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Labor Market Area
Most of the demographic and workforce data that follow include totals for the community's labor market area. The map below is provided for you reference.
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Labor market counties are composed of counties which exist within a 60-minute drive range of the originating county’s county seat. A county will be included within the radius if the centroid point of a county (a point representing the center of the geographic area of a county) falls within the drive zone. Additionally, all contiguous counties will be classified as part of the labor market with the exception of non-Kentucky contiguous counties which have been excluded by the above mentioned 60-minute drive range and have a border with the Mississippi and/or Ohio Rivers.

 


Dated Material

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Contacts

Local

Ron Bunch, CEcD
President/CEO
Bowling Green Area Chamber of Commerce
710 College Street
Bowling Green, KY 42101
Phone: 270-781-3200
FAX: 270-843-0458
WEB: www.bgchamber.com
E-mail: ron@bgchamber.com

State

Amy Bowman
Project Coordinator
Kentucky Cabinet for Economic Development
Old Capitol Annex
300 West Broadway
Frankfort, KY 40601 USA

Phone: 502-564-7670 ext. 22001
Fax: 502-564-3256
Web: http:///www.thinkkentucky.com
Email: Amy.Bowman@ky.gov

 


 

Quick Facts

 
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  Industrial Electric Cost Per KWH, 2017
Kentucky $0.0558
U.S. $0.0691

 

Statistical Summary
  Population 2017
Warren County 128,845
Labor Market Area 502,531
   
 
Per Capita Personal Income 2016 $36,505
Median Household Income 2016 $46,929
Median Home Price 2016 $165,000
   
  Unemployment Rate 2017
Warren County 4.1%
Labor Market Area 3.9%
U.S. 4.4%
   
  Average Weekly Wage 2017
Warren County $784
Labor Market Area $754
U.S. $1,042


 

 

Location

 

 

Selected Market Centers

Percent of U.S. Within 600 Miles of Bowling Green


Population
44%

Personal Income
54%

Retail Sales
41%

Manufacturing Employment
51%

Highway Distance to Selected Market Centers
    City Miles   City Miles   City Miles  
  1. Atlanta, GA 309 11. Dallas, TX 723 21. Nashville, TN 66  
  2. Baltimore, MD 687 12. Detroit, MI 477 22. New Orleans, LA 595  
  3. Birmingham, AL 256 13. Houston, TX 845 23. New York, NY 856  
  4. Boston, MA 1,065 14. Indianapolis, IN 228 24. Norfolk, VA 725  
  5. Buffalo, NY 648 15. Jacksonville, FL 657 25. Oklahoma City, OK 739  
  6. Charlotte, NC 442 16. Kansas City, MO 522 26. Omaha, NE 712  
  7. Chicago, IL 408 17. Lexington, KY 153 27. Philadelphia, PA 783  
  8. Cincinnati, OH 215 18. Louisville, KY 112 28. Pittsburgh, PA 502  
  9. Cleveland, OH 461 19. Memphis, TN 269 29. St. Louis, MO 280  
  10. Columbus, OH 321 20. Minneapolis, MN 816 30. Wichita, KS 718  
  Population Source: U.S. Census Bureau, Population Division, 2008 population estimate
Personal Income Source: 2007 Regional Economic Accounts, Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA), US Dept of Commerce
Retail Sales Source: 2002 Economic Census, US Census Bureau
Manufacturing Employment Source: 2007 County Business Patterns, US Census Bureau
Highway Distance Source: ESRI Arcview StreetMap, 2007
 

 


 

 

Sites

 
Available Industrial Sites
Click on a site point for details
      Min. Distance To  
    Site ID Site Name Total Ac. Largest Possible Tract Rail Interstate/Parkway Airport  
  Shovel-ready 227-010 Kentucky Transpark 398.5 383 Possible 0.9 69  
  Shovel-ready 227-008 Scotty's Industrial Park 104.4 104.4 Possible 3.8 68  
  Shovel-ready 227-001 South Central Kentucky Industrial Park 77.85 77.85 Possible 1.1 61  
  Shovel-ready 227-011 Murphy Industrial Property 36 19.9 Possible 1.5 62  

 


 

 

Buildings

 
Available Industrial Buildings
Click on a building point for details
  Bldg. ID Building Name Square Feet Ac. Min. Ceiling Ht. Rail  
  227-054 Kentucky Transpark Speculative Building VI 108,000 N/A 38.0' minimum No  
  227-059 Build Ready Site 227-010, Tract 10 108,000 N/A 99.0' minimum Possible  
  227-055 Build Ready Site 227-010, Tract 4D 60,350 11.7 99.0' minimum Possible  
Note: A "+" symbol following the building name denotes a secondary building.
Special Purpose Buildings

 


 

 

Demographics

 

 

  Total Population  
N/A
    2013 2014 2015 2016 2017  
  Labor Market Area 475,945 481,608 488,033 495,154 502,531  
  Warren County 118,948 120,651 123,159 125,532 128,845  
 Bowling Green61,84562,58163,88965,234 
  Source: U.S.  Department of Commerce, Bureau of the Census, Annual Estimates.  

  Population by Selected Age Groups, 2017  
    Warren County Labor Market Area  
Number Percent Number Percent  
  Under 16 26,131 20.3 104,217 20.7  
  16-24 24,475 19.0 64,067 12.7  
  25-44 32,994 25.6 125,509 25.0  
  45-64 28,872 22.4 130,796 26.0  
  65-84 14,461 11.2 69,500 13.8  
  85 and older 1,912 1.5 8,442 1.7  
  Median Age 32.8   38.2    
  Source: U.S. Department of Commerce, Bureau of the Census.  

  Population by Race and Hispanic Origin, 2017  
    Warren County Labor Market Area  
Number Percent Number Percent  
  White 107,247 83.2 447,320 89.0  
  Black or African American 12,524 9.7 34,617 6.9  
  Am. Indian & Alaska Native 421 0.3 1,801 0.4  
  Asian 5,228 4.1 8,750 1.7  
  Native Hawaiian & other Pacific Islander 466 0.4 784 0.2  
  Other/Multirace 2,959 2.3 9,259 1.8  
  Hispanic Origin 6,979 5.4 21,295 4.2  
  Note: Hispanic is not a race category. A person can be white, black or African American, etc. and be of hispanic origin.
Source: U.S.  Department of Commerce, Bureau of the Census.
 

  Population Projections  
    2020 2025 2030 2035  
  Warren County 133,207 144,676 157,013 170,139  
  Source:  Kentucky State Data Center, University of Louisville.  

  Per Capita Personal Income 2015  
    2011 2016 Pct. Change  
  Warren County $32,025 $36,505 14.0 %  
  Kentucky $33,989 $38,926 14.5 %  
  U.S. $41,560 $49,246 18.5 %  
  Labor Market Area Range $25,092- $36,698 $29,784- $43,951    
  Source: U.S. Department of Commerce, Bureau of Economic Analysis.  

  Households  
    2016 2016  
  Number of Households Persons Per Household Median Household Income  
  Warren County 45,974 2.48 $46,929  
  Source: U.S. Department of Commerce, Bureau of the Census.  

 


 

 

Workforce

 

 

 

  Civilian Labor Force  
    Warren County Labor Market Area  
  2017 Aug. 2018 2017 Aug. 2018  
  Civilian Labor Force 63,289 64,589 241,877 245,276  
  Employed 60,724 62,318 232,518 236,523  
  Unemployed 2,565 2,271 9,359 8,753  
  Unemployment Rate (%) 4.1 3.5 3.9 3.6  
  Source: U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics.  
  Unemployment Rate (%)  
  Year Warren County Labor Market Area Kentucky U.S.  
  2013 7.0 7.2 8.3 7.4  
  2014 5.6 5.8 6.5 6.2  
  2015 4.6 4.9 5.4 5.3  
  2016 3.9 4.2 5.0 4.9  
  2017 4.1 3.9 4.9 4.4  
  Source: U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics.  
  Commuting Patterns  
  Residents of Warren County 2015 Percent  
  Working and Residing In County 32,199 68.9  
  Commuting Out of County 14,513 31.1  
  Total Residents 46,712 100.0  
  Employees in  
  Working and Residing In County 32,199 56.5  
  Commuting Into County 24,778 43.5  
  Total Employees 56,977 100.0  
  Source: U.S. Department of Commerce, Bureau of the Census, Journey-To-Work & Migration Statistics Branch.  
  Note: Data for Kentucky and its border states only.  

 

     
  Average Weekly Wage, 2017  
    Warren County Kentucky
(Statewide)
U.S.  
 Total All Industries$784$845$1,042 
 Total Private Industries7898651,064 
 Natural Resources and Mining8801,0491,086 
 Construction9511,0111,155 
 Manufacturing1,0871,1081,272 
 Trade, Transportation and Utilities650789881 
 Information8471,0442,011 
 Financial Activities1,0191,2361,752 
 Professional and Business Services9159311,377 
 Education and Health Services870906940 
 Leisure and Hospitality304327441 
 Other Services and Unclassified523626734 
  Source: JobsEQ, Chmura Economics.  

 


 

 

Education & Training

 

 

  Four-Year Colleges and Universities Within 60 Miles of Bowling Green  
  Institutions engaged in furnishing academic courses and granting degrees at baccalaureate or graduate levels.  
  Miles Institution Location Enrollment
(Fall 2016)
 
  Western Kentucky University  Bowling Green  † 20,271  
  21  Lindsey Wilson Scottsville Campus  Scottsville  N/A  
  29  WKU - Glasgow Campus  Glasgow  N/A  
  58  Austin Peay State University  Clarksville, TN  10,344  
  59  American Baptist College  Nashville, TN  139  
  59  Aquinas College, West Campus  Nashville, TN  342  
  59  Belmont University  Nashville, TN  7,723  
  59  Fisk University  Nashville, TN  761  
  59  Lipscomb University  Nashville, TN  4,632  
  59  Meharry Medical College  Nashville, TN  831  
  59  Murray State University, Hopkinsville Regional Campus  Hopkinsville  N/A  
  59  Strayer University - Nashville Campus  Nashville, TN  N/A  
  59  Tennessee St. University  Nashville, TN  8,760  
  59  Trevecca Nazarene University  Nashville, TN  3,221  
  59  Vanderbilt University  Nashville, TN  † 12,587  
  59  Vanderbilt University Divinity School  Nashville, TN  247  
  59  Welch College  Nashville, TN  349  
  59  WKU - Elizabethtown Center  Elizabethtown  N/A  
      Total Enrollments 70,207  
  Note: Miles are calculated as straight-line distance, not highway miles.
† Denotes enrollment for entire institution, including branch campuses; otherwise, enrollment is for specified campus.
Source:  Kentucky Cabinet for Economic Development.
 

  Two-Year Colleges Within 60 Miles of Bowling Green  
  Institutions engaged in furnishing academic, or academic and technical, courses and granting associate degrees, certificates, or diplomas below the baccalaureate level.  
  Miles Institution Location Enrollment
(Fall 2016)
 
  Southcentral KY Community & Technical College, KATI Campus  Bowling Green  N/A  
  Southcentral KY Community & Technical College, Main Campus  Bowling Green  † 4,251  
  Southcentral KY Community & Technical College, Transpark Center  Bowling Green  N/A  
  18  Southcentral KY Community & Technical College, Franklin-Simpson Center  Franklin  N/A  
  29  Southcentral KY Community & Technical College, Glasgow Campus  Glasgow  N/A  
  29  Southcentral KY Community & Technical College, Glasgow Tech. Campus  Glasgow  N/A  
  36  Elizabethtown Community & Technical College, Leitchfield Campus  Leitchfield  N/A  
  44  Madisonville Community College, Muhlenberg Campus  Central City  N/A  
  58  Daymar Institute, Clarksville Campus  Clarksville, TN  854  
  58  Miller-Motte Technical College, Clarksville Campus  Clarksville, TN  416  
  58  North Central Institute  Clarksville, TN  136  
  59  Daymar Institute, Nashville Campus  Nashville, TN  221  
  59  Elizabethtown Community & Technical College, Main Campus  Elizabethtown  † 6,868  
  59  Fortis Institute in Nashville  Nashville, TN  368  
  59  Hopkinsville Community College, Main Campus  Hopkinsville  † 2,882  
  59  John A. Gupton College  Nashville, TN  86  
  59  Lincoln Tech - Nashville, TN Campus  Nashville, TN  1,457  
  59  Nashville State Community College  Nashville, TN  8,914  
  59  National College - Nashville TN Campus  Nashville, TN  507  
      Total Enrollments 26,960  
  Note: Miles are calculated as straight-line distance, not highway miles.
† Denotes enrollment for entire institution, including branch campuses; otherwise, enrollment is for specified campus.
Source:  Kentucky Cabinet for Economic Development.
 

  Kentucky Technical Schools Within 60 Miles of Bowling Green  
    Enrollment (2016-2017)  
  Miles Institution Location Sec P/S Total  
  Warren County ATC  Bowling Green  221 N/A 221  
  21  Allen County Career and Technical Center  Scottsville  993 N/A 993  
  22  Butler County ATC  Morgantown  383 N/A 383  
  27  Russellville ATC  Russellville  912 N/A 912  
  29  Barren County ATC  Glasgow  854 N/A 854  
  36  Grayson County Area Vocational Education Center  Leitchfield  1014 N/A 1014  
  41  Ohio County ATC  Hartford  758 N/A 758  
  44  Muhlenberg County CTC  Greenville  363 N/A 363  
  46  Monroe County ATC  Tompkinsville  775 N/A 775  
  53  Breckinridge County ATC  Harned  879 N/A 879  
  56  Green County ATC  Greensburg  800 N/A 800  
  59  Gateway Academy to Innovation and Technology  Hopkinsville  540 N/A 540  
      Total Enrollments 8,492     8,492   
  Note: Miles are calculated as straight-line distance; not highway miles.  Kentucky Tech secondary schools, called Area Technology Centers (ATC), are operated by the Department of Education, Office of Career and Technical Education. Other secondary schools are operated locally by public school districts. Secondary student enrollment is listed under Sec, and post-secondary student enrollment is listed under P/S.
Source:  KY Cabinet for Workforce Development; KY Dept. of Education.
 

 


 

 

Business & Industry

 

 

  Summary of Recent Locations and Expansions, 2015-Present  
    Reported  
    Companies Jobs Investment  
 Manufacturing Location10548-551$124,605,229 
 Manufacturing Expansion382,097$1,446,071,410 
 Service & Technology Location175$18,308,000 
 Service & Technology Expansion10332$30,875,143 
  Click here for detailed location and expansion information.
Note: Totals include announced locations and expansions.
Source: Kentucky Cabinet for Economic Development (October 27, 2018).
 
  Employment by Major Industry by Place of Work, 2017  
    Warren County Labor Market Area  
  Employment Percent Employment Percent  
 Total All Industries68,719100.0196,350100.0 
 Total Private Industries55,46380.7149,26776.0 
 Natural Resources and Mining1650.27820.4 
 Construction2,7824.07,7413.9 
 Manufacturing10,37915.135,61118.1 
 Trade, Transportation and Utilities11,96617.434,12717.4 
 Information5000.71,4490.7 
 Financial Activities2,4393.56,2193.2 
 Professional and Business Services8,21312.018,2389.3 
 Education and Health Services9,45713.821,65011.0 
 Leisure and Hospitality8,16411.919,4989.9 
 Other Services and Unclassified1,3982.03,9562.0 
  Source: JobsEQ, Chmura Economics.  
     
  Top 20 by Employment  
  Firm Product(s)/Service(s) Emp. Year
Established
 
 Bowling Green 
  AFNICall center services3692000 
 American Howa Kentucky IncManufacture dash insulators and headliners for the automotive industry2602008 
 Bendix Spicer Foundation Brake LLCDesign, develop, manufacture & distribute products used in air brake systems for commercial vehicles3862008 
 Bluegrass Supply Chain Services LLCProvides third party logistics and supply chain solutions to manufacturers, retailers and distributors. Headquarters location.3252002 
 Bowling Green Metalforming LLCAutomotive parts16182004 
 Camping WorldHeadquarters2001989 
 Country Oven BakeryFrozen dough, cakes, iced cakes, par baked rolls6451981 
 EVINEWarehouse, order and customer service processing center - call center5842000 
 Fruit of the LoomHeadquarters & distribution center10501988 
 Fruit of the LoomAdministrative office3581999 
 General Motors CorpAutomobile assembly: Chevrolet Corvette; performance engines8871981 
 Henkel CorporationManufacture detergent and warehousing/distribution center9301994 
 Holley Performance ProductsAutomotive, marine parts & accessories: carburetors, fuel injection & transmission modulators, exhaust systems, nos-nitrous oxide systems, plumbing components3101951 
 Kobe Aluminum Automotive Products LLCAluminum forging manufacturer; Some of its products include crankshafts, wire rods, aluminum forgings, aluminum automotive panel material, welding materials etc.5002004 
 Lord CorpBonded rubber parts-shock, noise, and vibration control parts for the vehicle & equipment industry1991974 
 NHK of America Suspension Components IncCoil suspension springs and trunk lid torsion bars3071986 
 Pan-OstonDesign, manufacture, and delivery of retail store fixtures, including, self-checkout units, checklanes, convenience store, and food service. Corporate office.1801988 
 Scotty's Contracting & Stone LLCAsphalt & paving materials2101991 
 Trace Die Cast IncAluminum die castings & secondary specialty machining5401988 
 Oakland 
 Clark DistributingWarehouse/distribution of carbonated beverages2901905 
  Source: Kentucky Cabinet for Economic Development (October 27, 2018).  

 


 

 

Taxes

 

 

  State Property Tax Rates Per $100 Valuation, 2016  
  Selected Class of Property State Rate Local Taxation
Permitted
 
  Real Estate $0.1220 Yes  
  Manufacturing Machinery $0.1500 No  
  Pollution Control Equipment $0.1500 No  
  Inventories:  
      Raw Materials $0.0500 No  
      Goods in Process $0.0500 No  
      Finished Goods $0.0500 Yes  
      Goods-In-Transit Exempt Limited  
  Motor Vehicles $0.4500 Yes  
  Other Tangible Personal Property $0.4500 Yes  
  Source: Kentucky Department of Revenue.  
     
  Local Property Tax Rates Per $100 Valuation, 2017  
  Taxing Jurisdiction Property Taxes
Per $100 Valuation
   
  Real Estate Tangibles Motor Vehicles  
  County  
  Warren $0.2177 $0.2661 $0.2310    
  City  
  Bowling Green $0.2060 $0.2600 $0.2600    
  Oakland $0.0000 $0.0000 $0.0000    
  Smiths Grove $0.1140 $0.1313 $0.2000    
  Woodburn $0.3000 $0.3000 $0.0000    
  School District  
  Bowling Green Independent Schools $0.8280 $0.8280 $0.6020    
  Warren County Schools $0.4490 $0.4490 $0.5450    
  Source: Kentucky Revenue Cabinet.  
     
  Local Occupational License Taxes, 2017  
  Cities, counties and school districts may levy an occupational license tax on the net profits of businesses and/or on the salaries and wages of employees earned in the jurisdiction. Rates can vary between the two types of occupational license taxes. Occupational license taxes may be levied on businesses as either a flat rate schedule or as a percentage of apportioned net profits or gross receipts. Where both the city and county levy an occupational license tax, a credit may be given, at the option of the local governments, for the amount paid to the city against the occupational license tax of the county. (Consult local jurisdictions for further details.)  
  Taxing Jurisdiction   Tax Rate on
Salaries/Wages
  Tax Rate on
Net Profits/Receipts
 
  County  
  Warren   1.00%   1.00% (on net profits/gross receipts)  
  City  
  Bowling Green   1.85% (School Tax .50)   1.85% (on net profits)  
  Oakland   No tax   No tax  
  Smiths Grove   No tax   No tax  
  Woodburn   No tax   No tax  
  School District  
  Bowling Green Independent Schools   No tax   No tax  
  Warren County Schools   0.50% (on net profits)   0.50% (on net profits)  
  Source: Occupational Taxes Spreadsheet - Kentucky Secretary of State, Local Tax Listing - Kentucky Personnel Cabinet   
     

 


 

 

Regulations & Permits

 
 

Kentucky Public Protection Cabinet
Department of Housing, Buildings and Construction

Permitting Information: http://www.dhbc.ky.gov/
 
  Typical Building Permits Responsible Division # of plans Time Frame (Days)  
  Site Plan Building Code Enforcement 1 7-30  
  Building/Life Safety Building Code Enforcement 1 7-30  
  Plumbing Plumbing 3 7  
  Fire Protection Fire Prevention 1 7-30  
  Fire Alarm and Monitoring Fire Prevention 1 7-30  
  Fuel Tanks Fire Prevention
Hazardous Materials Section
1 7  
     

 

Kentucky Department for Environmental Protection
Permits, Fees, Regulatory Times, and Contacts

Permitting Program Information:
http://dca.ky.gov/DCA%20Resource%20Document%20Library/KyDEPCommonPermits2.17.14.pdf
 
     

 

 

Utilities

 

 

 
Utilities Providing Service In Warren County
  Electric  
 Tennessee Valley Authority - 865-632-2101 
    Bowling Green Municipal Utilities - 270-782-1200 
    Tri-County Electric Membership Corporation - 615-666-2111 
    Warren RECC - 270-842-6541 
     
  Natural Gas  
 Atmos Energy Corporation - 270-685-8069 
     
  Sewer  
  Treatment Information (gallons per day) Capacity Avg. Flow Excess  
 Bowling Green Municipal Utilities - 270-782-1200 
 Bowling Green STP12,000,0007,715,0004,285,000 
 Warren County Water District - 270-842-0052 
 *Bowling Green Municipal Utilities12,000,0007,715,0004,285,000 
  Treatment information provided by Division of Water, 502-564-3410
*Provider of sewage treatment services.
 
  Water  
  System Information (gallons per day) Capacity Avg. Use Excess  
 Bowling Green Municipal Utilities - 270-782-120030,000,00018,105,09711,894,903 
 Edmonson County Water District - 270-597-21653,940,0001,853,2832,086,717 
 Warren County Water District - 270-842-0052N/AN/AN/A 
  System information provided by Division of Water, 502-564-3410  

 


 

 

Quality of Life

 

 

  General Kentucky Quality of Life Information  
  http://www.thinkkentucky.com/kyedc/qualityoflife.aspx  
  Median Home Price (2016): Warren County - $165,000 for 685 homes  
  Source: KY Department of Revenue. Data based on sales for last six months of year indicated.  
  Climate  
  Temperature    
  Normal (30-year record) 59.3 degrees  
  Average Annual, 2015 61.2 degrees  
  Record Highest, June 2012 (76-year record) 109 degrees  
  Record Lowest, January 1985 (76-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, 2015 50.8 inches  
  Mean Number of Days Precipitation (0.01 inch or more) (30-year record) 118.9  
  Mean Number of Days Thunderstorms (68-year record) 50.2  
  Prevailing Winds South  
  Relative Humidity (30-year record)    
  12 midnight 79 percent  
  6 a.m. 84 percent  
  12 noon 57 percent  
  6 p.m. 61 percent  
  Note: Heating degree day totals are the sums of positive departures of average daily temperature from 65 degrees F.  Cooling degree day totals are the sum of negative departures of average daily temperature from 65 degrees F.
Source: U.S. Department of Commerce, National Climatic Data Center, Local Climatological Data, 2015.
Station of record: Nashville Intl. Airport, Nashville, TN.
 
     
  Public School District Enrollments, 2016-2017  
    Total Enrollment Pupil To Teacher Ratio  
  Bowling Green Independent Schools 4,145 15.3  
  Warren County Schools 14,986 15.9  
  Source: Kentucky Department of Education, Office of Assessment and Accountability.