Bowling Green, Kentucky is a picturesque and growing college town that makes a perfect retirement community for active adults who would like to stay near the Midwest. This town of about 61,000 in southwest Kentucky has development projects totaling hundreds of millions of dollars underway or newly completed. It is about an hour’s drive north of Nashville. Bowling Green has been cited by Forbes Magazine (Best Small Places to Do Business) as a 2007 “Top Ten Value Towns” for retirees. The city was chosen as one 2006’s Dozen Distinctive Destinations by the National Trust for Historic Preservation. Bowling Green is located in Warren County.
Western Kentucky University and its 21,000 students add college town ambiance and cultural opportunities to make this an interesting community to live in. One plus of living in this community as an active adult is that, as the only city that serves alcohol between Louisville and Nashville, it has one of the highest concentrations of restaurants per capita of any city in America. The General Motors Corvette plant is a source of local pride, it's where these legendary cars have been built since 1981 In fact the National Corvette Museum is a big local attraction. Just big enough to offer the excitements of a small city, it is small and Midwestern enough to have lower than average costs of living. Another plus is free tuition provided by the State of Kentucky.
Bowling Green is undergoing major redevelopment in 3 districts. Near the University major new buildings, both for the school and for private developement, are going up. There is a Hyatt Place Hotel to be finished in 2015, plus a $28 million mixed used development. The Bowling Green Ballpark, home to the Class A Hot Rods. Among many other major developments in town is is the 1,800 seat Southern Kentucky Performing Arts Center was built in 2009 , with a main focus being Riverwalk Park near the Barren River. There are many recreational activities as well, thanks to the presence of many parks. There are 7 golf courses and 8 disc (Frisbee) golf courses here. Photo of downtown Bowling Green downtown courtesy of Wikipedia and OPMaster.
See more details in this recent New York TImes article, "A University Helps Remake Its Kentucky Home".