Bowling Green makes 2020 Top 100 Best Places to Live America list

Bowling Green, home of the Corvette and the infamous “Hill,” was ranked amongst the top 100 best places to live in America, according to the annual list by Livability.com.

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Livability.com, a website that evaluates and ranks America’s small to mid-size cities, restructured their algorithm to reflect how the COVID-19 pandemic has transformed the definition of a “desirable city.”

Safety, affordability, economic stability, outdoor recreation, accessibility, community engagement and a new metric called “opportunity score” were used to evaluate more than 1,000 cities in America. Opportunity score was determined by variables like employment availability, broadband accessibility, economic resilience and growth.

Bowling Green, the third-largest city in Kentucky, is one of the fastest-growing cities in the bluegrass and home to the state’s third-largest university, Western Kentucky University (WKU). Education, healthcare and finance are amongst the top three industries contributing to the growing city’s economy.

Although home to the Hilltoppers, the Tops aren’t the only ones drawing in visitors to Bowling Green. Located right off I-65, the National Corvette Museum attracts tourists all over the country and showcases the city’s history in drag racing and car shows.

From local eats like Spencer’s Coffee, Great American Donut Shop and Gerard’s Tavern to Bowling Green’s very own minor league baseball team, the city boasts authenticity and community. With Lost River Cave, a 72-acre urban park and underground boat tour, located in town and Mammoth Cave National Park just 20 miles away, there are plenty of outdoor activities to enjoy as well.

Bowling Green is one of many cities in America changing quickly but providing people with a unique opportunity to connect and continue to grow. See Livability.com’s complete list of cities here.

Hayley Robb

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