Bowling Green, Kentucky is a city with a population of 62,500 people it is the third most populated city in Kentucky after Louisville and Lexington. The combined areas of its metropolitan area with neighboring Glasgow has an estimated population of just over 222,000 people.
Bowling Green was founded by pioneers in 1798 and was the provisional capital of the confederate Kentucky during the American Civil War.
Today the city is home to a number of large manufacturing companies including General Motors, Fruit of the Loom and Chevrolet. The famous Chevrolet Corvette has been built there since 1981.
In 2014, Forbes magazine rated Bowling Green as one of the top 25 best cities to retire in the US. There is no doubt that the city has prospered in recent years despite. Compared with Elizabethtown and Owensboro, Bowling Green has experienced the largest employment gain since the recession of 2006.
The city has enjoyed a 5% increase in manufacturing, a 5% increase in professional business services and a 6% increase in leisure and hospitality. Bowling Green supports a rich and diverse restaurant culture, due mainly to the relative stability of the local economy.
Re-development of the city has taken place since the spring of 2009 with the new Chamber of Commerce Riverwalk Park and Circle Square. In 2009 a new development was started for the Southern Kentucky Performing Arts Centre facility for arts and education. It was opening event in 2012 was a concert by Vince Gill.
Bowling Green is the home of Western Kentucky University with over 21,000 students on a campus that extends from the top of College Heights to regional campus in Glasgow, Elizabethtown and Owensboro. The University employs approximately 5000 people.
Plenty to See in Bowling Green
Local attractions feature the Baron River Imaginative Museum of Science is a popular local attraction with its unique “hands-on” science museum. The Kentucky Museum and Library has a rich collection of education exhibits on the history of Kentucky with many manuscripts and heritage Folklife information. Other attractions include Lost River Cave, a 7-mile long cave system located beneath Bowling Green. It has one of the largest natural cave entrances is in Eastern, US. Today it is a popular destination with nature trails birdwatching and an outdoor classroom for children’s activities. Check other local Bowling Green visitors guides for further details
Basketball is a popular sport in the state of Kentucky and The E A Diddle Arena is a 7500 capacity sports centre built in 1963 and renovated in 2004 it is the home to college sports such as basketball and volleyball. In 1971, The Western Kentucky University men’s basketball team made it to the NCAA final four. The Bowling Green High School Purple Football team won the KHSAA state championship in 1995, 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2015.
The Surrounding Area
The city and surrounding area is home to the Warren County in-line hockey league with several members playing in the Bluegrass Hockey League and Central Commonwealth League. The Bowling Green Hornets of the Central Basketball League are based in Bowling Green but usually play their home games in Russellville.
Bowling Green is home to a number of popular golf courses: Crosswinds, River View, Olde Stone and Bowling Green Country Club, these are a big favorite with the local retirement community.
Nearby cities and communities include Brownsville, Franklin, Glasgow, Morgantown, Russellville and Scottsville.
Visit Bowling Green, it is conveniently located on Interstate i65 at junction 22, between Louisville, KY and Nashville TN. If you are passing by it is definitely with a visit.