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Warren County, Kentucky
Warren County Kentucky new courthouse
Warren County courthouse in Bowling Green, Kentucky
Map of Kentucky highlighting Warren County
Location in the state of Kentucky
Map of USA KY
Kentucky's location in the U.S.
Founded 1797
Seat Bowling Green
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

547.69 sq mi (1,419 km²)
545.21 sq mi (1,412 km²)
2.48 sq mi (6 km²), 0.45%
 - (2010)
 - Density

170/sq mi (66/km²)
Time zone Central: UTC-6/-5

Warren County is a county located in the U.S. state of Kentucky, specifically the Pennyroyal Plateau and Western Coal Fields regions.[1] It is included in the Bowling Green, Kentucky, Metropolitan Statistical Area. The population was 113,792 in the 2010 Census. The county seat is Bowling Green. The county is dry, meaning that the sale of alcohol is prohibited, but contains the wet city of Bowling Green, where retail alcohol sales are allowed. This makes Warren County a moist county.[2]


Warren County was the location of several Native American villages and burial mounds. The first white men to enter the area were the long hunters in the 1770s. General Elijah Covington was among the first landowners. McFadden's Station, one of the earliest settlements, was established in 1785 by Andrew McFadden on the northern bank of the Barren River at the Cumberland Trace.

Warren County became the 23rd county of Kentucky on December 14, 1796, from a section of Logan County. It was named after General Joseph Warren of the Revolutionary War. He dispatched William Dawes and Paul Revere on their famous midnight ride to warn residents of the approaching British troops. He was also a hero of the Battle of Bunker Hill.

Through the riverboat trade, Warren County thrived in the agricultural market. In 1859, the Louisville and Nashville Railroad (currently CSX Transportation) was laid through the county.

During the Civil War, mos residents are said to have favored the preservation of the Union. Because of its strategic value, however, Warren County was occupied by Confederate forces in September 1861. It was occupied in turn by the Union Army on February 14, 1862, following the Confederate retreat to Tennessee. During the Confederate withdrawal, the railroad bridges in Barren County, the Bowling Green train depot and other railroad buildings were destroyed to hinder Union pursuit.

The completion of Interstate 65 and Green River Parkway (currently the William H. Natcher Parkway) in the 1960s and 1970s, brought an industrial boom that transformed the farm-oriented county into a more urban one.

In 1997, Bowling Green became a Tree City USA, sponsored by the National Arbor Day Foundation.


According to the 2000 census, the county has a total area of 547.69 square miles (1,418.5 km2), of which 545.21 square miles (1,412.1 km2) (or 99.55%) is land and 2.48 square miles (6.4 km2) (or 0.45%) is water.[3]

Geographic featuresEdit

The land in the south and southwest of the county is predominantly flat. In the western side of the county the land is hilly with steep ridges and rocky and cliff-ridden near Gasper River. In the east the land is rolling (much like central KY's landscape) near Drakes Creek. In the north the land is possibly the most rugged since it lies between Green River and Barren River with very tall ridges near Riverside and Richardsville. The major drainage in Warren county is Barren River which flows through Bowling Green and is surrounded by steep ridges in some areas. There are several sizable hills in Bowling Green proper. Much culture has arisen around Bowling Green's hills with an old reservoir, hospital and civil war fort on one, much of Western Kentucky Universities campus on another, Hobson Grove, a historic Italian Renaissance style civil war era plantation estate on another and yet another civil war fort on another. The Green River forms the northern boundary of the county. Those tributaries of the Green River that flow through Warren County are the Barren and Gasper rivers, Drake's and Jennings creeks and Bay's Fork. Shanty Hollow Lake is in the northwest corner of the county. The flat elevated areas in the west and the flatland in the south and southwest have soil that is fertile and supports tobacco, hay, corn and soybean crop production. The rest of the land is predominantly clay soil and is rocky and not very suitable for agriculture and many occupants use it for livestock, horses and hunting.

Major highwaysEdit

Adjacent countiesEdit



Graph of Warren County population by decade

Historical populations
Census Pop.
1800 4,686
1810 11,937 154.7%
1820 11,776 −1.3%
1830 10,949 −7.0%
1840 15,446 41.1%
1850 15,123 −2.1%
1860 17,320 14.5%
1870 21,742 25.5%
1880 27,531 26.6%
1890 30,158 9.5%
1900 29,970 −0.6%
1910 30,579 2.0%
1920 30,858 0.9%
1930 33,676 9.1%
1940 36,631 8.8%
1950 42,758 16.7%
1960 45,491 6.4%
1970 57,884 27.2%
1980 71,828 24.1%
1990 76,673 6.7%
2000 92,522 20.7%
2010 113,792 23.0%

At the 2000 census[4], there were 92,522 people, 35,365 households and 23,411 families residing in the county. The population density was 170 per square mile (66 /km2). There were 38,350 housing units at an average density of 70 per square mile (27 /km2). The racial makeup of the county was 86.98% White, 8.58% Black or African American, 0.24% Native American, 1.35% Asian, 0.08% Pacific Islander, 1.33% from other races, and 1.45% from two or more races. 2.67% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 35,365 households of which 31.40% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 51.40% were married couples living together, 11.20% had a female householder with no husband present, and 33.80% were non-families. 26.10% of all households were made up of individuals and 8.30% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.46 and the average family size was 2.97.

The age distribution was 23.10% under the age of 18, 16.20% from 18 to 24, 29.10% from 25 to 44, 21.10% from 45 to 64, and 10.50% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 32 years. For every 100 females there were 96.20 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 93.00 males.

The median household income was $36,151, and the median family income was $45,142. Males had a median income of $32,063 versus $22,777 for females. The per capita income for the county was $18,847. About 10.80% of families and 15.40% of the population were below the poverty line, including 17.80% of those under age 18 and 13.80% of those age 65 or over.

Cities and townsEdit

Educational institutionsEdit

Elementary and secondary educationEdit

Two public school districts operate in the county:

Warren County Public SchoolsEdit

Elementary SchoolsEdit
Middle SchoolsEdit
High schoolsEdit

Bowling Green Independent SchoolsEdit

Elementary schoolsEdit
Junior high schoolsEdit
High schoolsEdit

Colleges and universitiesEdit


See alsoEdit


External linksEdit

Coordinates: 36°59′N 86°25′W / 36.99, -86.42

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