Community Profile

General information and statistics concerning the City of Bowling Green, Kentucky.

Bowling Green at a Glance
Incorporated 1812
Form of Government City Manager
Population 70,543
Area 38.5 square miles
Time Zone Central Standard Time
Area Code 270
Average Annual Temperature 57.9° (Fahrenheit)
Average Annual Rainfall 49.68 inches
Mean Average Annual Snowfall 8.0 inches
Number of Airports 1
Number of Runways 2 (6,500 ft & 4,000 ft)
Moody's Rating (Bond Rating) Aa2
Warren Co. Public Schools 17,000 +
Bowling Green Independent Schools 4,268
Higher Education
Western Kentucky University 18,183
Southcentral KY Community & Technical College 4,482
Special education schools 3
Vocational-technical schools 3
Radio Stations 14
Television Stations 4
Cable television Time Warner Cable (Spectrum)
Daily Newspaper Bowling Green Daily News
Public Safety
Fire Department
Firefighters 138
Fire Stations 7
Police Department
Police Officers 124 sworn officers,
50 civilian employees
Police Stations 1 main
Recreation and Culture
Number of Parks 22
Total Acres Maintained 970
Playgrounds 22
Community Centers 3
Municipal Golf Courses 3
Municipal Swimming Pools 1
Libraries 5
Museums and Art Centers 5
Retail Businesses 1,454
Solid Waste Management
Residences Served 13,000 +
Solid Waste Collected (Per Month) 14 million pounds
Material Collected Through Recycling Program 7 million pounds
Miles of City Streets 278
Miles of Alleys 15
Miles of Sidewalk 114
Number of Traffic Signs 9,890
Number of Traffic Signals 102
Taxes and Withholdings
Kentucky State Sales Tax 6.0%
City Occupational Withholding 1.85%
Real Estate Property Tax 1.38749
Personal Property Tax 1.821905
Number of Water Customers 18,182
Number of Electric Customers 27,828
Miles of Energized line 341
Miles of Water Mains 304
Water Plant Capacity 30 million gallons/day
Electric System Capacity 500,000 kW
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