Retire in Bowling Green


Find out how much it costs to live in Bowling Green.

Cost of Living

The tax situation is certainly better than average in the Bluegrass state-no social security tax, low state income taxes, and only partial pension taxing. Bowling Green specifically will have you taking your extra income to Bluegrass concerts in no time thanks to a very low cost of living.

Kiplinger Rating:

Tax Friendly

State Income Tax:


Social Security Tax?


County + State Sales Tax


Property Tax Rate *


Property Tax Ranking (County Property Tax rank out of 2,773, higher rank=lower rate) *


* 2008-2010

Cost of Living Index (100=average):


Housing + transportation costs as % of income:


Tax Details

State Sales Tax Breaks for Seniors:


Pensions Taxed?


Tax burden: % income going to state and local taxes:


Inheritance and estate taxes (per Kiplinger):

Kentucky has an inheritance tax, but all Class A beneficiaries (spouse, parent, child, grandchild, brother and sister) are exempt. Other beneficiaries are subject to inheritance tax rates ranging from 4% to 16%. There is no estate tax.

Taxing of other retirement income (per Kiplinger):


Property Tax Break for Seniors (per Kiplinger):

For homeowners 65 and older or totally disabled, $36,000 of the assessed value of their property is exempt from state taxes under the homestead provision for 2014.


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Real Estate

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Work Potential

If you want to minimize your chances of being unemployed, Bowling Green may be a great location for you-only 0.4% of those over 65 are unemployed. Most seem to be finding work in manufacturing or the accommodation industries, the biggest hirers of late.

  • Area
  • National Average

5 Largest Companies

  • Western Kentucky University
  • Medical Center at BG
  • Union Underwear Co.
  • Sun Products
  • Warren County Board of Ed

GDP Growth Last 3 Years


Income Growth Last 3 Years


Employment Growth Last 3 Years


Top Industries Hiring

  • Manufacturing
  • Accommodation and food services
  • Administrative and waste management services
  • Other services, except public administration
  • Healthcare and social assistance

Breakdown Fulltime vs Part Time over 65 (%)

  • Part Time over 65
  • Full Time Over 65

Occupation Breakdown (%)

  • Management, Business, Science & Arts (MBSA)
  • Natural Resources, Contruction & Maintenance (NRCM)
  • Production, Transportation, Materials & Moving (PTMM)
  • Sales & Office (S&O)
  • Service

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