564517
Multiple Races645551211
Islander185127
Native American805620

The highest rate of high school graduation is among white people with a rate of 90.03%.

The highest rate of bachelors degrees is among white people with a rate of 35.30%.

Name Average Male Female
Overall$30,821$34,088$26,597
Less Than High School$21,547$23,388$13,444
High School Grad$24,570$30,249$19,920
Some College$28,831$32,158$25,364
Bachelors Degree$40,642$50,776$33,509
Graduate Degree$51,565$54,401$46,993

$30,821

Average Earnings

$34,088

Average Male

$26,597

Average Female

Bowling Green Language

Bowling Green Language by Age

Bowling Green Language

83.37% of Bowling Green residents speak only English, while 16.63% speak other languages. The non-English language spoken by the largest group is Spanish, which is spoken by 5.53% of the population.

Bowling Green Poverty

Bowling Green Poverty by Race

Name Total In Poverty Poverty Rate
White40,5658,29620.45%
Black7,6472,27229.71%
Asian3,4321,83753.53%
Hispanic4,7061,65135.08%
Other2,25498143.52%
Multiple2,06168032.99%
Islander32625879.14%
Native1022120.59%

25.22%

Overall Poverty Rate

23.20%

Male Poverty Rate

27.18%

Female Poverty Rate

Poverty in Bowling Green

The race most likely to be in poverty in Bowling Green is Islander, with 79.14% below the poverty level.

The race least likely to be in poverty in Bowling Green is White, with 20.45% below the poverty level.

The poverty rate among those that worked full-time for the past 12 months was 5.83%. Among those working part-time, it was 34.21%, and for those that did not work, the poverty rate was 34.05%.

Name Poverty
Less Than High School36.79%
High School22.68%
Some College15.65%
Bachelors or Greater5.95%
Name Poverty
Female Unemployed53.23%
Male Unemployed41.26%
Female Employed17.39%
Male Employed14.34%

Bowling Green Income

Bowling Green Income by Household Type

Name Median Mean
Households$41,516$57,912
Families$53,346$71,895
Married Families$67,338-
Non Families$27,755$39,444

Bowling Green Marital Status

Bowling Green Marital Status

Marriage Rates

33.7%

Overall Marriage Rate

34.8%

Male Marriage Rate

32.7%

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

2,970

Number of Veterans

2,794

Male Veterans

176

Female Veterans

War Veterans
Vietnam1,002
First Gulf War681
Second Gulf War522
Korea280
World War II88
Name Veterans % of Total
White2,6476.60%
Black2073.24%
2 or More877.00%
Hispanic411.33%
Hawaiian178.42%
Indian1213.64%

$Bowling Green Veterans by Education

9.53%

Veteran Poverty Rate

27.37%

Veteran Disability Rate

Bowling Green Employment Status

64.5%

Labor Force Participation

60%

Employment Rate

6.7%

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

55.30%

Born in Kentucky

86.34%

Native Born

13.66%

Foreign Born

10.20%

Non Citizen

Place of Birth

86.34% of Bowling Green residents were born in the United States, with 55.30% having been born in Kentucky. 10.20% of residents are not US citizens. Of those not born in the United States, the largest percentage are from Asia.

Year Population Growth Annual Growth Rate
202071,6231,6112.30%
201970,0121,6112.36%
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%