Bowling Green, Kentucky Population 2021

74,363
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Bowling Green is a city located in Warren County Kentucky. It is also the county seat of Warren County. With a 2020 population of 74,363, it is the 3rd largest city in Kentucky (after Louisville and Lexington) and the 488th largest city in the United States . Bowling Green is currently growing at a rate of 2.64% annually and its population has increased by 28.06% since the most recent census, which recorded a population of 58,067 in 2010. Bowling Green reached it's highest population of 74,363 in 2021. Spanning over 40 miles, Bowling Green has a population density of 1,885 people per square mile.

The average household income in Bowling Green is $61,314 with a poverty rate of 24.40%. The median rental costs in recent years comes to $778 per month, and the median house value is $161,000. The median age in Bowling Green is 27 years, 27 years for males, and 27.1 years for females.

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: 74.79%
  • Black or African American: 12.80%
  • Asian: 4.92%
  • Two or more races: 3.89%
  • Other race: 2.79%
  • Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander: 0.59%
  • Native American: 0.22%
The current population of Bowling Green, Kentucky is 74,363 based on our projections of the latest US Census estimates. The US Census estimates the 2018 population at 68,633.The last official US Census in 2010 recorded the population at 58,067.

Bowling Green, Kentucky Population 2021

2019 and 2020 population is estimated by projecting the raw 2018 numbers.

Year Population Growth Growth Rate
2021183,9922,3761.29%
2020181,6162,3761.31%
2019179,2402,3761.33%
2018176,8641,8831.06%
2017174,9813,0791.76%
2016171,9022,3951.39%
2015169,5072,8771.70%
2014166,6301,9771.19%
2013164,6532,2031.34%
2012162,4501,4650.90%
2011160,9851,6441.02%
2010159,3410.00%

Bowling Green Metro Area Population by Year

Population by Race

Race Population Percentage
White50,55674.79%
Black or African American8,65412.80%
Asian3,3244.92%
Two or More Races2,6323.89%
Some Other Race1,8842.79%
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander3980.59%
American Indian and Alaska Native1520.22%
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Bowling Green Population by Race

Bowling Green Population Pyramid $2021

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Bowling Green Median Age

27


Total

27


Male

27.1


Female

Bowling Green Adults

There are 53,587 adults, (7,469 of whom are seniors) in Bowling Green.

Bowling Green Age Dependency

46.6

Age Dependency Ratio

16.2

Old Age Dependency Ratio

30.4

Child Dependency Ratio

Bowling Green Sex Ratio

Female

34,934

51.68%

Male

32,666

48.32%

Bowling Green Population by Age

Bowling Green Renter vs Owner Occupied by Household Type

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Bowling Green Household Types

Type Owner Renter
Married60.8%39.2%
All38.8%61.2%
Male34.9%65.1%
Female33.8%66.2%
Non Family25.2%74.8%

38.8%

Rate of Home Ownership

Bowling Green Households and Families

Type Count Average Size Owned
All25,3052.3838.8
Non Family11,9461.4325.2
Married8,4333.2760.8
Female3,5063.1533.8
Male1,4203.1934.9

3.1

Average Family Size

2.38

Average Household Size

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Bowling Green Households by Type

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Education Attained Count Percentage
Less Than 9th Grade2,7787.57%
9th to 12th Grade2,5827.03%
High School Graduate8,30922.63%
Some College7,96721.70%
Associates Degree3,1258.51%
Bachelors Degree7,03719.17%
Graduate Degree4,91413.39%
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Bowling Green Educational Attainment by Sex (over 25)

Bowling Green Educational Attainment by Race

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Race Total High School Bachelors
White27,34424,66710,318
Black4,3233,580702
Hispanic2,3251,250317
Asian1,691971461
Other Race1,02144728
2+ Races759664158
Islander250196
Native American919119

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

The highest rate of bachelors degrees is among white people with a rate of 37.73%.

Bowling Green Educational Attainment by Race

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Name Average Male Female
Overall$31,371$36,075$27,157
Less Than 9th Grade$22,385$25,255$16,154
High School Graduate$24,403$30,227$19,904
Some College$29,218$33,009$24,381
Bachelors Degree$42,196$48,426$35,720
Graduate Degree$52,620$56,575$46,675

$31,371

Average Earnings

$36,075

Average Male

$27,157

Average Female

Bowling Green Earnings by Educational Attainment

Bowling Green Language by Age

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Bowling Green Language

83.82% of Bowling Green residents speak only English, while 16.18% speak other languages. The non-English language spoken by the largest group is Spanish, which is spoken by 5.61% of the population.

Bowling Green Language

Bowling Green Poverty by Race

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Name Total In Poverty Poverty Rate
White41,7498,85221.20%
Black7,9172,34229.58%
Hispanic4,8621,65734.08%
Asian3,2131,15235.85%
Other1,75092953.09%
Multiple2,25465829.19%
Islander39017544.87%
Native144149.72%

24.40%

Overall Poverty Rate

22.64%

Male Poverty Rate

26.10%

Female Poverty Rate

Poverty in Bowling Green

The race most likely to be in poverty in Bowling Green is Other, with 53.09% below the poverty level.

The race least likely to be in poverty in Bowling Green is Native, with 9.72% below the poverty level.

The poverty rate among those that worked full-time for the past 12 months was 5.71%. Among those working part-time, it was 33.13%, and for those that did not work, the poverty rate was 34.11%.

Bowling Green Poverty

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Name Poverty
Less Than 9th Grade33.50%
High School23.63%
Some College13.77%
Bachelors or Greater6.62%

Bowling Green Poverty Rate by Education

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Rate Poverty
Female Unemployed53.80%
Male Unemployed43.48%
Female Employed16.73%
Male Employed14.64%

Bowling Green Poverty Rate by Employment Status and Sex

Bowling Green Income by Household Type

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Name Median Mean
Households$42,216$61,314
Families$52,737$77,516
Married Families$68,513-
Non Families$27,843$40,594
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Income by Household Type

Bowling Green Marital Status

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Marriage Rates

33.5%

Overall Marriage Rate

34.9%

Male Marriage Rate

32.2%

Female Marriage Rate

Bowling Green Married by Age and Sex

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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

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Bowling Green Marital Status

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3,011

Number of Veterans

2,738

Male Veterans

273

Female Veterans

War Veterans
Vietnam998
First Gulf War659
Second Gulf War534
Korea209
World War II51

Bowling Green Veterans by War

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Age Group Veterans
65 to 74765
35 to 54717
75+671
55 to 64501
18 to 34357

Bowling Green Veterans by Age

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Name Veterans % of Total
White2,6646.40%
Black2083.11%
2+ Races886.26%
Hispanic541.66%
Native American2822.05%
Islander237.99%

Bowling Green Veterans by Race

Bowling Green Veterans by Education

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10.77%

Veteran Poverty Rate

26.50%

Veteran Disability Rate

Bowling Green Veterans by Education

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66.1%

Labor Force Participation

62.3%

Employment Rate

5.5%

Unemployment Rate

Bowling Green Employment by Age

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Bowling Green Employment by Race

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Bowling Green Employment by Education

Origin of Non-Citizens

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

Origin of Naturalized Citizens

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56.21%

Born in Bowling Green

87.23%

Native Born

12.77%

Foreign Born

9.32%

Non Citizen

3.46%

Naturalized

Place of Birth

87.23% of Bowling Green residents were born in the United States, with 56.21% having been born in Kentucky. 9.32% of residents are not US citizens. Of those not born in the United States, the largest percentage are from Asia.

Bowling Green Place of Birth

Year Population Growth Annual Growth Rate
202174,3631,9102.64%
202072,4531,9102.71%
201970,5431,9102.78%
201868,6337671.13%
201767,8661,7792.69%
201666,0871,1471.77%
201564,9401,4122.22%
201463,5288301.32%
201362,6981,4042.29%
201261,2949371.55%
201160,3576301.05%
201059,72710,4311.94%
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%

Bowling Green Population by Year