Bowling Green is a home rule-class city and the county seat of Warren County, Kentucky, United States. Founded by pioneers in 1798, Bowling Green was the provisional capital of Confederate Kentucky during the American Civil War. It is the third-most-populous city in the state; its metropolitan area, is the fourth largest in the state; and its combined statistical area is shared with Glasgow.
In the 21st century, it is the location of numerous manufacturers, including General Motors and Fruit of the Loom. The Bowling Green Assembly Plant has been the source of all Chevrolet Corvettes built since 1981. Bowling Green is also home to the state's second-largest public university, Western Kentucky University. In 2014, Forbes magazine listed Bowling Green as one of the Top 25 Best Places to Retire in the United States. Bowling Green is shifting to a more knowledge-based, technology-driven economy. With one major public university and a technical college, Bowling Green serves as an education hub for the south-central Kentucky region. In addition, the city is the region's leading medical and commercial centre.
General Motors Manufacturing Plant, Holley Performance Products, Houchens Industries, SCA, Camping World, Minit Mart, Fruit of the Loom, Russell Brands, and other major industries call Bowling Green home. It has also attracted new industries, such as Bowling Green Metalforming, a division of Magna International, Inc., and Halton Company, which chose to expand their world-wide companies into Bowling Green.
Commonwealth Health Corporation, Western Kentucky University, and Warren County Board of Education are the biggest employers for Bowling Green and the surrounding region. Other companies based in Bowling Green include Eagle Industries and Trace Die Cast. The third-largest home shopping network, EVINE Live, has its warehouse fulfilment centre located off Nashville Road. EVINE Live also recently moved a large amount of its customer service call centre operations to its Bowling Green location. EVINE Live's corporate headquarters are located in Eden Prairie, Minnesota, although the largest part of its day-to-day operations are in Bowling Green.
Bowling Green's high income and job growth combined with a low cost of doing business led the city to be named to Forbes magazine's 2009 list of the "Best Small Places for Business". In an evaluation of 179 cities across the nation, Forbes ranked Bowling Green 19th best city in which to do business. The list ranked Bowling Green 34th nation-wide for the lowest cost-of-living and 22nd for highest job growth.
In March 2009, the Bowling Green metropolitan area was recognised by Site Selection magazine as a top economic development community in the United States for communities with populations between 50,000 and 200,000 people. The Bowling Green metro also received the same recognition by Site Selection in 2008.
The Bowling Green Area Chamber of Commerce received the 2009 Chamber of the Year by the American Chamber of Commerce Executives and a 5-Star Chamber by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.
Among the top employers in the city are: Western Kentucky University, Commonwealth Health Corporation, BG Metalforming LLC, Union Underwear Co. LLC, Warren County Public Schools, Graves-Gilbert Clinic PSC, NS Food Group Inc, Henkel Consumer Goods Inc, General Motors Corporation, Kentucky State Treasurer.
Bowling Green was ranked #364 by the Nomad List which evaluates and ranks remote work hubs by cost, internet, fun and safety. Bowling Green has a population of over 70,543 people. Bowling Green also forms part of the wider Bowling Green metropolitan area which has a population of over 179,240 people.