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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 58,067
Area 38.5 square miles
Time Zone Central Standard Time
Area Code 270
Average annual temperature 59.1 degrees Fahrenheit
Average annual rainfall 48.86 inches
Mean average annual snowfall 3.0 inches
Number of airports 1
Number of runways 2 (6,500 feet and 4,000 feet)
Moody's rating (bond rating) Aa3
Grades K - 12 21,070
Warren Co. Public Schools 16,500
Bowling Green Independent Schools 3,700
Anchored Christian School 140
Bowling Green Christian Academy 150
Foundation Christian Academy 90
Holy Trinity Lutheran 100
Old Union School 40
St. Joseph Interparochial School 350
Daycare centers 26
Higher Education
Western Kentucky University 19,215
Bowling Green Technical College 3,568
Draughon's Junior College 425
Special education schools 3
Vocational-technical schools 3
Radio stations 14
Television stations 4
Cable television Insight Communications
Daily newspaper Bowling Green Daily News
Daily circulation 21,266
Sunday circulation 26,432
Public Safety
Fire Department
Firefighters 112
Fire Stations 5
Number of fire hydrants 2300
Police Department
Police Officers 113 sworn officers,
38 civilian employees
Police Stations 1 main
Recreation and Culture
Number of parks 25
Total acres maintained 970
Playgrounds 22
Community Centers 2
Municipal golf courses 3
Municipal swimming pools 1
Libraries 5
Museums and Art Centers 5
Retail businesses 1,579
Churches 150
Denominations 30
Solid Waste Management
Residences served 13,000 +
Solid wasted collected per month 14 million pounds
Material collected through recycling program 7 million pounds
Miles of city streets 242
Miles of alleys 15
Miles of sidewalk 90
Number of traffic signs 6,000
Taxes and Withholdings
Kentucky state sales tax rate 6.0%
City occupational withholding rate 1.85%
Real estate property tax rate 1.23
Personal property tax rate 1.69
Number of water customers 17,972
Number of electric customers 27,426
Miles of energized line 300
Miles of water mains 315
Water plant capacity 22.5 million gallons/day
Electric system capacity 400,000 kW