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%

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
    139
    0
  • Murder
    0
    0
  • Rape
    85
    41
  • Robbery
    131
    0
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    770
    1
  • Theft
    3,924
    2,081
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    257
    0

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%
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Bowling Green Reviews

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I lived in Bowling Green for 4.5 years. It is growing so much every day and continues to offer more things that nearby Nashville, TN has. I can't wait to see how it changes over the next several years and will cherish every opportunity I have to go visit. I especially recommend visiting Eastside Church of Christ. They were my home away from home in college and even now. Visit BG!
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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!
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.