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A-
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Public Schools
    A-
  2. Crime & Safety
    C+
  3. Housing
    B-
  4. Nightlife
    B+
  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
    B+
  12. Commute
    A-

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$143,500
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$687
National
$949
Area Feel
Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    61%
  • Own
    39%

Bowling Green Rankings

Niche ranks thousands of places to live based on key statistics from the U.S. Census and and expert insights.

Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
C+
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    99
    283
  • Murder
    6
    6
  • Rape
    85
    41
  • Robbery
    132
    136
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    587
    500
  • Theft
    3,463
    2,043
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    245
    284

Residents

Diversity
A-
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Median Household Income
$37,183
National
$55,322
Children
18%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    12%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    17%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    28%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    28%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    15%
    13%
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It's a great small town city with much diversity. Plenty of restaurants with great variety. We have a International Center that hosts many refugees. 18% of Bowling Green's population are immigrants. This adds to much cultural diversity within a small community in the South. We have Western Kentucky University here and it is a great college with many majors. Nashville is about 1 hour away, so you can stay in many hotels and travel to Nashville for a night on the town. Crime rate is relatively low, so a generally safe town. It is an affordable place to live!
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Bowling Green is a wonderful place to live in Kentucky. We are a pretty big city, but not so big to where it can stress you out. There's multiple job opportunities you can pursue here. There's also two college campuses here to further your education. Bowling Green has many restaurants along with housing and shopping areas!
Bowling Green is a great town, and truly shows southern hospitality at it's finest. It is a lively town, with many things to do. However, it sadly gets out shined by bigger cities that aren't too far off, such as Nashville. Nevertheless, Bowling Green has a great community, with multiple places to eat at, stay at, and have fun at!