Barren County keeps “Mayberry” feel but skyrockets growth

County Judge-Executive says businesses and residential areas growing

GLASGOW, Ky. –Not that long ago, Barren County was seen as a sleepy county.

Fast forward about a decade, and the rural feeling hasn’t changed a bit. However, the population size, small business and large business growth are booming. 

Judge Executive Michael Hale says that about a decade ago he saw a trend of folks living here but working outside of the county for the most part.

In 2022, Barren County hasn’t lost one bit of its Mayberry, agriculture centered rural charm.

Hale says that’s the exact reason people, and companies are seeking them out.

“I’m very proud of our community. It’s growing. It’s moving, and people want to be a part of it,” he said.

Hale says the proof is in the pudding. With thriving small businesses, staple corporations, murals, concerts, superstars, Airbnb’s and more news out of Glasgow every day, new faces and businesses can’t help but gravitate.

He recounted, “Someone that moved here said, ‘We didn’t find Glasgow and Barren County. It found us.’ So, we’re doing something right.”

Hale says the tourism industry is a huge reason why Barren County has kept its aesthetic while reeling in the real estate. 

Barren County tourism’s Landry Steenbergen said, “Things are happening this summer and then next year, and it’s drawing a lot of people in. It’s super exciting to see people wanting to be here and coming. So, keep coming, and we’d love to have everyone.”

Hale says we should expect a big new business announcement in the very near future. Between that, Warren County’s Batter plant offering 2000 new jobs and a new generation of homeowners looking to buy, creating more housing will stay a tip tip priority for Barren County.