Bowling Green, OH
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Bowling Green is a medium-sized city located in the state of Ohio. With a population of 31,246 people and six constituent neighborhoods, Bowling Green is the 48th largest community in Ohio.

Unlike some cities, Bowling Green isn’t mainly white- or blue-collar. Instead, the most prevalent occupations for people in Bowling Green are a mix of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Bowling Green is a city of professionals, service providers, and sales and office workers. There are especially a lot of people living in Bowling Green who work in teaching (14.73%), sales jobs (12.48%), and food service (11.17%).

In addition, Bowling Green is a major college town that has a very high percentage of its residents over 18 years old who are college students. Naturally, collegiate life has a major influence on local Bowling Green culture, lifestyle and entertainment options. Bowling Green really pulses to the beat of the academic calendar. In Bowling Green every fall, returning students reinvigorate the community, who you will notice are all over town, buying groceries, out with friends, and getting acquainted or re-acquainted with each other and Bowling Green. One of the beneficial effects that colleges provide is that they tend to be lasting institutions that deliver direct economic benefits to the local economy in the form of such things as jobs for faculty and staff, and spending by students. Bowling Green benefits directly from this.

One of the benefits of Bowling Green is that there is very little traffic. The average commute to work is 16.89 minutes, which is substantially less than the national average. Not only does this mean that the drive to work is less aggravating, but noise and pollution levels are lower as a result.

Bowling Green is one of the most well-educated cities in the nation. 42.10% of adults in Bowling Green have at least a bachelor's degree. Compare that to the average community in America, which has just 21.84% with a bachelor's degree or higher.

The per capita income in Bowling Green in 2010 was $19,778, which is lower middle income relative to Ohio and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $79,112 for a family of four. However, Bowling Green contains both very wealthy and poor people as well. Bowling Green also has one of the higher rates of people living in poverty in the nation, with 32.40% of its population below the federal poverty line.

The people who call Bowling Green home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Bowling Green residents report their race to be White, followed by Black or African-American. Important ancestries of people in Bowling Green include Irish, English, Italian, and Polish.

The most common language spoken in Bowling Green is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Chinese.