Bowling Green, KY

Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA)

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2019 Population
174,498
1.4% 1-year growth
US Senator
Mitch McConnell
Republican Party
US Senator
Rand Paul
Republican Party
2019 Median Age
35.1
0.286% 1-year increase
2019 Poverty Rate
17.3%
3.22% 1-year decrease
2019 Median Household Income
$49,700
1.29% 1-year growth
2019 Median Property Value
$151,000
5.3% 1-year growth
2019 Employed Population
83,133
3.34% 1-year growth

About

In 2019, Bowling Green, KY had a population of 174k people with a median age of 35.1 and a median household income of $49,700. Between 2018 and 2019 the population of Bowling Green, KY grew from 172,088 to 174,498, a 1.4% increase and its median household income grew from $49,068 to $49,700, a 1.29% increase.

The 5 largest ethnic groups in Bowling Green, KY are White (Non-Hispanic) (82.7%), Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) (6.79%), Asian (Non-Hispanic) (3.06%), White (Hispanic) (2.75%), and Two+ (Non-Hispanic) (2.15%). 0% of the households in Bowling Green, KY speak a non-English language at home as their primary language.

95.3% of the residents in Bowling Green, KY are U.S. citizens.

The largest universities in Bowling Green, KY are Western Kentucky University (4,682 degrees awarded in 2019), Southcentral Kentucky Community and Technical College (2,373 degrees), and PJ's College of Cosmetology-Bowling Green (129 degrees).

In 2019, the median property value in Bowling Green, KY was $151,000, and the homeownership rate was 63.2%. Most people in Bowling Green, KY drove alone to work, and the average commute time was 21.4 minutes. The average car ownership in Bowling Green, KY was 2 cars per household.

Diversity

Bowling Green, KY is home to a population of 174k people, from which 95.3% are citizens. As of 2019, 7.14% of Bowling Green, KY residents were born outside of the country (12.5k people).

In 2019, there were 12.2 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (144k people) in Bowling Green, KY than any other race or ethnicity. There were 11.8k Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) and 5.33k Asian (Non-Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

Race and Ethnicity

Race and Ethnicity

The 3 largest ethnic groups in Bowling Green, KY
  1. White (Non-Hispanic)
    144k ± 200
  2. Black or African American (Non-Hispanic)
    11.8k ± 517
  3. Asian (Non-Hispanic)
    5.33k ± 270
4.5%
Hispanic Population
7.86k people

In 2019, there were 12.2 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (144k people) in Bowling Green, KY than any other race or ethnicity. There were 11.8k Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) and 5.33k Asian (Non-Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

4.5% of the people in Bowling Green, KY are hispanic (7.86k people).

The following chart shows the 7 races represented in Bowling Green, KY as a share of the total population.

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Heritage

Foreign-Born Population

7.14%
2019 Foreign-Born Population
12.5k people
7.1%
2018 Foreign-Born Population
12.2k people

As of 2019, 7.14% of Bowling Green, KY residents (12.5k people) were born outside of the United States, which is lower than the national average of 13.7%. In 2018, the percentage of foreign-born citizens in Bowling Green, KY was 7.1%, meaning that the rate has been increasing.

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Global Diversity

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Most Common Origin
  1. Mexico
    31,769 ± 4,360 people
  2. India
    12,409 ± 2,731 people
  3. Cuba
    11,319 ± 2,609 people

In 2019, the most common birthplace for the foreign-born residents of Kentucky was Mexico, the natal country of 31,769 Kentucky residents, followed by India with 12,409 and Cuba with 11,319.

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Citizenship

95.3%
2019 Citizenship
95.2%
2018 Citizenship

As of 2019, 95.3% of Bowling Green, KY residents were US citizens, which is higher than the national average of 93.4%. In 2018, the percentage of US citizens in Bowling Green, KY was 95.2%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been increasing.

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Military

Veterans

Most Common Service Period
  1. Vietnam
    3,542 ± 358
  2. Gulf War (1990s)
    1,516 ± 226
  3. Gulf War (2001-)
    1,497 ± 312

Bowling Green, KY has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 2.34 times greater than any other conflict.

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COVID-19

Daily New Cases by Date

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This chart shows the number of COVID-19 daily new cases by date in Kentucky, as a 7-day rolling average, compared with the four states with the most similar number of confirmed cases.

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Unemployment Insurance Claims

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This chart shows weekly unemployment insurance claims in Kentucky (not-seasonally adjusted) compared with the four states with the most similar impact.

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Employment by Industry Sector

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Y-Axis
8.45%
Year-over-year growth
Employment change between May 2020 and May 2021

As of May 2021, there are 145M people employed in Kentucky. This represents a 8.45% increase in employment when compared to May 2020.

The following chart shows monthly employment numbers for each industry sector in Kentucky.

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Community Mobility

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This chart presents movement trends over time in the state of Kentucky across different categories of places such as retail and recreation, groceries and pharmacies, parks, transit stations, workplaces, and residential.

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Economy

Median household income in Bowling Green, KY is $49,700. In 2019, the county with the highest Median Household Income in Bowling Green, KY was Oldham County, KY with a value of $97,968, followed by Boone County, KY and Kenton County, KY, with respective values of $76,443 and $68,849.

Males in Kentucky have an average income that is 1.35 times higher than the average income of females, which is $44,437. The income inequality in Kentucky (measured using the Gini index) is 0.456, which is lower than than the national average.

The economy of Bowling Green, KY employs 83.1k people. The largest industries in Bowling Green, KY are Manufacturing (14,389 people), Health Care & Social Assistance (10,801 people), and Retail Trade (10,314 people), and the highest paying industries are Utilities ($58,571), Management of Companies & Enterprises ($57,308), and Finance & Insurance ($43,112).

Wages

Median Household Income

$49,700
2019 value
± $1,183
1.29%
1 Year Growth
± 3.96%

Households in Bowling Green, KY have a median annual income of $49,700, which is less than the median annual income of $65,712 across the entire United States. This is in comparison to a median income of $49,068 in 2018, which represents a 1.29% annual growth.

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Wage by Gender in Common Jobs

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$59,994
Average Male Salary in Kentucky
± $1,633
$44,437
Average Female Salary in Kentucky
± $1,156

In 2019, full-time male employees in Kentucky made 1.35 times more than female employees.

This chart shows the gender-based wage disparity in the 5 most common occupations in Kentucky by number of full-time employees.

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Wage by Race and Ethnicity in Common Jobs

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Highest Average Salaries by Race & Ethnicity in Kentucky
  1. Asian
    $58,983 ± $10,861
  2. White
    $46,691 ± $986
  3. American Indian
    $38,377 ± $15,879

In 2019 the highest paid race/ethnicity of Kentucky workers was Asian. These workers were paid 1.26 times more than White workers, who made the second highest salary of any race/ethnicity in Kentucky.

This chart shows the race- and ethnicity-based wage disparities in the 5 most common occupations in Kentucky by number of full-time employees.

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Wage Distribution

The closest comparable wage GINI for Bowling Green, KY is from Kentucky.
0.456
2019 Wage GINI in Kentucky
0.456
2018 Wage GINI in Kentucky

In 2019, the income inequality in Kentucky was 0.456 according to the GINI calculation of the wage distribution. Income inequality had a 0.114% decline from 2018 to 2019, which means that wage distribution grew somewhat more even. The GINI for Kentucky was lower than than the national average of 0.478. In other words, wages are distributed more evenly in Kentucky in comparison to the national average.

This chart shows the number of workers in Kentucky across various wage buckets compared to the national average.

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Income by Location

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Highest Median Household Income (Total)

In 2019, the county with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Bowling Green, KY was Oldham County, KY with a value of $97,968, followed by Boone County, KY and Kenton County, KY, with respective values of $76,443 and $68,849.

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Poverty by Age and Gender

Females 18 - 24
Largest Demographic Living in Poverty

17.3% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Bowling Green, KY (28.7k out of 166k people) live below the poverty line, a number that is higher than the national average of 12.3%. The largest demographic living in poverty are Females 18 - 24, followed by Males 18 - 24 and then Females 25 - 34.

The Census Bureau uses a set of money income thresholds that vary by family size and composition to determine who classifies as impoverished. If a family's total income is less than the family's threshold than that family and every individual in it is considered to be living in poverty.

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Poverty by Race and Ethnicity

Largest Race or Ethnicity Living in Poverty
  1. White
    21,943 ± 1,057
  2. Black
    2,960 ± 453
  3. Hispanic
    2,281 ± 321

The most common racial or ethnic group living below the poverty line in Bowling Green, KY is White, followed by Black and Hispanic.

The Census Bureau uses a set of money income thresholds that vary by family size and composition to determine who classifies as impoverished. If a family's total income is less than the family's threshold than that family and every individual in it is considered to be living in poverty.

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Occupations

Employment by Occupations

83.1k
2019 Value
± 2,119
3.34%
1 Year growth
± 3.43%

From 2018 to 2019, employment in Bowling Green, KY grew at a rate of 3.34%, from 80.4k employees to 83.1k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Bowling Green, KY, are Sales & Related Occupations (9,102 people), Office & Administrative Support Occupations (8,865 people), and Production Occupations (8,730 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Bowling Green, KY.

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Most Common

The most common jobs held by residents of Bowling Green, KY, by number of employees, are Sales & Related Occupations (9,102 people), Office & Administrative Support Occupations (8,865 people), and Production Occupations (8,730 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other MSAs, Bowling Green, KY has an unusually high number of residents working as Production Occupations (1.85 times higher than expected), Material Moving Occupations (1.51 times), and Community & Social Service Occupations (1.28 times).

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Highest Paid

The highest paid jobs held by residents of Bowling Green, KY, by median earnings, are Legal Occupations ($64,792), Architecture & Engineering Occupations ($64,077), and Health Diagnosing & Treating Practitioners & Other Technical Occupations ($62,459).

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Industries

Employment by Industries

83.1k
2019 Value
± 2,119
3.34%
1 Year growth
± 3.43%

From 2018 to 2019, employment in Bowling Green, KY grew at a rate of 3.34%, from 80.4k employees to 83.1k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Bowling Green, KY, are Manufacturing (14,389 people), Health Care & Social Assistance (10,801 people), and Retail Trade (10,314 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Bowling Green, KY, though some of these residents may live in Bowling Green, KY and work somewhere else. Census data is tagged to a residential address, not a work address.

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Most Common

The most common industries in Bowling Green, KY, by number of employees, are Manufacturing (14,389 people), Health Care & Social Assistance (10,801 people), and Retail Trade (10,314 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other MSAs, Bowling Green, KY has an unusually high number of Manufacturing (1.73 times higher than expected), Educational Services (1.22 times), and Wholesale Trade (1.18 times) industries.

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Highest Paying

The highest paying industries in Bowling Green, KY, by median earnings, are Utilities ($58,571), Management of Companies & Enterprises ($57,308), and Finance & Insurance ($43,112).

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Domestic Trade

Domestic Production & Consumption

Domestic production and consumption consists of products and services shipped from Kentucky to other states, or from other states to Kentucky.
Top Domestic Production in Dollars
  1. $85.2B
  2. $36.6B
  3. $29.3B

In 2018, the top outbound Kentucky product (by dollars) was Motorized vehicles with $85.2B, followed by Electronics ($36.6B) and Machinery ($29.3B).

The following chart shows the share of these products in relation to all outbound Kentucky products.

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Domestic Trade Growth

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$373B
2018 Value in Kentucky
$703B
Projected 2045 Value in Kentucky
88.6% growth

In 2018, total outbound Kentucky trade was $373B. This is expected to increase 88.6% to $703B by 2045.

The following chart shows how the domestic outbound Kentucky trade is projected to change in comparison to its neighboring states.

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Interstate Trade

Interstate trade consists of products and services shipped from Kentucky to other states, or from other states to Kentucky.
Most Common Trade Partners
  1. $27.8B
  2. $22.6B
  3. $21.2B

In 2018, the top outbound Kentucky domestic partner for goods and services (by dollars) was Ohio with $27.8B, followed by Indiana with $22.6B and California and $21.2B.

The following map shows the amount of trade that Kentucky shares with each state (excluding itself).

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Civics

In the 2016 presidential election, the popular vote in Kentucky went to Donald J. Trump with 62.5% of the vote. The runner-up was Hillary Rodham Clinton (32.7%), followed by Gary Johnson (2.79%). The most partisan county was Leslie County, KY with 89.4% of the vote going to Donald J. Trump running for the Republican Party.

Mitch McConnell and Rand Paul are the senators currently representing the state of Kentucky. In the United States, senators are elected to 6-year terms with the terms for individual senators staggered.

Kentucky is currently represented by 6 members in the U.S. house, and members of the House of Representives are elected to 2-year terms.

Presidential Popular Vote by County

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Donald J. Trump
Popular Vote for Kentucky
62.5% for the Republican Party
Most Partisan Counties in Kentucky
  1. 89.4% for Donald J. Trump (Republican Party)
  2. 88.9% for Donald J. Trump (Republican Party)
  3. 88.6% for Donald J. Trump (Republican Party)

In the 2016 presidential election, the most partisan county in Kentucky was Leslie County, KY with 89.4% of the vote going to Donald J. Trump running for the Republican Party.

The following map shows the counties in Kentucky colored by their party leaning.

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US Senators from Kentucky

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Mitch McConnell
Senator from Kentucky2
Assumed office on January 3, 1985
Rand Paul
Senator from Kentucky3
Assumed office on January 3, 2011

Mitch McConnell and Rand Paul are the senators currently representing Kentucky.

In the United States, senators are elected to 6-year terms with the terms for individual senators staggered.

The following chart shows elected senators in Kentucky over time, excluding special elections, colored by their political party.

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US Representatives from Kentucky

Kentucky is currently represented by 6 members in the U.S. house.

Members of the House of Representives are elected to 2-year terms, and the following chart shows the how the members for Kentucky have changed over time starting in 2008.

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Education

In 2019, universities in Bowling Green, KY awarded 7,349 degrees. The student population of Bowling Green, KY is skewed towards women, with 8,921 male students and 14,139 female students.

Most students graduating from Universities in Bowling Green, KY are White (5,953 and 84%), followed by Black or African American (510 and 7.2%), Hispanic or Latino (269 and 3.8%), and Two or More Races (160 and 2.26%).

The largest universities in Bowling Green, KY by number of degrees awarded are Western Kentucky University (4,682 and 63.7%), Southcentral Kentucky Community and Technical College (2,373 and 32.3%), and PJ's College of Cosmetology-Bowling Green (129 and 1.76%).

The most popular majors in Bowling Green, KY are General Business Administration & Management (476 and 6.48%), Liberal Arts & Sciences (432 and 5.88%), and Registered Nursing (334 and 4.54%).

The median tuition cost in Bowling Green, KY for a public four year colleges is $10,802 for in-state students and $26,496 for out-of-state students.

Concentrations

Most Common
  1. 174 degree-majorss awarded
  2. 239 degree-majorss awarded
  3. 190 degree-majorss awarded

In 2019, the most common concentation for Bachelors Degree recipients in Bowling Green, KY was General Business Administration & Management with 174 degrees awarded.

This visualization illustrates the percentage of students graduating with a Bachelors Degree from schools in Bowling Green, KY according to their major.

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Universities

Largest Universities by degrees awarded
  1. 4,682 degrees awarded
  2. 2,373 degrees awarded
  3. 129 degrees awarded
$10,802
Median In-State Public

In 2019, the Bowling Green, KY institution with the largest number of graduating students was Western Kentucky University with 4,682 degrees awarded.

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Student Gender for Common Institutions

3,410
Degrees Awarded to Men
3,939
Degrees Awarded to Women

In 2019, 3,410 men were awarded degrees from institutions in Bowling Green, KY, which is 0.866 times less than the 3,939 female students who received degrees in the same year.

This chart displays the gender disparity between the top 5 institutions in Bowling Green, KY by degrees awarded.

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Student Race and Ethnicity

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity
  1. White
    5,953 degrees awarded
  2. Black or African American
    510 degrees awarded
  3. Hispanic or Latino
    269 degrees awarded

In 2019 the most common race/ethnicity group awarded degrees at institutions in Bowling Green, KY was White students. These 5,953 degrees mean that there were 11.7 times more degrees awarded to White students then the next closest race/ethnicity group, Black or African American, with 510 degrees awarded.

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Housing & Living

The median property value in Bowling Green, KY was $151,000 in 2019, which is 0.628 times smaller than the national average of $240,500. Between 2018 and 2019 the median property value increased from $143,400 to $151,000, a 5.3% increase. The homeownership rate in Bowling Green, KY is 63.2%, which is lower than the national average of 64.1%. People in Bowling Green, KY have an average commute time of 21.4 minutes, and they drove alone to work. Car ownership in Bowling Green, KY is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.

Housing

Property Value

$151,000
2019 Median
± $3,932
$143,400
2018 Median
± $4,371

In 2019, the median property value in Bowling Green, KY grew to to $151,000 from the previous year's value of $143,400.

The following charts display, first, the property values in Bowling Green, KY compared to it's parent and neighbor geographies and, second, owner-occupied housing units distributed between a series of property value buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. In Bowling Green, KY the largest share of households have a property value in the $100k - $125k range.

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Household Income

Please note that the buckets used in this visualization were not evenly distributed by ACS when publishing the data.
$49,700
Median Household Income
± $1,183
65.7k
Number of Households
± 1,857

In 2019, the median household income of the 65.7k households in Bowling Green, KY grew to $49,700 from the previous year's value of $49,068.

The following chart displays the households in Bowling Green, KY distributed between a series of income buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households have an income in the $75k - $100k range.

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Property Taxes

< $800
Average Range

This chart shows the households in Bowling Green, KY distributed between a series of property tax buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. In Bowling Green, KY the largest share of households pay taxes in the < $800 range.

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Rent vs Own

63.2%
2019 Homeownership
62.7%
2018 Homeownership

In 2019, 63.2% of the housing units in Bowling Green, KY were occupied by their owner. This percentage grew from the previous year's rate of 62.7%.

This percentage of owner-occupation is lower than the national average of 64.1%. This chart shows the ownership percentage in Bowling Green, KY compared it's parent and neighboring geographies.

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Commute Time

21.4 minutes
Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Bowling Green, KY have a shorter commute time (21.4 minutes) than the normal US worker (25.5 minutes). Additionally, 2.28% of the workforce in Bowling Green, KY have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Commute in 2019
  1. Drove Alone (81.7%)
  2. Carpooled (10.8%)
  3. Worked At Home (3.12%)

In 2019, 81.7% of workers in Bowling Green, KY drove alone to work, followed by those who carpooled to work (10.8%) and those who worked at home (3.12%).

The following chart shows the number of households using each mode of transportation over time, using a logarithmic scale on the y-axis to help better show variations in the smaller means of commuting.

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Transportation

Car Ownership

2 cars
Average Number

The following chart displays the households in Bowling Green, KY distributed between a series of car ownership buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households in Bowling Green, KY have 2 cars, followed by false.

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Health

94.1% of the population of Bowling Green, KY has health coverage, with 48.2% on employee plans, 21.7% on Medicaid, 11.3% on Medicare, 11.2% on non-group plans, and 1.71% on military or VA plans.

Per capita personal health care spending in Kentucky was $8,004 in 2014. This is a 6.11% increase from the previous year ($7,543).

Primary care physicians in Kentucky see 1543 patients per year on average, which represents a 1.31% increase from the previous year (1523 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 1491 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 416 patients per year.

Comparing across all counties in the state, Knott County has the highest prevalence of diabetes (21%). Additionally, Owsley County has the highest prevalence of adult obesity (46.7%)

Patient to Clinician Ratios

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1,543 to 1
Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio in Kentucky

Primary care physicians in Kentucky see an average of 1,543 patients per year. This represents a 1.31% increase from the previous year (1,523 patients).

The following chart shows how the number of patients seen by primary care physicians has been changing over time in Kentucky in comparison to its neighboring geographies.

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Behavioral Health Conditions

Data only available at the state level.
State with the Highest Prevalence
  1. 8.26% of the population affected
  2. 8.13% of the population affected
  3. 7.98% of the population affected

In 2016, West Virginia had the highest prevalence of adults with major depressive episode, with 8.26% of the population affected. The second highest is Arkansas (8.13%), followed by New Hampshire (7.98%).

The following map shows the percent of individuals with major depressive episode by state over multiple years.

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Access and Quality

Data only available at state level.
Most prevalent states
  1. 19.2% of adults
  2. 17.9% of adults
  3. 17.6% of adults

In 2016, Mississippi had the highest prevalence of adults who haven't seen a doctor in the past 12 months due to cost, at 19.2%. It is followed by Texas (17.9%) and Louisiana (17.6%).

The following map shows the prevalence of adults who haven't seen a doctor in the past 12 months due to cost by state over multiple years.

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Health Care Spending

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$8,004
Total Per Capita Spending on Personal Health Care in Kentucky
$4,551
Per Enrollee Private Health Insurance Spending on Personal Health Care
$7,016
Per Enrollee Medicaid Spending on Personal Health Care
$10,368
Per Enrollee Medicare Spending on Personal Health Care

Between 2013 and 2014, all personal health care spending per capita in Kentucky (including private, Medicare, and Medicaid) grew 6.11%, from $7,543 to $8,004.

The following chart shows how this spending changed over time in comparison to Medicaid, Medicare, and private insurance spending, per enrollee.

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Health Care Coverage

5.87%
Uninsured
48.2%
Employer Coverage
21.7%
Medicaid
11.3%
Medicare
11.2%
Non-Group
1.71%
Military or VA

Between 2018 and 2019, the percent of uninsured citizens in Bowling Green, KY declined by 6.83% from 6.3% to 5.87%.

The following chart shows how the percent of uninsured individuals in Bowling Green, KY changed over time compared with the percent of individuals enrolled in various types of health insurance.

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Health Risks

Data available at the county level.
Most at risk counties
  1. 21% prevalence
  2. 20.3% prevalence
  3. 20.2% prevalence

Knott County has the highest prevalence of diabetes in Kentucky, at 21%.

The following map shows the prevalence of diabetes in Kentucky by county over multiple years.

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