Having been born and raised in Bowling Green I feel pretty well qualified to brag and notate the outstanding qualities of my hometown - which is currently the 3rd largest, and fastest growing, city in Kentucky.
1) Location, Location, Location
First, location is important, and Bowling Green is located in the beautiful rolling hills of south central Kentucky on Interstate 65, only an hour north of Nashville and just under two hours south of Louisville.
It’s ideally suited for those who like the change of seasons. Although the climate is considered mild, it has hot and humid summers, crisp and colorful falls, winters that usually include a couple of measurable snowfalls, and an always welcome springtime.
We consider ourselves from the South and it shows with southern hospitality on display when you stop to talk to a stranger or ask for directions.
2) Quality and Quantity
Second, the quality of life is always important any time you consider where to live and Bowling Green is no exception. We have a culturally diverse population with a community that is committed to being a model of high standards in education, government efficiency, employment and recreational opportunities. It’s no fluke that Forbes Magazine named Bowling Green as one of the 25 best cities to retire to in 2014.
3) Budget Friendly Bowling Green
Third, and no doubt important to most of us who are on a budget, is the cost of living factor for Bowling Green. According to AreaVibes.com, the cost of living in Bowling Green is 13.4% below the national average, with the average cost of owning a home in Bowling Green being 27.7% below the national average.
When you factor in the abundance of consignment shops, multiple brand new Goodwill stores, and other discount stores, you can see why a friend of mine told me back in our college days: “It’s dirt cheap to shop for good quality consignment clothes and furniture here - I love it!”
4) Big City Amenities, Small Town Charm
Fourth, the amenities in Bowling Green are varied and wide-ranging. Western Kentucky University is the fastest growing university in Kentucky, and with over 20,000 students, it’s the second largest public university in the state. WKU offers the area residents and employers a ready supply of trained labor as well as quality programs and sports teams and world-class research. It doesn’t hurt that it’s the leading employer for the area as well.
What would a list of amenities be without mentioning restaurants? There is an urban legend that says that Bowling Green has more restaurants per capita than any city in the United States, but I have yet to be able to verify that. Let me say this though: it has a heckuva lot of restaurants for a city its size and I haven’t come close to eating at all of them. Most food ethnicities are represented with one of my favorite categories being southern home cooking.
We have two hospitals in Bowling Green along with the Graves-Gilbert Clinic. All these facilities are highly rated and reliable community partners.
5) Creative Climate for Business
The fifth important reason I love living in Bowling Green is the outstanding business climate. Proof of this is the fact that Forbes named Bowling Green to the 2009 list of “Best Small Places for Business.” Also in 2009, Site Selection Magazine selected Bowling Green as a Top Economic Development community in towns with populations between 50,000 and 200,000.
A strong business climate is bolstered by an active Chamber of Commerce and Bowling Green’s Chamber is no exception, as they were awarded a 5-star designation by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and named Chamber of the Year in 2009 by the American Chamber of Commerce.
As home of the General Motors Corvette plant and world headquarters for Fruit of the Loom, Camping World, and Houchens Industries, Bowling Green is securely positioned as the educational and commercial hub for south central Kentucky.
It’s also a place I’m proud to call home.