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Warren County

Geared for growth

Within a day’s drive of 60% of U.S. markets, South Central Kentucky’s hub, Warren County is situated along I-65 an hour north of Nashville. Kentucky’s third-largest city, Bowling Green, serves as the county seat and is best-known for the General Motors Corvette Assembly plant, Western Kentucky University and the National Corvette Museum. Park-rich Bowling Green has also prospered from a $600 million downtown renaissance.

Warren County’s 123,000 residents enjoy the advantages of the region’s brand new performing arts center, SKyPAC, abundant year-round music and cultural festivals, WKU athletics, and the nation’s number-one top-rated U.S. high school - the Carol Martin Gatton Academy of Mathematics and Science. Businesses considering expanding or locating in Warren County are served by the professional economic development team for South Central Kentucky and the Kentucky Cabinet for Economic Development.

Demographics
Population2 122,851
Population Annual Average Growth2 2,073
Median Age3 32.7
Under 18 Years 25,912
18 to 24 Years 18,412
25 to 34 Years 15,894
35 to 44 Years 14,047
45 to 54 Years 14,999
55 to 64 Years 12,088
65 to 74 Years 7,021
75 Years, and Over 5,419
Race:  White 95,167
Race:  Black or African American 10,311
Race:  American Indian and Alaska Native 315
Race: Asian 3,184
Race:  Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander 129
Race:  Some Other Race 2,304
Race: Two or More Races 2,382
Hispanic or Latino (of any race) 5,174
Economic
Armed Forces Labor Force4 37
Veterans, Age 18-644 3,729
Median Household Income3,4 $44,911
Poverty Level (of all people)4 21,047
Mean Commute Time (minutes)4 19.5
Commute via Public Transportation4 262
Union Membership5
Housing
Total Housing Units4 49,133
Median House Value (of owner-occupied units)3,4 $141,500
Homeowner Vacancy4 345
Rental Vacancy4 1,034
Renter-Occupied Housing Units4 19,252
Occupied Housing Units with No Vehicle Available4 3,107
Social
No High School Diploma (educational attainment, age 25-64)4 6,093
High School Graduate (educational attainment, age 25-64)4 17,379
Some College, No Degree (educational attainment, age 25-64)4 12,840
Associate's Degree (educational attainment, age 25-64)4 4,608
Bachelor's Degree (educational attainment, age 25-64)4 11,001
Postgraduate Degree (educational attainment, age 25-64)4 6,369
Enrolled in Grade 124 1,230
Disabled, Age 18-644 10,473
Foreign Born4 10,645
Speak English Less Than Very Well (population 5 yrs and over)4 6,705

Source: JobsEQ® 03/2017  1. Census 2010, unless noted otherwise  2. Census 2015, annual average growth rate since 2005  3. Median values for certain aggregate regions (such as MSAs) may be estimated as the weighted averages of the median values from the composing counties.  4. ACS 2011-2015; Current Population Survey, unionstats.com, and Chmura.

Workforce Characteristics

   Warren County Kentucky
Population 122,851 4,425,092
Labor Force 62,872 1,929,451
Unemployment Rate 4.3% 5.5% 

February 2017

Transportation

Highway

  • Direct Access to Interstate 65 
  • Located off the Natcher Parkway with access to Western Kentucky Parkway, Cumberland Parkway, US 31-W, US 68 and US 231
  • 60 miles north of Nashville, TN and 100 miles south of Louisville, KY

Air

Regional air service is available in Bowling Green. Services provided include:

  • charter service
  • corporate flight management 
  • air freight 
  • land-air express
  • corporate flights
  • Federal Express

Commercial flights are available at the Louisville International Airport and the Nashville International Airport. 

Rail 

Rail is served by the main line of CSX that connects Louisville, KY in the north and Nashville, TN in the south. RJ Corman's Memphis Line has an interchange with CSX in Bowling Green.

 

Communication/Media

Television, radio, newspaper, internet and telephone are available in Warren County. 

 

Local Media Outlets

WBGN 1340 AM

WKCT 930 AM

WBLG 107.9 FM

WBVR 96.7 FM

WDNS 93.3 FM

WUHU 107.1 FM

WBKO

WNKY

WKYU

 

Landline/Internet Providers

Access Kentucky

AT&T

Bowling Green Municipal Utilities

Spectrum (formerly Time Warner Cable)

 

Mobile Coverage

AT&T 

Bluegrass Cellular

Sprint

T-Mobile

 

Utility Providers

 

Electric

Tennessee Valley Authority    865-632-2101

Bowling Green Municipal Utilities    270-782-1200

Warren RECC     270-842-6541

 

Natural Gas

Atmos Energy Corporation    270-685-8069

 

Sewer

Bowling Green Municipal Utilities    270-782-1200

Warren County Water District    270-842-0052

 

Water 

Bowling Green Municipal Utilities    270-782-1200

Warren County Water District    270-842-0052

 

Land and Infrastructure

 

Kentucky Transpark

  • Located on US 31-W and Highway 68/80 on the north side of Bowling Green
  • Less than 2 miles from I-65 with planned connector road bringing direct access
  • More than 900 acres 

South Central Kentucky Industrial Park 

  •  1.1 miles from William Natcher Parkway
  •  4 miles from I-65
  •  186 acres 
  •  rail service

 

Taxes

Local Property Tax Rates Per $100 Valuation, 2017

Taxing Jursidiction Real Estate Tangibles
County    
Warren $0.2146 $0.2587
City    
Bowling Green $0.2060 $0.2600
School District(s)    
Bowling Green Independent Schools $0.7810 $0.7810
Warren County Schools $0.4400 $0.4400

Industry

Employment by Major Industry by Place of Work

  Employment Percent
All Industries 79,105 100
Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing and Hunting 1,955 2.47
Mining, Quarrying, and Oil and Gas Extraction 104 0.13
Utilities 576 .73
Construction 4,277 5.41
Manufacturing 12,418 15.7
Wholesale Trade 2,472 3.12
Retail Trade 8,803 11.13
Transportation and Warehousing 2,808 3.55
Information 709 .90
Real Estate and Rental and Leasing 996 1.26
Professional, Scientific and Technical Services 2,295 2.9

Management of Companies and Enterprises

Administrative and Support and Waste

2,204 2.79
Management and Remediation Services 4,668 5.9
Educational Services 7,936 10.03
Health Care and Social Assistance 10,305 13.03
Arts, Entertainment and Recreation 1,203 1.52
Accommodation and Food Services 7,708 9.74
Other Services (Except Public Administration) 2,927 3.70
Public Administration 2,472 3.12
Unclassified 12 .02
Total - All Industries 79,104*  

Data as of 2016Q4. *Note: Figures may not sum due to rounding.

Education

Bowling Green Independent School System

Enrollment 4,149
Number of Schools 7
Website http://www.b-g.k12.ky.us/

Warren County School System

Enrollment 15,000+
Number of Schools 22
Website http://www.warrencountyschools.org/

Higher Education Opportunities

School Location Type of Institution Distance
Western Kentucky University Bowling Green, KY 4-Year -
Southcentral Kentucky Community and Technical College Bowling Green, KY 2-Year -
Daymar College Bowling Green, KY 2-Year -
Lindsey Wilson-Scottsville Campus Scottsville, KY 4-Year 21
Austin Peay State University Clarksville, TN 4-Year 58
Vanderbilt University Nashville, TN 4-Year 59
Belmont University Nashville, TN 4-Year 59

Quality of Life

Median Home Price $186,400
Average Monthly Rent $685

 

 Climate

Temperature  
Normal (30-year record) 57.9 degrees
Average Annual 62.3 degrees
Record Highest, July 2012 (68-year record) 109 degrees
Record Lowest, January 1963 (67-year record) -17 degrees
Normal Heating Degree Days (30-year record) 3,688
Normal Cooling Degree Days (30-year record) 1,646
Precipitation   
Normal (30-year record) 47.25 inches
Mean Annual Snowfall (30-year record) 6.3 inches
Total Precipitation, 2012 48.52 inches
Mean Number of Days Precipitation (0.01 inch or more) (30-year record) 118.9
Mean Number of Days Thunderstorms (65-year record) 50.9
Prevailing Winds South
Relative Humidity (30-year record)  
1 am 79 percent
7 am 84 percent
1 pm 57 percent
7 pm 61 percent

Attractions

Warren County is a unique combination of historically preserved buildings, modern architecture, and wondrous natural creations. Residents and visitors alike can enjoy the summertime series of concerts in the park, or spend the day exploring Lost River Cave. They can take part in the excitement of WKU’s home football games, or watch the men’s basketball team. For the car lover in all of us you can tour the National Corvette Museum, or visit Beech Bend Raceway. For those who seek to experience new cultures they can stop by the Bowling Green International Festivals, and enjoy exotic new foods, and discover new musical genres. Head Downtown and enjoy more than 150 million of development including a 1,600-seat performing arts center (SKyPAC) and a multi-million dollar ballpark that is home to the Hot Rods professional baseball team. With the diversity of this great Kentucky town there is something for everyone in the family to enjoy.