Bowling Green, Ohio
Bowling Green is the county seat
County seat
A county seat is an administrative center, or seat of government, for a county or civil parish. The term is primarily used in the United States....

 of Wood County
Wood County, Ohio
Wood County is a county located in the state of Ohio, United States. As of the 2010 census, the population was 125,488. Its county seat is Bowling Green. The county was named for Captain Eleazer D. Wood, the engineer for General William Henry Harrison's army, who built Fort Meigs in the War of 1812...

in the U.S. state
U.S. state
A U.S. state is any one of the 50 federated states of the United States of America that share sovereignty with the federal government. Because of this shared sovereignty, an American is a citizen both of the federal entity and of his or her state of domicile. Four states use the official title of...

 of Ohio
Ohio is a Midwestern state in the United States. The 34th largest state by area in the U.S.,it is the 7th‑most populous with over 11.5 million residents, containing several major American cities and seven metropolitan areas with populations of 500,000 or more.The state's capital is Columbus...

. At the time of the 2010 census, the population of Bowling Green was 30,028. It is part of the Toledo, Ohio
Toledo, Ohio
Toledo is the fourth most populous city in the U.S. state of Ohio and is the county seat of Lucas County. Toledo is in northwest Ohio, on the western end of Lake Erie, and borders the State of Michigan...

 Metropolitan Statistical Area
Toledo metropolitan area
The Toledo Metropolitan Area is a metropolitan area centered in the American city of Toledo, Ohio. As of the 2010 census, the MSA had a population of 651,429.According to the U.S...

. Bowling Green is the home of Bowling Green State University
Bowling Green State University
Bowling Green State University, often referred to as Bowling Green or BGSU, is a public, coeducational research university located in Bowling Green, Ohio, United States. The institution was granted a charter in 1910 by the State of Ohio as part of the Lowry Bill, which also established Kent State...

CSX Transportation
CSX Transportation operates a Class I railroad in the United States known as the CSX Railroad. It is the main subsidiary of the CSX Corporation. The company is headquartered in Jacksonville, Florida, and owns approximately 21,000 route miles...

 line runs through town.


Bowling Green was first settled in 1832, was incorporated as a town in 1855, and became a city in 1901. Bowling Green was settled by the families of Martindale, Maule, Thurstin, Moore, Hollington, Shively, Walker, Stauffer, Richards, Tracy, Hartman, Booth, Mackie, Manville, and St Johns. In the late 19th and early 20th century, Bowling Green experienced a boom with the discovery of oil. The wealth can be seen in the downtown store fronts and along Wooster Street where many of the oldest and largest homes were built. This was followed by an expansion of the automobile industry; in late 1922 or early 1923, Coats Steam Car
Coats Steam Car
The Coats Steam Car was an American steam automobile produced from 1921 until 1923 first in Columbus and later in Bowling Green, Ohio.The car was designed by George A. Coats, but few were built. It was popular with circuses because many clowns could fit on the wide seat...

 moved to the area, but eventually went out of business. According to the BGSU library and an exhaustive study by a History Teaching Fellow, the 1920s brought a chapter of the Ku Klux Klan
Ku Klux Klan
Ku Klux Klan, often abbreviated KKK and informally known as the Klan, is the name of three distinct past and present far-right organizations in the United States, which have advocated extremist reactionary currents such as white supremacy, white nationalism, and anti-immigration, historically...

 to the city that flourished until the mid 1930s.

The DVD Bowling Green This is Your City was made in 1959 and tells a part of the history of Bowling Green as well as shows around town.


According to the United States Census Bureau
United States Census Bureau
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, Bowling Green has a total area of 10.2 square miles (26.4 km²), of which, 10.1 square miles (26.2 km²) of it is land and 0.04 square mile (0.1035995244 km²) of it (0.29%) is water.

Energy policy

Bowling Green is home to Ohio’s first utility-sized wind farm
Wind farm
A wind farm is a group of wind turbines in the same location used to produce electric power. A large wind farm may consist of several hundred individual wind turbines, and cover an extended area of hundreds of square miles, but the land between the turbines may be used for agricultural or other...

. In total, Bowling Green is home to four turbines that are each 391 feet tall. These turbines generate up to 7.2 megawatts of power—enough to supply electricity for some 3,000 residents. Located about six miles from the city, the turbines can be seen for miles and have become a local attraction. At the site of the turbines, a solar-powered kiosk provides information for visitors, including current information on wind speeds and the amount of energy being produced by the turbines.

Through the city's Municipal Utilities office, residents can request that their power come from green energy. The current power cost adjustment is $.009 per KWH.

However, Bowling Green's green credentials were damaged when, in 2008, the city signed a power contract with AMP-Ohio to help build a 960-megawatt coal-fired power plant in Meigs County, Ohio
Meigs County, Ohio
Meigs County is a county located in the state of Ohio, United States. As of the 2010 census, the population was 23,770. Its county seat is Pomeroy, and it is named for Return J. Meigs, Jr., the 4th Governor of Ohio.-Geography:...

. Several large environmental groups, including Sierra Club
Sierra Club
The Sierra Club is the oldest, largest, and most influential grassroots environmental organization in the United States. It was founded on May 28, 1892, in San Francisco, California, by the conservationist and preservationist John Muir, who became its first president...

, the Natural Resources Defense Council
Natural Resources Defense Council
The Natural Resources Defense Council is a New York City-based, non-profit, non-partisan international environmental advocacy group, with offices in Washington DC, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Chicago, and Beijing...

, and the Ohio Environmental Council, opposed the building of a coal-fired power plant due to the pollution it would cause. Other Ohio groups, including Ohio Citizen Action
Ohio citizen action
Ohio Citizen Action is Ohio’s largest environmental organization. The organization focuses on environmental health, and also tracks political corruption in the state.-Overview:...

 and the Ohio Student Environmental Coalition, worked actively to convince municipalities, such as Bowling Green, to live up to their green rhetoric and cancel their participation in the plant. In late 2009, AMP canceled the project, citing an estimated 37% increase in cost to more than $3 billion.


As of the census
A census is the procedure of systematically acquiring and recording information about the members of a given population. It is a regularly occurring and official count of a particular population. The term is used mostly in connection with national population and housing censuses; other common...

of 2000, there were 29,636 people, 10,266 households, and 4,434 families residing in the city. The population density
Population density
Population density is a measurement of population per unit area or unit volume. It is frequently applied to living organisms, and particularly to humans...

 was 2,919.0 people per square mile (1,127.3/km²). There were 10,667 housing units at an average density of 1,050.6 per square mile (405.8/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 91.84% White, 2.82% African American, 0.21% Native American, 1.83% Asian, 0.02% Pen Islander, 1.81% from other races
Race (United States Census)
Race and ethnicity in the United States Census, as defined by the Federal Office of Management and Budget and the United States Census Bureau, are self-identification data items in which residents choose the race or races with which they most closely identify, and indicate whether or not they are...

, and 1.46% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 3.48% of the population.

There were 10,266 households out of which 20.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 33.2% were married couples
Marriage is a social union or legal contract between people that creates kinship. It is an institution in which interpersonal relationships, usually intimate and sexual, are acknowledged in a variety of ways, depending on the culture or subculture in which it is found...

 living together, 7.5% had a female householder with no husband present, and 56.8% were non-families. 34.3% of all households were made up of individuals and 7.0% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.21 and the average family size was 2.84.

In the city the population was spread out with 13.1% under the age of 18, 46.6% from 18 to 24, 19.5% from 25 to 44, 13.2% from 45 to 64, and 7.6% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 22 years. For every 100 females there were 87.9 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 85.4 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $30,599, and the median income for a family was $51,804. Males had a median income of $33,619 versus $25,364 for females. The per capita income
Per capita income
Per capita income or income per person is a measure of mean income within an economic aggregate, such as a country or city. It is calculated by taking a measure of all sources of income in the aggregate and dividing it by the total population...

 for the city was $15,032. About 8.0% of families and 25.3% of the population were below the poverty line, including 12.8% of those under age 18 and 4.8% of those age 65 or over.

Bowling Green is a college town
College town
A college town or university town is a community which is dominated by its university population...

, with 46.6% of the population being between the age of 18 to 24.

Black Swamp Arts Festival

Every September the Black Swamp Arts Festival takes place in Bowling Green. Started in 1993, it ranked a 78 out of 100 in contemporary craft festivals by Sunshine Artists Magazine.

Kelli Kling, marketing and public relations chair for the Festival since 1999, said that the name Black Swamp was chosen for the festival because it is a common regional term for this area of the state. The Great Black Swamp
Great Black Swamp
The Great Black Swamp, or simply Black Swamp, was a glacially caused wetland in northwest Ohio, United States, extending into extreme northeastern Indiana, that existed from the end of the Wisconsin glaciation until the late 19th century...

, which was drained near the end of the 1800s to make farming possible, extended from Lake Erie to Indiana. It was the last area of Ohio to be settled. Bowling Green is the largest city to exist in the remnants of this vast wetland.

In the last few years, the festival itself has grown to include 100 juried artists, 42 local/invitational artists, 4 musical stages, youth arts, acts of art, and concessions. All types of music, including blues, jazz, and rock, could be heard from the main stage, which featured 18 different musical acts. Howard’s Club H no longer assists the planning committee in attracting many of the local and national musicians. The historic Cla-Zel Theatre also participates in the Festival by showing independent and art-related films throughout the weekend.

Main Street is closed to traffic, and artists from around the country display and sell a variety of artwork. There are also musical performances, children's activities, and food

National Tractor Pulling Championships

Bowling Green has hosted the National Tractor Pulling Championships since 1967. This annual event, one of the largest in the nation, is held at the Wood County Fairgrounds and draws an estimated 60,000 people. The Fairgrounds is located along Poe Road between Haskins Road (State Route 64) and Brim Road.

Wood County Fair

Every year Bowling Green hosts the Wood Country Fair. It happens at the end of July and/or beginning of August and lasts a week. The fairgrounds are located off Poe Road in between Haskins and Brim. Main Events include: Tractor Pull, Altered Farm stock Trackor Pull, Antique Tractor Pull, Mule Pull, Semi-Truck Pull, Youth Parade, Demolition/Combine Derby, Catch-a-pig, Cheerleading Competition, Harness Racing and the annual Country Music Concert. Another special event is quilt day. Special Days like Senior Citizen day, or DARE day allow discounted tickets.

Country singers who have performed at the Wood Country fair:

Phil Vassar
Phil Vassar
Phil Vassar is an American country music artist. Vassar made his debut on the country music scene in the late 1990s, co-writing singles for several country artists, including Tim McGraw , Jo Dee Messina , Collin Raye , and Alan Jackson Phil Vassar (born May 28, 1964 in Lynchburg, Virginia) is an...

 and Miranda Lambert
Miranda Lambert
Miranda Lambert is an American country music artist who gained fame as a finalist on the 2003 season of Nashville Star, where she finished in third place and later signed to Epic Records. Lambert made her debut with the release of "Me and Charlie Talking", the first single from her 2005 debut...


Tracy Lawrence
Tracy Lawrence
Tracy Lawrence is an American country music artist. He started at a country music restaurant called "Live At Libby's" where owner Libby Knight would help local talent find their way into country music...

 and Josh Turner
Josh Turner
Joshua Otis "Josh" Turner is a country music singer and actor signed to MCA Nashville Records in 2003, Turner has released four studio albums for the label. The first of these was 2003's Long Black Train, whose title track was his breakthrough single release...


Jason Michael Carroll
Jason Michael Carroll
Jason Michael Carroll is an American country music artist. After being discovered at a local talent competition in 2004, Carroll was signed to the Arista Nashville label in 2006, releasing his debut album Waitin' in the Country that year...

 and Billy Currington
Billy Currington
William Matthew "Billy" Currington is an American country music artist. Signed to Mercury Nashville Records in 2003, he has released four studio albums for the label: 2003's Billy Currington, 2005's Doin' Somethin' Right, 2008's Little Bit of Everything, and 2010's Enjoy Yourself...


Little Big Town
Little Big Town
Little Big Town is an American country music vocal group. Founded in 1998, the group has comprised the same four members since its inception: Karen Fairchild, Kimberly Schlapman, Jimi Westbrook, and Phillip Sweet. The quartet's musical style relies heavily on four-part vocal harmonies, with all...


Kenny Rogers
Kenny Rogers
Kenneth Donald "Kenny" Rogers is an American singer-songwriter, photographer, record producer, actor, and entrepreneur...



Bowling Green hosts an annual event for three days in February similar to other winter cities
Winter City
Winter City or Winter Cities is a concept for communities in northern latitudes that encourages them to plan their transportation systems, buildings, and recreation project around the idea of using their infrastructure during all four seasons, rather than just two seasons .-Background:The Livable...

 to celebrate winter, snow
Snow is a form of precipitation within the Earth's atmosphere in the form of crystalline water ice, consisting of a multitude of snowflakes that fall from clouds. Since snow is composed of small ice particles, it is a granular material. It has an open and therefore soft structure, unless packed by...

, and cold weather activities. Winterfest in Bowling Green centers around the rich ice skating
Ice skating
Ice skating is moving on ice by using ice skates. It can be done for a variety of reasons, including leisure, traveling, and various sports. Ice skating occurs both on specially prepared indoor and outdoor tracks, as well as on naturally occurring bodies of frozen water, such as lakes and...

 and ice hockey
Ice hockey
Ice hockey, often referred to as hockey, is a team sport played on ice, in which skaters use wooden or composite sticks to shoot a hard rubber puck into their opponent's net. The game is played between two teams of six players each. Five members of each team skate up and down the ice trying to take...

 traditions of the town. Winterfest events are held all over Bowling Green, and on and off campus of Bowling Green State University
Bowling Green State University
Bowling Green State University, often referred to as Bowling Green or BGSU, is a public, coeducational research university located in Bowling Green, Ohio, United States. The institution was granted a charter in 1910 by the State of Ohio as part of the Lowry Bill, which also established Kent State...

. Notable events include curling, carriage rides, ice sculpture
Ice sculpture
Ice sculpture is a form of sculpture that uses ice as the raw material. Sculptures from ice can be abstract or realistic and can be functional or purely decorative...

s, and live entertainment and BGSU Athletic events such as hockey and basketball games and figure skating exhibition with local stars such as Scott Hamilton
Scott Hamilton (figure skater)
Scott Scovell Hamilton is an American figure skater and Olympic gold medalist. He won four consecutive U.S. championships , four consecutive World Championships and a gold medal in the 1984 Olympics....



Primary Education

Public elementary schools of the Bowling Green Area School District include Kenwood Elementary, Conneaut Elementary, Ridge Elementary, Crim Elementary and Milton Elementary. Two private primary schools, Bowling Green Christian Academy and the Montessori School of Bowling Green and one parochial, St. Aloysius, also call Bowling Green home.

Secondary Education
  • Bowling Green Junior High School
  • Bowling Green Senior High School
    Bowling Green High School (Ohio)
    Bowling Green High School is a public high school in Bowling Green, Ohio. It is the only high school in the Bowling Green Area School District. It serves the greater Bowling Green community, which includes the city and surrounding areas...

Post-Secondary Education
  • Bowling Green State University
    Bowling Green State University
    Bowling Green State University, often referred to as Bowling Green or BGSU, is a public, coeducational research university located in Bowling Green, Ohio, United States. The institution was granted a charter in 1910 by the State of Ohio as part of the Lowry Bill, which also established Kent State...

     that at present has 17,874 students, is located on the Northeast side of Bowling Green, along and North of Wooster Street (Ohio State Route 64, Ohio State Route 105).


Radio stations

  • WBGU 88.1 FM
  • WFAL Falcon Radio
    WFAL Falcon Radio
    WFAL is located on the Campus of Bowling Green State University station in Bowling Green, Ohio. WFAL is one of Bowling Green State University's two college radio stations, along its sister station WBGU-FM....

  • WRQN
    WRQN is an American radio station licensed to broadcast from Bowling Green, Ohio. Though licensed to Bowling Green, its primary market and its studios are in the nearby city of Toledo. The station broadcasts at 93.5 on the FM dial, and plays classic hits music...

  • WJYM 730 AM
    WJYM is an American radio station licensed to broadcast from Bowling Green, Ohio. Its studios and transmitter are located in Lime City near Perrysburg, and the station serves the Toledo metropolitan area....

Notable natives

  • William Easterly
    William Easterly
    William Russell Easterly is an American economist, specializing in economic growth and foreign aid. He is a Professor of Economics at New York University, joint with Africa House, and Co-Director of NYU’s Development Research Institute. He is also a nonresident senior fellow at the Brookings...

    , economist / professor at NYU
  • Scott Hamilton
    Scott Hamilton (figure skater)
    Scott Scovell Hamilton is an American figure skater and Olympic gold medalist. He won four consecutive U.S. championships , four consecutive World Championships and a gold medal in the 1984 Olympics....

    , figure skater, 1984 Olympic Champion.
  • Eva Marie Saint
    Eva Marie Saint
    Eva Marie Saint is an American actress who has starred in films, on Broadway, and on television in a career spanning seven decades. She won an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for her performance in the drama film On the Waterfront , and later starred in the thriller film North by...

    , Academy Award-winning actress; she studied acting at BGSU, while a member of Delta Gamma Sorority.
  • Derk Cheetwood
    Derk Cheetwood
    Derk Cheetwood is an American actor who appears on the soap opera General Hospital on a recurring basis as mob enforcer Max Giambetti, who works for mob boss Sonny Corinthos. He is the cousin of Tyler Christopher who plays Nikolas Cassadine on General Hospital, and has a younger brother, Drew...

    , actor
  • Chris Hoiles
    Chris Hoiles
    Christopher Allen Hoiles is an American former professional baseball player. He played his entire Major League Baseball career as a catcher for the Baltimore Orioles from 1989 to 1998...

    , retired major league baseball player.
  • Alissa Czisny
    Alissa Czisny
    Alissa Czisny is an American figure skater. She is the 2010–2011 Grand Prix Final champion, two-time U.S. national champion, the 2007 U.S...

    , figure skater (2009 and 2011 U.S. Champion)
  • Dave Wottle
    Dave Wottle
    David James Wottle is a former American athlete. He is the winner of the 800 meter run at the 1972 Summer Olympics. He is perhaps, however, best known for wearing a golf cap while running....

    , runner (1972 Olympic Gold Medalist)
  • Drew Cheetwood
    Drew Cheetwood
    Drew Cheetwood is an American actor and personal trainer. He is best known for his role as an apprentice bodyguard on the soap opera General Hospital.-Career:...

    , actor
  • Daniel Lyon
    Daniel Lyon
    Daniel Lyon may refer to:* Super Dragon, real name Daniel Lyon*Danny Lyon, American photographer and fimmaker*Daniel Lyon , vocalist/guitarist in Pomegranates...

    , Musician for Pomegranates
  • Andy Tracy
    Andy Tracy
    Andrew Michael Tracy is a Major League Baseball first baseman. He is an alumnus of Bowling Green State University....

    , first baseman for the Philadelphia Phillies
    Philadelphia Phillies
    The Philadelphia Phillies are a Major League Baseball team. They are the oldest continuous, one-name, one-city franchise in all of professional American sports, dating to 1883. The Phillies are a member of the Eastern Division of Major League Baseball's National League...

    , alumni of Bowling Green High School and Bowling Green State University
    Bowling Green State University
    Bowling Green State University, often referred to as Bowling Green or BGSU, is a public, coeducational research university located in Bowling Green, Ohio, United States. The institution was granted a charter in 1910 by the State of Ohio as part of the Lowry Bill, which also established Kent State...

  • Cara Zavaleta
    Cara Zavaleta
    Cara Zavaleta is an American model and actress.-Reality TV career:Zavaleta was a cast member of MTV's reality show Road Rules during the Road Rules: South Pacific season...

    , reality TV personality and model
  • John Barnes
    John Barnes (author)
    -Writing:Two of his novels, The Sky So Big and Black and The Duke of Uranium have been reviewed as having content appropriate for a young adult readership, comparing favorably to Robert A. Heinlein's "juvenile" novels...

    , science fiction writer, lived in Bowling Green 1964-75, alumnus of Bowling Green High School

Sister cities

Bowling Green has a Sister City relationship with the City of St. Thomas, Ontario
St. Thomas, Ontario
St. Thomas is a city in southern , Ontario, Canada. It is the seat for Elgin County and gained its city charter on March 4, 1881.-History:...

, Canada.

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