Barren County, KY is not your average rural county. In addition to the things you'd expect from the best in rural Kentucky living—fertile land, friendly neighbors, and history around every corner, Barren County is full of surprises. There are caves to explore, thriving manufacturing facilities in the county seat of Glasgow, and a clear plan for the future that also preserves Barren County's heritage. Mix those ingredients together, and you get a county that was once voted the best place to live in rural America by Progressive Farmer magazine.
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The total population of Barren County checks in at just over 43,000 residents spread over the county's large 500 square miles of area, with healthy growth since 2000. The county seat of Glasgow—named by the Scottish immigrants who first settled here, is the largest population center of the county. The smaller towns in Barren County are characterized by family-owned farms, abundant natural beauty, and an affordable cost of living. Kentucky's history is always on display, from veterans’ memorials to an agricultural tradition that's still going strong to this day. Cabin and ranch-style homes are popular in the county's smaller towns, while Glasgow has a bit more of an urban feel—without losing its rural charm. Search Barren County homes for sale by city.
Barren County is home to a total of five school districts, including the excellent Glasgow Independent School District. The top schools in the county include South Green Elementary School, Glasgow High School, North Jackson Elementary School, and Bavel Middle / High School. Your college-age children will also have appealing options, including Western Kentucky University, Lindsey Wilson College and Campbellsville University.
Agriculture is still the major driver of Barren County's job market, and most of the farms in the area are locally owned. You'll also find opportunities in the many peripheral industries that help those farms thrive, from equipment maintenance to transportation and retail. Yet Barren County has done a great job to diversify its economy as well, with successful industrial parks like Highland Glen in Glasgow and more to come with the county's IDEA development plan. Healthcare careers are quite strong in Barren County, thanks to the community-owned TJ Samson Hospital. With a number of popular parks in the area, you'll also find opportunities in the tourism industry.
Do you love fishing, hunting, hiking, or simply taking in the beautiful sights of nature? Barren River Lake Resort Park is the perfect place to spend time by the water, while Brigadoon State Nature Preserve features thick forests, local wildlife, and plenty of fun trails to explore. Historic Diamond Caverns, discovered in 1859, is still a favorite stop for residents and tourists, today. Glasgow, named as one of the 10 best places to live in Kentucky, is home to a vibrant collection of small businesses, public gathering places, and nods to the history of the Scottish settlers who first called the city home. And that's just within the county's borders! Mammoth Cave National Park is located just to the northeast, and you'll also enjoy an easy commute to Bowling Green.
Are you ready to start enjoying the very best of rural America? Contact Crye-Leike Executive Realty to find the perfect home in Barren County, KY today.
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