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 where white-collar or blue-collar occupations dominate the local economy, Bowling Green is neither predominantly one nor the other. Instead, it has a mixed workforce of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Bowling Green is a city of service providers, professionals, and sales and office workers. There are especially a lot of people living in Bowling Green who work in teaching (13.14%), food service (12.99%), and office and administrative support (12.27%).

Bowling Green is also a major college town with a large number of people who are 18 years or older and attending college. As is often the case in college towns, the many students that live in Bowling Green have a strong influence on the local culture and entertainment scene, which may seem dormant by comparison in the summer months when much of the student population is away. In the fall, the return of students has a reinvigorating effect on the community. Because colleges are lasting institutions, they have a stabilizing effect on the economy by providing direct local benefits such as jobs for faculty and staff and spending by students. Bowling Green’s economy is one such example of this.

Residents of the city have the good fortune of having one of the shortest daily commutes compared to the rest of the country. On average, they spend only 16.95 minutes getting to work every day.

The citizens of Bowling Green are among the most well-educated in the nation: 42.38% of adults in Bowling Green have a bachelor's degree or even advanced degree, whereas the average US city has 21.84% holding at least a bachelor's degree.

The per capita income in Bowling Green in 2010 was $19,882, which is lower middle income relative to Ohio and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $79,528 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 33.61% of its population below the federal poverty line.

Bowling Green is a somewhat ethnically-diverse city. 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 Arabic.