Publication Date


Advisor(s) - Committee Chair

Wayne Hoffman, J.L. Davis, J. Bingham

Degree Program

Department of Geography and Geology

Degree Type

Master of Science


The purpose of the study was to determine the degree and intensity of the factors affecting the spatial distribution of substandard housing in Bowling Green, Kentucky. A stepwise regression model revealed that straightline distance from the CBD, overcrowded units, average number of rooms per dwelling unit, renter occupancy and non-white occupancy accounted for only 37 percent of total explained variation. A filtering process based on blocks exceeding ten percent Black population was utilized to divide the universe. New analyses on Black and White sectors within the city did not increase the coefficient of determination. They did, however, reveal a great disparity in the overall housing situation between Black and White families In Bowling Green. A residual analysis revealed that locations adjacent to diseconomies may be a significant factor in helping to explain the problem distribution.


Geography | Human Geography | Social and Behavioral Sciences | Spatial Science | Urban Studies and Planning