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Bowling Green is a city in Warren County.

It is the county seat.

One tradition says the community was named for a green on which lawyers and court officials played bowls; another says settlers George and Robert Moore enjoyed the sport.

The latitude of Bowling Green is 36.990N. The longitude is -86.443W.

It is in the Central Standard time zone. Elevation is 528 feet.

The estimated population, in 2003, was 50,663.


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Median household income
Local
$29,047
National
$41,994
Source: 2000 census, U.S. Census Bureau
For more census details and comparisons, see our Bowling Green demographic reports
Bowling Green is on the Barren River.
Former and merged names include:
· Bowlingreen
· Bolin Green
Occupied by both Union and Confederate troops during the Civil War.
Crime: The number of violent crimes recorded by the FBI in 2003 was 420. The number of murders and homicides was 2. The violent crime rate was 8.3 per 1,000 people.
The National Trust for Historic Preservation listed the community as one of its Dozen Distinctive Destinations in 2006.
Well-known residents have included:
· John Carpenter, movie director and producer
· Duncan Hines, restaurant reviewer and food company founder
Coffee: National and regional coffee companies with outlets here include Starbucks
Local festivals include:
  • Southern Kentucky Fair - July 28-Aug. 4, 2007
  • International Festival - Sept. 29, 2007
  • Duncan Hines Festival - Aug. 4, 10, 2007
  • Kentucky Folklife Festival - Sept. 20-22, 2007
  • Southern Kentucky Festival of Books - April 20-21, 2007
Dates often change. Check Bowling Green web sites and events links in the sections below.
Performing arts: Bowling Green Chamber Orchestra
Bowling Green attractions: Lost River Cave ("Dead Man's Cave")
Historic sites and museums: Barren River Imaginative Museum of Science, Kentucky Museum at Western Kentucky University, National Corvette Museum, Hobson House
Colleges and universities: Western Kentucky University, Draughons Junior College
Support for libraries: Local government funding for the local library system, in fiscal years 2001-2002, was below the national average. (See library links below.)
Gays & lesbians
National index: 100
Local index: 92

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Ancestry & family history

13% of Bowling Green residents report German ancestry, and 11% report Irish. For more info on local ancestry groups, see the Bowling Green ancestry & family history guide.

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At the time of the 2000 census, the per capita income in Bowling Green was $17,621, compared with $21,587 nationally.

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27% of Bowling Green residents age 25 and older have a bachelor's or advanced college degree.

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Median rent in Bowling Green, at the time of the 2000 Census, was $401.   Monthly homeowner costs, for people with mortgages, were $911.


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Libraries in Bowling Green include Bowling Green Public Library, Depot Branch Library, Sugar Maple Branch ... View libraries

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Newspapers in Bowling Green include Daily News

TV stations in Bowling Green include WBKO, WKGB, WKYU, WNKY.

National Public Radio programming is carried locally by WKYU-FM.

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Warren County supported George W. Bush in the 2004 presidential election. For more information, see our Bowling Green political report.

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The average commute time for Bowling Green workers is 16 minutes, compared with 26 minutes nationwide.

A total of 15 fatal motor vehicle accidents occurred in Bowling Green between 2001 and 2003, according to reports gathered by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

This is a rate of 3.0 fatal crashes per 10,000 population, which was lower than the national norm.

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