A-
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Public Schools
    A-
  2. Crime & Safety
    C+
  3. Housing
    B-
  4. Nightlife
    A-
  5. Good for Families
    B
  6. Diversity
    A-
  7. Jobs
    B
  8. Weather
    B-
  9. Cost of Living
    B
  10. Health & Fitness
    B
  11. Outdoor Activities
    C+
  12. Commute
    A

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$141,300
National
$178,600
Median Rent
$671
National
$928
Area Feel
Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    61%
  • Own
    39%

Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
C+
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    139
    273
  • Murder
    0
    6
  • Rape
    85
    41
  • Robbery
    131
    133
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    770
    525
  • Theft
    3,924
    2,081
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    257
    263

Residents

Diversity
A-
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Median Household Income
$35,604
National
$53,889
Children
18%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    11%
    11%
  • Bachelor's degree
    16%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    28%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    30%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    15%
    13%
  • Public Schools
  • Private Schools
  • Colleges

Bowling Green Reviews

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I love Bowling Green! I moved here for college and have decided to make it a little bit more permanent by also attending graduate school as well. I wish there were more local activities do besides things like bowling, going to the movies, or attending something at WKU. I would love to see more outdoors activities. I also love that Bowling Green has so many local shops and restaurants that are heavily supported by the community!
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Bowling Green is a perfect combination of rural small town life with a thriving college community. With the most restaurants per capita of any city other than Las Vegas, in Bowling Green there is always somewhere new and exciting to eat. For those who like to live outside the city, there are several options for city and county schools for K-12 students. Western Kentucky University is among the best schools in KY and is centered on top of a hill overlooking the town. Bowling Green's public park system consists of many parks and programs open to the public for your enjoyment. For a fun summer day, Bowling Green's very own minor league team, the Hot Rods, are in town often with their games ending in fireworks. If you're looking for a diverse town with a little bit of everything and a low cost of living, Bowling Green is just the place for you.
There are several great things about Bowling Green Kentucky, first and foremost there is an never a shortage of places to eat. There is several new places being added every week as far as, shopping centers and numerous buildings. Bowling Green is home to Western Kentucky University and was recently listed as when the most beautiful campuses in the nation. As a resident for close to seven years I feel completely safe living in Bowling Green. The only issue I have is the job market is slim and if you have an advanced degree you may not be able to find employment.