Nestled in the heart of Kentucky, Bowling Green is an inviting community with traditional southern values. The city boasts historic beauty and unique charm with more than 54,000 friendly local residents. As a repeated contender for CNN Money's list of best places to live, Bowling Green has a family-friendly atmosphere where people of all ages can thrive. Look for Bowling Green apartments for rent, and find a high quality of life in the South.
In 1775, the "long hunters" carved their names into beech trees on the banks of a Kentucky river to claim the territory. With numerous rivers and streams, thick forests, gently rolling hills and rugged terrain, the land was very versatile and became an ideal place to establish permanent settlements. Although the Revolutionary War slowed the expansion of white settlements west of the Appalachian Mountains, Kentucky became the 15th state in 1792. Land grants were given to Virginia's Revolutionary War veterans who, with the help of slaves and indentured servants, carved out a new civilization in the wilderness. Within a few decades, Bowling Green became a commercial and transportation hub in South Central Kentucky. Today, Bowling Green is still a center for industry in the region. With many important production plants and medical centers, residents and visitors flock to the area to take advantage of the booming local infrastructure.
Bowling Green is home to many of the state's finest educational opportunities. Western Kentucky University is the largest school in town with more than 20,000 spirited students. Hailed as an "American University with International Reach," WKU has something to offer students from all over the world. Western Kentucky is joined by Bowling Green Technical College and Daymar College in offering students an ideal college experience.
For those seeking work, Bowling Green has a diverse business landscape. The city is experiencing a shift toward a more knowledge-based, technology-driven economy as it becomes a leading medical and commercial center in the region. The top employers in the area include Commonwealth Health Corporation, Western Kentucky University Board of Education, the General Motors Corvette Plant, Holley Performance Products, DESA International, Greenview Regional Hospital, Eagle Industries and Fruit of the Loom, among others. About 55 percent of residents work in management, sales and office occupations, with another 16 percent in production and transportation making up the majority of the Bowling Green workforce.
With all of the acclaimed features of the American South, residents in Bowling Green pay very low rent prices. United States Census Bureau statistics show that the average Bowling Green apartment costs $603 a month, which is very consistent with the Kentucky state average. Everyday living expenses are also affordable in Bowling Green. The city received a cost of living index of 89.1, which is well below the United States average of 100.
Bowling Green is home to a number of unique attractions that showcase the best of American culture. The National Corvette Museum celebrates America's Sports Car and draws in Corvette enthusiasts from all over the world. Lost River Cave and nearby Mammoth Cave National Park feature the unbridled spirit of Kentucky, offering year-round scenic views in a relaxed country atmosphere. Lost River Cave is the state's only underground boat tour, and has been noted by Ripley's Believe It Or Not as the shortest, deepest river in the world. Other local attractions include the Historic Rail Part & Train Museum, Kentucky Museum and Corvette Assembly Plant.
Bowling Green hosts the Bowling Green International Festival, which is a celebration of cultural diversity that the whole family can enjoy with authentic foreign foods, an international bazaar and free edu-tainment activities. The Second Saturdays Festival takes place in Bowling Green's Fountain Square Park, featuring more than 50 vendors of shabby chic home furniture, clothing, arts, stained glass, plants, horse and carriage rides, local youth musicians and more. Bowling Green is also home to the Festival of Trains, T.C. Cherry Spring Bazaar and Z06 Fest.
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