In 2014, Forbes named Bowling Green one of the 25 best places to live in the United States. It's easy to see why; the city boasts abundant parks, museums, and historical sites and serves as an educational hub for South Central Kentucky. With a metro population of 131,700, Bowling Green is the third largest city in Kentucky. It's home to Western Kentucky University and South Central Kentucky Community and Technical College, which add to the city's well-educated workforce.
With a knowledge-based economy, good jobs in Bowling Green, KY are accompanied by an affordable cost of living, 10.1 percent below the national average. The median home price in Bowling Green is just $128,600 compared to the national figure of $181,400. Median household income is $42,020 compared to $53,046 nationally. Housing prices rose 9.4 percent in 2013.
Bowling Green Job Opportunities
With demand for knowledge, technology jobs in Bowling Green has grown more than other sectors. The city serves as a regional center for commerce and healthcare. General Motors is a main source of Bowling Green jobs in manufacturing, as well as Fruit of the Loom, Houchens Industries and Russell Brands.
The largest sources of Bowling Green, KY jobs include Western Kentucky University, with approximately 4,700 employees; The Medical Center at Bowling Green, employing about 2,000; Wal-Mart, with over 1,000 employees; and Warren County Public Schools, with roughly 1,000 employees. Sun Products, Magna International and city government round out the list of major employers for Bowling Green jobs.
Some Bowling Green residents find good jobs in Franklin, a community a few miles south of the city.
Bowling Green Employment Trends
In July 2014, the unemployment rate in Bowling Green was 6.7 percent, about a half a point above the national average of 6.3 percent. Job growth, however, was more robust in 2012 (2.9 percent) and 2013 (2.0 percent) than it was nationally, leading Forbes to rate Bowling Green 28th nationally in job growth. Job growth is expected to top 3.2 percent in 2014. Forbes rates the city the 28th best small place for business and careers and 42nd for cost of doing business.
Compared to other cities in the region, Bowling Green experienced more post recession job growth. Major gains came from growth in manufacturing, business services, professional services, leisure and hospitality. Demand for education and healthcare jobs is expected to grow at above average rates in the coming decade.