Bowling Green is strategically located 60 miles north of Nashville, TN, and 90 miles south of Louisville, KY. The city is situated along Interstate 65, a major north/south six-lane divided interstate with an annual average daily traffic count of more than 60,000, stretching from Chicago to Mobile, AL. Sixty percent of the U.S. population is located within a day’s drive of south central Kentucky.
Western Kentucky University is located in Bowling Green with a total undergraduate enrollment of approximately 20,000 students. WKU recently unveiled a new state-of-the-art School of Nursing and Doctor of Physical Therapy Program. In 2018, the University of Kentucky College of Medicine opened its first regional campus in Bowling Green.
Bowling Green has some of the country’s lowest utility rates and is home to first-class manufacturing companies. The General Motors Bowling Green Assembly Plant — the only plant to produce the iconic Chevrolet Corvette — has been said to produce the perfect balance of technology, design and performance. Logan Aluminium, with over 1,300 employees, currently ranks as the No. 1 supplier of aluminum can sheet in the world. Bowling Green Metalforming, a Magna Company, is one of the world’s premier global automotive suppliers, providing a comprehensive range of body, chassis and engineering solutions to OEM customers.
The Commonwealth of Kentucky is proud to have one of the lowest overall costs of doing business in the U.S. Kentucky has the lowest cost of electricity in the industrial sector among states east of the Mississippi River and gas rates ranked second lowest in the eastern U.S. Additionally, the low cost of living (13 percent lower than the national average), provides a high standard of living for its residents. In addition to the overall low cost of doing business, Kentucky’s market-leading tax incentive programs can provide the flexible financial assistance businesses need to relocate, expand or establish new roots.
Bowling Green and Warren County are at the center of a 10-county radius. This regional hub supports education, retail (over 6.5 million SF of retail inventory) and medical services (two hospitals and numerous specialty providers). The population within this region equals approximately 300,000, with a workforce of over 137,000. South central Kentucky is rapidly becoming a destination and has experienced a growth rate of 22 percent over the last nine years.
Money Magazine ranks Bowling Green the best place to live in Kentucky
Bowling Green ranks first in Site Selection magazine’s Top Metros annual report of high-performing metros among communities with populations less than 200,000 based on total economic development projects for the year
As reported by 24/7 Wall Street, Bowling Green is the fastest-growing city in the state of Kentucky with an 11.4% growth rate between 2010 and 2018 and a 30% job growth rate between 2010 and 2017