The mayor of Owensboro says the city should consider trying to annex nearby subdivisions in order to boost its population.
Ron Payne made the comments following the release of census numbers showing Bowling Green has grown at a faster pace than Owensboro.
Those figures from the U.S. Census Bureau reflect populations on July 1, 2013.
Bowling Green retained its position as the state’s third-largest city, with a population of 61,488 people. Owensboro remained fourth-largest, with just over 58,416.
That 3,072-person advantage by Bowling Green is more than the gap between the two cities during the 2010 census. Four years ago, Bowling Green had just an 800-person advantage.
The Messenger-Inquirer reports Owensboro Mayor Ron Payne and City Manager Bill Parrish are talking about meeting with homeowner associations in subdivisions along Kentucky 54 in order to gauge their interest in being annexed by the city.
Payne is predicting strong growth for Owensboro ahead of the 2020 U.S. Census. He believes the recent openings of a downtown convention center and hotel, as well as business expansions, will attract residents to the city.