Bowling Green, Ohio
|Bowling Green, Ohio|
|— City —|
|Nickname(s): BG, Pull Town, USA|
|• Mayor||John Quinn|
|• Municipal Administrator||John Fawcett|
|• Total||12.61 sq mi (32.66 km2)|
|• Land||12.56 sq mi (32.53 km2)|
|• Water||0.05 sq mi (0.13 km2) 0.40%|
|Elevation||696 ft (212 m)|
|• Estimate (2011)||30,221|
|• Density||2,390.8/sq mi (923.1/km2)|
|Time zone||EST (UTC-5)|
|• Summer (DST)||EDT (UTC-4)|
|GNIS feature ID||1048538|
Bowling Green is the county seat of Wood County in the U.S. state of Ohio. At the time of the 2010 census, the population of Bowling Green was 30,028. It is part of the Toledo, Ohio Metropolitan Statistical Area. Bowling Green is the home of Bowling Green State University. A CSX 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 Booth, Hartman, Hollington, Mackie, Manville, Martindale, Maule, Moore, Richards, Shively, St. Johns, Stauffer, Thurstin, Tracy, and Walker. With the discovery of oil in the late 19th and early 20th century, Bowling Green experienced a boom. The wealth can still 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 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 to the city that flourished until the mid-1930s.
The film Bowling Green This is Your City was made in 1959 and tells a part of the history of Bowling Green as well as showing the viewer around the town.
According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 12.61 square miles (32.66 km2), of which, 12.56 square miles (32.53 km2) is land and 0.05 square miles (0.13 km2) is water.
Energy policy 
Bowling Green is home to Ohio's first utility-sized wind farm. In total, Bowling Green is home to four turbines that are each 257 feet tall. These turbines generate up to 7.2 megawatts of power, which is 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.
However, Bowling Green's green credentials were damaged in 2008, when the city signed a power contract with AMP-Ohio to help build a 960-megawatt coal-fired power plant in Meigs County, Ohio. Several large environmental groups, including Sierra Club, the Natural Resources Defense Council, 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 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.
2010 census 
As of the census of 2010, there were 30,028 people, 11,288 households, and 4,675 families residing in the city. The population density was 2,390.8 inhabitants per square mile (923.1 /km2). There were 12,301 housing units at an average density of 979.4 per square mile (378.1 /km2). The racial makeup of the city was 87.6% White, 6.4% African American, 0.2% Native American, 2.1% Asian, 1.4% from other races, and 2.2% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 4.8% of the population.
There were 11,288 households out of which 18.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 30.7% were married couples living together, 7.5% had a female householder with no husband present, 3.2% had a male householder with no wife present, and 58.6% were non-families. 35.8% of all households were made up of individuals and 7.2% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.16 and the average family size was 2.82.
The median age in the city was 23.2 years. 12.8% of residents were under the age of 18; 43.2% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 19.5% were from 25 to 44; 15.7% were from 45 to 64; and 8.9% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 48.0% male and 52.0% female.
2000 census 
As of the census of 2000, there were 29,636 people, 10,266 households, and 4,434 families residing in the city. The population density 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% Pacific Islander, 1.81% from other races, and 1.46% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 3.48% of the population.
Of 10,266 households, 20.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 33.2% were married couples living together, 7.5% had a female householder with no husband present, and 56.8% were non-families. 34.3% of all households were people living alone, including 7.0% who were 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.21, and the average family size was 2.84.
The ages of people in the city 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% were 65 years of age or older. Bowling Green is a college town, as seen with 46.6% of the population being between the age of 18 to 24, and the median age being 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 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 people who were under age 18 and 4.8% of people whose age was 65 or over.
Cultural events 
Black Swamp Arts Festival 
Every September the Black Swamp Arts Festival takes place in Bowling Green. Started in 1993, the Festival has grown in size and prestige. It has been ranked in the top 100 shows by Sunshine Artists Magazine for the past 4 years.
The name Black Swamp was chosen for the festival because it is a common term for this area of the state. The Great Black Swamp, 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 now in the remnants of this vast wetland.
Main Street is closed to traffic for the festival, and artists from around the country display and sell a variety of artwork. There are also musical performances, children's activities, and food. The festival has grown to include over 100 juried artists, 50 local/invitational artists, four live music stages, youth arts, acts of art, and concessions. All types of music, including blues, jazz, and rock, are heard from the main stage. The Festival has a reputation for booking a diverse and entertaining musical line up. The Main Stage features national and international touring bands of all genres. You can usually catch a good number of these artists making their way over to play an acoustic set at the Acoustic Stage on Main Street. The Festival also features a Family Stage where music is performed with our youngest music fans in mind. But even some of the headliners like to get in on the act! The Black Swamp Arts Festival attracts 40,000 art and music fans to Bowling Green, Ohio for one weekend of visual and audio bliss.
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:
Similar to other winter cities, Bowling Green hosts an annual event for three days in February to celebrate winter, snow, and cold weather activities. Winterfest in Bowling Green centers around the rich ice skating and ice hockey traditions of the town. Winterfest events are held all over Bowling Green, and on and off campus of Bowling Green State University. Notable events include curling, carriage rides, ice sculptures, and live entertainment, plus BGSU Athletic events such as hockey and basketball games and figure skating exhibition with local stars such as Scott Hamilton.
Held at the University each year, Animarathon is an anime and comic convention. It is usually in late March. It is usually free, but in 2013 there was a $3 general fee for those over 12 years of age in order to have some special guests, Robert Axelrod, Barbara Goodson, Phil Machi, and Trixie J. Valentine, and to make the experience better over all.
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.
- Bowling Green Junior High School
- Bowling Green Senior High School
- Bowling Green State University is located on the Northeast side of Bowling Green, along and north of Wooster Street (Ohio State Route 64, Ohio State Route 105). At present it has 17,874 students,
Radio stations 
Television stations 
Notable natives 
- William Easterly, economist / professor at NYU
- Scott Hamilton, figure skater, 1984 Olympic Champion.
- Eva Marie Saint, Academy Award-winning actress; she studied acting at BGSU, while a member of Delta Gamma Sorority.
- Derk Cheetwood, actor
- Chris Hoiles, retired major league baseball player.
- Alissa Czisny, figure skater (2009 and 2011 U.S. Champion)
- Dave Wottle, runner (1972 Olympic Gold Medalist)
- Drew Cheetwood, actor
- Daniel Lyon, Musician for Pomegranates
- Andy Tracy, first baseman for the Philadelphia Phillies, alumni of Bowling Green High School and Bowling Green State University
- Cara Zavaleta, reality TV personality and model
- John Barnes, science fiction writer, lived in Bowling Green 1964-75, alumnus of Bowling Green High School
- Robert W. Bone, author and travel writer, alumnus of Bowling Green Senior High (1950) and Bowling Green State University (1954).
Sister cities 
Bowling Green has a Sister City relationship with the City of St. Thomas, Ontario, Canada.
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- Bowling Green Convention & Visitors Bureau Website
- Bowling Green Ohio
- City of Bowling Green Website
- Official web portal for Bowling Green, Ohio
- Bowling Green Convention and Visitors Bureau
- Bowling Green Community Development Foundation
- Bowling Green Chamber of Commerce
- Downtown BG
- BG File - Videos about Bowling Green
- Black Swamp Arts Festival
- National Tractor Pulling Championships
- more Bowling Green info from Toledo.com
- Wood County Fair website
- Winterfest Website
- Best of Bowling Green