Bowling Green Listed as One of the Top 25 Places to Retire

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BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (WBKO) -- If you have picked Bowling Green as your city to retire to, according to "Forbes," you made a good choice.

Bowling Green was listed as one of the Top 25 Best Places to Retire in 2014.

Of the more than 60,000 people who live in the city, 10 percent are over the age of 65, according to data from the US Census Bureau from 2010.

That number could grow if "Forbes" is right about Bowling Green being in the top 25.

"Bowling Green's a small town where people know a lot of people. You usually go out and see one or two people you know instead of being a big city where you don't see anybody you know," said realtor, Jimmy Falls.

"Forbes" says one of the reasons for being a good place to retire is it has a decent economy and the cost of living is six percent below the national average. Also, the average home price is $138,000.

"A lot of people look at taxes, and that's one of the main things, and I think Bowling Green has a little bit lower tax -- state of Kentucky does too -- but Bowling Green has a little lower tax area than a lot of places around here," Falls said.

Another pro that was listed was a low crime rate.

"We do have the same crimes in Bowling Green that larger cities have in their towns as well, but we have everything on a much smaller scale, and I know everyone likes it that way," said Officer Ronnie Ward of the Bowling Green Police Department.

Falls says he believes for a smaller town there's plenty to do.

"Great activities all the time -- concerts in the park and stuff like that."

He's lived in Warren County his entire life and agrees it would be a good place to retire.

"I think it's just a great place to live, especially for retired people."

A warmer climate was also one of the reasons listed.

"Forbes" looked at data from more than 400 cities from every state to come up with the list.

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