Bowling Green, KY Senior Guide

The Bowling Green, KY Senior Guide contains key statistics and information about how senior citizens in Bowling Green live. Use this tool to compare healthcare quality, senior housing options, demographic and financial statistics, and other important data for Bowling Green with the rest of the country. This guide also contains helpful contact information for local government agencies that offer assistance to senior citizens.

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Key Senior Statistics

Use these key statistics to learn more about Bowling Green, KY seniors.

  • 11% of the population of Bowling Green, KY are seniors Source: Census.gov
  • 34% of those seniors living in Bowling Green, KY are living alone Source: Census.gov
  • 7% of Bowling Green senior households have an annual income of less than $10k and 31% less than $20k Source: Census.gov ACS
  • 17% of Bowling Green, KY residents 60 and over received food stamps in the last year Source: Census.gov ACS
  • The average Social Security Income in Bowling Green is $15,468/year Source: Census.gov ACS
  • The median household income for a Bowling Green senior is $31,218 Source: Census.gov ACS
  • Compared to other states, Kentucky ranks 46th for Long Term Care and 48th for America's Health Rankings Source: AmericasHealthRankings.org
  • There are 865 working seniors in Bowling Green Source: Census.gov ACS
  • 22% of the seniors in Bowling Green are veterans Source: Census.gov ACS

Population by Age

children (18%) working aged (72%) seniors (11%)

(as of 2010)

In the U.S., around 10,000 baby boomers are turning 65 today and everyday for over the next 15 years.

Learn more about the aging population explosion.

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Senior Housing

Use our senior housing data to get a snapshot of the housing characteristics and living arrangements of the aging population in Bowling Green, KY.

Who do Seniors Live with?

There are 2,135 seniors living alone in Bowling Green. Of these, 77% are female. Source: Census.gov

Seniors Living Alone

Percent Living Alone

Gender of Seniors Living Alone

61% of males 65 and older are married compared with 33% of females.
50% of females are widowed compared with 18% of males. Source: Census.gov

Marital Status

Males

Females

Senior Households: Homeowners vs. Renters

Year Home was Built

Renters

Homeowners

Year Current Resident Moved In

Renters

Homeowners

Percentage with Telephone Service

Overall, 1% of Bowling Green senior households do not have access to phone service.

Renters

Homeowners

Access to a Vehicle

Overall, 15% of Bowling Green senior households do not have access to a vehicle.

Renters

Homeowners

Units in Rental Building

20% of senior renters reside in a large development - one that has 50 or more units.

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Long Term Care Choices

Just 37% of people think they will need long term care, but 69% of people actually will.

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Average Monthly Cost of Long Term Care Services in Kentucky

Care TypeKentucky Average CostNational Average Cost
Home Health Care
8 hours per week
$665$693
Adult Day Care
Weekdays only
$1,453$1,492
Assisted Living$3,350$3,600
Homemaker Services
44 hours per week
$3,619$3,721
Home Health Care
44 hours per week
$3,659$3,813
Nursing Home
Semi-Private - double occupancy room for one person
$6,327$6,692
Nursing Home
Private - single occupancy room for one person
$7,270$7,604
Data from Genworth Long Term Care Costs & Cost of Care in 2015
Genworth Long Term Care Costs & Cost of Care

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Senior Healthcare Quality

Compare the quality of healthcare in Kentucky with the rest of the country by looking at these state-level quality rankings.

Kentucky Long Term Care Scorecard Rankings

Click here for an expanded view of Kentucky's Long Term Care Rankings

The 50 states plus Washington, D.C. are ranked on a scale of 1 to 51, where 1 is the highest quality, 51 the lowest.

Ranking DimensionKentucky 2011 RankKentucky 2014 Rank
Affordability & Access Rank#51#51
Choice of Setting & Provider#43#50
Quality of Life & Quality of Care Rank#50#50
Support for Family Caregivers#24#46
Effective Transitions Rank#N/A#42
Overall Rank#46#46

Data from LongTermScorecard.org - A State Scorecard on Long-Term Services and Supports for Older Adults, People with Physical Disabilities, and Family Caregivers created by:

AARP, Inc.
The Commonwealth Fund
The SCAN Foundation

America's Health Rankings® for Kentucky

Click here for an expanded view of Kentucky's America's Health Rankings® for seniors.

The states are ranked on a scale of 1 to 50, where 1 is the highest ranking, 50 the lowest.

Determinant Kentucky 2013 Rank Kentucky 2015 Rank
Overall #45 #48
All Determinants #40 #47
Behaviors #32 #48
Smoking #39 #48
Chronic Drinking #15 #7
Obesity #23 #41
Underweight #7 #48
Physical Inactivity #40 #47
Dental Visit #46 #47
Pain Management #10 #8
Education #49 #49
Community #41 #45
Community & Environment - Macro #46 #47
Poverty #47 #47
Volunteerism #38 #45
Nursing Home Quality #45 #39
Community & Environment - Micro #35 #38
Food Insecurity #31 #32
Community Support #47 #45
Policy #21 #23
Low-Care Nursing Home Residents #10 #10
Prescription Drug Coverage #23 #23
Geriatrician Shortfall #43 #42
Clinical Care #48 #46
Dedicated Health Care Provider #22 #16
Flu Vaccine #14 #16
Health Screenings #38 #42
Recommended Hospital Care #41 #35
Diabetes Management #19 #18
Home Health Care #48 #47
Preventable Hospitalizations #50 #50
Hospital Readmissions #49 #45
Hospice Care #37 #44
Hospital Deaths #36 #43
All Outcomes #50 #50
ICU Use #43 #43
Falls #46 #37
Hip Fracture #47 #46
Health Status #44 #44
Able-bodied #45 #46
Premature Death #49 #49
Teeth Extractions #48 #45
Poor Mental Health Days #36 #48
Multiple Chronic Conditions #41 #45
Cognition #49 #43
Depression #43 #34

America's Health Rankings® is the longest-running annual assessment of the nation's health on a state-by-state basis. For the past 25 years, America's Health Rankings® has provided a holistic view of the health of the nation. America's Health Rankings® is the result of a partnership between United Health Foundation, American Public Health Association, and Partnership for Prevention™.

Americas Health Rankings - United Health Foundation
United Health Foundation
ALPHA - American Public Health Association

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Senior Financial Overview

View our Bowling Green, KY financial data below to learn about the income, wealth and costs incurred of those seniors living in the community.

The median household income for seniors in Bowling Green is $31,218 Source: Census.gov ACS

Annual Income for Senior Households

49% of senior households in Bowling Green earn less than $30,000 per year, while 9% earn more than $100K/year


Only those where the head of household is 65 or over are included. As an example, an elderly widow and her children's income would be counted if her children choose to live with her. However, if she chooses to live with her children, neither would be counted.

Also, keep in mind the distinction between household and individual income. A married couple over the age of 65 that is still working and earning $30,000 per year each would have a household income of $60,000.

The average Social Security income per household receiving the benefit in Bowling Green is $15,468 Source: Census.gov ACS
The average retirement income per household receiving it in Bowling Green is $20,320 Source: Census.gov ACS
14% of seniors in Bowling Green, KY are employed. Source: Census.gov ACS

Employment Status

Males

Females

How Seniors Travel to/from Work

25% of Bowling Green seniors have a college degree. Source: Census.gov ACS

Highest Level of Education

Males

Females

94% of seniors living in Bowling Green speak English at home. Source: Census.gov ACS
3% of the seniors in Bowling Green are below the poverty level. Source: Census.gov ACS

Percentage of Seniors Below the Poverty Level

Male

Female

Percent of People 60 and Over Receiving Food Stamps

31% of senior homeowners in Bowling Green have a mortgage. Source: Census.gov ACS

Home Ownership Cost as a Percent of Income

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Helpful Contacts for Seniors

  • Kentucky Department for Aging and Independent Living

    Services Provided: State Agency on Aging
    275 East Main Street
    Frankfort, KY 40621
    Deborah.Anderson
    (502) 564-6930
    Marnie.Mountjoy@ky.gov
    Website
    8:00 am - 4:30 pm Eastern Time Monday to Friday
  • Kentucky State Health Insurance Assistance Program (SHIP)

    Services Provided: Health Insurance Counseling
    275 East Main Street
    Frankfort, KY 40621
    Edward Clark
    (502) 564-6930
    cheryl.bentley@ky.gov
    Website
    8:00 am - 4:30 pm Easterb Time Monday to Friday
  • Barren River Area Agency on Aging and Independent Living

    Services Provided: Aging and Disability Resource Centers, Area Agencies on Aging, Information and Assistance
    177 North Graham Avenue
    Bowling Green, KY 42101
    Michelle Hines
    (270) 781-2381
    michelle@bradd.org
    Website
    8:00 am - 4:30 pm Central Time Monday to Friday
  • Kentucky Legal Aid - Bowling Green

    Services Provided: Elder Abuse Prevention, Legal Services, Long-term Care Ombudsman
    1700 Destiny Lane
    Bowling Green, KY 42104
    (270) 782-1924
    Website
    9:00 am - 4:30 pm Monday to Friday
  • Department for Community Based Services (DCBS) - Adult Abuse Hotline

    Services Provided: Elder Abuse Prevention

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Sources

Census.gov - Data from the 2010 United States Census. The Census counts every resident in the U.S. and is conducted once every 10 years.

Census.gov ACS - Data from the the 2009-2013 American Community Survey (ACS). The ACS is conducted by the U.S. Census Bureau every year. Because every resident is not surveyed each year, data from a 5 year period is used to improve accuracy.